5½ Reasons to love Leo (and vote for us!)

So you might have heard (because we’ve been excitedly yelling it at you since we found out) that we’ve been nominated for TWO UK Festival Awards

We’re up for Best Small Festival and Best Grassroots Festival, and if you’re not fully convinced that we’re where your vote should go, we’ve put together five (and a half) reasons why you should Vote For Leo!

1. We started from the bottom…

Literally. We grew this party we’re pretty proud of from just a few mates in a field with too much cider. We regularly have to pinch ourselves at how far we’ve come, and how we’ve done it all with the support of you. You don’t get much deeper Grassroots.


2. The biggest bands

For a small festival we are pretty bloody spectacular at bringing the biggest and the best bands to our little field in Cornwall. From Kelis to Friendly Fires, Seasick Steve to DJ Yoda, and Audio Bullys to Feeder.


3. The next biggest bands

But we don’t always wait for somebody else to tell us who are the best bands in the business, we go out and find them ourselves. Our line-ups are filled with your next favourite bands. And we don’t want to say it’s us who decide on the next big thing, but we will say this - Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man, Idles, Loyle Carner, Eliza Doolitte, and Everything Everything…


4. Something for everyone

We’re not just about the music. There’s an endless list of things to do scattered amongst the trees. Whether you fancy laughing until your stomach hurts in our comedy tent, getting the kids involved in incredible immersive theatre, making zombie teddy bears, touring the world via an incredible selection of food, or even singing karaoke - we’ve got you covered!


5. Party without the guilt

We’re committed to keeping our festival footprint as low as possible, we love this little planet of ours and would really like to keep it. Not only were we the first UK festival to ban single-use plastic behind our bars, all of the stages and buildings you see around the site are built from reclaimed and recycled materials where possible, and we run a zero-landfill site!

Plus we plant trees. A LOT of them.


5½. Get the crew out of their work boots

& into their dress shoes!

If nothing else will get you, the idea of getting our team out of their comfort zone of muddy jeans and battered work boots and into a suit and tie just might. 


One last thing, check out the official video from Leo XIII and tell us that doesn’t deserve a trophy or two…


Have we convinced you now? If so head here and vote for Leopallooza in the Best Small Festival and Best Grassroots Festival categories. We love you. 

You came, you saw, you partied.



Friendly Fires / The Vaccines / Feeder / Cloves / Ed Solo / Danny Byrd / Benji B / Audio Bullys / Emerald Rose Lewis / Krafty Kuts / Joel Dommett / Hal Cruttenden / Psychedelic Porn Crumpets / Everyone You Know / Mother Vulture / Elvana + many more


Thank you to each and every one of you who made #LeoXIII the best yet! Every single performer, crew member, litter picker, good time bringer, burger flipper, and of course ticket buyer helped make something very special in our little field this weekend.

Same time next year?


This year it was the best yet! I want to do it all over again- the music was really good, and the atmosphere was amazing. Everybody just wanted to have a good time and I think we all did.
I cannot recommend Leo enough!
Thank you for having us team Leo.
— Roxane Hosking, Attendee
Definitely the best one yet! Elvana was the biggest surprise of the festival. He rocked and the crowd was massive!
Already planning for LeoXIV!
— Ashleigh Walbridge, Attendee
What an amazing weekend! My first visit and I’m completely hooked! Brilliant atmosphere, beautiful people and awesome bands and DJs. Thank you for some great memories. Can’t wait till next year!
— Ruth Tapsell, Attendee
To run a festival that aims to be the friendliest music event in the whole country is a bold aspiration. To send people away knowing they’ve felt at home is all you need to know about how Leopallooza’s mission statement is more than just words on a page.
— Jon Kean, Bristol In Stereo


And just like that, the Wylde Bucks Treasure Hunt is over. The biggest thanks to all you super sleuths who deciphered our clues and set out on the trail of treasure! The levels of commitment to the cause were epic; from the Lizard to Dartmoor, mid-way through haircuts, queuing outside pubs, nighttime expeditions and mad dashes across the south west, no challenge was too tough for you lot!

Now, some important stuff, the deadline for advance online top ups of your Wylde Bucks accounts is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Thursday July 25). After that you’ll still be able to top up when you get here. But we reckon, save yourself queue time and buck up nice and early here:https://www.leopallooza.com/wylde-bucks

Our Official Digital Programme is here!

We know you need to get organised- so here is our early release digital programme to get you clued up with the whos, wheres and whens for your Leo weekend. A free printed version will be available, as always, as a handy pocket sized guide (and lovely souvenir!) at the gate, and at various spots across the site.

AND you can even download this one, so you’ll always have access to our knowledge… clever that!

Your Leo checklist

The official countdown starts here! With just over a week to go until the gates open it’s time to get your bags packed and your hangover cures planned.

We’ve put together a list of things you’ll need, and the things you won’t, for Leo XIII.


Do Bring...

A fiver. 

If you’re driving and there are going to be less than four of you in your car you will need to pay five of your fine English pounds to park. We’ve done away with pre-booked tickets and instead we’re going back to the old-fashioned method of cold, hard cash. This keeps the queues flowing better and saves you from sitting in traffic on a country road gagging for a cider. 

We charge for parking to encourage car-sharing. This reduces emissions as well as keeping the roads clearer for you and our neighbours. Team up with your mates and work out who’s got the biggest car.

Your tickets.

This is pretty important! You won’t be getting in without them. Providing your phone screen isn’t smashed beyond recognition these can be scanned from your phone, so save yourself the printer ink and lets limit the wasted paper.

A flannel. 

A wet-wipe wash may be the traditional festival shower, but it’s not the kindest to the environment. You’d be amazed at what a good old flannel, some water, and soap can achieve.

Your ID.

Look under 25? Lucky you. Our bars follow a strict Look 25 policy, so bring your ID along to prove us wrong. You will also need this on entry or risk getting an under 18s wristband.


We don’t talk about weather forecasts, we’ve learnt the hard way that it’s easy to jinx things. But be prepared, red and peeling isn’t topping any festival fashion lists.

A tent. 

Yes, this might seem obvious. But you’d be surprised...


Leave at Home…


No glass is allowed anywhere on-site. It’s not good for crops, tyres, or hungry cows.

Your wallet.

Yes, really! We’ve introduced a cashless payment system this year, with our very own currency - Wylde Bucks. You can preload your wristband now here, and if you need to top-up over the weekend there will be plenty of stations to do so. No need to worry about losing your license and those four almost-full coffee shop stamp-cards.

Your best white trainers.

It’s Cornwall. It never rains here. Sometimes we just have this weird wet stuff fall from the sky… we recommend bringing some suitable footwear just in case, there have been some serious trainer tragedies over the years. 


Ours are bigger than yours, and we’ve spent a long time planning this playlist!

Your pets.

We love dogs. Like really love them. Unfortunately no domestic animals are allowed anywhere on-site. It’s a licensing thing. 

(If you require a guide dog please do drop us an email)

Bad attitudes.

They’re not welcome here. We’re all about the good times! Smile at strangers, say please and thank you to the bar staff, cheer as loud as you can for every band you see. The field is full of friends, some of them you just haven’t had the chance to meet... yet.


What’s on your list of festival essentials?

Or better yet, what’s the most useless thing you’ve ever taken to a festival, only to have to lug it all the way home again?

Let us know on Facebook or Instagram (using #LeoXIII) and the best (or should we say worst) entry will win a brand new Leopallooza tote bag, perfect for carrying everything you actually need!

Treasure hunt time!


It’s a good one. We promise. One that could pay for a hefty chunk of your Leopallooza bar bill. Or all of it if you’re really good at treasure hunting…

To mark the launch of our very own currency, Wylde Bucks, and our cashless wristbands, Buck Wyldington and his friends have been busy. They’ve planted ten treasure chests, each packed with 100 Wylde Bucks, around Cornwall and Devon. As we offer an excellent exchange rate of £1 to 1 Wylde Buck, that’s a massive £100 in each chest towards your Leopallooza weekend! And a total of £1000 worth of Bucks tucked away in secret places, waiting to be found. Worth pulling on your thinking cap and hiking boots and getting involved in right? 

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting out cryptic clues about the whereabouts of our ten treasure chests. They’ll be on our Facebook page and in our regular newsletter. 

Each chest will be planted somewhere with a bit of a local cultural connection. It might be highbrow, it might, er, not. All you have to do is put your detective brain into gear, work out where you think it is, and get yourself down there before anyone else does!


If you manage to get your mitts on a treasure chest, all you need to do is:

  •  Post a picture of you with your booty on our Facebook or Instagram pages (tag us: @leopallooza) so we know who you are. (Be careful not to reveal your unique code, you never know what pirates might be lurking…) We’ll contact you to confirm your unique code. 

  • Bring your coupon to Leo, along with ID, where the nice folk at the main top up stand will add your 100 Wylde Bucks to your weekend wristband!

Look out. The first clue will be dropping soon on Facebook and in our next newsletter…

Prepare to giggle: Your Comedy Line Up just in

We’re bringing the funny!

Here it is, your Funny Side line-up for #LeoXIII!
Friday night will be headlined by the hilarious Bristol-born Jayde Adams. Jayde’s incredible stand-up routines have won her the 2014 Funny Women Award as well as seeing her nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh 2016.

Saturday night’s headline laughs will come from I’m A Celeb finalist and Netflix Comedians of the World star, Joel Dommett. Joel quickly established himself as one of the most energetic and exciting comedians on the circuit and has received critical acclaim.

There are so, SO many incredible comedians to catch over the weekend from the sell-out International Joke Off, Cornwall’s very own Anna Kierle, brutally honest Bristolian Louise Leigh, BBC regular ARTHUR SMITHIvo Graham the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as our amazing MCs for the weekend, Balls of Steel’s Marc Dolan, and ‘stand out stand-up’ Christian Russell-Pollock, plus many, many more!

Bring your most absorbant pants, this year is going to be funny!

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Drumroll please, your Leopallooza XIII Fancy dress theme is here...


Imagine a world based on happiness. A world based on being kind to strangers. A world based on being kind to the planet. Imagine being able to lose yourself in a world where you can listen to your favourite bands, hang out with your favourite people, and dance like nobody’s watching.

Sounds idyllic, right?
Sounds like The Wyldes.
Sounds like UTOPIA!

Utopia: an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.

And there we have our fancy dress theme for this year! We know you lot love a dress up theme on a Saturday night, and this year involves more than just popping on a pair of bunny ears. This is where you need to get creative…

How do you see Utopia? Or would it be more of a dystopia?

Will clothing be fashioned entirely from recyclable materials we would normally throw out? Or will the dad trainer trend get completely out of hand and inspire our entire outfits? It’s your chance to design your version of a Wylde Utopia and wear it loud and proud…

We will be running a competition to win some #LeoXIII goodies across social media - just upload a photo of you in your full Utopian glory and tag it with #WyldeUtopia. Extra marks for keeping it eco and upcycling things you find around the house! Winner drawn after the event.

Introducing Wylde Bucks- your shiny new Pallooza Piggy Bank


We’ve been saying for years that The Wyldes should become its own nation. A nation based on having a good time, being kind to strangers, protecting the planet, and dancing like nobody’s watching seems like a pretty good alternative to reality right now...

Our first step towards creating that Utopia has been reached. This year we are introducing...our very own currency, the Wylde Buck! Queueing for too long and missing the start of your favourite band is the stuff of festival nightmares, this will speed everything up and we can all get back to doing what we’re here for.

How does it work? Top up your account now, collect your wristband when you get here, and pay for drinks, merch and the biggest burger in Palloozaville with a mere tap of the wrist. Easy peasy!

Let the Hon. Buchanan ‘Buck’ Wyldington esq. show you how it’s done.

Get cracking and top up your account now

PS. Have we just dropped a sneaky hint about our dress up theme? All will be revealed very soon...

Mantlepiece Bling!

More than a little bit excited to have picked up the bronze award for Event/Festival of the year at the Cornwall Tourism Awards last week. Thank you!

We're not in it for the bling or the accolades, but it definitely gives us an ego boost (and confirms that we're doing something right!).


With a little help from our friends (you!) we could be UK Festival Award winners!


We're over the moon to be nominated in TWO categories at this years UK Festival Awards.

Here's where we need your help. If you had a blast at Leo XII (and enjoy clicking answers on forms), please spare a minute and select Leopallooza in the Best Small Festival and The Grassroots Festival Award via the link below. Make sure you tick the box to be entered into the draw to win a super slick pair of audio ear muffs from Audio Technica.

Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NW3CN6N

Voting closes on Tuesday 30th October.

Thanks as always, we miss you. Just 275 days til we do it all again!