Cornwall Life - - THE DIARY -

For three days in Septem­ber the lit­tle har­bour town of Looe in South East Corn­wall gets hit with big mu­sic, manic en­ter­tain­ment and a smat­ter­ing of cul­ture for good mea­sure. The fes­ti­val pops up from nowhere to trans­form the beach and the streets, giv­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors from all over the world a chance to min­gle and en­joy the show.

The main stage is on the beach, over­look­ing the bay, but mu­sic pops up through­out the town and spills from venues all over the har­bour. The eclec­tic in­ter­na­tional line-up cov­ers ev­ery­thing from rock and acous­tic to folk and blues.

The line-up this sum­mer in­cludes mas­ters of dub, Dread­zone, English rock gui­tarist Gin­ger Wild­heart, The Water­boys, The Stran­glers and Steve n Seag­ulls.

There will also be per­for­mances from Los

Pa­caminos fea­tur­ing Paul Young, The Cor­re­spon­dents, PP Arnold, John Ot­way, Peat­bog Faeries, The Lon­don African Gospel Choir,

Gaz Brook­field and the Com­pany of Thieves.

Lo­cal tal­ent will be show­cased on the BBC Mu­sic In­tro­duc­ing Stage, cu­rated in part­ner­ship with BBC Mu­sic In­tro­duc­ing in Devon and Corn­wall. It’s a chance to catch the re­gion’s finest un­der-the-radar mu­si­cians, soonto-be-su­per­star bands and the best new acts.

Artists al­ready an­nounc­ing in­clude The Rowan Tree with their orig­i­nal ap­proach to ex­plor­ing tra­di­tional Celtic sounds, Cor­nish singer Ste­vie Neale, Win­ter Moun­tain, the four-piece Sam Richard­son and the Rene­gades, Seven Cities and Auc­tion for the Promise Club who ap­peared at Looe a few years ago.

Clos­ing on Sun­day night will be In­die Pop quar­tet Blue RIver.


The har­bour and town of Looe in South East Corn­wall be­comes one big mu­sic fes­ti­val in Septem­ber

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