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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’s Coming To Cornwall In 2022?

As we enter another year of this seemingly never-ending pandemic, staycations are more popular than ever, and if you're thinking about visiting our sunny coast this year, then you should continue reading to discover what Cornwall has to offer you throughout the 2022 season. Whether you’re a foodie or music lover, there is something for everyone happening in 2022 in the idyllic location of Cornwall. 

World Pasty Championships 

Where: The Eden Project

When: 5th of March (St Pirans Day)

There isn’t a more Cornish way to start the 2022 season than the World Pasty Championships. However the day isn't all about your typical cornish pasty, you can also expect unique combinations of any savoury pasty. One of the great things about the day is that anyone can have a go! There are four different categories, company, professional, amateur, and junior. This year marks its 10th anniversary so come check it out and enjoy some sensational pasties, as well as comedy and music performances to keep you entertained throughout the day. 

CGS Spring Flower Show 

When: 2nd - 3rd April 

Where: Royal Cornwall Showground

Everyone knows about the famous Chelsea Flower Show and this cornish event has come to be known as the “Chelsea of the West.” This is a ticketed event where you can see what is truly the best of Cornish horticulture, and if you are a member of the CGS then you can even attend an exclusive preview event on the 1st of April. The event is making its comeback after having to take two years off due to coronavirus restrictions, but this year it is coming back with a bang with plenty of garden inspirations as well as some stunning displays. 

Porthleven Food Festival 

When: 22nd - 24th April

Where: Porthleven 

Here’s one for all you foodies! Although with music sessions and gourmet events, the food festival is a great day out for any families, friends, or just about anyone will be able to find something to enjoy at this event! Throughout this event you will have the chance to taste masses of different cuisines and foods lovingly handmade but some excellent chefs. For those of you who are wanting to learn more about the art of cooking, then you can purchase tickets to the “Chefs Theatre”, where some of Cornwall's greatest chefs will be showing you how to create yummy dishes at home. 

Padstow May Day

When: 1st of May

Where: Padstow

This is one of the more traditional events that takes place throughout the season, but it is also one of the most celebrated days in Padstow’s Calendar. To mark the changing of the seasons, a group of huge parades takes place which are known as the Pagen “obby oss” Parades. There are giant puppets as well as dancers, so it is very entertaining, not only for little ones, but also for people who have never experienced anything like these parades before. The streets are decorated with flags and flowers, and the event is very popular with thousands of people attending every year.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 

When: 6- 14th May

Where: Fowey 

If you like to get lost in your imagination, whether that be through poetry, or books, or music, you will definitely enjoy this festival. Enjoy insightful readings by the sea, or spend some time writing your latest piece and enter one of the competitions. Throughout the event, there are various competitions to enter, and for all age groups. This will help you to get the brain juices flowing as well as to relax in the ocean air and take some time to yourself. 

Royal Cornwall Show 

When: 9th - 11th June

Where: Wadebridge 

If you’re an animal lover then you will have an amazing time at the Royal Cornwall Show. This event is very traditional and great fun for all the family, hundreds of visitors travel from all around the country to visit this exquisite event and the well renowned Wadebridge showground. There are many different animals for you to see, such as sheeps, cows, pigs and much more. One of the most exciting parts of the day is the judging portion where you get to see which animals will go home with the star prizes. Don’t forget that there are also shopping stands where you can purchase fresh local products. 

Boardmasters Festival 

When: 10th - 14th August 

Where: Newquay

A festival on the beach, what more can I say? You can dance and sing along to amazing artists whilst drinking cocktails and soaking up the sun and sea air. This year's lineup is better than ever with headliners including George Ezra, Bastille, Disclosure, and Kings Of Leon. The location of the festival also happens to be a great spot where many surfing competitions take place and you can watch the wave rider whilst listening to the excellent music.