The Best Music Festivals in Wales

Thinking of heading over to the Land of Song for a music festival this year? Check out these amazing Welsh music festivals.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 11th Feb 2022

Did you know there are some great musicians from Wales? Besides Tom Jones, obviously. Alongside the “Sex Bomb” singer, there’s Catfish and the Bottlemen, Neck Deep, Marina and the Diamonds, Bullet For My Valentine, Stereophonics and Feeder. They don’t call it the Land of Song for nothing!

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 music festivals in Wales. 

 

 

Green Man Festival

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When: Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st August 

Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales 

Lineup: Kraftwerk, Michael Kiwanuka, Beach House, Metronomy, Bicep

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. Kraftwerk, Bicep, and Metronomy? Don’t mind if we do!

 

Find tickets for Green Man Festival 2022 - here

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Swn Festival 

When: TBA 

Where: Multiple venues on and around Womanby Street, Cardiff 

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.

Perfect for discovering your new favourite artists, the festival has welcomed The Cribs, The Vaccines, Marina and the Diamonds, Clean Cut Kid, The Amazons, Peace and many more to its past editions. Taking place across multiple venues, Swn is also the perfect excuse to discover your new favourite spot to catch live music. 

  


 

Inside Out Festival

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When: Bank holiday Sunday 1st May 

Where: Bute Park, Cardiff 

Lineup: Kurupt FM, Idris Elba, Tion WayneAndy C

Inside Out is a dance music festival that features drum and bass, hip hop, grime, garage, house and more to the stunning Bute Park. What a way to spend a bank holiday Sunday! Even better, Inside Out has rides for thrill-seekers and a mad crowd who’s always up for it. 

The full lineup has been revealed with some cracking artists, including Andy C, Tion Wayne and more. Third release tickets are available now for as little as £40. A monthly payment plan is also available to keep your bank account happy. 

 

Find tickets for Inside Out Festival 2022 - here

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Westival

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When: Thursday 21st - Monday 25th July 

Where: Shipping Hill Farm, Pembrokeshire

Lineup: Eris Drew, Dan Shake, Shanti Celeste, and many more 

1,500 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.

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! 

 


  

Gottwood Festival

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When: Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th June 

Where: Carreglwyd, Anglesey 

Lineup: TBA

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.

The fest has seen performances from some pretty big names, including Mr Scruff, Hunee, Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, Maribou State, and more. Who knows what fantastic artists they’ll have this year?

 

Find tickets for Gottwood Festival 2022 - here

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FOCUS Wales

When: Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th May 

Where: Multiple venues, Wrexham 

Lineup: Echo & The Bunnymen, Gwenno, Self Esteem, Public Service Broadcasting, Goat Girl

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. 

 


 

Steelhouse

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When: Friday 29th - Sunday 31st July 

Where: Hafod Y Dafal farm, Ebbw Vale

Lineup: Ace Frehley, Orange Goblin, Diamond Head

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 Ace Frehley, Heat, Inglorious, and Green Lung. 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 away! 

 


 

Escape Festival

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When: Saturday 20th August

Where: Singleton Park, Swansea 

Lineup: Sub Focus, Bru-C, Dimension

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, Climax Live is Wales’ largest festival company. It’s safe to say these guys know what they're doing. 

The lineup is already looking killer with Harriet Jaxxon, Audiofreq, Eksman and more. And with a huge house lineup coming soon, it's only going to get better. Expect drum and bass, house, trance, bass music and more at this mad summertime fest. 

 

Find tickets for Escape Festival 2022 - here

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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.

 

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