Beach Break Live
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|Country and Region||United Kingdom — Wales|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales UK|
|Festival Contact Information|
Beach Break Live is the UKs largest student festival attracting 20,000 festival goers to the stunning Pembrey Country Park, South Wales. Offering some of the globes best music stars, extreme sports and the ultimate end of exams party Beach Break Live is a highlight for thousands of people summer months. Showcasing both up-and-coming artists including the likes of Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran to globally renowned Tinie Tempah and Chase and Status. BeachBreak Live’s program includes ska, funk, reggae, break beats, electro, d & b, hip hop, indy rock, and folk. In addition to music the program is rounded out with performance, film screenings, stand-up comedy, workshops in dance, yoga.
The Festival’s successful outlook can be attributed to many factors, but most importantly is its motivation that is based on core ethical practices—not profit making. After working closely with the locals the organizers created an optimal plan for appeasing the community, reducing pollution and waste, and regard for not disturbing the natural environment. At the suggestion of the locals, the festival boosts the local economy by taking place off-season and mid-week. The producer, Ian Forshew considers BeachBreak Live a “micro festival”. By this it promotes local vendors, and artists—creating a two-fold advantage. The economic boost and the reduction of long-distance travel for the artists. The festival takes place at Pembrey Country Park in Pembrey, Wales. This carefully and thoughtfully planned event right down to the toilet paper—which comes from a local recycling plant plays a part in the community’s involvement with BeachBreak Live.
|Festival Dates||June 20 - 24, 2013|
Beach Break Live first made its appearance on the festival circuit in June 2007. With the success of the first festival under their belts the two young entrepreneurs behind BBL, Celia Norowzian (24) and Ian Forshew (25) both graduates of The University of Birmingham, appeared on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den programme in November 2007.
They presented their plans and projections for the UK’s first student-only festival and won over all four of the tough Dragons and caused a bidding war to arise. Out of the four offers made to them on the show they chose to go with Peter Jones’ deal. However, in a bold move, the dynamic duo declined his offer and concluded a deal with Outgoing Ltd. the student event and travel specialist best known for staging the infamous Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen.
The couple were also the subject of a high profile BBC documentary shown in August 2008, tracking the making of Beach Break Live 2008 and the exciting twists and turns encountered along the way. Celia previously managed another student festival when she was at University, The Vale Festival in Birmingham. The success of this spurred Celia on to create, alongside Ian, a nationwide students festival and it was thrown into action in 2007.
- ALEX DAVIES / ALICE JEMIMA / ALUNAGEORGE / ANDY H / ANNACA / ASTROID BOYS / AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB / AUDIO SLEAZE/ BEAR ARMS / BEN JAMES / BENJI BOKO / BIM / BLAIR & THE MACKICHAN BAND / BREAKAGE / BRIDGES / BROWN BEAR / BROWSE / BUDOS / CALLUM BEATTIE / CAPTAIN BACKFIRE / CHAKA CHAKA / CHLOE FOY CORP / DAVID RODIGAN / DANNY BYRD / DEEP MEDI / DEVLIN / DISMANTLE / DJ DEMONISE / DJ DUBMAN / DJ FORMAT / DR KOTCH / DUB PISTOLS / EATS EVERYTHING / EMERGING ICONS / EMILY & THE WOODS / ERIN K/ FELIZ HAGAN & THE FAMILY / FOREIGN BEGGARS / FRENCH WIVES / FRISKY NIPPA / GARETH LEE / GHOULS / GIL DECH / GLOT / GRETA ISAAC / GRUDGE / HIDDEN RIDDIM / HIGH CONTRAST / HONG KONG PING PONG / HOSPITALITY / IMPERIAL LEISURE / INJURED BIRDS / JACK LIGHT / JACKMASTER / JACK WALLEN / JAKE BUGG / JARKARTA CLUB / JASPER IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS / JAY BEE / JAY PARSONS (TBC) / JELLO / JMAN / KEZIA / KILLAMONJAMBO / KOLA / LAGO / LEANNE SMITH / LEROY / LFM & MALI / LITTLE ARROW / LOVELIGHT SOUNDSYSTEM / LUCA / LUCY ROSE / LUKE RITCHIE / LULU JAMES / MAGNUS PUTO / MARK NICHOLS / MARTIN VITAL / MATT ANDERSON / MISTAJAM / MODU / MORIATY / MYSTERY / NEIL HALSTEAD / N.U.M.B. / NU:TONE / NU LOGIC METRIK / OBLIQKA / OLEE & MR MORRI / PHRIZUS / PLANES / POLAR CAPS / PROSPERO’S JUDGEMENT / RECKLESS / REDEFEAT / RINSE FM / ROGUE ELEMENTS / ROSIE & THE VANDALS / ROSKA / SAM BEETON / SCRATCH PERVERTS / SHARK BAIT / SHY FX / SKREAM & SGT POKES / SOUTH / SPY / STEVE MOORE / SUITENOIR / SWISS ELF / TANKUS THE HENGE / TEN STORY / THE ATTIC PROJECT / THE BEDFORD / THE DAYDREAM CLUB / THE ICARUS YOUTH / THE KIND REGARDS / THE NEXTMEN / THE OXBOX / THE SOULD CIRCLE GANG / THE STANDARDS / THE VERTIGOS / THE WINTER OLYMPICS / THEY SAY JUMP / THIS CALAMITY / TOM AUX / TOM BRADLEY / TOM BRADY / TOM DIBB / TOM FIGGINS / TOM GALL / TOM JAMES / TOM STANIFORD / TRICK THE FOX / TRUE AND FALSE / TWO FOLD / VENDETTA / WAYLAYERS / WHISKY JAX / WILL & THE PEOPLE / WISEMAN / WREC & DYNAMITE MC / XANDER RAWLINS / XHOSAH / YANNICK
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- Pembrey Country Park
Cefn Sidan Beach, Wales UK
- UK Festival Awards 2009
- Winner of Best Small Festival
- Winner of Promoter of the Year