Boardmasters Surf, Skate & Music Festival
Boardmasters has revealed the mighty Foals as the Sunday headliner for this year’s festival, along with another wave of huge acts including Plan B, Jax Jones + Martin Solveig, Bugzy Malone, Mabel, Slaves, Easy Life, Sea Girls, Caravana Sun, Claude VonStroke, House Gospel Choir and more. They join already announced Saturday headliner Florence + The Machine as well as Giggs, Dizzee Rascal, Jorja Smith, Franz Ferdinand, DJ EZ, Wilkinson B2B Sub Focus, Idles, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ocean Wisdom. After 2018’s most sustainable Boardmasters yet, the festival returns to the sun-soaked Cornish coastline for another year of the most exhilarating surf and music action in the UK. Boardmasters takes place Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 August 2019 across two stunning sites - Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website from £30 deposit.
Foals are back, making their hugely anticipated return this year. Fronted by Yannis Philippakis, Foals first burst onto the scene in 2008 with Antidotes, which cemented them as a musical tour de force. Now, after a four year hiatus, Foals make an entrance, releasing their massive single ‘Exits’ last month. Festivalgoers will be treated to an electrifying headline set, as Foals are set to epically close Boardmasters 2019.
Boardmasters has also revealed more than 60 more acts in this next wave for the 2019 festival. Two of the biggest names in house music Jax Jones & Martin Solveig will join forces for what’s sure to be an unmissable set at Watergate Bay. Mabel, one of the UK’s most refreshing young musical role models is riding the wave to Boardmasters this summer, set to bring her infectious pop vocals, with songs that explore everything from female independence and the challenges of modern relationships to growing into your own skin.
Manchester’s most exciting grime export, Bugzy Malone will show off his huge radio hits at this year’s Boardmasters, along with self-confessed neo-punk band Slaves. 90s two-step heroes, Artful Dodger will pull in the sways with their garage waves, while British rap supremo Plan B and ‘America’ hitmakers Razorlight and Sleaford Mods also join the line-up, alongside Irish vocal powerhouse Dermot Kennedy and House Gospel Choir who have collaborated with the likes of MNEK, Stormzy and Annie Mac.
BRITs Critics Choice winner Sam Fender, Brighton’s freshest young export Grace Carter and homegrown Cornish electro bedroom beats Hockeysmith are all added to the line up today. Summer rays are sure to shine through Caravana Sun’s bouncy pop and dreamy sounds, while 2019 breakthrough band Easy Life promise to delight with their biggest singles including ‘Nightmares’ and energetic indie band Sea Girls, nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2019, will feel at home by the sea at Watergate Bay, as will Cornwall’s very own Bailey Tomkinson. SOAK, hailing from Northern Ireland, joins the Boardmasters bill, having recently released single ‘Knock Me Off My Feet’, as well as folk sensation Gabrielle Aplin, African funk and disco collective Ibibio Sound Machine, hot off the back of the release of self-titled debut album The Magic Gang, British band The Hunna, 90’s soul-inspired Jvck Jones, ‘Petty Love’ songstress Jaz Karis and the dreamy Rachel Chinouriri.
World-renowned DJs will bring the hottest beats to Cornwall this August. Brooklyn’s own dance-punk enthusiast, BODEGA, will bring deep beats, along with Detriot’s DJ extraordinaire ClaudeVon Stroke and one of the founders of the house music movement Derrick Carter plus, house producer James Hype, who shot to fame for his ‘Hotline Bling’ remix. Other huge dance acts include electro heavyweight Dennis Ferrer, Leeds electronic duo Prospa, house vocalist Karen Harding, ‘Feel My Needs’ hitmaker Weiss, Conneticut’s own DJ Jonezy, Defected Records’ Melé and, influenced by a heady fusion funk-soul-disco, DJ Proof.
In a huge next wave of acts for Boardmasters 2019, other acts added today include Barely Legal, The Stalks, Ross From Friends, Problem Central, Fin Henderson, Laurel, Mella Dee, Feet, Darkzy ft. Window Kid, Eli Brown, Cakeboy, Skeggs, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Shapes, Seb Heart, Echo Town, Jack Vallier, Mall Grab, Jordan Lee Collins, Lucy Gallant, Mason Maynard, Nathan Dawe, Ferris & Sylvester, Georgia and The Dunwells for five unforgettable days in the most breathtaking festival setting in the UK, with more acts set to be announced in the coming weeks.
Boardmasters will continue its tremendous work to keep the festival and the Cornish coastline, cleaner than ever before. Long-term supporters of Surfers Against Sewage for over 20 years the festival will once more collaboarate on a series of beach cleans throughout the year as well as during the festival. Other sustainability initiatives will continue, including the hugely successful re-useable cup scheme, the litter bond, Cornwall’s ‘Final Straw’ scheme and more to make Boardmasters as clean, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable as possible. This is all part of the mission to have eradicated all non-essential single use plastics from Boardmasters by 2020.
Boardmasters epic surf competition is back, as part of the World Surf League Qualifying Series. The biggest names on the international surf scene will battle it out on the waves at Fistral Beach. More details to be revealed later this year.
The Zennor Haven Wellbeing Area will return to Watergate Bay. The perfect place to unwind and relax, with yoga, mental health workshops, healthy food offerings, meditation and more. The UK’s largest Silent Disco will also return on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August as scores of festivalgoers kick start 2019 proceedings at the main stage.
Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The five-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – UK surfing mecca, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay.
Book your tickets now via the Boardmasters website, and see you at the beach!
Due to demand, specific train reservations will be required on all services to Newquay on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, and Friday 9 August and between Newquay and London on Monday 12 August. Extra buses will also be running in support of the additional services on the Newquay branch line.