This years Boardmasters festival saw record numbers attending across Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. A weekend of glorious weather, an incredible sporting and musical lineup and the best festival setting we’ve ever seen made this a weekend to remember.
Music fans were in their element as some of the most celebrated and exciting names in contemporary music took to the stage on Friday. Headliners The Vaccines brought their energetic brand of indie rock to the Boardmasters crowd. They were ably supported on the main stage by the electronic inspired Everything Everything and left-field favourites Frightened Rabbit who both wowed an appreciative crowd. Over at the Unleashed Arena Redlight got Boardmasters moving with his unique soulful brand of dance music, before dubstep pioneer Benga elicited the normal outpouring of bass fuelled fanaticism.
Festival-goers were eased in during the day on Saturday with the chilled sounds of Charlie Hole, Joss White and Alice Jemima on the picturesque View stage whilst over at the Main Stage acoustic sounds filled the air from Land of the Giants, The Dedicated Nothing and Ben Caplan.
As Saturday night drew in Basement Jaxx took the main stage by storm leaving the crowd nothing short of breathless with their energetic set and entertaining performance playing big favourites including Do Your Thing, Raindrops and Good Luck.
Simian Mobile Disco smashed the Unleashed stage along with XXXY and Fenech Soler whilst indie and rock lovers were treated to the moshing sounds of Mallory Knox and Hawk Eyes. As the sun once again set on stunning Boardmasters site, house lovers gathered at The Marley Point stage to enjoy T.Williams and Gordon City and many more before heading to the packed out after party at Library Bar.
Down at Fistral the brilliant Day Sessions soundtracked a packed surf schedule which ran alongside the hugely popular Pro Skate and BMX qualifiers.
The huge crowd at the sell-out summer spectacular were treated to yet another day of brilliant music and exceptional sporting action. Man of the moment Ben Howard closed the festival with a set that provided revellers the perfect farewell after another record breaking year.
Man of the moment and fan favourite Ben Howard’s thought provoking and soulful set was the perfect final act of an action packed schedule on the main stage. Howard’s music never fails to touch a nerve, and his moving hits Only Love and The Wolves brought rapturous applause from a packed Boardmasters crowd.
Those looking for a change of pace where not without options as MJ Cole and Copy Paste Soul took to the Marley Point and B.Traits and Grandmaster Flash to the heavy bass line favoured Unleashed tent.
Keg and Pasty proved a huge success, continually packed to the rafters with comedy and acoustic lovers.
As the sun set on another hugely successful weekend of music and sports action, 2013 will no doubt be remembered as a year of great success. Record numbers saw over 25,000 join at the Fistral site, with the Men’s Longboard and Open finals attracting the largest crowds seen at Boardmasters during the past 10 years. Boardmasters are proud to be able to provide an excellent showcase for the ever evolving UK surf community and will strive to do so year after year.