Festival News

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This summer will once again see Croyde hosting the Gold Coast Oceanfest. The festival of music and surf (more just music these days) has grown in size and popularity since its humble beginnings in 1999. Oceanfest weekend is always a highlight of the summer calendar. Some great acts have performed over the years including Newton Faulkner, Donovan Frankenreiter, Ed Sheeran, Xavier Rudd and many others. Dates this year are June 20,21,22. The organisers have just announced this years headline act for the Saturday night, current chart toppers; Clean Bandit. (No I haven’t heard of them either but if you’re 15 years old right now you’re probably quite excited!) For ticketing info and updates check out their website:


Excitement is also building for a brand new festival to hit North Devon this year, The Somersault Festival. Being held at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh on July 17-21. In their inaugural year they have managed to nail down two of the biggest names in laid back acoustic surf rock. BRIT award winner and the South West’s own Ben Howard. Along with international recording artist, film producer and surfer, Jack Johnson. In interview Jack commented; “I love the UK. I love surfing. So playing a show in the South West is the perfect situation. Somersault sounds like the perfect festival.”