UK Folk Festivals - Wales

Folk Music Festivals in Wales

Welsh festivals are lively, and justifably famous for their singing. There aren't as many festivals in Wales as we'd like, but they are all great music festivals.

The list has been updated for 2019, and we will update it regularly. Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Gower Wassail - 12th Jan 2019 - Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH, West Glamorgan

Not quite a folk festival, but includes traditional music.

Revive this ancient tradition with the Mari Lwyd, Food, Music, Noise, Dance, Cider, Apples and plenty of laughter! Gower Wassail Festival will be a Gastronomic Wassail Festival event.

Wassailing is an ancient Welsh tradition to promote a good apple harvest the following autumn. The Coppertown Mari Lwyd is also brought into the celebrations (welsh grey mare) there will also be a Torch Lit Parade with the Gower Old Horse!

Location: Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH
Date: Saturday 12th January 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk/whatson.htm
County: West Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Taking place in March

Celtic Festival of Wales - 8th Mar 2019 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday!

Location: Porthcawl, CF36 3YW
Date: Friday 8th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert and day tickets, from £5 - £16
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Taking place in April

Wales International Harp Festival - 17th Apr 2019 - Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Wales Harp Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy Harp music in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK where nature and historic architecture provide the best experiences for any tourist. Why not combine this opportunity to visit the harp festival with exploring our region?

There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more.

Not a folk festival in the traditional sense, but as usual we like to include something a bit different.

Location: Caernarfon
Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in May

Festival of the Celts - 4th May 2019 - Llandeilo, Swansea

It is sold out each of the past 5 years in the beautiful Green Valley, Upper Cwmtwrch. So now looks to expand in a bigger green field area. The best of Celtic music over 3 days, with camping. The Welsh language music day being primarily the Friday evening.

The best of IRISH SCOTTISH WELSH and CORNISH, BRITTON and ISLE OF MAN artists come together.
Celebrating music from the Celtic nations.

Now expanding into Foods, Drink and Arts and moving throughout the town centre and around the National Trust grounds of Dinefwr Castle Park, for the foreseeable future years.

Location: Llandeilo
Date: Saturday 4th May 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: 0333 9000 919
Website: www.festivalofthecelts.co.uk/
County: Swansea
Country: Wales


Tredegar House Folk Festival - 10th May 2019 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

Set up originally as a showcase for traditional dance styles being learned and performed in South East Wales, the festival now celebrates national and international folk dance in all it's forms. Traditional music and song is also playing an increasingly important part in the festival.

The festival is in it's 30th year.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 10th May 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £35
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: susieoates135@hotmail.com
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Devauden Festival - 17th May 2019 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

A mixed festival, at previous events there was a strong bias for folk music on the Friday. so take a look closer to the date to see if this happens this year.

Workshops, Battle of the Bands, local brews, family entertainment.

Location: Devauden
Date: Friday 17th May 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Fishguard Folk Festival - 24th May 2019 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 20th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Location: Fishguard
Date: Friday 24th May 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's mostly FREE, 4 ticketed events.
Contact for info: judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.fishguard-folk-music.co.uk/fishguard-folk-festival.html
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Fire in the Mountain - 31st May 2019 - nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

Spurred on by their love of folk music and outdoor activity, and seeing potential in a farm not used to it's full potential, 20 - 30 vounteers came together on the farm to begin the journey of a big tidy up and clear out.

Through the efforts of countless volunteers and 5 festivals, we can safely say that our aims to renovate and maintain the farm have been a success. There is still work to be done, and still ideas to be brought to fruitition. It's an annual small gathering of the finest folk musicians in the world.

Location: nr Aberystwyth
Date: Friday 31st May 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@fireinthemountain.co.uk
Website: fireinthemountain.co.uk
County: Ceredigion
Country: Wales


Taking place in June

Gower Folk Festival - 14th Jun 2019 - Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB, Gower

Fabulous music every June on the stunning Gower peninsula.

Tickets limited usually to 350 - 400, so get your soon.

Look at their fabulous location!

Location: Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB
Date: Friday 14th June 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £69
Also available A variety of Day tickets too.
Contact for info: joy@gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gower
Country: Wales


Unearthed In a Field - 21st Jun 2019 - Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE, Pembrokeshire

A 3 day festival for our global community with the stated objective as the expansion of consciousness from the material to the ethereal.

Mixed genre, with a fair bit of acoustic and folk music. Check the line up to see if it suits you.

Location: Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE
Date: Friday 21st June 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info:
Website: unearthedfestival.co.uk
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Taking place in July

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - 1st Jul 2019 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Each year since 1947, over 4,000 performers from across the globe head to the beautiful little Welsh town to take part in a unique event combining competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Around 25 different competitions celebrate song, music and dance, climaxing with the prestigious 'Choir of the World' where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
Traditional folk singing and dancing from across the globe

Location: Llangollen
Date: Monday 1st July 2019 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets from £12
Contact for info: info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk
Website: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Folk at the Hall - 5th Jul 2019 - Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN, Flintshire

Bringing together a star studded group of acts who have graced the stage at individual concerts for two days of quality music.

Location: Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN
Date: Friday 5th July 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £83
Also available Day tickets £25 and £45
Contact for info: keldamanley@live.co.uk
Website: www.therecordjournal.co.uk
County: Flintshire
Country: Wales


Folk on the Farm - 11th Jul 2019 - Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Anglesey

From small beginnings in 2013 the Folk on the Farm festival has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the folk festival calendar, attracting hundreds each year and featuring some of the best folk artists from around the UK.

Includes Quality Real Ale (from The Great Orme Brewery Company), Festival Food, Stalls, Fringe Festival in Cafe, Singarounds & Sessions.

Location: Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ
Date: Thursday 11th July 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day tickets - £15 and £25
Contact for info: folkonthefarm@live.com
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com
County: Isle of Anglesey
Country: Wales


Folk on the Lawn - 11th Jul 2019 - Abbey Mill, Tintern, NP16 6SE, Gwent

Folk on the Lawn, in various guises, as a modest little event, has been running for some years now. It is, perhaps, a little unusual in that it has no budget whatsoever and relies on the good will of those involved - artists, staff, the Abbey Mill Centre, the good folk of Tintern and various other benefactors and supporters, who lend the festival space, equipment, time and, not least, artistic prowess.

Location: Abbey Mill, Tintern, NP16 6SE
Date: Thursday 11th July 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: info@folkonthelawn.com
Website: www.folkonthelawn.com/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Llangollen Fringe Festival - 19th Jul 2019 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Mixture of various media, incliding folk music, celebrating its 20th anniversary. With individual event tickets, you can choose your favourite artists to suit your taste in music and entertainment.

The Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

As well as attracting visitors from all over the UK, the Fringe continues to grow its local following and is achieving its aim to become 'the festival for the town in the town' - thanks to everyone in our audience.

Location: Llangollen
Date: Friday 19th July 2019 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: contact@llangollenfringe.co.uk
Website: llangollenfringe.co.uk
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Dance on the Mountain - 20th Jul 2019 - Blaenavon, Gwent

A bit unusual for a folk music site - this is a folk dance event. With quite a variety of dance styles from a large number of locations and countries. I know some of you like this sirt of thing, so it's here.

Site not fully updated yet, but things are progressing.

Also know as the Blaenavon Dance Festival.

Location: Blaenavon
Date: Saturday 20th July 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE !
Contact for info:
Website: www.dawns.blaenavon-online.co.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Monmouth Festival - 27th Jul 2019 - Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Mixed genre event with something for everyone.

Attracting visitors from all over the world, it is proud to be considered one of the longest running, largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe.

Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. We take great delight in showcasing an eclectic mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent, dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock n roll, ska, world music and so much more. Our aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.

Location: Monmouth
Date: Saturday 27th July 2019 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@monmouthfestival.co.uk
Website: www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Taking place in August

National Eisteddfod of Wales - 3rd Aug 2019 - Llanrwst, Conwy County

The BIG one!
The National Eisteddfod of Wales is one of the great festivals of the world, attracting over 160,000 visitors every year. An eclectic mixture of culture, music, visual arts and all kinds of activities for people of all ages, there's something for everyone on the Maes during the first week of August every year.

The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival which belongs to the people of Wales.

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Location: Llanrwst
Date: Saturday 3rd August 2019 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various event and day tickets
Contact for info: gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk
Website: www.eisteddfod.org.uk/
County: Conwy County
Country: Wales


Green Man - 15th Aug 2019 - near Crickhowell, Powys

A large independant event, with a wide range of artists, and genres, more than 100 acts playing indie, psychedelia, Americana, and folk across 5 stages. Food stalls and a bar will be open in the evening. Many different themes.

Supports the Bevan Foundation as well.

Location: near Crickhowell
Date: Thursday 15th August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@greenman.net
Website: www.greenman.net/
County: Powys
Country: Wales


Between the Trees Festival - 30th Aug 2019 - Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

Music - Natural Science - Art
An idyllic, new, 100 acre, woodland site in South Wales.

Between The Trees has a unique theme of music, natural science and art. The festival aims to engage people of all ages with the natural world and to re-connect younger generations with the wonder and restorative qualities that this woodland environment offers. Musically, it is grounded in contemporary folk, Americana and acoustic roots genres, blending new exciting talent with more established performers; the music is wholly original and always wonderful.

Location: Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr
Date: Friday 30th August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available Day tickets £20 - 30
Contact for info: patinalive@gmail.com
Website: www.betweenthetreesfestival.co.uk/
County: Bridgend
Country: Wales


Llanwddyn Weekend of Folk and Acoustic Music - 30th Aug 2019 - Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

A small event, so don't leave it to late to get your tickets.
This is the fifth time it's taken place, includes a crafts fair, ceilidh, sing-arounds and all the usual things.

A small village of 36 houses, but they can run an festival! With an interesting line-up.

Location: Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy
Date: Friday 30th August 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £36
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@llanwddynevents.co.uk
Website: llanwddynevents.co.uk/llandwddyn-folk-acoustic-music/about-the-weekend
County: Powys
Country: Wales


Taking place in September

Llyn Guitar Festival - 27th Sep 2019 - Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Aims to offer world class acoustic music and tuition to the guitar enthusiast of any level,Whether you want a full guitar retreat experience for a few days or just to turn up for the concerts, you will be most welcome

Location: Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
Date: Friday 27th September 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Contact for info: enquiries@oriel.org.uk
Website: llynguitarfestival.org.uk
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in November

Tenby Blues Festival - 8th Nov 2019 - Tenby, Pembrokeshire

The Tenby Blues Festival has grown rapidly and is now firmly established as one of the major events in the UK Blues calendar. This intimate and friendly festival has built its reputation on the strength of its line up that just gets better by the year.

This year is the event's 14th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 8th November 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@tenbyblues.co.uk
Website: www.tenbyblues.co.uk/
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales



The festivals below are from last year which, at the time of our last check, had not yet updated their websites to 2019.

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on this year. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in March last year

Folk on the Farm - Easter Warm Up - 30th Mar 2018 - Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Angelsey

This year for the first time we will be holding an Easter Warm up festival from the 30th and 31st of March 2018 at Tyddyn Mon farm.

Location: Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: 07903 187801
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com/Easter-Festival
County: Isle of Angelsey
Country: Wales


Took place in May last year

The Big Acoustic Walk - 12th May 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Took place in June last year

Folk @ The Hangout - 30th Jun 2018 - Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

An evening of folk music.

Llandeilo is an important hub for all things creative with events celebrating the arts including festivals of Literature, Jazz and Classical music. Folk @ The Hangout is set to be a vibrant evening of music to add to the variety of creativity Llandeilo has to offer. It is the brainchild of l ocal folk band The Meadows, who toured theatres and concert venues across Great Britain in 2017 with their highly-acclaimed original show Celtic Journey alongside Maine Celtic music star Krystyn Murphy.

Location: Llandeilo
Date: Saturday 30th June 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: meadowsband2@gmail.com
Website: www.themeadowsband.co.uk/news
County: Carmarthenshire
Country: Wales


Took place in July last year

Rockytop Bluegrass Picking Weekend - 19th Jul 2018 - Llandudno, Conwy

Picking all weekend, slow & fast jams. Workshops, Young musicians stage spots, Open Mike, Scratch bands, 3 Groups Sat afternoon, Camping, Gospel session Sunday morning. Dogs allowed.24 hr toilets & Shower. Good food and beers, free entry to animal farm and owl sanctuary. Fabulous North Wales welcome.

For the serious musicians who want to just play, for the those that want to learn how to play, Is for young musicians who the future of live music depends on.

Location: Llandudno
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: Rockytopbluegrass@outlook.com
Website: www.Rockytopbluegrass.co.uk
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Took place in September last year

Festival No. 6 - 6th Sep 2018 - Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Music, arts and culture, experiences and activities.

THere are a variaty of genres of music here, so again, it's one you should inspect then decide upon.

Festival No.6 is the UKs most unique experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in our magical coastal home of Portmeirion, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists.

Location: Portmeirion
Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £175
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: festivalnumber6.com
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Took place in November last year

The Big Acoustic Walk - 10th Nov 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


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