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.

 

Looe Music Festival 2014: all you need to know


   

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

The Old Post Office, Seaton

Full of character and charm, The Old Post Office is a delightful two bedroom property close to the quaint seaside village of Seaton and the larger fishing port of Looe. The warm and cosy living area has been given a modern touch, with a wood bu...

10 The Creekside, Looe

Blending in to its traditional surroundings, the development at Creekside effortlessly combines the tranquil mood of the local area with modern living. The open plan kitchen and living area have been finished to a high standard, with a number of f...

Eddystone, Looe, Cornwall

Eddystone is a fully modernised, three bedroom house located near the beautiful harbour town of Looe. Internally the property has benefitted from extensive refurbishment with spacious living and dining rooms. Externally the property boasts a large...

Swallow Cottage

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

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...

4 Fish Cellars

A collection of eco-friendly houses constructed using the latest state of the art techniques and are clad in the original old stone from the 400 year old Fish Cellars. These waterfront houses are just a stone's throw away from the beach and hav...

3 Fish Cellars

A collection of eco-friendly houses constructed using the latest state of the art techniques and are clad in the original old stone from the 400 year old Fish Cellars. These waterfront houses are just a stone's throw away from the beach and ha...

The Penthouse, 12 Creekside

The Creekside has been specifically designed by award winning architects, providing a seamless fusion of timeless tradition with modern living. Renowned for quality through a family business, the development has been sympathetically created to ble...

Harbour View, The Creekside

The Creekside has been specifically designed by award winning architects, providing a seamless fusion of timeless tradition with modern living. This quality development has been sympathetically created to blend in with the beautiful natural surrou...

Petite Maison

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...
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