Looe Music Festival
Three days of superb live music in a magical setting on the stunning Cornish coast. A ‘grown-up’ music festival where camping isn’t a prerequisite, where you can visit for the day or the weekend, stay in comfort and eat like a king.
For three days in September the little town of Looe in South East Cornwall gets hit with big music, manic entertainment and a smattering of culture for good measure. The festival pops up from nowhere to transform the beach and the streets, giving locals & visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show. Everywhere is the venue, everybody’s welcome to the party. And every year, we try to push it one step further.
You won’t find lazy, Sunday summer grooves at Looe Music Festival. Expect an eclectic mix of high energy ‘keep you on the move’ music, delivered back-to-back from either end of the beach and around the harbour plus acts on every street corner, and in every bar and restaurant.
For a new festival, LMF has attracted big names from the start. Even in our first year, back in 2011 we persuaded Roy Wood, Adrian Edmonson, The Selecter and From the Jam to the party. Since then we’ve seen The Darkness, Reef, Seth Lakeman, Chas & Dave, The Damned, The Stranglers, Levellers, The Skints, Showaddywaddy, Frank Turner, Squeeze, Brand New Heavies, Jools Holland, Johnny Marr and The Proclaimers all blasting sand off the beach. The headliners are always backed by 100+ local, national & international acts from singer-songwriters and folk through to hip hop, indie, funk & punk.
Looe Music Festival is always mid to late September. (The dates move with the tides and we need as much beach as possible for the main stage and enclosure.)
The fun starts at 4pm on the Friday and the stages close at around 11pm on the Sunday although the entertainment continues in the local bars until late.
A lot of people have asked why September? The simple answer is Looe is full to bursting in the summer months. The long answer is that one of the main aims of the festival is to extend the summer season for local businesses. September’s a quiet month and towns like Looe are massively dependent on tourism. Besides, having a big party a few weeks after all the holidays have finished seemed like a good way of cheering everyone up.