Music festivals in Wales
There are dozens of festivals in Wales. Art, music, culture, food, drama, dance, film, wool... yes, wool. Here’s just a handful of the best we have to offer.
If you think it’s a bit much to describe the setting of Festival No.6 as one of the most stunning in the world, then you’ve probably never visited the village of Portmeirion. This wonderfully eccentric slice of Mediterranean serenity overlooking the estuary of the River Dwyryd has splendid views over the water to the Snowdonia mountain range. The festival itself is just as compelling, with music, talks and an unforgettable choral performance to greet each sunset.
Located in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons, Green Man is the biggest music and arts festival in Wales. It still manages to retain a friendly intimacy, using every nook and cranny of the lush Glanusk Estate outside Crickhowell for its 17 stages and countless food and drink outlets. It has evolved into a landmark event on the European festival calendar.
Green Man Festival, Crickhowell
An urban music festival which takes place across numerous venues across Cardiff. The emphasis is very much on emerging talent, so you’ll see tribes of indie kids traipsing excitedly from one place to the next in search of the next big thing, bringing a unique buzz to the capital city.
Set on the Flintshire estate of 19th century Prime Minister William Gladstone, the Good Life Festival is the brainchild of broadcaster and performer Cerys Matthews and husband Steve Abbott, along with farmers and authors Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Its broad remit is to go in search of the good life – and along with the staples of music, food and drink, it also features butchery displays and axe throwing. But not at the same time.
An electronic music festival tucked away in a wooded corner of Anglesey, Gottwood is rapidly becoming one of the favourite underground events on the European festival circuit. With numerous stages and a relatively small capacity, festival goers frequently mention that the four-day experience has the intimacy of a house party with all your favourite DJs playing at it.