Festival Preview: Beach Break Live
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Beach Break Live is apparently no longer a music festival. According to its organisers, it is now the UK’s first “music holiday”. That told you. Leaving its site in South Wales, Beach Break Live returns to its ancestral home of Newquay in Cornwall, the hallowed British location for a boozy weekend. That seems to be the thinking behind Beach Break this year, as it has made the ambitious decision to take over the entire town. Between 20-24 June, Newquay will be transformed into a festival with a difference, rewarding those intrepid festival-goers that explore the town. The main stage is on the world-famous (for surfers, anyway) Fistral Beach, which is undeniably cool, but the majority of the acts will be dotted around Newquay. Secret sets will be happening across all four days in random greasy spoons, on rooftops, as well as the bigger artists popping up in Newquay’s established venues and a shed load (potentially in an actual shed) of extreme sports and other activities . If that isn’t different enough for you, the festival is actively encouraging people to stay in local accommodation, lending to the sought-after holiday vibe. If you find that mildly disturbing, try not to panic as camping options are still available, and Cornwall and camping tend to go hand in hand. Beach Break is trying something radically different from the country’s ‘green field’ festivals and is going about it in a way that wants to benefit the local community. Aimed squarely at students, it’s ludicrously cheap, with a four day pass without camping for £40. For a way to celebrate the end of exams and the start of summer – hopefully without buckets of rain – Beach Break Live looks to be a fairly good shout. Line-up: Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose, Devlin, Alunna George, Dub Pistols and many, MANY more.