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EarPeace Reviews: Boardmasters Festival @ Cornwall, UK

August 29, 2014

Music, surfing, skating, BMX and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean…Could you want anything more from a festival? Boardmasters Festival combines the thrill of adrenaline filled sports competitions with well renowned musicians. In the past, Boardmasters brought artists as Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran to the stage and this year’s headliners included big names such as Chase & Status and Snoop Dogg.

Located in Fistral Beach was the skating, surfing and BMX competitions with beach session gigs throughout the day. Whereas Watergate Bay was host to the 3-day music festival from the 8th until the 10th of August. With 8 stages, spanning nearly every genre you could think of, Boardmasters delivered the audience an amazing time and a wide range of music. Unfortunately due to unforeseen weather circumstances, the third day of the festival had to be cancelled. Even though hurricane Bertha was a minor setback, the first two days of the festival exceeded our expectations. Vision Nine, the organisers of Boardmasters, provided a full refund for Sunday, making up for the adverse weather conditions.

The headliner for the first day of the festival was Chase & Status, with Mista Jam warming up the stage beforehand with both acts exceeding our expectations. The main stage brought thousands of fans to the arena for Snoop Dogg’s unforgettable performance. Singing every single hit you could ever think of, Snoop Dogg also paid tribute to Notorious BIG and 2Pac, playing some of their classics as the whole crowd sang along.

Besides the main one, there was the Unleashed stage, showing off big names of the UK D&B scene. Shy FX, SIGMA, Wilkinson and Roni Size kept the music going until late hours even after all the other stages had turned off their speakers, with legit jungle rhythms and drum & bass beats.

For hard rock lovers, the Mavericks stage offered a great time with the likes of Palma Violets and Dead Kennedy’s. The Point—your classic deep/tech house stage—hosted Ben Pearce, Kidnap Kid and Toyboy & Robin on the second night. On our first night we saw ‘Eton Messy Presents,’ including performances by Bodhi, Blonde and Friend Within. We heard deeper beats towards the end of each DJ’s set, fitting well with the overall love of D&B in the festival.

Besides these big names we’ve all heard of, EarPeace pinpointed a couple of talents hidden in the shadows of the headliners. Keep an eye out for The Coronas—we had a great time listening to them, sipping our pints and listening to a day session on the main stage. Another amazing performance kept in the down low was the B2B performance of Jonas Rathsman and Isaac Tichauer. Isaac Tichauer is a unique talent indeed, he was born deaf and now only has one working ear but he is, without a doubt, a DJ with great taste. They are both part of the French Express record label and will be playing in London soon. Rathsman will be playing at an XOYO Loves session in Electric Brixton towards the end of the year and you also have the opportunity to watch Tichauer on the 19th of September in XOYO. Performing at The View stage, Emily & The Woods also put forth a great gig; rumours are we’ll be hearing a lot more from her…

Those wanting to keep on going until the early hours of the morning went to the after party sessions in various clubs around the town of Newquay. For those who missed the acts of Blonde, Just Kiddin or Wilkinson, there were opportunities to see them perform in these late night parties. After the unfortunate cancellation of the last day, Sunday night’s after party was the best ending to our 2 days spent at Boardmasters. Performances from the legendary Mike Skinner and DJ Luck & Mc Neat filled our night with some good quality UK garage and house.

There were also ongoing beach sessions down at Fistral Beach where the sports competitions were held. Skindred and Fink were among the big names performing, along with Hot Dub, Degrees of Jazz and many more.

The 2014 surf champions were Jock Barnes for Men’s Open and Keshia Eyre for Women’s Open. Pro Junior champion Harry De Roth and Davidoff Cool Water Longboard pro winner Ben Skinner were also among those that grabbed attention.

Boardmasters was an exceptional weekend filled with good quality sports as well as music, similar to the festivals you would find in Ireland such as Sea Sessions held annually towards the end of June. Those yearning for something a little different from a music festival should definitely check out Boardmasters!

By Yasemin

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