Boardmasters announce next wave of acts for 2018

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With the clocks going forward and summer just around the corner, Boardmasters has today revealed another wave of acts set to perform at Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, with 41 incredible acts added

this year’s world-class line up including Editors, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Black Foxxes and Gwenno. They join headliners Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra, as well as the likes of Rae Morris, Stefflon Don and Annie Mac for what’s set to be the biggest Boardmasters yet. Taking place this year from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach on the sun-drenched Cornish coast.

Birmingham rockers Editors will be taking to the Boardmasters Main Stage hot on the heels of the release of their sixth top 10 album ‘Violence’. Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, Editors have established themselves as one of the UK’s premier bands, their sound evolving with every release. With soaring vocals from front man Tom Smith, crowds are set to be entranced by a set featuring a mix of much-loved songs that span an impressive 15-year career.

Iconic trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals also join the festivities. Led by frontman Huey Morgan, they soundtracked the 90s with hits such as ‘Scooby Snacks’, ‘Love Unlimited’ and ‘King of New York’ and have had a remarkable five albums chart in the UK top 20. With an eclectic music style that fuses hip hop, rock, blues and jazz together with R&B, punk and funk there’s something for everyone when the New Yorkers head to Cornwall in August.

Rock fans will delight in the sounds of Exeter-based trio Black Foxxes who recently released their lauded second album ‘Reiði’, whilst lovers of electro beats will be treated to a set from award-winning Canadian musician, DJ and producer Tiga, a man often hailed as one of ‘the world’s best mixers’.

Festivalgoers can also expect an epic and extraordinary set from unique songstress Gwenno. The multilingual daughter of a Cornish poet recently released her second album ‘Le Kov’ to critical acclaim. The album, written entirely in Cornish, is a euphoric and playful body of work suffused with rich melodies tackling issues of identity, politics and minority languages.

Elsewhere, world renowned DJs will be filling tent floors as they bring the hottest beats to Cornwall this summer. Dance fans can look forward to legendary German electronic beat maker Butch and Chicago icon Gene Farris back-to-back with DJ and producer extraordinaire Doorly. Staple favourites on the local dance scene Light Layers will be returning to Boardmasters for the third year in a row, bringing their unique blend of bass and banter to Watergate Bay. 

Also joining this year’s epic line up is rising star Mellah, the Peckham-based singer and producer garnering attention with his endearing and alluring indie tunes, garage rocker King Tuff whose eagerly anticipated fifth studio album ‘The Other’ is about to drop and alt-pop band Flyte who released their long-awaited and impressive debut album ‘The Loved Ones’ last year.

Other unmissable acts announced today include Low Island, the Oxford quartet who have racked up millions of streams over their first two EP’s with their colourful jazz-inspired sound, East London troubadour Holiday Oscar making waves with his breezy folk songs, and all the way from Byron Bay ‘tropical ambassador’ Bobby Alu, the singer, ukulele strummer and drummer known for his fusion of smooth harmonies, Polynesian inspired rhythm and unassuming summer grooves. Joining them are lo-fi psychedelic punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs, Sons of The East, Adam French, Samm Henshaw, Me and The Devil, Charlotte Carpenter, Josh McGovern, Sam Sweeney, Caro, The Lottery Winners, FEET, Lady Bird, Rental Wives, Annabel Allum, Bad Parents, HAUS, Colouring, LUCIA, Rews, Fizzy Blood, Trudy & The Romance, The RPMs, Bryde, DJ Proof, Shapes, Lion and The Alive. 

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 5-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall - the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay.

HEADLINERS

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN / THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS / GEORGE EZRA

JOINED BY

KANO / YEARS & YEARS / RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN / ANNIE MAC / CRAIG DAVID PRESENTS TS5 / MK / EVERYTHING EVERYTHING / FRIENDLY FIRES / EDITORS / FAT FREDDY’S DROP / STEFFLON DON / DISCIPLES LIVE / THE HORRORS / FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS / ASH / SHY FX PRESENTS CULT:URE / CLAPTONE / IDRIS ELBA / DECLAN MCKENNA / BICEP DJ SET / SKREAM / STEVE LAWLER / BOOKA SHADE / GRANDMASTER FLASH / THE AMAZONS / MNEK / DUSKY / DANNY HOWARD / THE SHERLOCKS /  RAYE / TIGA / DENIS SULTA / BUTCH / FRED V & GRAFIX LIVE / DJ ZINC B2B MJ COLE / SHADOW CHILD / BECKY HILL / NADIA ROSE / ISAAC GRACIE / WILL CLARKE /  TOM WALKER / GENE FARRIS B2B DOORLY / AUDIO BULLYS / HAK BAKER / SONGHOY BLUES / RAE MORRIS / KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS / NADINE SHAH / SAM FENDER / KING TUFF CONFIDENCE MAN / GENGAHR / WILDWOOD KIN / KELLI-LEIGH / SHAPES/ SAMM HENSHAW / GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB / MAT MCHUGH (THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS) / GET CAPE WEAR CAPE FLY /JADE BIRD / RITON & KAH-LO / HOLF GOOF / GWENNO / THE LOVELY EGGS / FLYTE / PHIL TAGGART / MAHALIA / JOSEPH J JONES / TOO MANY T’S / THE CORRESPONDENTS / MELLAH / CARO / BEANS ON TOAST / WEST THEBARTON / WILLE & THE BANDITS / TRANCE WAX / OR:LA / KRYSTAL KLEAR / KIDEKO / WILL CLARKE / ELISA & SIGRALA / HAAI / HOCKEY DAD / LIGHT LAYERS / DJ PROOF / SONS OF THE EAST / ADAM FRENCH / BOBBY ALU / ANNABEL ALLUM/ LION / LOW ISLAND / HOLIDAY OSCAR / CHARLOTTE CARPENTER /  JOSH MCGOVERN / THE LOTTERY WINNERS / FEET / LADY BIRD / RENTAL WIVES / BAD PARENTS / BLACK FOXXES / HAUS / COLOURING / LUCIA / REWS / FIZZY BLOOD / TRUDY & THE ROMANCE /THE RPMS / THE ALIVE / BRYDE / BOBII LEWIS / MR WOODNOTE / THE HEMPOLICS / THE KEG COMEDY HOUR /KIOKO / PARADISIA / HEDLUV & PASSMAN / JOSEPHINE & THE ARTIZANS / ANDY QUICK BAND / NOT THE BEATLES / BRONX CHEER / RYAN PLATTS / TWO TRIBES / CAKE BOY / MOGOLIAN DISCO SHOW / ALEX LLEO / CLUB PEEL / THREE MINUTE WARNING / LOST IN MUSIC / DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS / ME & THE DEVIL / SAM SWEENEY

Published on 29 March 2018 by Ben Robinson

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