Looe Music Festival 2014

Behold Cornwall’s brilliant late-summer festival

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

festival crowdYou’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.


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Looe Music Festival 2014: Where is Looe? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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

Lovely Apartment On The Edge Of The Harbour.

This exceptional apartment occupies one of the best positions in West Looe, standing high between the road and river. While the private entrance is level with the road, after climbing just four internal stairs you will find that you are three floo...

Ducks Dive - Gorgeous little property in superb Cornish gardens

This fully self-contained part of a delightful country house provides very comfortable accommodation for those seeking peace and quiet but with the bustling port of Looe nearby. Stunning gardens and baby ducks at the front door are just some of ...

Chy Kres - Stylish & contemporary cottage

Converted from a Duchy of Cornwall state barn this lovely property is a haven of peace and quiet yet only a short drive to bustling fishing ports of Looe, Polperro & Fowey. Visit Britain 4 star accommodation. Chy Kres (Peace) is a contemporary...

Luxury fisherman's cottage by the sandy beach in Looe, Cornwall with parking.

You couldn't get closer to the beach in Looe unless you sit on it. This self-catering, two bedroom holiday home has everything you need for a romantic holiday or short break. There is a double bedroom, a single bedroom and a double sofa-bed so it ...

Cosy one bed apartment metres from the beach.

You couldn't get closer to the beach in Looe unless you sit on it. This self-catering, one bedroom holiday home in Cornwall has everything you need for a romantic holiday or short break. Take your wallet, partner and shoes if you are planning on w...

1 School Cottage - Stylish cottage with lovely views

This lovely cottage is only a mile from the picturesque fishing port of Looe with excellent facilities close by. 1 School Cottage is a delightfully presented, semi-detached, period property located about a mile from the picturesque fishing port o...

Rock Towers apartment 10 - Beautifully appointed apartment with sea views

Rock Towers apartments offer superb accommodation close to the centre of the ancient port of Looe and with superb sea views. VisitBritain 3 Star accommodation. Situated in a commanding position the apartments enjoy wonderful views of the sea, e...

Great Location Only 60m From The Beach With Every Luxury For A Perfect Holiday In Cornwall

Luxury Cornish cottage by the sea with breathtaking sea views only 60 m from the beach - Sky HD with 47" flat-screen TV - Music systems with iPod docks - Wii & PlayStation 3 - Hi-Spec kitchen with granite worktops, American f/f - Free use of indoo...

Looe Self Catering Cottage, Short Break 2 Nights 8th-9th May, Special Offer

Looe Holiday Cottage Stunning Harbour Views 1 min Walk to Looe Town Centre Parking by Cottage Free Wi-FI BT infinity Fibre Optic broadband Universal Quad Dock Docking Station for all mobiles Free Netflix Private Secure Key coded Front Gate ...

The Looe View Apartment Features A Private Balcony & Views Of The Estuary.

Situated in historic east looe, just a short walk from looe’s sandy beach, it features a modern fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine. The bedrooms are elegantly decorated with luxury fabrics including ample storage and...
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