Speaking of great music, with such stunning landscapes including castles, beaches, ruins and vast green fields, Wales is a fantastic location for a music festival. Even when the fest is over, you can have some fun. You could check out the picturesque landscapes of Anglesey, surf, kayak, or hike up Mount Snowdon and fill your lungs with fresh air as you take in the unreal views all around you.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? We’re getting excited just thinking about it. So we’ll get straight into this one. Check out these brilliant Welsh music festivals.
In It Together is a multi-genre festival with a smashing 2023 lineup. Alongside those listed above, there’s Kelis, Kettama, Bou, Tom Zanetti, Twin Atlantic, and so many other acts to look forward to. If you love a diverse lineup, this is easily one of the best Welsh music festivals.
If you need a break from the tunes (although, with this lineup, we doubt you will), you can check out the climbing wall, arts and crafts, the outdoor cinema, the jitterbug circus, and so, so much more. It’s looking absolutely unreal this year - tickets secured, we’re packing our bags!
This family-friendly festival takes place during the summer holidays and has much more than just music to discover. Green Man has multiple tents with different themes, keeping attendees entertained throughout. For example, the tent Einstein’s Garden is maths and science themed, while Nature Nurture has yoga, restorative massages, meditation, wellness workshops and more.
While Green Man is family-friendly, that doesn’t mean adults can’t attend and unlock their inner child, connect with themselves, and, most importantly, check out some fantastic live music.
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Where: Multiple venues on and around Womanby Street, Cardiff
2023 lineup: TBA
If checking out new music and supporting smaller bands is right up your street, Swn Festival might be the perfect choice. This festival doesn’t lean into any particular genre. The team behind it only book artists that excite them, focusing on emerging artists, homegrown acts, and new music.
Inside Out is a dance music festival that features drum and bass, hip hop, grime, garage, house and more to the stunning Bute Park. Basically, pure banging tunes all weekend. Even better, Inside Out has rides for thrill-seekers and a mad crowd who’s always up for it.
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When: Thursday 20th - Monday 24th July 2023
Where: Shipping Hill Farm in Pembrokeshire
2023 lineup: TBA
2,000 people gather each year in Pembrokeshire for Westival, an independent underground music and arts festival. The genres you’ll discover at Westival are varied with some heavier acts, electronic, funk, hip hop, house, dance, and so much more. There's also a shuttle bus to the beach and the festival site's only 2 minutes from a train station so it's easy to get to.
With such a limited capacity, Westival maintains an intimate vibe that just can’t be replicated at major festivals, allowing for a deeper connection with the music and a chance to get closer to the artists on stage. Try out something different this year. Check out a smaller festival to see what all the hype’s about!
Described as "one of the most important boutique festivals that the UK has to offer" by The Independent, Gottwood Festival has a brilliant reputation as an intimate underground electronic music festival. Situated deep in the forest, Gottwood has a free-spirited vibe that offers attendees a place to escape life and connect with their favourite music.
Having won Best Festival for Emerging Talent at the UK Festival Awards in 2019, we couldn’t leave FOCUS off this list. FOCUS brings 250 artists, both local and international, with music that covers just about every genre you can think of including punk, hip hop, reggae, folk, indie, pop, metal, prog, RnB, soul and more.
Alongside a wide range of cracking new live artists, there are film screenings, workshops, and a new music conference to check out. With around 15,000 attendees spread across 20 venues, FOCUS maintains that intimate feeling without it feeling empty.
Self-described as “the UK’s maddest small festival”, you’re in for a treat with Balter. And to give you a feel for the vibe here, the word balter means “to dance clumsily, without particular grace or skill, but usually with great enjoyment. It’s all about having a cracking time and throwing your inhibitions out the window.
We don’t have a lineup yet (coming sometime soon, watch this space for updates), but last year’s edition featured Squarepusher, Camo & Krooked, Vengaboys, and Hedex, to name a few, so you know it'll be top this year too.
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Steelhouse is Wales’ biggest classic rock festival that goes down in a breathtaking mountaintop location. Aiming to be the best value rock festival in the UK, it’s no wonder the fest has gained such a loyal following over the years.
Past editions have seen classic rock heroes such as The Darkness, Thin Lizzy, Myles Kennedy and many more. Among those confirmed for this year includes The Vintage Caravan, Florence Black, and Jordan Red. And the good times don’t end there. After the artists have completed their performances, the beer tent will stay open for pints and rock DJ sets. Sounds like a top weekend!
One of the best Wales festivals for ravers, Escape Festival will be landing in Swansea’s Singleton Park with a lineup to get you jumping, skanking, and raving all over the place. Ran by the team behind Inside Out Festival and Colour Clash, it's safe to say these guys know what they're doing.
Split into three stages, Party At The Park features a reggae stage, one for club classics, and the main stage, which is a mish-mash of genres. To get the nostalgic vibes flowing, Peter Andre will be headlining. Imagine the whole crowd tipsy and singing to Mysterious Girl. absolute scenes.
Alongside all that, there's a street food village - yes a village, a fun fair, a gin and prosecco bar, and the jitterbug circus. At Party At The Park, there won’t be a single dull moment.
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Wales has loads of great music festivals. Whether you’re looking for your next favourite act, wanting to rave in a forest or reconnect using yoga, creativity and learning, there’s something in Wales that will float your boat. And with such lovely, friendly locals, there’s nothing to stop us from checking it out this festival season. We'll meet you there!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.