8 bands you can’t miss at Boardmasters 2013

Boardmaters_EdSheeran_CREDIT SamNeill

Live music and cold cyder are one of those perfect combinations – like tea and cake or sunshine and good surf. We may not be music aficionados, but we know what sounds good with an icy pint, good friends and a few rays of sunshine.

British musical talent is at its best at this year’s Boardmasters. We’ve chosen a selection of unmissable acts from the line-up. They’re certainly worth peeling yourself out of that comfy fold-up chair and hot-footing it across ‘tent city’ to go and see – we promise.

Ben Howard

This south-west surfer is an obvious choice for us. After winning two BRIT Awards earlier this year, he’s returning to his roots to headline Boardmasters. His well-known acoustic sets are guaranteed to draw the crowds in – so nab a spot in the arena early. This video is one of our favourites. It’s a childhood fantasy come to life – building a giant water slide and careering down it at top speed.

Where? Main Stage, Watergate Bay

When? Sunday 11th August

 

The Vaccines

The perfect balance of punky rock and cruisey melodies, The Vaccines are an ideal soundtrack to laid-back field listening. Bop around to If You Wanna with your friends before mellowing out to Wetsuit (below). After all, “put a wetsuit on” seems like appropriate advice for a surf festival.

Where? Main Stage, Watergate Bay

When? Friday 9th August

 

Tom Odell

He may look baby-faced but this talented singer-songwriter has been dominating radio stations across the country this year. Catch his soulful crooning and impressive piano skills on Sunday. His Grade 7 has clearly stood him in good stead.

Where? Main Stage, Watergate Bay

When? Sunday 11th August

 

Nina Nesbitt

It will be hard to miss this pop-star when her blonde fluffy mane appears on stage. Nina Nesbitt started out as a ‘girl with a guitar’ You Tube sensation before going on tour with Ed Sheeran last year. Her older-than-her-years vocals mark her out as something special. We’re hoping to catch a listen of Way in the World  in person.

Where? Main Stage, Watergate Bay

When? Friday 9th August

 

Hudson Taylor

Lesser-known folk band Hudson Taylor hail from the chilly shores of Ireland. Their catchy Mumford and Sons-style tunes are definitely worth hanging around for. Listen out for the beautiful World Without You and foot-stomping Drop In The Ocean.

Where? Main Stage, Watergate Bay

When? Sunday 11th August

 

Temples

Liverpudlian quartet Temples embody everything you would want from a proper festival band: the twang of an electric guitar, a spaced-out drummer and a hint of 1970s psychedelic pop. Plus their hairstyles are truly worth marveling at.

Where? Mavericks, Watergate Bay

When? TBC

 

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Leftwich’s gentle, romantic tones will be a great way to ease into the weekend. The up-and-coming acoustic singer will be fronting Thursday’s Beach Sessions on Fistral Beach, set against breaking waves and (with a bit of luck) a blood-orange Cornish sunset.

Where? Marley Presents Beach Sessions, Fistral Beach

When? Thursday 8th August

 

Young Aviators 

If you’re looking for some up-beat indie-rock, Young Aviators are your fellows. They’re like a more chilled-out version of Two Door Cinema Club, guaranteed to get the crowd going with their snappy lyrics and rousing guitar solos.

Where? Mavericks, Watergate Bay

When? Saturday 10th August

 

Photo credit: Sam Neill

Rattler is the official cyder partner of Boardmasters 2013 – tickets are still available. Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

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