Looe Weekender 2023

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In Brief

Name: Looe Weekender 2023
Date: Friday 15-Sunday 17 September 2023 (with a few special gigs on the Thursday night too!)
Type: Massive live music festival across the beautiful Cornish seaside town
Suitable for: Live music lovers and anyone who loves a great atmosphere
Location: In pubs and other venues all across Looe, with a big main stage in West Looe which rocks throguhout!
Price: Free. Yup, every gig, show and event is totally free. No need to book! just turn up and rock out…


Ah, quiet Looe. Lovely tranquil, serene, quiet Looe. Nothing loud could ever happen here… yeah, right! The pretty Cornish south coast fishing town will be anything but quiet when the three-day 2023 Looe Weekender festival takes place between Friday 15 and Sunday 17 September 2023.

Expect the pubs on both the east and west sides of the town to feature some of the best bands and acts for miles around. And expect a live stage rammed with top quality live music acts over all three days. The atmosphere should be buzzing and the best thing about it all? It’s free! That’s right, every gig on every night is totally free to enjoy.

The new festival follows the annual Looe Live! which has played over past years as the big music fest of the year in town but that’s all old news now as the Looe Weekender becomes the big deal for the future. Pubs like the Jolly Sailor will feature a raft of live music acts over the three days and nights and there will be all sorts of fun happening in Looe throughout the weekend. Plus, the centrepiece is a big outdoor stage in the western side of the town.

The 2023 Looe Weekender festival has been organised by Looe‘s pubs, bars and clubs. In fact, there are more than 10 venues and pop-up stages across the town that are taking part. Most of these venues host at least three musical sessions every day. There are even a few one-off performances to watch out for over the weekend at local coffee shops and restaurants. Watch rock bands, pop outfits, blues guitarists, harmonious duos, solo acts and everything in between at this jam-packed fest.

The fest takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, however do look out for gigs on Thursday 14 September 2023 too as there should be a little bit of live music on that evening as well.

But what bands are playing the Looe Weekender 2023 festival? Here’s what’s taking place on the main Weekender stage throughout the weekend:

The West Looe Quay Stage at The Quayside Centre in West Looe:

Friday 15 September 2023:
12midday-1pm – The Wreckers
1.30pm-2.30pm – True Foxes
3pm-4pm – Division
4.30pm-5.30pm – Vince Lee & The Big Combo
6pm-7pm – Sin Pusher
7.30pm-8.30pm – The Duskies
9pm-10.30pm – Wireless

Saturday 16 September 2023:
12midday-1pm – FTW Ronson
1.30pm-2.30pm – Hanterhir
3pm-4pm – Boundless Brothers
4.30pm-5.30pm – The Feel Good Factory
6pm-7pm – Whistlebelly
7.30pm-8.30pm – James Dixon
9pm-10.30pm – Dr Oz

Sunday 17 September 2023:
12midday-1pm – Lily Ward
1.30pm-2.30pm – KEO
3pm-4pm – High Voltage
4.30pm-5.30pm – ShyFly
6pm-7pm – Taylor Trio
7.30pm-8.30pm – Russell Sinclair
9pm-10.15pm – Daddy Long Legs

Plymouth blues guitarist Vince Lee plays a yellow guitar on stage ahead of the Looe Weekender 2023 festival in Cornwall. He has cool shades on and a flat cap and just looks like the personification of cool
Extraordinary blues guitarist Vince Lee plays the Looe Weekender 2023 main stage with the Big Combo on the Friday

What venues take part in the 2023 Looe Weekender fest? Well, plenty of them. We won’t publish all the gigs here (your best best is to click on the ‘website’ link above for that) but here’s a pretty juicy flavour:

The Bullers in Buller Street, East Looe, has gigs on each night, including a special gig at 8.30pm on the Thursday. Highlights include NaffKo 54 from 9pm on the Friday and Monique in ya Pocket from 9.30pm on the Sunday.

The Fisherman’s Arms in Higher Market Street in East Looe is putting on a range of gigs over the weekend featuring acts like the inimitable Black Friday, the Mighty Pumpkins and Blackbird. Check out their official website for times and details.

The Golden Guinea in Fore Street, East Looe, has DJ Jazz Mango on from 5pm on the Friday, James Shead between 3pm and 5pm on the Saturday and DJ Ian Harrison with Paul Haywood on sax between 3pm and 6pm on the Sunday.

The Globe Inn in Station Road, East Looe, has an array of acts playing live music throughout the festival. Check out the venue’s website for all the bands, times and details.

JJ’s Sports Bar in Fore Street, East Looe, plays home to a DJ set by JEM Sessions from 8.30pm on Friday 15 September before Division play from 8.30pm on Saturday 16 September. A DJ set by Mr Flexxx rounds it all off from 9pm on Sunday 17 September.

The Ship in Fore Street, East Looe, kicks off with a special performance by flavour-of-the-festival band Division on the Thursday night. The headliners on the Saturday from 9pm are the Ex-Presidents and the headline band to close out the Sunday from 9pm is Sons of Autumn. There’s a band at 3pm and 6pm at the pub on each of the three days too.

Looe Social Club at The Quay in West Looe plays host to Firebird from 9.15pm on the Friday before Nick of Time plays at 2pm on the Saturday. Mod Life Krisis plays from 9.15pm on the Saturday and Bottled Blondie is on from 2pm on the Sunday before DJ Ant’s Disco closes out the weekend at the club from 9.15pm on the Sunday night.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets for… oh, wait a minute! You don’t need any tickets because it’s all FREE! Just pick what bands you want to watch in what venue or on the main stage and then just enjoy a weekend of cracking live music in one of Cornwall’s most beautiful seaside towns in September 2023. Let’s get ready to rock… Looe style!