The summeriest festival of them all, Boardmasters offers a Cornish take on the usual mud-crusted fest vibes, offering not just music, but also surfing competitions, laid back campfire jam sessions and even morning beach yoga. However, don’t let this host of other activities distract you from what is set to be an impressive line-up of acts.
A personal favourite band of mine who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both at a gig in Leicester and at T in the Park in 2012. Despite me no longer being an exuberant young teenager with a penchant for feelgood indie pop, as well as the departure of drummer Pete Robertson, these are a band I’m excited to see live again after so many years. Still enthusiastic and energetic, The Vaccines seem, to me, to be the perfect band to headline a festival like Boardmasters, with catchy summer tunes such as Wetsuit and If You Wanna guaranteed to get the crowd going. If you’re headed to Boardmasters and have never seen these guys live, re-familiarise yourself with their work and get ready for a treat.
Two Door Cinema Club
Despite their best efforts, NME never managed to whip up an Oasis v. Blur style rivalry between Two Door and The Vaccines, as both of these bands will be sharing the stage at Boardmasters. Equal to The Vaccines in terms of pop-fuelled hits and punchy debut albums, one thing I can not compare is their styles as live artists, having never seen TDCC live before. In many ways, I’m more excited to see these live than The Vaccines after having missed my chance in my younger years. For a festival that promises a summer of alternative music seen through the Aden Instagram filter, Boardmasters is certainly delivering on the line-up, with TDCC’s Sun and Undercover Martyn sure to put the crowd into a beachy trance.
Providing the festival with some much-needed folk-rock and melancholia is the immeasurably talented Jake Bugg. Although he seems to have slipped off the ‘indie radar’ since his acclaimed debut at the tender age of 18, it’s irrefutable that he’s an artist with plenty of growth left in him, and an impressive discography with which to fill his set. Having seen him tour his debut album, I know that his style as a live performer is worlds away from the energy of The Vaccines, but is no less compelling. What Doesn’t Kill You and Lightning Bolt will certainly please the crowd, whilst if Broken gets an airing down in Cornwall, I’m certain we will be in tears by the end.
Relative new kids on the block compared to the other artists listed, The Amazons have been stirring up excitement these last 12 months as they establish themselves as another band with a heavier sound, following loosely in the footsteps of other artists such as Royal Blood, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Hunna. Heavier than the likes of The Vaccines and TDCC and more high octane than Jake Bugg, The Amazons are another band I’m looking forward to seeing live for the first time, with their songs Junk Food Forever and Black Magic having found their way onto a couple of my Spotify playlists. Judging by their steadily growing popularity, their Boardmasters set could be a busy affair.
See you at Boardmasters!
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