Who would have thought that within in a 13 minute drive (4.2 miles) from The Cottage in Trelash, you could come across North Cornwall’s Leopallooza Festival. The independently run festival is hosted at Lower Exe Farm, Week St Mary, EX22 6UX. This year will be the 11th Leopallooza Festival, with over 100 acts performing across 7 stages.
The award-winning festival has built a reputation of hosting emerging new talent, with a strong history of booking artists just before they break into the mainstream. Bastille played low on the bill in 2012, before the release of their debut Bad Blood, and returned as headliners in 2013. Rag’n’Bone Man played on the main stage in 2016, a full six months before releasing his bestselling debut album. Eliza Doolittle appeared at the festival in 2010, and released her platinum-selling album the same summer.
This year’s headliners are the Indie trio,The Cribs, and Maximo Park, with Gabrielle Amber Run, Aplinm, Seafret, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Japanese House and Samm Henshaw plus many more confirmed artists. The festival is known for attracting and hosting new bands and artists in the UK, as well as the cream of the regional music scene, across seven stages. As well as homegrown talent, Leopallooza attracts bands, musicians & DJs from around the world.
This year sees the addition of two new stages in the 7 stage lineup, including the Punkomedy stand-up comedy stage, and a platform for the county’s local musical talent supported by BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall.
The gates will be opening at 10.00am on the 28th July, with the festivities ending at 11.55pm on the 30th July. Within 20 minutes of being released the1500 early bird tickets were sold out; an indication of the growing popularity of this North Cornwall event.
Over the 3-day festival, 100+ local, national and international acts will be appearing across the 7 different stages nestled in the little Cornish valley only a few miles from some of the best beaches in the UK.
Camping on site is included in your entry ticket, but if you want to taste a slice of laid-back Glamping during your Leopallooza weekend, then you could opt to book one of the ‘native outdoor’ bell tents costing from £210 for 2-3 people.
Families and those with young children are well catered for, with a dedicated kids’ area and crèche. The 20 food vendors at the festival will serve a wide variety of menus suitable for all tastes and price ranges.