Boardmasters has grown to be one of the UK’s leading festivals, bringing in artists from around the world, but it also showcases the talent right here in Cornwall
We recently dropped our article that highlights who we are most excited to see at Boardmasters, but it wouldn’t be fair to not include all the amazing homegrown talent too. So, we decided to give the Cornish artists their own special article.
Out of all the amazing acts at Boardies, many are Cornish! So be sure to check the acts we mention out and support local talent!
Max Rad – Friday
Max Rad is a multi-instrumentalist and producer that brings a unique blend of indie and dance, creating something that is deeply soulful and fun. His music is driven forward by his soft vocals, that lay themselves over the listener like a warm blanket. All the while his dance infused beats bring a real energy to his music, creating something that is (forgive me) truly a vibe. Be sure to check out the rising Cornish (now Bristol based) artist at Boardmasters 2022.
The Velvet Hands – Friday
The Velvet Hands have since flown the Cornish nest and now reside in London, but their hearts firmly remain in Cornwall. These lads have been working tirelessly to bring their indie-punk sound to a wider audience, something that is paying off. They’ve played countless sold out shows across the country, including Cornwall and London. Their latest single ‘Holiday In My Head’ has also amassed over 20,000 streams. Head to the Land Of Saints stage on Friday for a true riotous experience that will return your faith in guitar music.
Flowers Of Palo – Friday
Flowers Of Palo was first born in Truro College and since then the band has developed into a fully fledged indie-rock outfit. Taking influence from the likes of Girl In Red and Mac Demarco, they infuse a sound that is equal parts mellow and energetic. The band have played countless sold out shows in Cornwall, opened for Babe Rainbow and are destined for mainstage success, catch them before they explode to success.
Bailey Tomkinson – Friday
Bailey Tomkinson has been on a highway of recognition and success, her future is certianly bright. Since starting she has been top of the iTunes chart multiple times, been featured in local and national press, and is now starting to capture the eyes and ears of the wider music industry. Not to mention a litany of shows and multiple UK tours in 2022. Bailey is no doubt about to take the world by storm, see her at Boardmasters before she is HUGE.
The Eyelids – Friday
Cornwall locals and regular to the Cornish music scene The Eyelids infuse punk with rockabilly, creating a sound that is wild, chaotic and extremely energetic. If you’re looking to get out some pent up energy whilst supporting some badass women, then look no further than The Eyelids.
Jam & Meme DJ Set – Saturday
The meme lord himself descends onto the decks at Boardmasters again this year, after his debut 2021 set. Who the fuck knows what music he will play, but you can be sure they’ll be bangers.
Zola Courtney – Saturday
We first caught Zola Courtney at her performance opening for Rag N Bone Man at The Wyldes, Bude. We were stunned by her stunning vocals and heartfelt songwriting, she truly is an incredible singer songwriter. If you’re a fan of Billie Marten, Fenne Lily, or Isaac Gracie, then you absolutely must check out Zola Courtney at this years Boardmasters.
Sam Richards & The Renegades – Sunday
Sam Richards and his band of merrymen have been causing a stir not just locally but across the entire southwest in recent years. Particularly because of his poignent, socially observant, and even somewhat political songwriting. This is particularly present in his latest track ‘Losing Heart’ which describes the ongoing housing crisis in Cornwall and how it affects him as a local. It has got national press in recent weeks and has even angered gammons across the comment section of Facebook, how beautiful. For fans of Sam Fender but with a Cornish twist then keep your ears and eyes peeled for Sam Richards & The Renegades.
Webmoms – Sunday
Karum Cooper aka Webmoms is arguably one of the most prolific Cornish artists that is around right now. It is also worth mentioning that not only is Karum a master of music but he is integral to the music scene in Cornwall. His work with BYP and the Cornish Bank is helping carve out a real music scene in our often forgotten corner of the country. However, we’re here to talk about his music today, which is utterly stunning. It’s a delicate mix of hip-hop beats, sultry guitars, soft vocals, and gentle sensibilities throughout. Personally, I cannot think of a better act to watch under the pounding Cornish heat at this years Boardmasters, it’s going to be special.
Pattern Pusher – Friday
Okay, Pattern Pusher are technically not Cornish as they’re Devon based, but we will allow them onto this list for two reasons; one is that they’re always playing in Cornwall and two, they’re bleddy legends! Their brand of groove riddled, funk laden indie rock is wholeheartedly infectious and draped in good vibes. You cannot help but smile, dance, or laugh when they play and they truly feed off that energy. If you’re looking for a good time and one you won’t forget, then we urge you to watch them at this years Boardmasters.