Events for music & dance lovers

For a modest sized seaside town, Bude punches well above its weight in terms of festivals each year. We host three excellent music festivals in Cornwall each year, to appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers. Our famous jazz and folk gatherings create a stir every summer, while the Leopallooza festival is an award winning independent gathering aptly described as “the greatest house party…in a field”. Add some sun, sea and beautiful Cornish sunshine and you have a recipe for harmony and happiness.

The main music events in Bude are the Bude and Stratton Folk Festival, the Bude Jazz Festival and the Leopallooza Festival.  The Bude for Food Festival kicks-off with a fantastic night of live music too!

However, there are often music events throughout the year, so please click here to browse our events calendar… 

August 30th – 2nd September: Bude Jazz Festival 2016

Putting a swing in the step of the town each year, this lively four day event features a great bill of both local and national jazz musicians, including Digby Fairweather and one of the finest jazz pianists in the UK, Craig Milverton. Various styles of jazz feature, but traditional and New Orleans styles are especially popular. Enjoy the best live jazz in Cornwall!   Watch this space for details: www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk

29th – 31st July 2016: Leopallooza Festival

Remember when festivals were about friendship and discovering cool music, rather than fleecing visitors for a small fortune? Offering an independent ethos and a welcome return to the festival scene of old, Leopallooza is an award-winning gem of a festival. The organisers are taking a well-earned break currently, but will return for a triumphant tenth party in 2016. Watch this space for details: leopallooza.com

27th – 30th May 2016: Bude and Stratton Folk Festival

Bude and Stratton Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk concerts, workshops and themed events held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend in the picturesque surroundings of Bude and Stratton in North Cornwall.  It features dance displays, music and song and there is a small programme of children’s events.  Watch this space for details: www.budefolkfest.com

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