28th – 30th July | The Wyldes

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Cornwall will be a tad busy at the end of July, so if you’re motoring west on the M5, why not head to Leopallooza, near Bude, from 28th-30th July? If you know it’s going to be rammed, then plump for a crowd in which revelry is guaranteed and where you’ll see a host of established and up-and-coming bands in the process. 

Nestled into a lush Cornish valley, you’ll find seven stages and a family-friendly focus. Leopallooza’s line-up features over 100 local, national and international acts to suit an eclectic range of festival-goers. Over three nights in the main Arena Stage, you can see successive headline sets from The Cribs (including a ten-year anniversary reprisal of Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever), Maxïmo Park and Gabrielle Aplin. 

Bristol talent predominates, with Coasts and Keir playing the Arena, Turbowolf headlining Mono, the home of alternative rock, and Redlight and Stanton Warriors topping the bill at Treeline, the house of electronic and dance beats. That’s all if you’re not tempted to get your glow sticks on, lose yourself and dance like no-one’s watching at the Temple of Boom, the resonant beats, breaks and bass ruckus, curated by Cornish DJ collective Hong Kong Ping Pong. 

Other highlights include Clean Cut Kid’s 80s-soaked guitar pop, Vant’s politically-charged protest punk, the cross-cultural psychedelia of Flamingods, and a hefty dose of Francobollo’s driving alt-rock from their brand new album “Long Live Life”.

Add the BBC Introducing Cornwall and Punkomedy stages and you’ll have to work bloody hard to manage a dull moment at Leopallooza. Their two main stages sit next to each other, which means they’re able to pack the music in with pretty much no changeover time. All you need to do is turn slightly, no mean feat after a cider or two, and the entertainment can be non-stop.

And if you really want to throw in the feeling of a Cornish beach, you can always attempt a bit of surfing too – atop the crowd.

Check out The Cribs new video for ‘Rainbow Ridge’ below.