Music Madness – Guide To Festivals Over The Summer

There’s a music festival for everyone in West Wales this summer! Get your singing voices ready, pull on your dancing shoes/wellies and enjoy!

There’s a music festival for everyone in West Wales this summer! As we head out of spring, 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/wellies and enjoy!

CEREDIGION

NEW QUAY MUSIC FEST

The beautiful fishing village of New Quay, between Aberaeron and Cardigan comes alive in August with an annual Music festival. The festival features performances in the marquee over 3 evenings, with a series of free events held over the weekend in and around New Quay, with buskers around the pubs and cafés. Join locals and visitors alike for great music and good times by the sea!
Where: New Quay
When: 3 – 5 August 2018
Cost: 3 day pass £42.50; see website for other tickets available
www.newquaywalesfestival.com

MUSICFEST ABERYSTWYTH

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 they remind us of the rejuvenating effect of listening to music.
Where: Aberystwyth
When: 28 July – 4 August 2018
Cost: see website for details of individual courses and concerts/recitals
www.musicfestaberystwyth.org

PEMBROKESHIRE

ST DAVID’S CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL

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 2018 is as varied and interesting as ever.
Where: St Davids
When: 25 May – 3 June 2018 (check programme for individual events)
Cost: See individual events for details of ticket prices
Email:info@stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk
www.stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk

PEMBROKESHIRE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Concerts, Ceilidhs, Workshops, Singarounds, Sessions and Family Events From 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 historic and picturesque town. All concerts are held at Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, Pembs, Dyfed, SA65 9AD
Where: Fishguard
When: 25 -28 May 2018
Cost: £40 for all concerts, £12.00 for individual concerts. Discounts available
Contact: 24hr information line: 01348 873421/ judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
www.pembrokeshire-folk-music.co.uk

FISHGUARD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.\
Where: Fishguard and surrounding area
When 23 July – 3 August
Cost: check website as more details are released
Contact: 01348 873 23
Email: info@fishguardmusicfestival.co.uk
www.fishguardmusicfestival.co.uk

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 2018 extravaganza which takes place in and around the North Pembrokeshire town for 5 days.
Where: Fishguard
When: 23 – 27 August 2018,
Cost: Check website for individual events
Email: info@aberjazz.com
www.aberjazz.com

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,
Check the programme available on the website for individual events.
Location: St Katharine’s Church, Where: Milford Haven
When: 5 May – 26 May 2018
Cost: Check website for individual events
www.milfordhavenmusicfestival.co.uk

CARMARTHENSHIRE

LLANDEILO FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

The programme for this classical music festival is not yet published, so check back on the website for more details.
When:14 – 21 July
Email: enquiries@llandeilomusicfestival.org.uk
www.llandeilomusicfestival.org.uk

THE BIG CWTCH

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 & well-being, and a craft village. Camping options including a Glamping Field are available
Where: Glanrannel Park House, Crugybar,
Carmarthenshire SA19 8SA
When: 31 August – 1 September 2018
Cost: From £30
www.thebigcwtch.com

FURTHER AFIELD

GREEN MAN

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.
16 -19 August 2018
www.greenman.net

FESTIVAL NO 6

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.
6th – 9th September 2017
www.festivalnumber6.com

THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE

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’.
14th -16th September 2018
www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk

BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL

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.
10th-12 August 2018
www.breconjazz.org

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