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 2020, 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 March

Wales International Harp Festival - 30th Mar 2021 - 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: Tuesday 30th March 2021 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 June

Fire in the Mountain - 3rd Jun 2021 - nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

10th Anniversary.

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: Thursday 3rd June 2021 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@fireinthemountain.co.uk
Website: fireinthemountain.co.uk
County: Ceredigion
Country: Wales


Taking place in July

Folk at the Hall - 2nd Jul 2021 - 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 2nd July 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £98
Also available Day tickets £25 and £45
Contact for info: keldamanley@live.co.uk
Website: www.therecordjournal.co.uk
County: Flintshire
Country: Wales


Rudry Music Festival - 9th Jul 2021 - Rudry, Caerphilly

Deep in the heart of Wales, Rudry, population 1000, is the Rudry Music Festival. Two days of originalmusic and spoken word, for all ages.Features contemporary, alternative and traditional music artists, with food and real ale.

Family freindly

Location: Rudry
Date: Friday 9th July 2021 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £47
Contact for info:
Website: www.rudrymusicfestival.org/
County: Caerphilly
Country: Wales


Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau - 16th Jul 2021 - Dolgellau, Snowdonia

A Welsh festival of, well, Welsh folk music. One of the biggest Welsh Festivals.

If you have a guitar in the attic, or a bodhran in the cupboard, or maybe a fiddle under the bed, then bring them along! There is sure to be a jamming session in a pub or two.

If you’re a musician who would like to play in front of an audience, there will be a busking stage on the Square where you could perform in front of the crowd.

Location: Dolgellau
Date: Friday 16th July 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Contact for info: pwyllgor@sesiwnfawr.cymru
Website: sesiwnfawr.cymru/en/home/
County: Snowdonia
Country: Wales


Taking place in August

Green Man - 19th Aug 2021 - 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.

Check to see if it matches your tastes.

Supports the Bevan Foundation as well.

Location: near Crickhowell
Date: Thursday 19th August 2021 for 4 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 - 27th Aug 2021 - 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 27th August 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £110
Also available Day tickets £25 - 40
Contact for info: patinalive@gmail.com
Website: www.betweenthetreesfestival.co.uk/
County: Bridgend
Country: Wales


Taking place in November

Tenby Blues Festival - 12th Nov 2021 - 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 15th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 12th November 2021 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 2020.

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

Celtic Festival of Wales - 6th Mar 2020 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

Their website has not been updated for 2020, other than to have a date and no other content at present.

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 6th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Took place in May last year

Tredegar House Folk Festival - 8th May 2020 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

The festival celebrates the best in international folk music and dance. Now in its 31st year, it attracts big-name music performers and dance troupes from across the UK and Europe. Set in the National Trust grounds of Tredegar House stately home, there are also ceilidhs, open mics, workshops, farmers' market and a CAMRA real ale bar.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 8th May 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets at £25
Contact for info: susieoates135@hotmail.com
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Devauden Festival - 15th May 2020 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

In its 11th year.

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 15th May 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £16
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Roath Folk Festival - 15th May 2020 - Cardiff, CF24 3JW, Glamorgan

There isn't much info on the site apart from the artists performing and the optin to buy tickets.

Location: Cardiff, CF24 3JW
Date: Friday 15th May 2020 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info:
Website: roathfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Fishguard Folk Festival - 22nd May 2020 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 21st 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 22nd May 2020 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


Took place in June last year

Gower Folk Festival - 12th Jun 2020 - 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 12th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA. 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 - 19th Jun 2020 - 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 19th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £116
Contact for info:
Website: unearthedfestival.co.uk
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Ukelele Festival of Wales - 28th Jun 2020 - Gower Heritage Centre, Glamorgan

Well, I think you can guess what this event is all about. ;)

Location: Gower Heritage Centre
Date: Sunday 28th June 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.visitswanseabay.com/events/ukulele-festival-of-wales-2019/
County: Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Took place in July last year

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - 7th Jul 2020 - 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: Tuesday 7th July 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets from £20
Contact for info: info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk
Website: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Folk on the Farm - 9th Jul 2020 - 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 9th July 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets - £15 and £25
Contact for info: folkonthefarm@live.com
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com
County: Isle of Anglesey
Country: Wales


Festival of the Celts - 11th Jul 2020 - Llandeilo, Swansea

It is sold out each of the past 5 or 6 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 11th July 2020 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


Llangollen Fringe Festival - 17th Jul 2020 - 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 17th July 2020 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 - 18th Jul 2020 - Blaenavon, Gwent

For the sixth time.

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 18th July 2020 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 - 25th Jul 2020 - 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 25th July 2020 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


Took place in August last year

National Eisteddfod of Wales - 1st Aug 2020 - Ceredigion, 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.

Site doesn't seem to like our pop-up box, so right click the link and select open in new tab.

Location: Ceredigion
Date: Saturday 1st August 2020 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


Took place in September last year

Llanwddyn Weekend of Folk and Acoustic Music - 4th Sep 2020 - 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 4th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
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


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