Last weekend Relentless headed down to the beaches of Newquay for its third instalment of The Point stage at Boardmasters festival. Over the course of three days, we brought the best that the electronic scene has to offer. Every day from noon until 1am, a diverse selection of artists new and old took to our idyllically placed DJ booth overlooking the Cornish seaside.
Not letting the erratic weather deter us, over the course of the weekend we brought you a roster of DJs that were as varied as the elements.
Opening up the stage every morning was our guy Luke Hassan, who from noon would consistently get those early risers moving. Joining Luke on the first day was Mad Villains, Yotto, Camelphat, Sonny Fodera, US legend Roger Sanchez and Patrick Topping in the headline spot.
Despite the merciless rain and stronger than average sea winds, crowds flocked to The Point on day one to check our international and home grown talents. At a festival like Boardmasters, which showcases artists from a variety of genres from Lethal Bizzle to Jamiroquai, we needed our acts to represent that diversity. Luckily, we had Australian DJ, Sonny Fodera on the case.
Fodera started out producing hip hop as a teenager before transitioning into dance and house. Throughout his set, the Aussie DJ dropped references to his first musical love laced amongst the beat. The track that really got the crowd excited was a mash up of Stormzy’s “Shut Up” set to the beat of “Big For Your Boots” all set to a techno pace.
Chatting to us backstage Sonny said, “I chucked in four or five hip hop in set. I think it’s cool and different. It’s fresh, to be honest. A lot of people are doing the same things these days and I like to be original.
[The set] was amazing, it was really good. The crowd was amazing. It’s raining out there and they’re still raving. Perfect.”
Day two saw the weather pick up and the sea glow an electric blue. Boardmasters had well and truly arrived. Fitting then, that The Point saw the largest crowd we’ve ever had over our three-year journey to see out the evening.
After an extended opening set from Luke, the vibes were brought by Bronx Cheer, SoulShape,Theo Kottis, Purple Disco Machine and T Williams. Our mates Solardo rounding off the sunny day was an absolute legend, not just within the electronic world but as an icon in mainstream culture, Pete Tong.
The Ibiza mainstay brought in an incredible crowd to the stage, the likes of which The Point has never seen before and brought a taste of the Spanish raving capital to the Cornish beaches.
We chatted to Theo Kottis, an artist who Pete Tong is a self-proclaimed fan of, to see how his Boardmasters debut went down.
“Yeah I loved it! It’s not just my first time here, but my first time in Newquay. In Scotland this morning it was raining. So this is nice! But in Scotland it rains all the time. I think this is one of the best settings for a festival I’ve ever been to. Don’t you agree? It’s amazing.
I was really nervous today. I played a bit different than I usually do. It’s a young crowd and it’s sunny and people are just waking up now from yesterday. So I played more disco and happy music to get people moving.
I feel amazing and honestly whenever anybody tells me that they’re nervous about any job that’s good because it means you care. I’m not talking about DJing, just in general! It’s a horrible feeling but it’s great once you get through it.”
Day three saw the sky turn a bit grey, but that didn’t dampen our spirits nor the spirits of The Point ravers.
Following on from Luke’s final performance of the weekend we saw Carly Foxx, Charlie Tee, Icarus, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Flashmob bring the energy to the festival’s final day. The weekend was rounded off by Hot Since 82 doing what he does best and getting us all moving to his impeccable song choices.
The sun set for the final time of the weekend and The Point closed for business once again – but what a weekend! Big thanks to everyone that joined us down at The Point.
If you weren’t able to make it down, don’t worry we’ve got you! You can stream some highlights from the weekend - or if you just want to go back to one of the craziest weekends of the year – why not check out some of the crowning points from days one, two and three.