2016 Music Festivals in Wales
Music festivals in Wales come in all shapes and sizes, covering every genre from the pre-Baroque to heavy rock. In between, there’s folk, bluegrass, jazz and that dance stuff that all sounds identical to anyone over the age of 34./P>
6 - 8 May
Tredegar House Folk Festival
A weekend of international dance, music and song, held in a fine Charles II country mansion.
Newport, South Wales
- 17 - 26 June
This is simply one of the best classical festivals in Britain. It’s notably strong on early music, but in its illustrious history has premiered
pieces by the likes of Gustav Holst and, more recently, his blondness Eric Whitacre.
Powys, Mid Wales
- 30 June - 3 July
The 28th North Wales Bluegrass Festival
The UK’s longest-standing bluegrass festival brings in talent from all over the world, including its spiritual home, Appalachia. It’s a fascinating genre, with its earliest roots in British folk, filtered through African-American, gospel and jazz influences.
Conwy, North Wales
- 8 - 10 July
The festival where the cultures of wakeboarding and music meet, get along nicely, and then have a torrid fling at this festival on the Llŷn peninsula. Wakestock took a year off in 2015, and isn’t holding anything back for its 2016 return. Full details TBC
Pwllheli, North Wales
- 23 - 24 July
Heavy metal has always been massive in the Valleys, its unfashionableness almost a source of stubborn pride. This bargain-value festival assembles legendary rock warriors and young guns in front of the Marshall stacks, possibly in spandex trousers, and wielding a Flying V in a manner that is frankly suggestive.
Ebbw Vale, South Wales
18 - 21 August
Green Man Festival
Green Man was founded in 2003 as a one-day campfire folk event, and still stands out proudly in the left-field. It’s bigger – around 20,000 capacity these days – but still inhabits its own glorious alternative universe. The setting is gorgeous, and there’s the sheer diversity of entertainment: ten areas, 1,500 performers, 24-hour events, comedy, poetry, literature, wildlife walks – and some of the best music around, from cutting-edge contemporary stars to venerable legends
Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales
- 1 - 4 September
Festival Number 6
This intimate weekend of music, arts and culture is set in and around the most stunning festival site you will ever see. Grace Jones, Belle & Sebastian, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, Beck and My Bloody Valentine have been memorable headliners.
Portmeirion, North Wales
- 16 - 25 September
The Welsh Rockabilly Fair
Rockabilly is as much a lifestyle as a music, and this festival promises ‘as much fun as you can handle’. And considering there’s a Burlesque Fringe, this isn’t an empty boast.
Porthcawl, South Wales