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Boardmasters, Cornwall’s surf and music festival, has announced its first headline act – UK singer-songwriter of the moment, James Bay.

British homegrown talent, James Bay is riding the wave of platinum-selling success, with his No.1 debut album, ‘Chaos and the Calm’, featuring one of the biggest hits of the year ‘Hold Back The River’ and his current worldwide tour is selling fast. Having been honoured with the Critic’s Choice award at last year’s BRIT’s, he’s been nominated for a massive four awards at the 2016 ceremony and is also in the running for three Grammys.

Further acts announced to perform at this year’s festival include the undisputed king of the UK garage scene, Craig David. He’s been tipped as one of the most hotly-anticipated comeback acts of 2016, with his latest hit ‘When The Bassline Drops’ currently storming the charts. Joining him will be Kaiser Chiefs, Jamie Lawson (who signed to Ed Sheeran’s record label last year), Example, Sigma, Wilkinson, BRIT’s British Breakthrough Act nominee Wolf Alice, Jack Savoretti, Gabrielle Aplin, MNEK, Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a five-day event situated across two stunning locations in Newquay, Cornwall. Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place on Fistral Beach, Newquay, whilst 5 miles up the road, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay hosts the music festival. Last year saw Boardmasters welcome over 150,000 festivalgoers across its two sites over the 5 days of the festival. Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is! Book tickets via the website.

Andrew Topham, Boardmasters Festival Director, said: ““We are thrilled to announce the outstanding James Bay as our first headline act for Boardmasters 2016. It’s fantastic to see Cornwall remaining firmly on the UK’s music map with its very own surf and music festival growing each year. We’re looking forward to five days of explosive performances and thrilling surf action this summer.”

The festival runs from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August 2016.

Tickets are on sale NOW at www.boardmasters.co.uk