Wakestock Festival

Wakestock Festival

Llyn Peninsula, North West Wales
11th July 2014

Festival Information
With plenty to do over the course of the weekend, Wakestock festival includes entertainment from wakeboarding to music. As the biggest wakeboard and music festival, Wakestock is worth every single penny. Held on the picturesque beach of Abersoch in North Wales, this event will stay in your memory forever.

In the day time check out the awesome talent at the wakeboarding competitions on the beach and at night go crazy for the amazing music acts that will be performing for your listening pleasure. If you’re into this extremely popular water sport and love a wide range of music artists, then Wakestock festival is definitely the festival for you.

We may have sold it to you, or you may still be on the fence. Either way we’re sure a little bit of background information will help you decide whether Wakestock festival is for you or not. So below we’ve enclosed a little bit of summarised history from previous Wakestock events. Take a look at the sorts of performers that have graced the stages and get a real feel for this summer festival.

The festival began back in 2000. Back then it was a simple wakeboard contest followed by a small party in the car park with just 800 people. Ten years later it is considered the biggest wakeboard competition in Europe and has a beautiful track record of performers.

In 2008 the Wakestock festival saw growing popularity and publicity and was proud to present a top quality collection of artists and acts. Some examples of these were; Friendly Fires, Sam Sparro, Pendulum, Hadouken, Groove Armada, You Me At Six, Mystery Jets, The Blackout, Eliot Minor, Calvin Harris, Funeral For A Friend, Mark Ronson, One Night Only, The Hoosiers and The Futureheads. The main headliners of the festival were Duffy and The Streets.

In 2009 it continued to excel and be a favourite festival for all extreme sports lovers to attend. Some of the acts to grace the stage this year were; Moby, Calvin Harris, Noisettes, N.E.R.D, Fightstar, The Pigeon Detectives, Chase & Status, Tinchy Strider, Zane Lowe, Dizzee Rascal, Kid British, Marina and the Diamonds, Just Jack and The Zutons. This alone is a clear indication of the diversity that the Wakestock festival is proud to provide.

Finally, in 2010 the Wakestock festival greeted tons of new artists and fresh faced festival goers. As usual the festival was a huge success and got great reviews from across the board! A large part of this was the spectacular performances from some of the best acts in current music. Wakestock was lucky enough to see the likes of; Roll Deep, Wiley, N-Dubz, Fedde Le Grand, Eric Prydz, Tinie Tempah, Huw Stephens, Pete Tong and Robyn, Sub Focus, Plan B, Feeder, Maximo Park and The Ting Tings.

At the 2011 event, Wakestock festival saw a rise in their publicity and with amazing acts from years before it was no wonder. In last years line up they featured some of the best from the industry including Ellie Goulding, The Wobats, Biffy Clyro, Chase and Status, Kelis, Example, Dj Fresh, Wretch 22, Ed Sheeran, Kids In Glass Houses and much more. Not only was their brilliant music at this festival but also amazing features that the crowd loved.

Wakestock Festival: Entertainment

With so much entertainment at hand, there’s no chance of you getting bored at any point throughout this weekend. From music to tantalise your ears to wonderful wakeboarding, Wakestock festival is one not to be missed this summer. If you’re a real surf chick or dude, you’ll love the cute surf shops found in the village centre if you decide to take a wander. Why even leave the site?

With a fairground at hand, get your adrenaline pumping and get into the festival spirit. There are plenty of bars and food stalls available all around the site, providing the perfect way of grabbing a simple bite to eat and boosting your energy supplies. Chill out and get a drink with your mates while you wait for a competition or act to perform.

There is so much for you to take advantage of and so we can guarantee that you will never be bored at the Wakestock festival. Here you’ll find everything you could ever need from a music event, with a whole load more than you bargained for.

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Festival Information

Ticket Prices

  • Weekend Camping Ticket: With weekend camping Wakestock tickets you’ll have access to the festival site for 3 days meaning you won’t miss out on any of the action. As well as this, you will be able to camp in the main camp site from 1pm on Thursday 5th July until 1pm Monday 9th July and all of this only costs £146.

  • Weekend Ticket: A weekend ticket costs only £118.50 and allows you access to the festival arena for a whole 3 days.

  • Deposit Scheme Ticket: This allows you to book your Wakestock tickets in advance with £50 and then pay the rest later, which is perfect if you prefer to spread out your costs. You need to make the final payment before 31st May or else your place will be lost. If you decide you don’t want to go to the festival any more or can’t afford it your deposit will not be refunded to you. The deposit works on a weekend or a weekend camping ticket and you can also purchase deposit scheme coach travel as well as ticket packages.

  • Quiet Camping: The quiet camping Wakestock tickets are for those of you who like to relax after the crazy music and gives you access to the quiet camping area as well as the main festival site for 3 days for only £151.50.

  • Campervan Ticket: If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your live-in vehicle then this ticket is perfect. It gives you access to the campervan area from 1pm Thursday 5th July until 1pm Monday 9th July and everyone who is staying the campervan will need a weekend camping ticket. The cost of the pass is £60.

  • Thursday Night Arena Pass: This ticket only costs £11 and is for people who have a weekend camping ticket or VIP camping ticket access to the Thursday night pre party. It allows you to go into one of the main arenas and enjoy some of the insane music before everybody else.

  • Car Parking Ticket: If you are travelling by car it will cost £11 to get a parking ticket, however if you are buying your ticket on the day the cost will go up.

  • Shuttle Bus Ticket: The shuttle bus ticket costs £9 per person and is the perfect transport if you are travelling between the festival site, Pwllheli and Abersoch, it is also very frequent.

  • VIP Camping Ticket: With this ticket you can get a placed reserved for you where you can pitch up your tent and you will also receive the benefits you get with any of the VIP packages. This costs £234.

  • VIP Weekend Ticket: These tickets are for people who want to enjoy the festival but don’t want to camp on site. Giving you access to all of the areas including VIP parking and entrance lanes, with this ticket you can gain faster entrance to any of the festival arenas and also you will have access to the exclusive VIP bar and private toilets. You can get all of this for an amazing £162.

Wakestock Tickets: VIP Packages

All of the VIP packages that are available include a bunch of extra treats we know you will enjoy. With one of these packages you will also receive VIP camping Wakestock tickets, which get you into the VIP camping area along with private toilet and shower facilities. You also get access to the café for breakfast and snacks without having to leave the camp site.

Another perk is the VIP parking pass that comes with your Wakestock tickets. This allows you to drop off your stuff before parking in the VIP area. You get access to the main arena area along with the VIP lounge where there is a brilliant line up of DJs playing all weekend and it also has its own bar. You also receive a VIP lanyard at the festival with a schedule of the acts playing and a voucher which you can use to get a Wakestock t shirt. With all of this and more on offer, why not upgrade your stay to VIP!

The Camel Camp: Perfect for those of you who like to have a spacious and elegant sleep, these tents are designed to fit a maximum of four people and are created to keep your relaxed. If you purchase The Camel Camp Wakestock tickets package you will find your tent already made for you and furnished with air beds, solar lights and rugs. Another great thing about this package is you receive a room service set up, which allows you to order breakfast and snacks form your tent and they will be delivered to you. The only thing you need to bring is your duvet or sleeping bag and you are ready to enjoy the festival in style. The cost of this VIP package is £100 for four people.

The Festihut: Designed for those of you who want to glam it up at your festival, these hut provide you with a spacious area for you and your friends. Furnished with bunk beds, mattresses and a rechargeable lantern, you only need to bring a mattress cover, duvet and pillow and you are ready to stay comfortably at this festival. Also featuring a lockable door and window with two sets of keys, this package is the safest way to stay. The best thing about this package as it has space for you to stand up so that you can get changed comfortably.

Bellepads: Made up before you arrive at the festival site, this Wakestock tickets package allows you to settle in as soon as you get there. Built with a protective, heavy duty groundsheet and four air beds you can be sure to only experience maximum comfort. Fitting four people comfortably and having enough height for you to get changed easily, this package is perfect for the festival weekend.

Beaupads:  Ready for when you arrive at the campsite, these Beaupads are perfect if you want to camp comfortably. Brilliant for relaxing in, these bell tents are ready with a heavy duty and protective ground cover along with a lantern and four aluminium camp beds with space for all of your belongings underneath. With room for you to stand in, you can also get changed comfortably with this package.

Podpads: Created to give you festival goers extra comfort, all of these podpads come with a wooden floor fitted with a carpet, a shelf, raised beds, mattresses, storage space, windows, locks, curtains, a mirror, light and 12V socket. This all allows you to enjoy your festival even more without worrying about the weather ruining your fun. All you need to bring with you to the festival is your own pillow and duvet.

Campervan Tents: Designed to look like the 1965 VW campervan, this awesome tent is one you festival goers will love. Created with inner tents for separate rooms as well as a living room, you can get your own privacy with this tent or hang out when you wish. It is furnished with airbeds, a carpet and a light and you only need to bring with you a duvet and a pillow.

Pre-Pitched Tents: For those of you who don’t want the hassle of putting up your own tent, this VIP package ensures it will all be done before you get to the site and will also have an airbag ready.

Wakestock Tickets: Where To Buy

We strongly recommend going onto the Wakestock festival website directly to get your Wakestock tickets. The official website advises that you can only purchase your tickets online through See Tickets or by calling the Wakestock See Ticket line on 0871 2307134 to book over the telephone instead of online. Tickets will stay on sale right up to the event and even throughout the weekend.

You can also purchase your Wakestock tickets at the festival box office which is at the front of the festival and impossible to miss! Tickets will be on sale here throughout the weekend for you to go to and buy. You can also buy your parking passes for your car at the gate in the event car park.

So you can see there are plenty of options for you to choose from and where you can purchase your Wakestock tickets. We advise you to be aware of touts and fake tickets as these will NOT be accepted at the festival. Only buy your tickets from one of the shops listed above, See Tickets website or over the phone OR the Wakestock Official website.

Wakestock Tickets: Opening Times

The campsite opens at 1pm on the Thursday and closes at 1pm on the Monday. There is NO ACCESS to the site before 11am but people do tend to enjoy coming earlier to queue up and get into the festival spirit. It is a strict rule that everyone leaves by 1pm in order to give sufficient time for staff to clean up, so a helpful thing to do is to aim to leave around midday.

In terms of the events on the Thursday at 10:00am – 2:00pm there is a wakeboard practice session at Pwllheli Marina and the campsite opens at 1:00pm (festival site at Penrhos). On the Friday at 10:30am – 2:30pm there is amateur qualifying at Pwllheli Marina. At 5:30pm – 7:00pm the Big Air competition takes place at Abersoch main beach. Then the music begins at 4pm until 2am on the festival site at Penrhos. On Saturday at 11:00am – 3:00pm there is the professional qualifying event at Pwllheli Marina with more music at 4pm until 2am at Penrhos. Finally on the Sunday at 11:30am – 3:30 pm the professional final takes place at Pwllheli Marina with music again at 4pm until 12:30am at Penrhos.

Campsite Information

The most popular option at the Wakestock festival is to camp in the official festival campsite, however this may not be your thing and you may require alternative accommodation.  If you do choose to camp on site you can use the standard tent pitch that is available with all tickets or upgrade to a VIP package for more luxurious accommodation. You also have the option of staying in your vehicle if you purchase a campervan ticket. If camping really isn’t your style you do have the option of plenty of B & Bs or hotels in the surrounding area. Some websites to check out are Abersoch or Visit Wales to discover some of the local accommodation. Here is a list of examples:
  • Haven Holiday Park (near Pwllheli)
  • Mann’s Holidays (Pwllheli)
  • Shaw’s Holidays (Pwllheli)
  • S Rhosydd (Pwllheli)
  • Pwllheli Holidays 4 two
  • Neigwl Hotel (Abersoch)
  • Egryn Taste (Abersoch)
  • The Riverside Hotel (Abersoch)
  • Angorfa Guest House B & B (Abersoch)
  • The Harbour Hotel (Abersoch)
  • Llysfor Guest House (Abersoch)
  • Bay View (Pwllheli)
To find out more you can search for these B & Bs and hotels by going to their specific websites. These are only a few of the places you could stay at for your weekend; we just like you to be aware of your options and provide you with lots of alternative choices. Whichever way you choose to spend your time at Wakestock we advise that you book it beforehand, as it will get extremely busy and many places may get booked up early. So have fun planning your festival weekend and prepare for the time of your life!

Festival Line Up

At the Wakestock festival there is so much to do, resulting in you being spoilt for choice for the duration of the weekend – the Wakestock line up really is awesome. With three fantastic festival sites, you are guaranteed to find something that matches your personal preference. The main festival site where you will find both the campsite and music arena are located in Penrhos and to check out all of the wakeboarding action head on down to the two partner sites on the beaches.

The main competitions and events occur at Pwllheli Marina and you can use the free festival shuttle buses to get to and from this site to make the most of the whole Wakestock line up. For another slice of wakeboarding action pie, check out Abersoch main beach where there will be other events and fun things occurring. With so much going on and so little time, you’ll feel like the weekend just flew by, making you hungry for more. So, for a rough idea on what the Wakestock line up has got in store, check out this what’s on guide.

Wakestock Line Up: What’s On

The main arena and festival site is situated in Penrhos. With three fantastic stages full to the brim with a collection of superb performers, you will love the musical side of the Wakestock line up just as much as you’ll love the sports.

Across this trio of awesome stages you’ll be sure to find an incredible range of alternative sounds. With an amazing range of acts and performers, the Wakestock line up truly does deliver. In previous years the Wakestock festival was lucky enough to present some top quality acts, including; The King Blues, Roll Deep, N-Dubz, Pete Tong, Chase & Status, Eric Prydz, Maximo Park, Feeder, The Ting Tings and so much more.

Wakestock Line Up: Confirmed Acts

To try and find out the full line up for the 2014 festival, check out our what’s on page for regular updates. As soon as any information is released you’ll be the first to know if you keep on checking out the Blue Banana website.

As you are already aware, the Wakestock line up has so much more to offer than just music. Famous for its incredible wakeboarding action and competitions, this festival combines extreme sports and awesome music into one amazing weekend. Head on down to the beaches for the sporting action, where you’ll be able to see a variety of competitions and events.

From the beautiful main beach at Abersoch, to the wonderful Pwllheli Marina, these sites are fantastic in both their appearance and what they have to offer. To help make things easier for you and allow you to plan your weekend, we’ve enclosed as much information as possible on what will be going on in the Wakestock line up for the 2014 festival.

Wakestock Line Up: Shows & Competitions

  • Wakeboard Practice Sessions: These take place at Pwllheli Marina where there are rails and riders are towed by a Malibu Wakesetter. On the course it is possible for the riders to do over ten tricks and hit every rail, depending on how good they are. This practice session gives everyone a chance to get to know the competition grounds and get used to the area before the big competition begins.

  • Pro Qualifying Competition: This also occurs at the Pwllheli Marina and in the build up to the final to demonstrate who has the best skills. This allows men and women to compete and show off their skills, as well as building everyone up for the following days’ events.

  • Pro Finals: The most talked about and biggest event of the entire weekend is the pro wakeboard competition. With a potential prize of £1500 and the title of Wakestock Champion, last year saw a massive increase in contenders. To see some of the hottest and coolest moves in wakeboarding, this is the place to be.

  • Mystic Big Air Competition: This takes place on another one of the festival sites, Abersoch. Down on the main beach this event sees some of the most amazing things in wakeboarding. The idea of this competition is that two Yamaha WaveRunners tow the riders and they use a floating kicker to perform whichever trick they choose. The contestant who gets the highest air is then crowned the winner and receives a £500.00 reward.

  • Rococo Pool Gap: At the Penrhos festival site there is a specific pool gap with 200,000 gallons of water and three rails. Free ride sessions will be available on the Pool Gap where you can come along and have a go. At this facility there will be Wakestaking Jams which happen every evening and allow contenders to earn some cash. The person who performs the best trick in each session gets themoney! This area of the festival welcomes all riders, male or female and there is a specific Girl Jams event at the Pool Gap tool.

  • Wakestake Jams: occur over the weekend at the following times; Friday – 5pm until 6pm, Saturday – 8pm until 9pm and Sunday – 4pm until 5pm.
For a weekend full of sporting action and music, the Wakestock line up for 2014 really does have everything you’ll need.

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