Your Guide to Boardmasters 2023 - Cornwall’s Biggest Music Festival

Your Guide to Boardmasters 2023 – Cornwall’s Biggest Music Festival

Boardmasters 2023 is coming, and it's bigger and better than ever! Today we’ll go through everything you need to know about the festival to maximise your time there. From stages to activities, to food and drink, this is your guide to all things Boardmasters!

The Stages 

At Boardmasters, there are 5 main stages for music that you visit. Each has a different vibe so depending on what you’re in the mood for, will depend on which stage we recommend. 

The Main Stage 

Behold, "The Main Stage". This remarkable platform possesses the power to elevate musicians into revered icons, while further immortalising those who already hold legendary status. This year, the main stage will host amazing artists such as Lorde, Liam Gallegher, Florence + The Machine and more. 

Land of Saints Stage

No matter what your preferred style may be, rest assured that at the Land of Saints stage, you will discover a plethora of performances that embody an unwavering independent spirit and possess an undeniable power to captivate. From the most dynamic and energetic acts to those that deliver a resounding impact, this stage promises an eclectic range of talent that is certain to satisfy even the most discerning audience.

The Point

The Point, an extraordinary event curated by Desperados, is undeniably the ultimate destination for those seeking an unparalleled party experience. With a carefully selected lineup of the most avant-garde DJs and producers from around the world, this open-air extravaganza extends well into the night, ensuring that the rhythmic beats and captivating melodies continue to enthral attendees throughout the event.


This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the uplifting melodies that define this summer season. This venue acts as a central hub, bringing together highly acclaimed club artists and esteemed performers. The outcome is an exceptional indoor rave experience that exceeds those offered by any other in the South West region.

The View

The fundamental nature and essence of our festival are deeply ingrained in its unparalleled ability to present emerging and captivating artists against a backdrop that cannot be matched. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere, surrounded by carefully arranged hay bales, as they observe the emergence of promising musical talents, and our visitors have the privilege of witnessing the early stages of their illustrious careers.

At The Beach

One of the best things about the location of Boardmasters is that it is only a short trip away from the beautiful Fistral beach, we even have shuttle buses to and from the festival and beach running until 4:30 am!

With a rich history steeped in tradition, Fistral Beach holds the esteemed title of being the renowned birthplace of Boardmasters. We are honoured to proclaim that it is at this iconic location that our journey commenced in 1981. On the occasion of Boardmasters, Fistral Beach undergoes a captivating transformation into a lively surf festival. This event boasts professional surf competitions, captivating art installations, engaging workshops, energetic gigs, and a bustling surf village.

Fistral Surf Village

Explore the Surf Village at Fistral, where you will find a wide range of beloved shops and well-known brands, catering to all of your shopping requirements. No trip to Cornwall would be complete without indulging in some delicious local cuisine and sampling a refreshing beverage. Indulge in a delightful array of food and drink offerings at our selection of festival-style stalls. If you require a new surfboard, a fresh t-shirt, or delicious snacks to enjoy while watching surf competitions, the village has exactly what you're looking for.

Fistral Beach Bar

Nestled in a picturesque location with an awe-inspiring view of the majestic Fistral beach, the Boardmasters beach bar is truly a haven for those seeking to immerse themselves in exhilarating surf competitions or simply bask in the captivating allure of Cornish sunsets. Its unparalleled beauty serves as an ideal backdrop for both adrenaline-fueled sporting events and moments of tranquil appreciation, making it an irresistible destination for individuals yearning for a remarkable coastal experience, whilst attending the festival. 

Boardmasters After Parties

If you’re not ready for bed after an amazing day at the festival then stroll into Newquay town for some incredible after parties. Come and join us at the most exclusive parties taking place in various venues across Newquay Town. Renowned DJs will keep the energy alive long after the headliners have concluded their performances. With five days and nights filled with music, prepare yourself for an unforgettable weekend where you can dance until sunrise at renowned establishments such as Berties and Sailors. Check out the lineup below -

  • WED 9th – Luude + Charlie Tee, Catalyst B2B Designate, Gotham
  • THURS 10th – Ben Hemsley, Charlie Boon B2B Baxter, Sara Fry, Symbiosis
  • FRI 11th – Girls Don’t Sync + Charlie Boon, Piers Kirwan B2B DJ Proof, Tingerz
  • SAT 12th – Jodie Harsh + Belters Only, Lady C, Bronx Cheer
  • SUN 13th – Danny Howard, Headroom Grooves, Wallis Ryan, Danae
What Is On In Cornwall In August 2023

What Is On In Cornwall In August 2023

Tall Ships, Falmouth, 15 – 18 Aug

A magnificent collection of the finest tall ships from across the globe are on their way to Falmouth's port where they will embark on the esteemed 'Magellan Elcano' race. This event holds great prestige, and Falmouth has been honoured to host it for the sixth time, with the first time occurring in 2014.

The bustling port of Cornwall is a constant favourite among captains and crew members, who are drawn to its lively atmosphere. The entire town comes alive with a plethora of events, including live music performances, receptions, and parades. This vibrant celebration welcomes approximately 750 international captains and crew members, as well as an impressive 100,000 visitors over four days.

Throughout the event, a multitude of complimentary events will be held on the port side. These include music concerts, a parade featuring the crew members, and captivating light and laser displays. Intentionally priced at a lower rate, ticketed access to the ships will be offered for the initial three days leading up to the grand finale - the Parade of Sail - on Friday 18th August.

Before the start of the Falmouth race towards A Coruna, Spain, the tall ships will sail together with numerous local boats, yachts, and marine craft. They will depart from their designated moorings and proceed along the coastal route, passing Pendennis headland and Falmouth's picturesque beaches.  This is a remarkable sight, one that should not be overlooked. It can be observed from various coastal viewpoints in and around Falmouth or even from the water.

SkyBar, Polzeath, 18 – 19 Aug and St Agnes, 25 -27 Aug

At SkyBar, they elevate the beloved aprés ski atmosphere and infuse it with vibrant energy to create an unparalleled summer experience that will truly delight you.  Continuing the impressive track record of previous years, this event promises an unforgettable experience featuring outstanding music, accompanied by a wide selection of beverages to enhance the breathtaking sunsets. All set in the picturesque South West region of the country.

You have the option to choose from a variety of bars at the venue, including Ca Bolani Prosecco Bar, Dead Man's Fingers Tiki Bar, the Jägermeister Shots Bar, and the fully stocked Main Bar. You are guaranteed to have an exceptional evening experience from the moment you arrive until you leave.

The SkyBar will be at Polzeath on the 18th and 19th of August Before it moves on to St Agnes on the 25th, 26th and 27th of August.

Lobster on the Lawn, The Alverton, Truro, 19 Aug

Discover an exquisite seafood celebration this summer at The Alverton. Join them on Saturday 19th August as the exceptional chefs showcase a tantalising lobster feast, accompanied by a delightful array of complementary delicacies.

Savour the exquisite taste of a locally-sourced Cornish lobster, prepared to perfection. Delight in this culinary masterpiece on the outdoor terrace of The Alverton, while you take in the breathtaking view of the lush gardens and grounds.

To indulge in the Lobster on the Lawn event, individuals will need to purchase an admission ticket priced at £50 per person. This fee includes a delightful and charming lobster feast, accompanied by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival.

Bank holiday beers and beats, The Rising Sun Truro, 25 – 27 Aug

The team at The Rising Sun, known for winning the prestigious Muddy Award, is planning to celebrate the end of summer wildly, regardless of weather conditions. They have organised beer and music events throughout the extended August bank holiday weekend.

The courtyard will undergo a captivating transformation into an energetic open-air beer festival, featuring a remarkable assortment of beers served directly from the barrel. In addition, guests can savour appetising summer-inspired small plates cooked on the barbecue while enjoying laid-back acoustic music. If beer isn't your thing, there is no need to worry, we are pleased to offer a delightful range of special seasonal cocktails, a refreshing selection of Provence rose, and expertly crafted non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.

After you have had the opportunity to try out the various options available, you may want to take a leisurely walk down to Fitzpatrick's, where an energetic atmosphere will be maintained throughout the entire weekend.

Join us for a remarkable weekend filled with exciting events at Verdant Brewery. On Saturday night, we have Black Velvet performing live music, creating an electrifying atmosphere. Additionally, on Sunday night, you can enjoy a thrilling casino night while being serenaded by the talented local pianist Callum Kaban. It promises to be a memorable experience as we conclude the weekend with great entertainment.

All are cordially invited to join us at the festival. No tickets are necessary, so feel free to drop by and indulge in the lively atmosphere. 

Tunes in the Park, Port Eliot, 25 – 27 August

Tunes in the Park, an event held on the stunning grounds of the Port Eliot Estate in St Germans, Cornwall, offers a picturesque setting for a memorable weekend filled with joy and merriment. Taking place during the August bank holiday, it promises to be an unforgettable experience. The event will take place from Friday to Sunday, offering live music performances on multiple stages. There will be various activities and entertainment options available for children, as well as wellbeing sessions. Additionally, attendees can enjoy a wide selection of food and drink options, on-site camping facilities, and many other attractions.

Some of this year's headliners include the incredible Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, our Eurovision hero and everyone’s favourite spaceman, Sam Ryder. As well as these amazing superstars, the event also has an abundance of incredible tribute acts for you to enjoy. Tributes include Abba, Elvis, Elton John, Blink - 182 and more. 

Silent Disco Beach Yoga, Fistral, Newquay, 26 Aug

Experience the exquisite pop-up silent disco beach yoga hosted by Oceanflow Yoga, the distinguished winner of the national title for Best Yoga Studio.

The Saturday sunset session will be perfectly synchronised with the renowned Cornish sunsets that we are fortunate to witness here in Newquay. Engage in the practice of Vinyasa yoga while enjoying the melodic rhythms of Balearic beats as you witness the serene setting of the sun descending into the ocean. You can spot them by their location on the beach, towards the northern end. Look for the tall flags. This area offers plenty of room for everyone to engage in joint practice while enjoying the sandy shore beneath our feet.

To secure your spot, we kindly suggest making a prior reservation. The cost per person is £12, and this offer is open to beginners as well. During the session, Jen will guide the headphones, supported by demonstrators to ensure a smooth experience for all participants. All you need to bring is a mat or a towel, and good spirit!


With all of this and more happening in Cornwall this August, you are bound to have an amazing end to your summer. There is something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, a music lover, or and nautical enthusiast, Cornwall has it all.