Music festivals to expect in Cornwall in the summer of 2022

After two years of understandable disruption, which has affected many festivals and major events planned for Cornwall, 2022 is looking to be back on track for music lovers.

Following the pandemic and worrying developments on the world stage, we all need something to look forward to – and there’s plenty to keep festival fans happy this summer with at least 14 huge events between May and September promising big names in beautiful locations across Cornwall.

As in previous years, the roster of bands, singers and musicians heading to Cornwall this summer is quite impressive. Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, George Ezra, Happy Mondays, My Chemical Romance, Idles, Noel Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers, Rag ‘n Bone Man, Disclosure, Keane, The Kooks, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross and Disclosure are just some of those who perform.

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Here’s the recap of what we know so far about festivals in Cornwall in 2022.

Wanderfal

Falmouth

April 8/9



Drummer Ollie Judge leads Squid through a pulverizing set at Cornish Bank in 2021

The Cornish Bank in Falmouth is increasingly becoming the go-to place for Cornish fans who like their music a bit more left and esoteric. With bands such as Squid and Snapped Ankles having played and bands like Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals fame coming up, it’s now behind a two-day festival in April.

Wanderfal plants the seeds for a folk music and arts festival that organizers plan to turn into an incredible annual event. Over 30 bands will perform on five stages around Falmouth, including Cornish Bank, Princess Pavilion and Underland.

The first wave of acts have just been announced including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, The Wytches, The Umlauts, Dele Sosimi, London Bulgarian Choir and many more.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/477265013990064

ratter party

Healeys Cyder Farm, Penhallow

April 22 to 24



Scott Mills will be at Rattler Fest

Returning for its second year, Rattler Fest features a diverse lineup including The Feeling, DJ Scott Mills, Utah Saints, Dub Pistols and more.

It’s billed as an “adults-only” celebration of all things Rattler. It’s heady, so be careful!

More details: https://rattler-fest.co.uk/

Eden sessions

Eden Project

From May 16



There's nothing quite like the Eden Sessions - large crowds enjoy Snow Patrol performances
There’s nothing quite like Eden Sessions – a host of ability rounds out Snow Patrol performance in 2021

You can always bank on Eden Sessions to land stellar names and 2022 is no different, with a mix of shows carried over from last year and brand new announcements.

It all starts with two gigs by emo favorites My Chemical Romance on May 16 and 17, followed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on June 15 – the first time he’s played Eden since 2009’s memorable Oasis gig – Nine Inch Nails on June 17 and 18, which must be the must-see shows of the summer, Diana Ross on June 21 and the return of Bryan Adams on June 29.

More details: https://www.edensessions.com/

The Grand Estate

Scorrier House and Estate

June 2 to 5



Manic street preachers
The Manic Street Preachers arrive at Scorrier

In a very short time, The Great Estate has become THE family festival in Cornwall – an idyllic setting, mild weather (usually), loads of food venues and a huge variety of music and stages.

The mighty Manic Street Preachers headline this year with more music from Electric Six turning everything into a gay bar, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Craig Charles and DJ Yoda among others.

As it coincides with a certain platinum anniversary, organizers are promising a jubilee extravaganza.

More details: https://www.greatestatefestival.co.uk/

Living in the Wyldes

The Wyldes, St Mary’s Week

From June 12



Rag’n’Bone Man returns to the Wyldes

Leopallooza’s home is also the site of stand-alone events and this year’s lineup has been moved from 2021 due to Covid.

So on June 12 you can see the emotional Keane boys, then Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra will get everyone dancing on June 17 and the big sound of Rag’n’Bone Man on July 2.

It may be Cornwall’s most secluded area, but that doesn’t stop it from attracting some big names this summer.

More details: https://thewyldescornwall.com/

Music in the dunes

Perranporth

June 24 to 26



Beach Party – Tunes In The Dunes

A British legend is due to be revealed any day now to headline the main stage at the popular beach festival on Sunday July 26.

That person will join Friday’s headliner Mr. Boombastic himself Shaggy and The Kooks, The Coral, Elvana and King Charles on Saturday.

Organizers promise another “exciting special guest” will also be announced next week.

More details: https://tunesinthedunes.co.uk/

tropical pressure

Porthtowan

July 15 to 17



Fun for the whole family at Tropical Pressure

Around 3,000 global music fans soak up the sounds, food and culture of Latin America (Friday), Africa (Saturday) and the Caribbean (Sunday) at a site overlooking the sea.

After a two-year hiatus thanks to Covid, he’s back with phenomenal bands from around the world and big-name DJs in the Roots Arena. The program will be announced soon.

More details: https://www.tropicalpressure.co.uk/

Leopallooza

Holy Week Mary

July 22 to 24



The festival offers a solid line-up of DJ sets

Everyone’s favorite “house party in a field” is back after the shenanigans of the past two years and let’s all say hallelujah to that.

The Leopallooza team knows how to throw a party, so be prepared to cancel the rest of your summer.

“It’s very rare to see an independent festival put so much love…I love this place.” None other than Seasick Steve said that.

The 2022 lineup hasn’t been revealed yet, but if previous years go by, it’ll be special. The Vaccines, Idles, Kelis, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cribs, Bastille and JP Cooper are just a few of those who survived to play again.

More details: https://www.leopallooza.com/

rock oyster festival

Dinham House, near the rock

July 29 to 31



The main stage at the Rock Oyster Festival

Last year proved that this relatively young gun is one to watch and it really upped its game with this year’s lineup.

Based on the banks of the Camel Estuary, it’s a lovely place to bask in the sun, have a beer and enjoy the best music and food on a bill that sees the best chefs alongside the best bands .

This year expect to see Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays, Passenger, Grandmaster Flash, Jade Bird, Rae Morris, The Skints, Gentleman’s Dub Club and Wille and the Bandits alongside many Cornish and South West names. The event is hosted by Jack Stein who will be joined in the food marquee by Rosemary Shrager (I won’t be happy until I see her shaking maracas next to Bez on Saturday night), Rick Stein, Gizzi Erskine and Moreover.

More details: https://www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk/

Administrators

Watergate Bay

August 10 to 14



Festival goers during the Boardmasters music and surf festival in Cornwall
Festival goers during the Boardmasters music and surf festival in Cornwall

The big one is back after last year’s happy comeback (don’t mention Covid) and the lineup is way too big to mention here, but here are some of the names to look forward to on the ever-growing site (which is becoming a pop-up city in August): George Ezra, Disclosure, Kings of Leon, Damien Marley, Idles, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Declan McKenna, The Wombats, Tom Grennan, Self Esteem, Freya Ridings, Joy Crookes, Joel Corry, Jax Jones , Kurupt FM, Dreadzone and Shy FX.

More details: https://www.boardmasters.com/

Cornish Folk Festival

wadebridge

August 26 to 29



Granny’s Attic live at the Cornwall Folk Festival

It’s not just about loud guitars and dancing until dawn. The Cornwall Folk Festival has been a sanctuary for fans of folk, Americana and shanty music for years.

In August you can expect 12 artists from across the UK on the Main Stages, over 25 hours of consecutive music on the Far Stage and free live music and dancing on the streets of Wadebridge.

Acts this year include the wonderful O’Hooley & Tidow, Du Glas, Granny’s Attic, Brother Sea 3 and Dougie Maclean.

More details: https://cornwallfolkfestival.com/wp/

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Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

Healeys Cyder Farm, Penhallow

September 9 to 11



Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival in Cornwall

The family festival returns to the cyder farm – more details will be available soon, but the lineup will include Feeder, Land of the Giants and, of course, The Wurzels as well as the Rattler Olympics, Grandma’s Sofa Derby and a silent disco in the orchard.

More details: https://www.cornwallciderfestival.co.uk/

St Ives September Festival

Places around St Ives

September 10 to 24



Molly Hocking from St Ives and winner of The Voice performing at the recent St Ives September Festival
Molly Hocking from St Ives and winner of The Voice performing at the St Ives September Festival

Another old chestnut tree returns this year. Few festivals take over an entire city for two weeks. This year expect a varied amount of music and arts at many venues including John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, Lindisfarne, Seth Lakeman at St Ia’s Church, Emily Barker, Dr Feelgood, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, Peggy Seeger, Laurence Jones, The Countrymen, FOS Brothers and the return of the Fleetwood Mac Songbook alongside local heroine and The Voice winner Molly Hocking.

More details: https://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/

loo live

Halls through Looe

September 16 to 18




The community festival in the Cornish port town returns after a hiatus. The full lineup has yet to be announced, but Reef and Tankus The Henge will headline.

More details: https://looelive.co.uk/

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