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Guide to the UK’s Best Surf Music Festivals 2017

Festival season is just around the corner, and tickets to this summer’s hottest events are selling like hot cakes! Embrace the wanderlust with UrbanSurfer’s guide to the best Surf + Music Festivals hitting the UK this summer!

Electric Beach Festival

16th-17th June 2017 Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

The two-day event offers a combination of live music, bellyboard competitions, fire shows and yoga. It promises be one of the hottest beach parties to hit the Cornish coastline this summer. Electric Beach Festival have announced Badly Drawn Boy and Cuban Brothers as the official headliners for 2017. This Cornish festival is renowned for involving a wide variety of musical genres, attracting thousands of fans every year. The festival offers parties, sports and numerous opportunities to unwind, making it ideal for all tastes and moods.

Gold Coast Ocean Fest 2017

June 16-18 2017 Croyde, North Devon, England

Oceanfest blends a potentially intoxicating, eclectic and laid-back mix of quality music, exhilarating surf, action packed sports, locally sourced food and family friendly fun. 2017 marks the 19th year of Oceanfest, and promises ticketholders an extensive mix of live music, art exhibitions and of course, surf! This year’s headline acts are Sigma, Kaiser Chiefs and Scouting For Girls.

Oceanfest offers more than just surfing. The very backbone of the festival is the wide array of competitive sports that take place over the 3 day event, including Skateboarding, Surfing, Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer, Surf Life Saving, Ironman & Diamond Lady events, the Nipper Challenge and Open Water Swimming.

Tunes in the Dunes

30 June – 2nd July Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

Tunes in the Dunes is a new festival, 2017 will be its third year. Set on the dunes of Perranporth Beach with a back drop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes. This event offers a truly unique experience.

Major headline acts will be getting announced over the lead up to the event and also a swell board competition will be taking place in conjunction with Tunes in the Dunes. The festival’s 3rd year will be celebrated with two extra stages, a waterslide & many more surprises to add to the ultimate festival experience. Tunes in the Dunes was coined from the incredible live music that has been happening at The Watering Hole, the UK’s only venue on a beach.

Major headline acts last year were Dizzee Rascal, The Stranglers, The Waterboys, James Morrison, Ella Eyre, Lethal Bizzle, Natty, Seth lakeman & many more. In conjunction with Tunes in the Dunes, the British Longboard Championships will also be taking place, offering festival goers the opportunity to see some of the UK’s finest surfers battle it out!

Board Masters

August 9-13 2017, Cornwall

Boardmasters is a 5 day festival that offers ticketholders an extremely wide variety of musical genres in addition to a whole host of extreme sports. Boardmasters mixes the best boarders in the world – whether they’re surfers or skaters – with BMX kings. They soundtrack the action with dance dons, folk stars, and pop favourites.  With cliff-top sessions and surf shack shows, it’s only a cocktail short of the best weekend of the year. Ready to make your Instagram followers jealous?

The headline acts for 2017 are The Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and Alt-J! The festival is set in Newquay, on the South West coast of England. It welcomes a mix of pro boarders, riders and skaters with sports aficionados who just want to enjoy a piece of action! Boardmasters offers amateur comps as well as surf lessons for those who feel inspired by the action!  Partygoers get the chance to enjoy cosy live performances as the sun sets!

Wheels and Fins Festival

8-10 September 2017 Joss Bay Beach, Broadstairs, Kent

Wheels and Fins Festival is a three-day action sports, music and film festival with great views over the ocean. The festival includes events such as: the UK Mini Ramp Champs, The UK BMX Flatland Champs, Surf & Sup events, Soapbox Racing, Mad Drop Air Bag, Slacklining Outdoor Main Stage, Live Music Venues, DJ’s, Craft Beer & Cider, Retail Stalls, Awesome Food and way more. Wheels and Fins Festival is conveniently located only an hour and a half away from the centre of London.

Get all your festival essentials from Urban Surfer this summer! We all know what the UK weather can be like in summer. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof just in case!!

Stephanie Contomichalos

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece.

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