Looe Music Festival is 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 a not-for-profit event run by a registered charity focused on promoting quality live music.
‘Looe Music Festival was amazing, that crowd at Looe absolutely blew us away. Probably one of the best settings we’ve ever played at, looking out from stage at a massive crowd and the sea next to it is gorgeous.’
~ Ken, Ferocious Dog
‘It’s the best Festival I’ve played in the last 15 years and I’ve played every festival in the world. When I got to Looe it felt like the first time I went to Glastonbury, there are all these little pockets and corners, within this seaside town and in every one you just get made to feel completely welcome.’
~ Frank Benbini, Fun Lovin’ Criminals
‘It’s a mix of lots of different things. Someone who is new, someone who is legendary in their own world, folk music, a great legend … I think that’s the great thing about this festival.’
~ Jools Holland
‘Playing outside is a lovely thing and in situations like this it’s actually closer to the real spirit of festivals because it is people coming together… And it appears like the Looe Festival’s agenda is just for everybody in the location to be entertained with a good spirit … it’s inclusive.’
~ Johnny Marr
‘It was probably the wettest gig I think I’ve ever been involved in…and yet almost because of that was also one of the most enjoyable in a long time…the fantastic location on the beach and the warmth of the organisers and huge crowd who stuck it out made it a very memorable occasion…God knows what it would’ve been like in more clement weather! I’d love to come back and find out…’
~ Baz, The Stranglers
‘Looe Music Festival – a beautiful place and beautiful people. The Darkness thank you all! Rock on.’
~ The Darkness
‘It is like no other festival.’
~ The Normals
‘What a great time we had at Looe! The Oompah Band with us at the finale was magic.’
~ Chas & Dave
‘The last of the Summer Festivals.’
~ Missing Andy
‘It was brilliant, the highlight of our summer. The Captain was raving about it on Twitter.’
~ The Damned
~ The Show, London
‘What a festival it was!’
~ Oompah Brass
‘I’d come back in a heartbeat if I could get away with it’
~ Tim V, Sham 69
‘This unique festival offers big name bands and artists, but takes place throughout the town, from the beach to the quay and most of the pubs, clubs and street corners in between with no alleyway left off the radar. Hats off to Looe for this year’s festival – good-natured crowds and great fun with brilliant entertainment around this picture postcard Cornish fishing port, all for a staggeringly reasonable price. Could anyone really ask for more from a weekend?’
~ Insomniac Jack, ukfestivalguides.com
‘The sound quality was absolutely superb…and there was never a dull moment as no sooner had one band finished then another started up at the opposite end of either the beach or the massive harbour marquee…Outside the main arenas, samba bands and street performers brought the charming streets of Looe alive, food stalls catered for every taste and pubs, cake and pasty shops did a roaring trade… I lost track of the folk I bumped into who commented on how well this festival was organised.’
~ This is Devon
‘Looe is transformed into a beautifully higgledy piggledy smorgasbord of entertainment. It feels like a magical journey of discovery walking through the streets – craning your neck to get a peek down side streets as music emanates from seemingly every nook and cranny.’
~ Gareth Bartlett, Deputy Editor, Cornish Guardian
‘We loved the friendly atmosphere throughout the town, the camaraderie, the fact that you could bump into your favourite band’s front man, as we did with Paul McLoone from the Undertones as he walked off stage and straight into a fisherman’s cottage for a rest.
We spotted other band members tucking into pasties and some of that fab food on offer on the street and in the shops throughout the town, or simply soaking up the atmosphere and the family fun.’
~ Olivier Vergnault, Cornwall Live
‘A dedicated music event, it’s a festival with a difference. The intimate and relaxed vibe hits you the moment you arrive in the tiny fishing town. The stages are smack-bang in the centre of town, by the harbour-side and on the beach – the local bars and restaurants hosting live music during the weekend too. Festival-goers enjoy their weekend away in local hotels, cottages and B&B’s, plus camping is available at the local sites. It tends to attract over 30’s and their families with its rock, punk, ska, folk bias.’
‘The festival has seen the likes of Frank Turner, Happy Mondays, Lu-Lu, Jools Holland and The Darkness, proving the true power of the local community and grassroots organisations.’
~ Red Van Records