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Leopallooza: August 1 - 3

By Rachel Jones

Posted: 28th July 2014 10:25

1 – 3 August

The Wyldes, (near Bude) Cornwall

Weekend ticket from £70

Since its first outing nine years ago, Leopallooza has played host to hundreds of bands, thousands of people and a lot of local cider.  Despite taking the festival season by storm, the event has very much stuck to its ethos.  Originally created by a group of friends, the idea behind Leopallooza was simple – to take the best qualities of a house party outside. 

250 people showed up the inaugural party back in 2006, gathered around a make shift stage and partied like there was no tomorrow.  By 2007, Leopallooza had doubled in capacity.  In 2008, its size and its success meant the organisers could do things properly, seek the relevant licences and follow the official regulations.  However, Leopallooza has (and probably always will) retain its original spirit and never forget its home-made roots. 

And it is this creative free spirit that ensures ticket prices are kept as low as possible; camping is free, the bars don’t cost more than your average pub and corporate sponsorship is shown the door.  All this has helped this 100% independent festival gather an incredibly passionate following; in December 2013, the 1,000 Earlybird tickets sold out in 19 minutes flat. 

2014 sets to be bigger and brighter than ever.  Although the line-up has, at the time of writing, yet to be announced, we only have to look to past acts – Bastille, Everything Everything, Fenech Soler, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Eliza Doolittle and James Vincent McMorrow, to confidently predict that this year will be yet another eclectic, electric experience.  So pull on your wellies and prepare for a non-stop party in the great outdoors.


Can I get a VIP ticket?

A Golden Squirrel (formerly a 'VIP') ticket is definitely worth it.  Down in the ‘Golden Hollow’, there's a cocktail bar, luxury toilets and showers, impromptu and exclusive backstage performances, a complementary Saturday night meal and a whole host of other excusive stuff too!

Are Camper Vans Welcome?

Absolutely!  For those who prefer a few more home comforts, there is camping area specifically for camper vans and caravans that is separate from the tent camp site. 

Are there parking charges, and can I park my car by my tent?

Whilst free parking is provided, cars aren’t allowed in the general camping areas for safety reasons.  But it’s not a long trek between the tents and the car parks. 

Is there food on site?

Small barbeques are more than welcome (but always remember – safety first) but the festival also features its own food joint, ‘The Hungry Badger’, as well as many guest food stalls.  There are also plenty of cheap bars, meaning you’ll never go hungry or thirsty. 


Bude is a beautiful town in the north of Cornwall, near the border.  It is your typical Cornish location, with beautiful beaches, amazing coastal views and unique natural attractions, including a sea pool and the South West Coast Path. 

This picturesque coastal resort is large enough to provide enough activities (and watersports are a definite must) hotels, restaurants and shops, but small enough to retain its quintessential Cornish atmosphere and authentic charm.  After partying hard in a field for two days, Bude is the perfect place to retreat and recover; the town’s nightlife scene, though quiet and relaxed, will certainly keep you entertained and a few friendly pubs and delicious glasses of local cider might be just what you need to get back on your feet!




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