Wales International Harp Festival
Caernarfon, 17-18 April
Elegant, ear-pricking and mesmerising, the harp is one of Wales' national instruments. At Wales International Harp Festival. you can see performances from world class harpists, witness competitions open to players from around the world or take part in a two-day hands-on harpist course for all ages and abilities. It is rounded off by a concert with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, Austrian harpist Monika Stadler, choristers and a harp ensemble.
Lost Cove is a surf and music festival on the south coast of Pembrokeshire, that prides itself on putting on the best live performances, different interactive workshops, and surf competitions for all levels. 2019s festival line-up included Foreign Beggars, Danny Byrd, 24 HR Garage Girls, The Mudskippers, and Honey Fungus.
When FOCUS Wales is on in Wrexham, North Wales, the town is transformed into a multi-venue showcase of Wales' emerging musical talent and some of the best acts from across the globe. Over 10,000 people come to check out 200 bands scheduled across 20 stages. There’s also a full schedule of interactive industry sessions, stand-up comedy, arts events, and film screenings, throughout the festival. 2019 featured Boy Azooga, Cate le Bon, 9bach, The Lovely Eggs, Islet, Snapped Ankles, and Colorama.
Find out more at http://www.focuswales.com
Inside Out Festival
Cardiff, 31 May - 1 June
If your idea of a good time is raving in a city park with thousands of your closest friends, then Cardiff’s Inside Out Festival is the one for you. Previous events have hosted some of the biggest names in music including Rudimental and Annie Mac. This year’s event was their biggest yet, with headliners DJ EZ, Hannah Wants, Bugzy Malone, and Artful Dodger.
Fire in the Mountain
Ceredigion, 31 May - 2 June
For those seeking a spiritual experience, the Fire in the Mountain festival near Aberystwyth offers nourishment for your body and soul. It has a small community feel, and has grown into a small annual event from humble beginnings as a gathering of friends, who played and shared a love of folk, old time, and bluegrass music. Highly recommended.
Chepstow, 31 May - 3 June
Balter is a huge annual party held at Chepstow Racecourse for those who appreciate dancing and alternative beats: ska, gypsy, drum’n’bass, garage, disco, dub, and everything in between. This is Balter’s sixth year (they graduated to this larger venue after starting in Hay’s smaller Baskerville Hall), and they are celebrating with an even bigger line-up: more stages, more dancing, more madness. In their own words, this year is going to go off! Line-up: The Mouse Outfit, Ed Solo, Randall, Black Sun Empire, and a cast of seemingly thousands more.
Anglesey, 6 Jun–9 Jun
Described as a mystical little party hidden in the middle of the woods, Gottwood is an independent and intimate underground electronic festival at the Carreglwyd Estate, Anglesey. The event is always special, but the team will be bringing something extra to this - their tenth edition. Line-up includes Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards, Egyptian Lover, Ivan Smagghe, Radioactive Man, 2 Bad Mice, and many more.
Big Love Festival
Hay-on-Wye, 7-9 June
Proving that party people run the best events, Big Love is a friendly three-day romp held at Baskerville Hall in Hay-on-Wye. Part festival, part house party, it’s always a great vibe. Line-up this year includes: Dutty Moonshine Big Band, Too Many T’s, and Jurassic 5’s Soup presents: Fullee Love Collective and Dr Meaker (live band).
Cardiff, 22-23 June
Tafwyl is an annual festival in celebration of the Welsh language. The main event is the weekend-long Tafwyl Fair at Cardiff Castle, featuring performances and appearances from some of Wales' biggest names in the arts, culture and sport. Over both days, Welsh language music is centre stage with performances in three on-site areas. The street food area always delivers delicious food from local producers and eatery owners, while stalls from Welsh makers prove a hit. A fringe festival runs from 15-23 June, with events in various museums, libraries, cafés, bars and arts venues across the city.
The Gower Festival
Gower, 1-13 July
When you've got an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and talented musicians within reach of each other, why not combine the two for a spectacular musical experience? That's exactly what the organisers of the Gower Festival do every year, taking acclaimed musicians to a different atmospheric venue each evening for the first two weeks of July. Join them to soak up the acoustics for yourself along the beautiful Gower Peninsular.
Dolgellau, 19 - 21 July
Sesiwn Fawr is a well loved folk and world music festival held in the historic Snowdonia town of Dolgellau. 2019's line up include Geraint Jarman, Los De Abajo and Meic Stevens playing in various venues in the town centre. There's plenty to do for the whole family including free storytelling sessions and a twmpath dawns on the Sgwâr in the centre of the town.
Pembrokeshire, 19 - 22 July
Westival is an underground music and arts festival situated in the heart of Wales, deep in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, just minutes from some of the UK's finest coastlines. Performing artists are encouraged to express their musical knowledge and style, opening the path for longer genre-defining sets. Expect an eclectic line-up and wonderful views.
Ebbw Vale, 26 - 28 July
You might be surprised to find out the Wales plays host to one of the world’s most iconic classic rock festivals, but we do! Steelhouse brings 10,000 rock lovers together in the Welsh valleys to headbang and generally make merry. This year’s headliners include Thin Lizzy, Thunder, and Uriah Heap.
Llandrindod Wells, 2 - 4 August
Landed is an independent festival celebrating music, arts and entertainment on five stages, plus a dance area. Situated by the historic town of Llandrindod Wells, Landed hosts original breakthrough artists and is set in the natural beauty of a Welsh country estate. There’s a lot to do for the kids, including their infamous “pimp your duck race”.
Llanrwst, 3-10 Aug
The National Eisteddfod is a travelling celebration of Welsh music, language and culture lands in Llanrwst, Conwy this year, bringing with it thousands of competitors from across the country. They’ll be taking part in Welsh language contests of poetry and song, culminating in the atmospheric Gorsedd of the Bards, a colourful ceremony honouring the achievements of Welsh poets and prose writers. Everyone’s invited, so don’t be put off if you aren’t a Welsh speaker - though you can take part in an onsite Welsh language lesson if you really want to make sense of it all!
Green Man Festival
Crickhowell, 15–18 Aug
Once a tiny folk event attended by just a few hundred people, Green Man has grown to be one of the can’t-miss fixtures of the summer festival season. Now welcoming more than 15,000 visitors every year, the line-up reflects the attendees’ varied tastes. Whether you’re a fan of twinkly indie, traditional folk, pulsating garage rock or ear-melting electronica, there’s probably something on the bill for you. There's also a comedy tent, pretty gardens, kids' areas and wellbeing zones, so you can chill out before the burning of the Green Man himself on the last night.
Hay-on-Wye, 16 - 19 August
You can’t go wrong with a festival that grew out of a birthday party - Truefest is an independent music and arts festival and epic house party rolled into one and held in Baskerville Hall, Hay-on-Wye. Enjoy a swimming pool, hot showers, camping, hotel rooms, glamping and free parking - reviewed as the "The friendliest festival in the UK" by Mpora. This year’s fancy dress theme is “animal magic”, and the line-up includes DJ Yoda, plus many more.
Cardiff, 25 - 28 August
If the thought of camping sends you into a cold sweat, then consider Cardiff’s HUB Festival. Held across a number of venues on Womanby Street, HUB will bring you 150 live acts on 13 stage over 3 days, all accessible with just one wristband. Enjoy a variety of music - rock, reggae, folk, blues, funk, hip hop, pop, jazz, electronic, indie, psych, metal - as many genres as they can find, with promoters/musicians/venues working together to show the rest of the country that Cardiff is absolutely buzzing. You can also find comedy, spoken word and poetry, performance art, live graffiti and street dance, carnival acts, silent discos, workshops, street food, DJs, open mic, buskers and lots more! All ages - under 18s allowed in most venues until 9pm.
Cardiff, 18-20 October
This guerrilla music festival takes over just about every available venue in Cardiff, to showcase raw music talent in intimate spaces. It's loosely based on SXSW in Texas, and designed to unearth the next generation of performers.
Find out more about Sŵn Festival