We catch up with the stalwarts of surf music Reef for an informal chat on top of a bus at the beautiful Watergate bay.
It’s quarter to three, the field is pleasantly full, and the crowd is very representative of all age groups – up until now it seemed as if most of this festival were teenagers.
Everyone’s flooding in to see Reef play.
The clouds have burned off now and the blue, crisp, August sky is shining through. St Piran’s flags are blowing in the wind above the huge ‘BoardMasters’ banner atop the stage.
A loud cheer sweeps across the field as the four lads enter the stage. The first thing that hits you is the beards, before being blown away in an intense Led Zeppelin-esque crunch of guitar, as they warm up the audience and allow them to fill out more with their unique brand of surf/pop-rock. Once establishing their presence they don’t hesitate to proceed straight into their classic hit ‘Place your hands.’ The crowd takes direction and does just that.
As the group continues to move and bop around the stage, more people join for the feel-good vibes whilst basking in the Cornish sun.
Their set was pumping, and makes one wonder where these boys have been keeping themselves for the past few years. In fact, it was such an itching question that Drift caught up with them to see how things are:
Words Louis Hall, Interview Matt Button