There’s a music festival for everyone in West Wales this summer!
As winter comes to a close, we’re starting to think about everything that’s brilliant about Summer in West Wales – starting off with music festivals across the counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. Get your singing voices ready, pull on your dancing shoes on and enjoy!
Fire in the Mountain – 2nd, 3rd, 4th June
An ancient farm between the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains and the Ceredigion coastline is the location for this small, volunteer-run, and ethically focused folk and bluegrass festival which has slowly grown since 2009. The exact location is only available when you buy a ticket, but it’s near Aberystwyth – and if you’re ‘local’ enough to be able to go to Andy’s Records in Aberystwyth to buy a ticket, you get a discount!
Location: near Aberystwyth
Date: 2nd, 3rd, 4th June 2017
The beautiful fishing village of New Quay, between Aberaeron and Cardigan comes alive in August with an annual Rock Music festival. The festival features performances in the marquee over 3 evenings, with a free concert during the day on Saturday 5th August on the sea front, and buskers around the pubs and cafes. Sunday’s headline act in the marquee is Bon Giovi!
Join locals and visitors alike for great music and good times by the sea!
Location: New Quay
Date: 4th, 5th & 6th August 2017
Cost: 3 day pass £40; see website for other tickets available
Musicfest Aberystwyth – Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th July
Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Cardigan Bay coastline, West Wales Musicfest Aberystwyth is an inspirational and enticing fusion of music. The engagement of audience, student and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere – part music festival, part summer school. Experience daily evening and lunchtime festival concerts, plus student foyer performances and student showcase concerts at the end of the week, together remind us of the rejuvenating effect of listening to music.
Date 22nd – 30th July 2017
Cost: see website for details of individual courses and concerts/recitals
Gwyl Crug Mawr
Traditionally held on the August Bank Holiday just outside Cardigan, this 2 day music festival is held on the site of the Battle of Crug Mawr at the combined forces of Gruffydd ap Rhys of Deheubarth, Owain Gwynedd, and Cadwaladr ap Gruffyd, routed the Normans in 1136
Live bands and DJs take over Oernant Show Ground outside Cardigan for a weekend of music and dancing. Over 16s only and 16 & 17yr olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Penparc, Cardigan
St David’s Cathedral Festival 26th May – 4th June
The St. David’s Cathedral Festival has been bringing classical music to West Wales for over 35 years. For ten days every year, the Cathedral hosts a gala of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Oliver Waterer, the Organist and Master of the Choristers. The programme for 2017 is as varied and interesting as ever. Highlights include former Royal Harpist Claire Jones and the Claire Jones String Ensemble performing Debussy Danses and Handel Harp Concerto, a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Walesand an opportunity to go along and sing HMS Pinafore with Ian McMillan (conductor), British Sinfonietta and Principal Singers from The D’Oyly Carte Opera.
Location: St Davids
Date: 26th May – 7th June 2017 (check programme for individual events)
Cost: See individual events for details of ticket prices
Pembrokeshire Folk Music Festival 26th – 29th May 2017
Concerts, Ceilidhs, Workshops, Singarounds, Sessions and Family Events
With a colourful opening ceremony in the town square to the finale, the festival is known as a cheerful and dynamic celebration of folk music set against the historical and picturesque town. All concerts are held at Theatr Gwaun, West St, Fishguard, Pembs, Dyfed, SA65 9AD
Date: 26th -29th May 2017
Cost: £40 for all concerts, £12.00 for individual concerts. Discounts available
Fishguard International Music Festival 24th July – 1st August
The festival was founded 46 years ago and has presented a programme of mainly classical music staged at a variety of venues in and around Fishguard, its twin town of Goodwick and other towns and villages across North Pembrokeshire.
Location: Fishguard and surrounding area
Date 24th July to 1st August
Cost: check website as more details are released
AberJazz August Bank Holiday Weekend
This Jazz and Blues Festival in Fishguard has been running since 2011, and tickets go on sale soon for the 2017 extravaganza which takes place in and around the North Pembrokeshire town for 5 days.
Date: August Bank Holiday 2017
Milford Haven Music Festival
With roots in the Tall Ships Race at Milford Haven in 1991, the festival was formally established in 2002, celebrating the Golden Jubilee. Now an annual fixture, the Milford Haven Music features many national and international artists and stars from the classical music world,
The programme for 2017 is not yet available. However, tickets are available for An Evening with Sir Karl Jenkins, patron of the Milford Haven Music Festival, at St David’s Cathedral – on Saturday 6th May.
Location: St Katharine’s Church, Milford Haven
Llandeilo Festival of Music: 15th – 22nd July
The programme for this classical music festival is not yet published, so check back on the website for more details.
Date: 15th -22nd July 2017
Contact: Julia Jones 01269 594 303/Gloria Vaughan-Roberts Peppercorn King St, Llandeilo 01558 822 410/[email protected]
Ticket and Accommodation Hotline (Card Purchases): 01267 231557
The Big Cwtch: 1st & 2nd September 2017
This charity music & food festival often features up and coming bands in its fantastic line up of music. In the heart of the Cothi valley, this is a family friendly festival in a magical lakeside location which features an amazing programme of outdoor experiences including creative kids, health & wellbeing, and a craft village. Camping options including a Glamping Field are available
Location: Glanrannel Park House, Crugybar, Carmarthenshire SA19 8SA
Date: 1st & 2nd September 2017
Contact: Ticket hotline: 0845 528 0799
Vangollen 19th – 21st May
Combining camping with great music, this year’s line up features Razorlight, The Icicle Works and The Christians. You don’t need a VW camper van to attend, but only camper vans are permitted in the festival camping fields!
Green Man 17th -20th August 2017
Held in the Brecon Beacons, Green Man has carved a niche in festival history as a non-corporate, ethically-focused event with much to thank the swinging sixties for. Alongside the music, festival goers enjoy amazing food and drink, much of it local to Wales, midnight bonfires, films and performances, and lots for children and young people. Plus the stunning location.
Brecon Jazz Festival 11th-14th August 2017
Hosted by Brecon Jazz Club, with contributions from Borders, South Wales and Cardiff Jazz clubs, the Brecon Jazz Festival has gained something of an international reputation in the Jazz World with praise from performers, audience and associates alike. The emphasis of the festival is on collaboration, inclusion and diversity.
The Good Life Experience 15th -17th September 2017
Not just a music festival (although as it was founded by Cerys Matthews, you can expect plenty of great music) The Good Life Experience draws people from across the UK to Hawarden, Flintshire for a weekend of ‘the good life’.
Festival No 6 7th – 9th September 2017
As quirky as its Portmeirion location, Festival No 6 is rich in music, combining headline acts alongside arts and culture, as well as the ubiquitous foodie element.