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The Brief

Cornwall's annual surf and music festival, Boardmasters, returned to Newquay from 9th - 13th August 2023. Alpha Crew were thrilled to collaborate with the Boardmasters production team once again to transform the picturesque Watergate Bay into a music festival venue fit for world renowned acts.

The festival is split across two locations: Fistral Beach which hosts Boardmasters Open, the country's biggest surf competition for UK and international participants, and Watergate Bay which is home to the music arena and camping.

The mighty Florence + the Machine, Liam Gallagher, and Lorde headlined Boardmasters 2023. They were joined by a fantastic line-up of other big names across 10 stages such as Dermot Kennedy, Ben Howard, Little Simz, Cypress Hill, Raye, and Four Tet.


Newquay, Cornwall



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Festival Crew

What we did

Boardmasters Festival is a large-scale event and in 2023 the capacity was 53,000 people across the two sites. Alpha Crew's 24-person team joined forces with the Boardmasters production crew to ensure the music festival went as planned. Our hardworking events crew worked an impressive 770 hours between them over the course of six days, and made sure every aspect of the live event was executed with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency.

We helped with crucial elements of the festival, including load-ins and load-outs, the build and break, and time-sensitive artist changeovers for the main stage. Our adaptable multi-skilled staff were on hand to fulfil any tasks that needed completing ranging from managing pyrotechnics and video builds, to assisting riggers with spreaders, truss, and motors.

Alpha Crew remained on-site throughout the festival period and undertook day and night shifts to maintain operational readiness at all times. This allowed us to easily stay on top of stage setups and transitions between acts, while also helping to minimise our carbon footprint by cutting down on our transport needs. Alpha Crew's commitment to developing green working practices makes us a great match for Boardmasters, who strive to be sustainable and have a low impact on the local environment and community.

Boardmasters is one of our favourite events to work on and it's a privilege to work alongside such talented production teams and clients who successfully bring the festival to life each year.

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