Monday, 7 August 2017

Boardmasters 2017 | My Recommendations.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Boardmasters is the one of the few festivals that combines live music with surfing, skateboarding, BMX, and some of the best after parties. There's a surf village (basically a little shopping area where you can get great deals on vans as well as other fun stuff) and signings from pro surfers and skateboarders.
This year the #RoxyFitness movement is coming to Watergate Bay for morning yoga sessions, (more info here) and the World Surf League returns for short and longboarders froth on Fistral Beach.

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be there. So I'll be spending the week living vicariously through my brother whilst he works and has the best time there.

With over 40,000 people heading to Cornwall for the festival this week, 2017 is set to be Boardmasters biggest year yet.

I've posted my music recommendations below!

If you're going to be someone that proclaims you could never be anything other than a musician, then you basically have to be the best. Luckily for Jake Bugg, he's pretty damn talented. 
Inspired by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, his music takes you into a restless, bluesy strut- tinged with pop. At just 23, Bugg's currently got 3 studio albums and 3 EP's under his belt. All blessed with his somewhat nasally voice (not a bad thing, I promise), he switches between moody, folk-esque rock to the upbeat-perfect-for-festivals bangers. Oh, yeah. This one's not exactly short of talent.

For Fans Of: Bob Dylan, Artic Monkeys, The Libertines.
Find Him This Weekend: Saturday on The Land Of Saints stage at Watergate Bay.

Lower Than Atlantis have been on my radar for a long time now. I almost saw them live once, but something (I can't remember what) and those plans fell through. I really wish they hadn't though. LTA are apparently incredible live. Their complimentary mix of pop, rock and electric create absolute wonders. Mix that in with some catchy-af choruses that make the perfect crowd sing-alongs, and you've got an impressive live show. 
With a back catalogue of over a decade, these English lads definitely know what they're doing.

For Fans Of: Deaf Havana, Don Bronco, Twin Atlantic, Young Guns.
Find Them This Weekend: Saturday on The Land Of Saints stage at Watergate Bay.

Cumbrian born quartet, Wild Beasts, mix confessional lyrics with indie-rock with quirky synths. Joking that they sound like a combination of Justin Timberlake and Nine Inch Nails, you may think WTF?! But honestly, it works. 
They released their fifth album last year, with funky, dance-able music yet dark, raw lyrics about sex, lust and sadness. 
Although I've never seen them live, I've heard live, they're attentive and energetic. Don't miss them.

For Fans Of: Everything, Everything, The 1975, Jagwar Ma.
Find Them This Weekend: Saturday on The Land Of Saints stage at Watergate Bay.

This one is quite a new one for me.
At just 21, Sam Fender has already supported the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Hozier. Creating acoustic-folk music with his powerful, indie rock driven voice, his raw lyrics are poised and storytelling. Expect this talented singer-songwriter to have a long career.

For Fans Of: Ben Howard, Haim.
Find Him This Weekend: Friday on The Main Stage at Watergate Bay.

I can't really remember when I discovered Honeyblood, but I'm glad I did. The Scottish duo are currently on their second album worth of songs -fused by  90's angst and kick ass, pop punk songs. Music that wouldn't be out of place in teen classics such as 10 Things I Hate About You, My So-Called Life or Empire Records. 
The dreamlike vocals Stina Tweeddale works wonders with Cat Myers' gauzy, alternative rock drumming, and will have you feeling nostalgic for a decade that may not have even been alive for.

For Fans Of: Swim Deep, Viola Beach, Blossoms, JAWS.
Find Him This Weekend: Friday on Land Of Saints Stage at Watergate Bay.

I discovered Kioko after Boardmasters announced a batch of artists for 2017's line up. 
The Birmingham based group, blend reggae and soul with lyrics regarding political and social awareness. Describing their sound as "soulful pop influenced by reggae and dub music," you can guarantee that their Caribbean laced songs will put good vibes into anyone this weekend. And hopefully for a long time coming.

For Fans Of: The Skints, Bob Marley.
Find Him This Weekend: Saturday on Main Stage at Watergate Bay.

Landon McNamara hails in from Hawaii's North Shore. The island where he was born and raised. In other words, he grew up in total island paradise. Nope, not jealous. Not at all.
He's a big wave surfer (Surfer Magazine put him in their Top 100) and a model for Ford agency. If that's not enough to keep him busy, he's also an extremely talented singer- songwriter. His music is pure, raw and perfect for those long days at the beach. McNamara's melodies are catchy with a groove in them, while his voice is relaxing with a reggae edge to it. 
basically, Landon McNamara is the perfect artist for Boardmasters.

For Fans Of: Wheeland Brothers, Ben Howard.
Find Him This Weekend: Sunday on The Point Stage at Watergate Bay.

I think everyone knows The Vaccines. I also think everyone loves The Vaccines. So I'll keep this short. 
If you go and see these boys live this weekend, expect guitar driven indie rock, levi jeans charm and swagger. Their performances are personal; their music meaningful. But more than that, they'll drift you away to a state of pure happiness.

For Fans Of: The Cribs, The Libertines, Palma Violets, Artic Monkeys.
Find Him This Weekend: Saturday on The Main Stage at Watergate Bay.

The infectious dance music of Purple Disco Machine will bring an insane amount of life to any party. 
The German producer has spent years cultivating his nu disco and funk filled electronica.
Perfect for dancing to on long summer evenings; filled with groove, soul and synth, PDM's style is sure to be a hit on the Cornish coast.

For Fans Of: Kaskade, Deadmau5
Find Him This Weekend: Saturday on The Point Stage at Watergate Bay.

Newton Faulkner has been a long term favourite of mine. Ever since Dream Catch Me came out in 2007, I've been in love with his raspy, sublime voice. 
Telling heartfelt stories with an acoustic guitar and a thumping drumbeat, is a role that comes very naturally from Faulkner. His songs are intricate and intimate, and I'm always shocked more people haven't heard of him. 
This is an artist that deserves to be heard. 

For Fans Of: Ben Howard, Paulo Nutini, Charlie Simpson.
Find Him This Weekend: Friday on The Main Stage at Watergate Bay.

Want more recommendations?
Two Door Cinema Club ■ Jamiroquai ■ Alt-J
The Flaming Lips ■ Frank Turner ■ Roger Sanchez
Ziggy Marley ■ Jaqwar Ma ■ Pulled Apart By Horses
Digital Farm Animals ■ Will Heard 

Are any of you going to Boardmasters?
Who do you plan on seeing? 
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Disclaimer: None of the photos are mine but I have edited them.
I have credited where I found each photo but am unsure as to who the original photographers are.

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