Music festival cancelled with 12 hours notice

Written by on 7th August 2019


07/08/19 – An update via Boardmasters Facebook page

Boardmasters organisers made a difficult decision late last night (6th August) to pull the plug on Boardmasters 2019.

The festival was due to open on Wednesday 7th August, however, a statement was issued by organisers around 23:10.

Organisers said:

The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first, and the potential risk is too severe for the event to go ahead at this time.

Refund information will be shared as soon as possible.

Boardmasters 2019

Further advice is to keep all eyes on the Boardmasters social media accounts for more information.

Bus company Megabus said on Twitter it would be making extra seats available on its Newquay to London service for passengers affected by the cancellation.

Rail operators GWR and CrossCountry both tweeted that those with return tickets from Newquay between now and Monday “can use their returns today”.

Responding to one customer, GWR added that those with “refundable tickets can get refunds if they don’t travel, we are still discussing options for the non-refundable Advance fares and will share more once known”.


Acts due to take part have given their reaction, with Foals reposting Boardmasters’ cancellation notice on Facebook and adding the single word: “Gutted”.

Boardmasters, a live music and surfing festival, usually takes place every year in and around Newquay.

It can trace its heritage back to 1981.

Other acts who had been set to perform at the festival site in Watergate Bay included Razorlight, Dizzee Rascal and Jorja Smith.

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