Tunes in the Dunes 2018


Tunes in the Dunes
June 2018

With Cornwall basking in the first heatwave for several years, Perranporth’s Tunes in the Dunes brought everyone to the beach for the very best music set to a backdrop of glorious sunsets and pounding surf.
Tunes is very much a family friendly festival and this year festival goers enjoyed a variety of new additions, including a Circus Big Top with performances and free workshops, we chilled out with yoga and prepared for disco dancing with pilates and surfside stretches.
A brand new stage devoted to a wide range of local bands proved to be extremely popular with all ages, we could jump jive to Company B or soak up some funky reggae with Backbeat Sound System.
Top international names on the main stage guaranteed a packed arena across the weekend, Friday’s line up headed by Jamaica’s Protoje with support from Skints, Hoosiers and Stereo MCs paved the way for a terrific Saturday night of ska and reggae. Topping the Saturday night bill UB40 enjoyed a rapturous reception and fans of all ages sang their hearts out as Ali, Astro and Mickey delivered a splendid back catalogue interspersed with tracks from their latest album. Supporting UB40 with their own distinctive sound were The Selecter, fronted as always by the magnificent Pauline Black & Gaps Henderson, they are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Another blast from the 2 Tone past were The Beat ft Ranking Roger along with son Ranking Junior, these guys always deliver an energetic show and there’s nothing quite like a bit of skanking on the sand. Earlier in the day The Wurzels proved they’ve still got it by putting a smile on everyone’s faces as we loudly joined in with some classics from back in the day.
Sunday is traditionally a quieter day, but there were still plenty of top performers to enjoy across both stages, with the main stage giving way to big name solo performers for the closing evening. Pixie Lott wowed fans with her early set, but Gabrielle Aplin stepped up to the challenge and delighted the crowds before making way for headliner Jake Bugg. Hard to believe that Jake is just 24, he hit the big time at the tender age of 17 and hasn’t looked back; his closing performance at Tunes was the perfect end to a perfect weekend.
Roll on Tunes in the Dunes 2019 along with another spell of glorious weather.

Sheila Vanloo

June 2018

Article by: Sheila V