Wakestock: An Insiders Guide

Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr combines an epic music line up with extreme sports action on one of the most stunning festival sites in the whole of the UK, on the shores of Cardigan Bay in North Wales. The feel of the festival is the British seaside at its best, combined with the laid-back surf culture of the area. You’ll get beautiful beaches, fun and games during the day and an amazing party each night. 

Wakestock festival tends to attract a mix of laid-back surfer types, watersports enthusiasts and people that know how to party. It is an event open to all ages that has something for everyone, young and old. I don’t think there could possibly be a better place to enjoy a festival that offers great music combined with action out on the water.

A group of friends enjoying Wakestock music festival, Llŷn Peninsula by Sim Bradley
Wakestock began back in the year 2000 in a car park on the headland in Abersoch. A few wakeboarders and locals decided to let their hair down and party to local bands and DJs after a low key wake comp. Wakestock has grown year on year and is now an established event on the festival calendar welcoming thousands to the area each year. In recent years, we’ve seen the likes of Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status and loads more. 

I’ve seen some great bands take to the stage at the festival, however one of the best memories I have of the festival is one of hottest weekends ever when Feeder played the open air main stage. The home crowd was huge and they went mad!

Reach the heights

A wakeboarder at Wakestock festival, Llŷn Peninsula

 by Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr
While you’re there, you should check out the Big Air Competition on Abersoch Main Beach. Not only will the action be hot out on the water, the beach will be filled with tonnes to get involved in. Look out for beach volleyball, 5 a side football, scavenger hunts, a beach BBQ, traders and much more. This is just one of three festival locations, the others being the festival site itself and Pwllheli Marina home of the wakeboarding comp, where riders battle it out to take home the coveted title of Wakestock champion.

Location, location, location

Calvin Harris performing at Wakestock music festival, Llŷn Peninsula

 by Sim Bradley
The main highlight of the festival for me, has to be it’s location, a couple of miles from the beautiful seaside village of Abersoch. The festival site is elevated overlooking the sandy beaches and the Snowdonia mountain range. The whole area has a laid-back holiday atmosphere and it comes alive when Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr starts up.

There’ll be a whole host of traders to choose from on the festival site with the addition this year of an artisan market and real ales fair during the day. Get on site to enjoy all daytime activities for just £5 and chill out with a cold pint and take in just what Wakestock Gŵyl y Môr is all about. You won’t wanna miss this, I promise.