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Your Guide To The Best Music Acts Playing In Cornwall This Summer

If you’re thinking of going to a festival this year then what better place to see some live music than Cornwall. Forget Glastonbury and all that mud, here in Cornwall we have some great acts lined up all through the Summer, playing in some idyllic locations.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d put together a quick guide to some of the best artists that will be playing across Cornwall during the festival season. All that’s left for you to do now is decide what to go and see. Make sure you book as early as possible though as tickets go fast!

SHAKIN’ STEVENS: Hall For Cornwall, Truro. Wednesday, May 10.

With 33 hit singles and four UK No.1s to his name, the Platinum-selling artist, will be performing new tracks from his album Echoes Of Our Times, along with classic hits and a few surprises.

WHEATUS: Watering Hole, Perranporth, Friday, May 12

Wheatus is an American rock band from Northport, New York, formed in 1995. They are best known for their 2000 single “Teenage Dirtbag”.

RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN: Live in The Wyldes, near Bude, Friday, May 26

Rag’n’Bone Man has been announced as headliner for the first of three nights of shows at ‘The Wyldes’, set in a scenic valley in North Cornwall, only a few miles from some of the best beaches in the UK, happening from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May 2017.

CHASE AND STATUS: Lost in The Wyldes, near Bude, Saturday, May 27

Chase & Status been announced as headliner for the Saturday night of three nights of shows at ‘The Wyldes’, a custom made events site set in a scenic valley in North Cornwall, only a few miles from some of the best beaches in the UK, happening from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May 2017.

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN: The Great Estate, Scorrier, Saturday, June 3

Spanning 40 years of their cult music, they will be gracing the stage as your Saturday night headliners. We are expecting a truly classic set of iconic music, from ‘The Killing Moon’ to ‘Lips Like Sugar’ and ‘The Cutter’.

BASTILLE: Eden Sessions, St Austell, Thursday, June 15

London indie superstars Bastille will headline a show at the Eden Sessions on Thursday June 15, 2017. They released their second studio album Wild World in September 2016 to critical acclaim and a number one spot in the UK album charts. The record included the singles Good Grief, Send Them Off! and Blame.

MADNESS: Eden Sessions, St Austell, Friday, June 16

Madness are one of the most successful British pop groups of all time. They have had 15 singles in the UK top ten, including One Step Beyond, My Girl, and Baggy Trousers, and one UK number one single, House of Fun. Their eleventh studio album Can’t Touch Us Now was released last autumn to critical acclaim.

SIR TOM JONES: Bands In The Sands, Perranporth, Friday, June 23

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Sir Tom Jones will return to Cornwall this summer to take part in a series of big-name concerts on Perranporth beach. Just a year after playing the headline slot at the Eden Sessions the Welsh singer will play at Bands in the Sands.

The judge on ITV’s The Voice will be playing all the hits – from Delilah to It’s Not Unusual to Sex Bomb plus all his new, gritty blues-inflected material – on Friday, June 23.

EXAMPLE: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Friday, June 30

His initials being E.G., English MC/vocalist Elliot Gleave performed under the name Example. Gleave got his feet wet as an MC while attending Royal Holloway, where he met Joseph Gardner (aka Rusher) and recorded a concept album in the audio booth of the university’s film department. “A Pointless Song,” one of the tracks recorded there, became Example’s first release, a 2004 single on his All the Chats label.

VAN MORRISON: Eden Sessions, St Austell, Saturday, July 1

Sir Van Morrison is the latest stellar name to be announced for this summer’s Eden Sessions. This will be his first performance in Cornwall in 16 years. The Belfast-born legend is one of the most revered and decorated musicians of recent times.

He was knighted last year, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won six Grammys, a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution and the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement.

CLEAN BANDIT: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Saturday, July 1

Clean Bandit are a British electronic music group formed in Cambridge, England in 2008. The band consists of Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson and Luke Patterson. Their 2010 single “Mozart’s House”, released by Black Butter Records, reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2014, they scored their first UK Singles Chart-topping single with “Rather Be”, a collaboration with Jess Glynne, featuring elements of both classical and dance music. “Rather Be” remained at the top of the chart for four weeks.

BILLY OCEAN: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Saturday, July 1

Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; 21 January 1950) is a Trinidadian-born English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.

After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, “Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist.

KT TUNSTALL: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Saturday, July 1

Born in 1975, Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall — not short for anything, the KT is just an alternate spelling of Katie — comes from the quaint university town of St. Andrews. Due in part to being adopted at birth, her imagination and creative side flourished from early on as she thought about how her life could have gone in any given direction. As she was growing up, her physicist father would take Tunstall and her brothers into the St. Andrews observatory to look at the sky, thus fueling her youthful love for space and sci-fi.

It wasn’t until discovering hair metal through a brother that music really started to become important to her. After a break from touring, Tunstall reentered the studio in late 2012 and recorded her fifth album, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon, which appeared in June of 2013. The album, inspired both by the death of her father and the dissolution of her four-year marriage, marked an inward turn for Tunstall, comprising mainly acoustic and lo-fi numbers. Her second live album, Live Islington Assembly Hall, was recorded on the June 20, 2013 stop of the supporting tour. In June 2016, Tunstall released the four-song Golden State EP, an upbeat affair that included the single “Evil Eye.” It was the precursor to that September’s KIN, a bright, colorful album produced by Tony Hoffer.

THE LEVELLERS: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Saturday, July 1

The Levellers formed in 1988, bringing together five Brighton, England, musicians — Mark Chadwick (vocals, guitar, banjo), Alan Miles (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Jeremy Cunningham (bass, bouzouki), Charlie Heather (drums), and Jon Sevink (fiddle). Forging out a pseudo-hippie, slightly punky folk-rock with a Celtic flavoring, the band released two EPs on their own Hag label in 1989, which led to a contract with Musidisc.

JOHN NEWMAN: Tunes In The Dunes, Perranporth, Sunday, July 2

John Newman had his Otis Redding-inspired tone brought to the fore on the two 2012 singles that effectively introduced the London drum’n’bass act Rudimental to the mainstream. Released in May 2012, within a couple of months the powerful and upbeat “Feel the Love” had reached the number one spot in the U.K., while the anthemic “Not Giving In” — also featuring London-born singer/songwriter Alex Clare — followed that November.

Newman’s assured vocal on both tracks was in part due to the fact that he had co-written each piece. Brought up on a diet of Motown and Northern soul by his mother, Newman built on the hip-hop and house experiments of his teen years before gigging regularly during a three-year stint at Leeds College of Music.

BRYAN ADAMS: Eden Sessions, St Austell, Thursday, July 6

Canadian superstar Bryan Adams’ massive hits include Run to You, Summer of ’69 and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You. He broke through in North America with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and became a world-wide star thanks to his album Reckless the following year.

The multi award-winning star released (Everything I Do) I Do It for You in 1991 from the Waking Up the Neighbours album and the song became a world-wide hit which went to number one in many countries, including a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks in the UK

RAZORLIGHT: Sundowner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay

Think nostalgic ‘Electric Ballroom’ sounds set in one of the country’s most stunning venues with an unforgettable sunset backdrop. The British Indie Rock band – consisting of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Johnny Borrell, drummer Skully, bassist João Mello and lead guitarist David Ellis – formed in 2002 and have had an array of maverick guitar hits including ‘In The Morning’ and the number 1… ‘America’.

Now taking to the Lusty Glaze stage, this will be a night to remember!

THE STRANGLERS: Bands In The Sands, Perranporth, Friday, July 21

The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most “continuously successful” bands to have originated in the UK punk scene.

Formed as the Guildford Stranglers on 11 September 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, they originally built a following within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude identified them as one of the instigators of the UK punk rock scene that followed, their idiosyncratic approach rarely followed any single musical genre and the group went on to explore a variety of musical styles, from new wave, art rock and gothic rock through the sophisticated pop of some of their 1980s output.

They had major mainstream success with their single “Golden Brown”. Their other hits include “No More Heroes”, “Peaches”, “Always the Sun” and “Skin Deep”.

FEEDER: Bands In The Sands, Perranporth, Friday, July 28

Extremely excited to see Feeder here at the end of July to play Bands in the Sands. So many great hits such as Buck Rogers, Feeling a moment, Just a day & just the way I’m feeling. Make sure you don’t miss out.

THE CRIBS: Leopallooza, near Bude, Friday, July 28

The Cribs have been announced as one of the headliners for this year’s Leopallooza which takes place at The Wyldes, near Bude, North Cornwall from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.

Festival co-founder Sam Dunnett said: “This is a festival built by festival lovers. We started it in 2006, and the same group of friends run it to this day. We work extremely hard to keep the independent ethos throughout, with everything people see, hear, drink and eat handpicked by us. Once again the team has put together a great lineup of both established and breaking artists, with the 11th Leopallooza shaping up to be one of the biggest yet.”

MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS: Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Wednesday, August 9

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were among the most successful groups of the Motown roster during the period 1963-1967. In contrast to other Motown groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas were known for a harder, R&B sound, typified by Love Is Like a Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack and, their signature song, Dancing in the Street.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: The Watering Hole, Perranporth, Wednesday, August 9

One of the best known ska and rock groups in the world. Frontman Toots compared to Otis Redding, and named one of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time by Rolling Stone.With so many great hits this is a great suited act to the beach bar vibe, with funky kingston, 54 46 whats my number, pressure drop and many more.

ROGER SANCHEZ: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Friday, August 11

2015 proved to be one of Roger Sanchez’s most creative and prolific years to date, with the continued success of his S-Man moniker, and the first releases under his own name for some time.

Following the return of his S-Man alter-ego in 2014, the huge ‘Remember Me’ (feat Stealth) as Roger Sanchez , relaunched his Stealth Recordings label, and grew from Pete Tong’s Essential New tune into a global radio and club hit, picking up deals with Ministry Of Sound – Australia, Ego – Italy, We Play – Germany, Blanco Y Negro – Spain, and beyond.

JAMIROQUAI: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Saturday, August 12

Jamiroquai are a British funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992.[7] Fronted by lead singer Jay Kay, Jamiroquai were initially the most prominent component in the London-based funk/acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the James Taylor Quartet, and the Brand New Heavies. Subsequent albums have explored other musical directions such as pop, rock, and electronica.

Their best-known track, particularly in North America, is “Virtual Insanity”, which won four awards at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards as well as a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.

JAKE BUGG: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Saturday, August 12

Jake Bugg is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, some of which was co-written with songwriter Iain Archer, was released in October 2012 and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. His second album, Shangri La, was released in November 2013 and his third, largely self-produced album On My One, in June 2016.

His 2012 single “Trouble Town” is the theme for the BBC TV series Happy Valley broadcast in 2014 and 2016.

PETE TONG: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Saturday, August 12

There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

KATE NASH: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Saturday, August 12

Kate Nash is a multi-instrumental recording artist from London. With a platinum selling album and a BRIT Award tucked firmly under her belt, Kate is known across both the music and fashion industries as a forthright songwriter, unabashed feminist and front row style icon. She first started writing pop music in London’s streets aged 15. Those songs went on to inform her #1 record and Brit-Award gleaning debut ‘Made Of Bricks’, produced by Paul Epworth and led by the charge of hit single ‘Foundations’.

ALT-J: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Sunday, August 13

Alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, by Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Thom Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals).

The band’s debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 in Europe and September 2012 in the United States, and won the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Gwil Sainsbury amicably departed the band in early 2014. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released on 22 September 2014 and went straight to UK number one. As a replacement for Sainsbury, Cameron Knight became a supporting member for alt-J’s live shows, playing guitar, bass and sampler.

STORMZY: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Sunday, August 13

Since releasing his debut EP, Dreamers Disease, only two years ago, the 22 year old South London artist has scooped up two MOBOs, toured the world, won Best International Artist at the BET Awards, performed on Jools Holland, become the first unsigned rapper to feature on the BBC Sound Of… list, sold almost a million records, and made history by sending two grime freestyles into the UK chart top 20 for the first time in history.

ZIGGY MARLEY: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Sunday, August 13

Throughout the course of his three-decade career and 16 albums, Ziggy has built a music legacy worthy of his legendary family name. With seven GRAMMY® Awards and an EMMY® to his credit, the humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer continually progresses at every turn. Ziggy’s musical history dates back to ten-years-old when he would watch his father Bob Marley record in the studio. His eight-album catalog with the Melody Makers encompasses three GRAMMY® Awards, countless sold out shows, and many an anthem.

ARMAND VAN HELDEN: Boardmasters, Watergate Bay, Sunday, August 13

AVH is the house producer who loves hip-hop, the beat master who would die happy if he could make a beat with Pharrell Wiliams or find a (female) muse for his musical meanderings. Try and pigeonhole him into one genre and you’ll fail miserably. He’s made tribal house for Strictly, soul-flavoured garage for London/FFRR, straight-up electro-house for Southern Fried and pop-flavoured rock for himself. He’s a man on a mission, he just doesn’t quite know what. What he does know, however, is the importance of digging in the crates and digging different scenes without actually being a part of any one of them.

JESUS AND MARY CHAIN: Looe Music Festival, Friday, September 29

The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to independent label Creation Records, they released their first single “Upside Down” in 1984. Their debut album Psychocandy was released to critical acclaim in 1985 on major label WEA. The band went on to release five more studio albums before disbanding in 1999. They reunited in 2007.

LULU: Looe Music Festival, Saturday, September 30

For five decades, Lulu has been a legend on stage, on TV and in film. From James Bond crooning on The Man with the Golden Gun, and covering Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ to grammy-nominated songwriting for Tina Tuner with ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’, mentoring on American Idol and returning to No 1 with Take That’s cover of ‘Relight My Fire’, Lulu’s never let up – and it seems like she never will.

Now she’s coming here, to take over Looe Beach with her bluesy, soulful voice and infectious passion. Mark your place in the sand, it’s going to get lively…

THE UNDERTONES: Looe Music Festival, Saturday, September 30

Re-live your Teenage Kicks in Looe when The Undertones take to the main stage on Saturday.

Formed in Derry in 1974, much of the earlier Undertones material drew influence from punk rock and new wave and included hits such as My Perfect Cousin, Jimmy Jimmy, Here Comes the Summer and Wednesday Week. The subject of two documentaries, The Undertones’ debut album is included in Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British albums of all time.

HAPPY MONDAYS: Looe Music Festival, Sunday, October 1

Formed in the 80s in Salford, Manchester, and growing out of a mutating acid house-fuelled Madchestah, Happy Mondays fast became legends of late ’80s and early ’90s dance club scene. The original line-up included Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark ‘Bez’ Berry later joined the band as a dancer and percussionist. In the early ’90s, Rowetta joined the band to provide backing vocals, to complete the same line-up that will be playing at LMF.

In 1990, third album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches went platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies, marking them clearly as one of the era’s most influential bands. Late the same year, Paul McCartney said: ‘I saw the Happy Mondays on TV, and they reminded me of the Beatles in their ‘Strawberry Fields’ phase’.

Go find a melon to twist, pull on your Joe Bloggs jeans, and start practicing your Bez convulsions because it’s going to get messy. As the saying goes: ‘If you think you can remember Manchester in the 90s, you weren’t there.’ Don’t miss it this time round and expect excess all areas. So probably best to take the Monday off.

CAST: Looe Music Festival, Sunday, October 1

Formed in Liverpool in 1992 Cast soon became one of the top acts during the Britpop era of the 1990s. A succession of chart topping albums and singles including ‘Tell It How It Is’ and ‘Alright’ followed before the band split in 2001.

Bursting back on the scene in 2012 with the release of ‘Troubled Times’, their first studio album in ten years, Cast have been performing at sold out shows and festivals ever since. Continuing to record new music, their latest album ‘Kicking Up Dust’ was released in April 2017.

Warming us all up for a grand finale to remember, Cast are supporting headliners Happy Mondays who close the festival on Sunday 1st October.

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