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You’ve bathed in rivers of mud at Glastonbury; head-banged until your neck ached at Donington; probably embraced your inner indie child among the feverish Scottish patriots at T in the Park. These are the events that dominate the annual festival calendar, and there’s no doubt such behemoths are well worthy of their place at music’s high table. However, with repetitive line-ups and soaring ticket prices, more and more music diehards are pitching their tents at as-yet, lesser-known events. Enter the nascent Looe Festival. Once you’ve figured out how to pronounce the name of the event, you can look forward to sampling the sounds.
If you’ve never heard of Looe before, don’t worry – it doesn’t mean you’re no longer down with the kids. Rather, it’s that the festival only started life in 2011; as yet, it is yet to scale the dizzy heights of the aforementioned titans. So if those oh-so-elusive Glasto tickets escaped your grasp this year, why not take the road less travelled? The 2014 Looe Music Festival takes place from 19-21 September.
Looe Music Festival 2014: all you need to know
Looe Music Festival 2014: Where is Looe?
By the organisers’ own admission, it was something of a gamble to choose to stage this fledgling festival where they did in 2011. After all, attracting the thousands of punters they hoped for to a quaint fishing village in Cornwall was never going to be an easy sell. As luck would have it, though, they built it – and the crowds did come. Located a mere 20 miles or so west of Plymouth, Looe is a sleepy yet picturesque coastal resort for 362 days of the year; but for three days in late September, the landscape is transformed to say the least.
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Looe Music Festival 2014: What is it?
Picture the scene: 3,000 fans descending on the beach, surrounded by cliffs as well as a sprawling cluster of entertainment stalls and food kiosks. Another stage sits proudly by the harbour, flanked by side streets that bear a marked resemblance to Diagon Alley – with characters every bit as colourful as those imagined by J.K Rowling. It is, to put it bluntly, chaotic, but in the greatest possible way. The logistical issues are all part of Looe Festival’s charm, and – whether knowingly or not on the organisers’ part – add to the sense of occasion and community spirit. Billing it as the “last of the summer festivals” may be a touch wide the mark given its September slot, but you won’t care one jot when you’re dancing on the sand to an array of fantastic bands.
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Looe Music Festival 2014: Who’s Playing?
The 2014 line-up for Looe Festival hasn't yet been announced. Don’t let this put you off, though; if previous events are anything to go by, you’ll not be disappointed. The calibre of previous headliners alone speaks for itself. Punk pioneers The Stranglers launching into their poetic yet testosterone-fuelled anthems in 2012, while folk-punk idols The Levellers sparked a mass dance-along the following night. 2013 saw The Darkness bring their own unique brand of nostalgic nonsense (as well as more lycra than is ever necessary) to the table, but Cockney stalwarts Chas and Dave also brought the house down that year. Just be sure to move around as much as possible – the vast selection of local bands playing during the day can throw up some unexpected highlights.
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Looe Music Festival 2014: How much are tickets?
One of the greatest things about the festival is that, far from harbouring the corporate ambitions of some of its more established peers, the entire weekend is essentially geared towards attracting families and creating a vibrant atmosphere. Moreover, ticket prices have remained astoundingly affordable; a three-day pass will set you back only £67.50 for an adult. Under-18s can attend for a wallet-pleasing £18.50, while under-5s are welcomed completely free of charge. If all the bands you fancy happen to be playing on the same day, a mere £20 will buy you a day pass to catch them all.
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Looe Music Festival 2014: Where do I stay?
Obviously realising just how difficult it can be to pitch a tent on the beach – especially after a cider or two – Looe Festival wisely removed this option from the equation by not offering camping as part of the weekend. As such, the bed and breakfasts around Looe are guaranteed a roaring trade at this time of year; as are the multitude of splendid cottages, apartments and villas that HomeAway boast in the town. If you’re driving, the option is always there to base yourself further afield in Plymouth, or St Austell if you’d prefer to maintain the Cornish vibe.
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Looe Music Festival 2014 Accommodation
Petite Maison is a detached house in the romantic French style located in the village and approached over a small bridge crossing over the pretty River Pol which winds its way to one of the most enchanting harbour villages in Cornwall. It also has...
Pengelly House is a spacious, contemporary house, situated on the edge of the River Tamar in the town of Torpoint.
Internally, the property is furnished to a high standard with luxury fixtures and fittings throughout and views of the estuary ...
Portwrinkle is a luxury one bedroomed, first floor apartment with uninterrupted sea and coastal views from the living/dining area. A fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge and bedroom with en-suite shower room make it an ideal choice for ...
Millendreath is a superb two bedroomed, ground floor luxury apartment with uninterrupted sea and coastal views from the living/dining area, master double bedroom and the two patio balconies. Situated in Hannafore just a few hundred yards from the ...
A modern south facing holiday home overlooking Looe bay. It has been finished to a high standard and fully equipped with the best of everything. The property benefits from a large terrace, garden and double garage.
A travel cot is available.
Quay Cottage is a superbly presented 2 bedroomed period cottage and is located on the flat just 50 yards from the river and quay in West Looe. It offers a lovely open plan lounge/diner with log burner making it an ideal base for a Cornish harbour ...
Curlews is absolutely perfectly situated centrally in the town of East Looe: set back in a quiet courtyard, you really are central to everything, being literally just a minute walk from the large sandy beach; the harbour and the wide variety of sh...
This is a wonderful detached 1700’s period property and superb holiday home that exudes quality, charm and character. Located in an elevated position on Barbican Hill the property is a set in a quieter area of town with ample parking an...
Set above the harbour, commanding spectacular views of Looe River and out to sea, is Mylor House, a large terraced property situated in West Looe. Mylor can be enjoyed by the whole family as one house or as two separate apartments. Perhaps gr...
Affording panoramic views of the picturesque Looe harbour is Char Mar, a fantastic four bedroom family home that has been completely refurbished to a high standard. Spacious, modern and tastefully decorated, this property is a perfect base fr...