Taking place from August 7th to 11th, 2024, the Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival stands as a monumental event in Cornwall’s festival calendar. Established in 1981, this five-day festival unfolds across two stunning locations: the surf mecca of Fistral Beach, hosting international surf competitions, and the breathtakingly scenic Watergate Bay, home to vibrant live music performances.
This festival is not just a highlight for over 150,000 attendees but a tribute to the surf and music culture. At Fistral Beach, the Boardmasters OPEN will see top pro surfers from around the globe competing in the UK’s most significant surf competition, including events like the Animal OPEN and BFGoodrich Longboard OPEN. This competition, affiliated with UKPSA, aims to develop the future of British surfing and is open to all national and international pro surfers.
Meanwhile, Watergate Bay transforms into a music haven with performances from world-renowned artists. The festival’s previous editions have seen headliners like Foals, Gorillaz, and Jorja Smith, and while the 2024 lineup is still to be confirmed, it promises to be equally spectacular. Beyond the music, festival-goers can dive into various experiences – from the Beach Sessions with live music on Fistral Beach to the Beach Bar and BBQ, Surf Village, Cornish Market, Surf Art, photography, and film sessions.
For those inspired to try surfing themselves, local surf schools offer lessons. To unwind, attendees can head to the Wellbeing Area or the On-Site Eco Spa. Luxury Camping and Glamping are available for those seeking an upgraded experience.
Boardmasters encourages sustainable transportation choices, offering a shuttle bus service between the festival site at Watergate Bay and Newquay town center. This service ensures quick and convenient access to Fistral Beach, using closed roads for a faster journey.
The festival is accessible to wheelchair users, with facilities like parking areas for disabled visitors, ramp/level access, and toilets for disabled visitors. On-site, there are also cafes/restaurants and picnic sites, catering to all culinary needs.
Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival 2024 is set to be an unmissable event, blending the thrill of surfing with the allure of live music, all set against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall’s coast. For more information and ticket bookings, visit the official Boardmasters website.