Tunes in the Dunes – Gee Witchalls looks at the star packed weekend ahead

Gee Witchalls looks ahead to a packed weekend in Perranporth

This weekend’s biggest event is surely the return of Tunes In The Dunes hosted by The Watering Hole in Perranporth. Now in its third year, the line up includes huge names such as Primal Scream and Clean Bandit, and this year sees the introduction of two additional stages, one of which will feature ‘local legends’ on the same bill as big chart hitters.

Tunes In The Dunes is part of a much broader programme of live music events hosted by the Watering Hole, which is fast becoming one of the biggest venues in Cornwall in terms of the quality of acts it attracts. Obviously it’s not hard to see why people would want to come and play there – it is after all situated right on one of the best beaches in North Cornwall – but Perran is a small town and in many ways an unlikely host for this level of pop culture.

There have of course been some less than enthusiastic voices when it comes to the effects of such a large event on the community, but these are much fewer than the locals showering praise both on the venue and the event manager Tommy Job. Tommy has been the force behind the Watering Hole’s status as a top class music venue over the last four years. It’s fair to say that more people means more traffic, more litter on the beaches and empty machines – but they also bring much needed money to the many small independent businesses, restaurants and guest houses that Perranporth boasts. Added to that the creation of work for local bar staff, contractors erecting and dismantling the stage, shifting sand and cleaning up afterwards, not to mention the free music! As you can’t close a public beach, the locals make the most of it by taking their own picnics and having a party on the sand with a great sound system nearby. Last weekend saw the legend that is Sir Tom Jones perform as part of the Bands In The Sands programme, and both the ‘official’ festival area and wider beach were full, with people in a real party spirit. The venue had done its best to cater for this, with recycling and waste bins out on the beach as well as extra lighting, and the clean up operation started at 4am, in an attempt to get the place spotless before beach-goers arrived the next day.


It has to be said that the Watering Hole is doing a sterling job of bringing big names to Cornwall and creating a vibrant live music scene in the area, this year’s festival looks set to be a fantastic waterslide!) so you’d be well advised to get along if you can. At the time of writing there are still some day tickets left, but it would be wise to call in advance to check before heading down to the box office on the beach (which is open from 10am Friday 30th June).


See our review next week and keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates over the weekend.

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