Festivals in Wales 2018Posted on 15 Mar 2018
The Secret’s Out – North Wales is the Ideal Festival Location!
It’s been a long and lonely winter, but never fear – here comes the sun and with it a plethora of North Wales Music Festivals.
North Wales enjoys some of the most fantastic scenery in the world, so it’s no surprise that people enjoy coming to this awesome area for music, entertainment and good times.
Organisers are taking notice of the great exodus of people heading to Wales each summer and seeing that the area is the ideal location for festivals.
We’ve collated a list of the range of awesome festivals that are on offer in this wonderful corner of planet earth.
Festival Number 6, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. 6th – 9th September festivalnumber6.com
This award-winning festival takes place in the idyllic Portmeirion, which has long been famed for the culturally integral masterpiece television series ‘The Prisoner’. As Steve Coogan remarked that when stood atop the festival’s Central Piazza stage he was concerned that he would be chased by a giant bouncing ball, which served as the sentient guards of a secret prison island. More recently, it’s played host to the likes of Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson and much more as a wide variety of stages and entertainment is on display over the weekend. This year features the mighty The The, and at a location so close to the sea, it’s ideal for Wales 2018 Year of the Sea.
Green Man Festival, Crickhowell. 16th – 19th August. greenman.net
This is the furthest south we’ve listed a festival – just because it’s THAT good! In the mighty Brecon Beacons’ Black Mountains, there is a well-kept secret which dates to Celtic traditions of old. This year’s festival is really amazing the Psychedelic lords known as King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard (who last year set themselves the challenge of putting out 5 albums – all of which are actually really good), Indie-folk awesomeness of Fleet Foxes, and the ambient rock and roll odyssey of The War on Drugs they are there along with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, John Grant and Grizzly Bear.
International Harp Festival, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. 1st – 7th April. walesharpfestival.co.uk
The harp is famous for being a Welsh traditional instrument of Cymru. Where better to enjoy this magnificent display than the authentic Welsh town of Caernarfon. Much of this town is centred within the Walls of the grand overlooking Caernarfon Castle, and within walking distance of the 15th Century pub – The Black Boy Inn.
Gottwood (Electronica), Anglesey. 7th – 10th June. http://www.gottwood.co.uk
If you’re into more dance-centred, underground music such as techno, deep house, or DnB, you’ve heard of Gottwood. This festival centred on a plot of land outside of Holyhead shot to prominence as a techno and sunshine filled Welsh Oasis.
Llangollen International Music Festival, Llangollen. 3rd-8th July. international-eisteddfod.co.uk
This year’s line-up took everyone by surprise by featuring Indie Rock Kings – The Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Goodbye Mr. A’ band the Hoosiers, rock and roll pioneer Van Morrison and prolific singer.
The Good Life Experience, Flintshire. 14th -16th September. www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk
Glass Butter Beach, Abersoch. 13th – 15th July. www.glassbutterbeach.com
After taking a year out in 2017 to make sure 2018 can be as safe and successful as possible for the exciting site on the edge of the seafront of the amazing Cardigan Bay, the festival is set to be back and in full swing – pitching as the best aspects of summer rolled into one bumper weekend of awesomeness.
Llandudno Jazz Festival, Llandudno. 27th – 29th July. www.llandudnojazzfestival.com
For the movers, for the shakers, for the chillers, the sippers, the clickers and the foot-tappers. This is Llandudno Jazz Festival. Centred on the outstanding location of Bodafon farm park which overlooks Llandudno bay in a location which although sits just outside of the town, is also in countryside territory, offering unbelievable panoramic views and an old concert hall practically made for full big band jazz exploration along with open patio area which is ideal for sipping beers in the sun.