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Computers reboot festival crowd

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: August 27, 2013

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FESTIVAL-goers wearied by a lively night with the Boardmasters 2013 headliners were quickly brought back to life by Exeter punk-rockers The Computers the following evening.

On the final day of the popular festival, which is held at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Newquay, the Maverick's Stage crowd was treated to an energetic performance from Al Kershaw and his four-piece, who brought their set to a close with Music is Dead.

The event boasted Everything Everything, We Are The Ocean, and The Vaccines on Friday and DJs Basement Jaxx and rock 'n roller Miles Kane on Saturday before Totnes singer songwriter Ben Howard packed the main stage with his acoustic favourites Old Pine,Only Love and Keep Your Head Up.

First and foremost, the event is a sports festival, which draws some of the most talented skaters and surfers to North Cornwall. For others, it is a major Westcountry music festival which draws some of the biggest names in pop, rock and alternative rock, as well as top dance and house DJs.

In excess of 12,000 were estimated to have attended the event and most would agree what felt like days to enter the festival site was well worth the effort.

The event opened with a variety of sports and beach performances under heavy clouds and showers.

But by the time the real music got going, it was largely a sunny weekend.

Away from the dance and rock tents and the main stage area, there was plenty of opportunity to sample local ale and cider and anything from Malaysian cuisine to sushi, while sitting back on a hay bale, sculpted mushroom or even a tyre, overlooking the bay while the DJs at Marley Point got the revellers warmed up with some early mixes.

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