As diverse as its scenery and beaches, Cornwall is also host to some of the most varied music festivals in the world.

Whether your genre is folk, sea shanty, classical, rock, jazz, blues or the more mainstream pop music, Cornwall’s music festival scene offers an eclectic range of artists supported by a backdrop of craggy cliffs, majestic moorlands and stretches of golden sands. Even the acts can’t resist this opportunity and there’ll be guests from across the globe coming to Cornwall.

Tunes in the Dues

Perranporth hosts “Tunes in the Dunes”, a festival set on the beautiful golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall. Set amongst scenic cliffs and sand dunes, top bands will be on display with the ocean only a stone’s throw away.

2018 welcomes a top line-up including the original members of UB40, The Skints, Gypsy Queens and Pixie Lott to name but a few. They will be supported by a host of popular local Cornish acts.

The festival is on from Friday 8th June starting at 12 pm through to Sunday 10th June 2018, finishing at 11 pm. Check out their website: or ring 01872 572888 for details of tickets and facilities available.

St Ives Semptember Festival

St Ives September Festival boasts 15 days of music as well as art events.

From the 8th through to the 22nd September 2018, more than 300 music events will take place throughout St Ives in venues including: St Ives Guildhall, St Ives Theatre, The Western Hotel, and many of the local pubs who will have free music sessions every night during the Festival.

There will be two Saturday afternoons of street entertainment and the traditional open air music in Norway Square. This year the line-up includes Seth Lakeman, Fisherman’s Friends, New Jersey Boys, and more.

For more information, and regular updates on this fabulous St Ives Festival, visit their website

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival is a fantastic weekend featuring some of the best and brightest folk artists in Cornwall.

The festival takes place on the late May Bank Holiday weekend, May 25th to 28th, 2018. There are many internationally known artists amongst the line-up including Against the Grain, Capella, Didjan. For more information go to

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is one of the biggest maritime music festivals in Europe and there will be hours of free to attend shanty performances.

Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and great community spirit. There are multiple stages throughout Falmouth to watch performances, the main stages are Seasalt Stage on Custom House Quay, Skinners Stage on Events Square (Discovery Quay) and Seven Stars Stage on The Moor.

The fun at Falmouth takes place between June 22nd – 24th 2018, expect over 60 shanty groups, 25 venues and over 350 hours of shanty singing. Past performers include Fisherman’s Friend, The Oggymen, Rum and Shrub. For lots more information on their website is

Looe Musci Festival

Looe Music Festival, 21st September-23rd September 2018, is three days of great live music on the stunning Cornish coast.

The Festival transforms the beach and streets into a party atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Every bar and restaurant will have something going on. In the past, Looe Music Festival, has attracted amazing acts: Roy Wood, The Darkness, The Stranglers, Showaddywaddy, Squeeze, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers and the list goes on.

For further information on this superb live music festival, check out their website:

Cornwall has so much to offer and the aforesaid festivals are just a few of the jam-packed Feast of Cornish Music Festivals for you to enjoy.

Planning a trip to the area or coming down to one of these music festivals in Cornwall?

Don’t forget to check out our handpicked selection of Holiday Cottages in St Ives and surrounding areas.

By: Tony Townsend On:11th May 2018

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