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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
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 ...
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...
Situated in a wonderful position overlooking the harbour and sea, no. 6 Harbourside Apartment offers elegantly appointed accommodation for three. The apartment has stunning views, two bedrooms, a double & a single a very well fitted kitchen and a ...
Arranged on the first and second floors of an ancient harbour-side building this stunning apartment is centrally located and has fine views over Looe harbour and river. The accommodation is a delightful blend of the ancient and the modern with man...
Rock Towers apartments offer superb accommodation close to the centre of the ancient port of Looe and with superb sea views.
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Looe Holiday Cottage
Stunning Harbour Views
1 min Walk to Looe Town Centre
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Free Wi-FI BT infinity Fibre Optic broadband
Universal Quad Dock Docking Station for all mobiles
Private Secure Key coded Front Gate
Swallow Cottage has a lovely rural setting in beautiful open countryside yet is just a short drive away from the picturesque fishing village of Looe with its sandy beach, traditional inns and restaurants. The South West Coastal Path can be reached...
The Rigging is a delightful Georgian three bedroom cottage set in the peaceful and idyllic area of Crumplehorn in Polperro, within easy reach of the fishing towns of Looe and Fowey and a short leisurely stroll through the pretty village to the har...
Mount Brioni is a collection of Mediterranean-style apartments and houses, situated in the village of Seaton on the coast of South Cornwall.
Thoughtfully designed to an exceptional standard, all of the properties benefit from lavish internal fixt...
Mount Brioni is a collection of Mediterranean-style apartments and houses, situated in the village of Seaton on the coast of South Cornwall. Apartment 21 is furnished in a contemporary style and to a high standard throughout, taking in the open pl...