A few weeks ago I was at the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay. Boardmasters is the biggest festival is Cornwall and this year attracted over 50,000 people to the surf competition at Fistral Beach and the music at Watergate Bay.
I only made it for the last day but managed to see main stage performances from James Bay, Primal Scream, White Denim, Soul II Soul, Coasts, Magic Numbers & Hein Cooper. Over on the ‘Land of the Saints’ stage I caught Tigercub, but some of the best sets were on the BBC Introducing stage with the Black Tambourines, Wolf Note, Isabelles, Nightmotor & O’Deus.
James Bay closed the Sunday night at Boardmasters Festival with his first ever headline set. Drawing the largest crowd of the day he played hits from his debut album ‘Chaos and the Calm’. I was surprising impressed with James Bay’s energetic performance as I was expecting a more laid back acoustic approach.
The indie kid in me was a little bit excited when Primal Scream took to the Boardmasters Festival main stage. With 11 albums and an arsenal of hits Primal Scream easily could have headlined, but somehow they seemed to fit perfectly on the bill as the sun set over the Cornish coast with ‘Loaded’ providing the soundtrack.
Amazingly singer Bobby Gillespie looked in fine form following an injury sustained when he fell off stage a few months ago at Swiss Festival ‘Caribana’. He cracked a vertebrae and the band were forced to cancel several appearances whilst he recovered.
White Denim were the main reason I went to Boardmasters. Their sixth album ‘Stiff’ has been one of my album highlights of 2016 and it’s cool 70’s rock riffs sounded perfect for a summer surf festival.
The Black Tambourines
Soul II Soul
The Magic Numbers