The hidden gems at LMF you need to look out for

Popping up from nowhere LMF transforms the beach, the harbour and the streets of the beautiful fishing port we call home. Hosting performers and visitors from all over the world, the main stage is on the beach but there’s music everywhere.

It might seem mad to head away from the main stage but here are our hidden gems of Looe Music Festival.

Fishing Trip

No sooner had Frank Benbini stepped off stage from his headline set with the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and he was coming back for more.  What did he love the most? Spending a couple of hours out to sea catching mackerel.  And what other festival can you book in a fishing trip before enjoying the music?

Have the same festival experience as Frank and catch your own tea but get booked in fast.

Street Performances  

For those performers who prefer the street to the stage, they pop up when you least expect it, take over the town and deliver surprises with panda disguises.  Performances on top of a van, and a picnic table swooping through town, there’s no telling where or when but if you see one you’ll find it hard not to watch.

Discover Cornwall

As a cultural tourism charity we’re committed to showcasing Cornwall’s unique history and heritage at Looe Music Festival. Check out the BBC Music Introducing line-up full of upcoming emerging artists from the region, try your feet at Cornish dancing or discover how to speak a few words of Kernewek (that’s Cornish) and immerse yourself in Cornwall.

Local delicacies

There are over 60 places to eat & drink throughout Looe many serving freshly prepared local produce. Whether it’s day caught fish and handmade pasties or local ice creams and Cornwall’s famous Cream Tea’s that take your fancy there’s always something new to try.

Ferry across the festival site

We’re used to trekking from one side of the festival site to other, always short on time with the band we really wanted to see just about to kick off. Well with the other side, literally being the other side of the river at LMF, when the tides right it’s just a ferry ride away.

No Mud

With the main stage on the beach and other stages throughout the harbour there’s no mud in sight.

Food Court

From locally made hotpots to Thai or Moroccan dishes and sweet treats to gluten free and vegetarian friendly trucks the food court isn’t really hidden. Dotted along the quayside the food stalls are handpicked, have fantastic reputations and all come from within a local area of the festival site. The festival’s foodie line-up is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and there’s no need to eat the same thing twice.

Fancy Dress

Every year even before the line-up is announced you’re all asking what’s the theme. All weekend, just for the day, head to toes dress up or just a hint of fun, there have been some amazing creations over the years.

Tis year’s theme is Release Your Inner Viking.


It’s not really a hidden gem unless you’ve never been to LMF before. Think it’s a festival in a green field site think again. Looe Music Festival pops up from nowhere to transform the beach and the streets of a Cornish-fishing port. The main stage is on the beach but there’s music everywhere.