Wakestock (Wales)

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Wakestock Wakestock 2007 Small.png
GenreIndie rock, Dance, Rock, Grime, Rap
Dates1st weekend in July
Penrhos, Wales (2000–2014)
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (2008)
Years active2000–2014
Founded byMark Durston

Wakestock was Europe's largest wakeboard music festival, combining the cultures of music and wakeboarding. It was held on the Llŷn Peninsula in Wales, in between Pwllheli and Llanbedrog.

Founded by Mark Durston, the festival began in Abersoch, north Wales back in 2000, when it was a wakeboard contest with a party in a car park for 800 people, and from then on played host to some of the industry's leading bands and DJs, along with the biggest wakeboard competition in Europe. In 2008 50% of the festival was sold to Kilimanjaro Live aka KiliLive.com. In 2010 the festival entered its second decade and become part of the World Wakeboard Series. After the 2010 festival founder Mark Durston took an exit to work on other projects with full ownership then taken on by Kilimanjaro Live.[1]

The festival was split over three sites - the main festival site at Penrhos, Pwllheli Marina hosts the main wakeboard competition and Abersoch Bay hosts the Big Air Classic competition. The festival prides itself as being at the foot of the Snowdonia Mountains and looks out over Cardigan Bay.

The festival had its own wakeboard 'Pool Gap' that allows the wakeboarders to showcase the sport up on the festival site. The Pool Gap consisted of two pools containing a total of 200,000 gallons of water connected by street style handrails that the wakeboarders slid along whilst being towed by an overhead cable system.

In February 2015 it was announced on Twitter and Facebook that the festival would not be held that year, but would return for 2016.[2] In 2016 the festival was cancelled again. Organisers said, "It isn’t necessarily the case that Wakestock will never happen again but a significant level of investment in terms of time and money will need to take place ... before any commitment takes place."[1] As of 2017 there have been no further announcements and the official website has been closed.


Up until at least 2013[3] the festival had three stages. Originally these were called the "Open Air Stage", the "Misadventures Stage", and the "Relentless Stage". The names were later changed to West Stage, East Stage, and South Stage. Across all three stages there was a mixture of live bands and DJs.

2014 Line-up[edit]

This was the last festival to be held. Acts included: Tom Odell, Frank Turner, John Newman, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Gorgon City, Frightened Rabbit, Ella Eyre, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jess Glynne.[4]

2013 Line-up[edit]

Included: Bastille, Rudimental, Example, Magnetic Man, James, Twin Atlantic, Wiley, The 1975, Wretch 32, Zane Lowe, Echo & the Bunnymen, Candelas, Huw Stevens, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kids in Glass Houses, Yr Eira

2012 Line-up[edit]

The campsite opened from 1pm on Thursday 5 July. From 6pm the campers could attend the Wakestock pre-party if they had purchased a Thursday night arena pass for £10. They also needed to be in possession of a weekend camping, single day camping or vip weekend camping ticket. Nitro hosted the Thursday night pre-party with DJs Jaguar Skills, Nitro resident Jigsaw and Plastic Thumbs in the East Arena, doors opened from 6pm-12am.

On Thursday 19 July at 12.50am Channel 4 aired a programme showing the highlights of the festival.

West Stage
Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

Calvin Harris
Rizzle Kicks
Huw Stephens
Random Impulse
L Marshall
Lilygreen & Maguire

Dizzee Rascal
Katy B
Zane Lowe
All The Young
Swiss Lips
Y Bandana

Ed Sheeran
Chiddy Bang
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Clement Marfo
Mikill Pane
Ryan Keen
Br Lewis

East Stage
Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

Flux Pavilion
Koan Sound
Lulu James
Sen Segur

Annie Mac
DJ Fresh Live
Ms Dynamite
Karma Kid
Ifan Dafydd

The All American Rejects
Funeral for a Friend
Straight Lines
A Plastic Rose

South Stage
Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

High Contrast feat Jessy Allen and Dynamite MC
Major Look
Plastic Thumbs
Ed Mackie

Doctor P
Delta Heavy
Ben Proudlove
Andy Carr

Jimmy Needles
Heavy Feet

2011 Line-up[edit]

West Stage
Friday 8 July Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

Ellie Goulding
Kids in Glass Houses
Huw Stephens
Lethal Bizzle
Neon Trees
Wolf Gang
Ben Howard
Mr Phormula

The Wombats
Beardy Man
The Joy Formidable
Little Comets
All the Young
Bare Left

Biffy Clyro
The Cribs
The Noisettes
Charlie Simpson
Pulled Apart by Horses

East Stage
Friday 8 July Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

Chase and Status
Zane Lowe
Chiddy Bang
Kissy Sell Out
Rizzle Kicks

Sub Focus
Far East Movement
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Friends Electric
Giant Steps

Wretch 32
Ed Sheeran
Jaymo and Andy George
Random Impulse

South Stage
Friday 8 July Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

DJ Fresh and Dynamite MC
Danny Byrd
Brookes Brothers
Tek 1
Micky Slim

Caspa and MC Rod Aslan
Plastic Thumbs

Jaguar Skills
Masters in France
Mr Huw
Inner Party System
Pocket Trez

2010 Acts[edit]

Friday 2 July[edit]

Open Air stage

Misadventures Stage

Relentless Live

Saturday 3 July[edit]

Open Air stage

Misadventures Stage

Relentless Live

Sunday 4 July[edit]

Open Air stage

Misadventures Stage

Relentless Live

2009 Acts[edit]

Full list of acts as follows:


Open Air Stage

XFM Stage

Relentless Pyramid stage


Open Air Stage

XFM Stage

Relentless Pyramid stage


Open Air Stage

XFM Stage

Relentless Pyramid stage

2008 Acts[edit]

Full list of acts as follows:




2007 Acts[edit]

Incomplete list of acts:

Partners & Sponsors[edit]

Wakestock is involved with the local community and has partners from the surrounding area as well as some global names.

2010 partners list

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Crump, Eryl (6 March 2016). "North Wales' Wakestock festival will NOT be staged in 2016". North Wales Live.
  2. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com.
  3. ^ Wakestock 2014 [@WakestockUK] (14 July 2013). "Today's line up -" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Wakestock 2014 [@WakestockUK] (21 April 2014). "For the final day of our Easter comp we've got 2 VIP weekend tickets up for grabs. Like & share the poster to win" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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