Making waves: Wakestock surfs into town

Chris Eustace looks ahead to Wakestock 2011 with what it is, who to see and a Spotify playlist!

Wakeboarding? Is that surfing after a few Red Bulls?
Nope – it’s kind of surfing crossed with waterskiing (although the purists will probably kill you for saying that). It originated in Carlsbad, California, and the rider gets towed behind a speedboat, using the boat’s wake to perform tricks and spins. The Wakestock rail course in Pwllheli Marina is one of the most famous outside the USA, and they’ll be shuttle buses to take you to see the action there every day. What you want to drink is up to you, really.

Drinking! That reminds me, it’s a music festival too, right?
Indeed! Taking place at Cardigan Bay in the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Wakestock has three days of bands and DJs, and anyone who didn’t get to go to Glasto this year and was seething with jealousy watching on TV instead should investigate, as the festival’s seriously stepped up its game booking with Worthy Farm successes Biffy Clyro, Chase And Status (co-headlining with Ellie Goulding) and The Wombats.

Then there’s Example, Noisettes, Ed Sheeran, Nero, The Joy Formidable, Toddla T, Fenech Soler, Wretch 32, Yasmin…you don’t want to miss out again, do you?

No I don’t! Who else should I see?

This year’s Wakestock brings a rare chance to see one of soul/R&B’s most innovative performers live on these shores. Why not buy a milkshake to salute her while she plays?

The Cribs
Reverting back to the power trio that first got our attention, Wakefield’s finest are re-energised, and this’ll be a bit of festival action before the brothers Jarman head off to finish a new album.

Sub Focus
As the night draws in, what you need are big tunes, big lights and lots and lots of bass. Sub Focus has all of these, plus an MC who’s not actually annoying. You know what to do.

Charlie Simpson
“Play Year 3000!” That sort of talk isn’t going to get you anywhere, right? Having won round the Kerrang! crowd with the pretty-good-actually screamo-meets-Muse-isms of Fightstar, it appears the ex-Busted man has overcome his fear of writing choruses with some nifty nu-folk solo songs, which he’ll no doubt show off here.

Biffy Clyro
Yes we mentioned them above, but they’re pretty much unmissable these days. Having done the arena tour, this will be the weekend the Biff ascend to Festival Headliner status. It’s been a long time coming, and well deserved. Hopefully they’ll be at least a couple of pre-‘Puzzle’ songs for the die-hards too.

Any more recommendations?
Yes, try and find out whether they make armbands in adult size. And check out our Wakestock Spotify playlist.

And the tickets…?
Wakestock 2011 tickets are on sale now, with Weekend Camping tickets priced at £125.

Click here to buy Wakestock tickets.

Anything else?
Yes – if you’re there on Thursday, Propaganda is hosting an opening party at the East Arena featuring Toddla T and MC Serocee – more than worth the extra £7.50, right?