Have you heard of all of these North Wales music festivals?
Book tickets at one of these excellent music festivals to turn your North Wales adventure into a sonic pilgrimage:
Hard Rock Hell
More than 50 bands from all over the globe travel to North Wales each year to play at Hard Rock Hell, a festival that has been running for over a decade and prizes community spirit and good times above all else. Whilst this festival hasn’t quite built up the reputation of rival Download Festival yet it consistently sells out year on year and continues to attract increasingly prestigious names in Rock’n’Roll its 9 stages.
When is it? 8th-11th November Where? Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli
Festival No. 6
Portmeirion is a place like no other and an attraction unto itself. Designed in the style of a bizarro Italian-village by legendary architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, it exists today as a tourist attraction and venue for this one-of-kind festival. Cutting edge alternative and classic acts take the centre stage here, with a focus on the unusual and the unprecedented. The festival will be taking a break next year, so buy a ticket this year unless you want to wait!
When is it? 6th-9th September Where? Portmeirion
Dolgellau is often overlooked as a tourist town, but with over 230 listed buildings and a truly rich historic heritage it’s an ideal location for a music festival that celebrates Welsh culture in all of its forms. For one weekend in July dozens of comedians, musicians and writers descend upon the idyllic market town to perform and speak to hundreds of people. This is an understated affair that is less mud and wellies, more reading glasses and chin-stroking.
When is it? 20th-22nd July Where? Dolgellau
Llandudno Jazz Festival
Now 4 years old, the Llandudno Jazz Festival has brought big band music and shuffling drums back to one of Wales’ quintessential seaside towns. Essentially two festivals in one, visitors can purchase a Fringe ticket on top of a Main Stage pass to gain access to the entire event for £165, or you can buy afternoon/evening/day tickets if you’d like to pay a little less. This is the perfect excuse to visit a wonderful seaside resort in the height of summer – not to be missed!
When is it? 27th-29th July Where? Llandudno
Bangor Music Festival
If you’re looking for a comfortable seat and some truly mind-expanding music then you should make a beeline for the Bangor Music Festival, an event that celebrates the very best new music and sounds. Each year the organisers set a theme and task composers to create new works around it. In 2018 the theme was Space and brought a piano masterclass from renowned performer Zubin Kanha, a star gazing experience with a university professor and a sound installation from the late David Bedford.