Who We’d Love to Play at Boardmasters 2017


Last week, over 60 new acts were announced for Boardmasters 2017, but the line-up poster still says that there are ‘more acts to be announced’ – so who could these acts be? Here’s who we’d love to see take the stage at this year’s Boardmasters.


Last year, Sigma got a prime-time evening/night slot at Boardmasters, so it’s not unrealistic to assume that Sigala could take the duo’s DJ place and possibly upstage them. With his breakthrough single ‘Easy Love’, still going strong, Sigala’s music career has gone from strength to strength. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing the Norwich-born DJ take centre stage this August, but who knows. Also the ‘Only One’ would be a perfect background song for the video promo for Boardmasters 2018 – I think that settles it.

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Rag’n’Bone Man

One of the hottest British artists of 2017, Rag’n’Bone Man, real name Ray Graham, won big time at this year’s BRIT awards, nabbing the statuette for ‘British Breakthrough Act’. His first hit single ‘Human’ peaked at number 1 in several countries, and was certified gold in many others and grabbed a lot of attention along the way. He’s already playing at The Great Escape in Brighton at the end of May, so why not head to the other side of the UK to Newquay to give the south-westerners a chance at seeing him live?

Sunset Sons 

This British-Australian indie-surfer band played at Boardmasters 2015 and returned last year to play at the Boardmasters’ Beach Sessions, so hopefully, they’ll have caught the festival fever and will decide to return for this year’s line-up. The band has been quite busy since last year’s Boardmasters, in October 2016 they played in 12 UK centres in just 2 weeks, having gained a relatively small, but loyal band of followers in the last couple of years, to show off their hard work on their first album, ‘Very Rarely Say Die’, which was released in April 2016.

The Kooks

Although strictly speaking this Brighton-formed band last released an album in 2014, they have been writing and making new music, as they told a crowd a concert at Southampton’s 02 Guildhall on 4th May. They’re the creators of some of the most quintessentially British songs of the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Era (childhood nostalgia alert), such as ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ and ‘Naive’. Hopefully they’ll choose Boardmasters to debut some of their new material.

Image via Roddy Bow

Ben Howard

The Devon-raised and Falmouth-educated Ben Howard has stepped out of the music scene for the last few years, but with his incredible songwriting skills, which showcase his impressive vocals and capture emotions and their rawest, there are a lot of people who would love for him to make a comeback. With his ties to the South West, he’s an unlikely but desirable and possible contender for this year’s line-up.

Years & Years

The electronica-trio, whose inspirations include Robyn, Marilyn Manson and Sigúr Ros, have also been making new music, with lead singer Olly Alexander

stating last year that he’s been working with Julian Tranter and Julia Michaels. With any luck, we’ll be graced with tracks similar to ‘King’ and ‘Shine’ sometime soon; and what better place than on a beach in the height of British summertime?

These are just some of the few acts that we’d love to play at Boardmasters – are there other acts on this list that you’d like to see play? Leave a comment below.


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