Looe Music Festival Update: The Show Must Go On

Looe Saves The Day: 20th – 23rd September

The shock announcement that this year’s Looe Music Festival is cancelled has been met with defiance.


A groundswell of support for the much-loved late summer shindig quickly turned into a call to action and the swift emergence of a spirited local collective calling themselves ‘Looe Saves The Day’.

Organised by a group of volunteers and local businesses, the substitute festival has drawn inspiration from the roots of the original event and sets out to deliver a smorgasbord of musical talent performing all over the historic port town, with larger stages for headline acts.

“We had to hit the road running and start from scratch for the events in the public areas, acquiring permissions from licensing authorities, police and all the necessary steps to create a safe and legal event. But when the going gets tough…” Looe Saves The Day

The final two acts for the main stage have been announced after a flurry of activity, endless phone calls and an ardent community effort. US soul singer PP Arnold will join fellow headliners Uncle Frank (featuring Frank Benbini and Naim Cortazzi of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals) and ‘Tex-Mex’ band Los Pacaminos (featuring 80s pop sensation Paul Young).

“If you’re seeking the quintessential Cornish experience, look no further than the historic port town of Looe” says Mr Toad.

When news spread that a determined bunch of Looeites were trying to salvage the perennially popular festival, sponsorship came flooding in with £30,000 raised in a matter of days, plus an additional £10,000 for staging expenses.

Venues include the main stages on the waterfront, the quayside centre in west Looe, the Rose Garden, the barbican, the promenade, plus a whole host of the town’s pubs, all keen to embrace what promises to be a rip-roaring weekend on the Cornish south coast.

Tex-Mex band Los Pacaminos will be inviting the people of Looe on a tequila-fuelled journey into Mexican border blues.

Soulstress PP Arnold – seen here in her heyday singing the 1960s smash hit ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’ (written by Cat Stevens) – will be helping to headline the revived festival and stir a few soulful memories.

If you’re looking for a holiday cottage in South Cornwall, the seaside town of Looe is the perfect destination. Looe is a busy little town that keeps visitors entertained all year round with boutiques and restaurants surrounded by the historic fishing port.