Summer festival round up

The days are longer and the sun is shining, well some of the time, so that can only mean one thing: festival season.

No matter what your taste in music: classical, jazz, blues or folk, there’s plenty of festivals to keep you going right through summer and into autumn.

Unearthed in a Field 17th - 19th June 2016

Unearthed in a Field's aim is the expansion of consciousness through uplifting and new experiences. They will be bringing a whole heap of beautiful things to stimulate your mind and body.

The 3 day festival takes its visitors on a musical odyssey through reggae, world and folk music. Pembrokeshire musicians such as Regime, Jodie Marie and Lucy Jones grace the stage alongside a worldwide mix such as Ghanaians ‘Nelson and Friends’ and Japanese born ‘Ichi’. Welsh roots are celebrated with a Twmpath; time to kick off your shoes to dance barefoot in the grass!

Unearthed in a Field

Cardigan Quays Beerfest 24th – 25th June

Didn’t get a ticket to Glastonbury? Here’s the next best thing. From a fantastic riverside location in the heart of Cardigan, the Cardigan Quays Beerfest will be celebrating the best craft brewers in South West Wales while streaming music live from Glastonbury.

There will be over 40 ales & ciders from local brewers and throughout the day there will be live music everything from Bluegrass, reggae, soul, classic rock through to funk and disco. Pizzatipi will be there with their delicious wood fired pizza plus hot dogs by Willy Whoppers Hotdog stand. Great family festival.

Cardigan BeerFest 2016

Fishguard International Music Festival 20th -30th July

Fishguard plays host to musicians from across the globe at their annual international music festival. Artistic directors Peter Donohoe CBE and Gillian Green have brought together a line up of orchestral, coral and chamber music at venues across Fishguard and the surrounding area.

Just some of the concerts include the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and a special performance by London Winds to celebrate the 70th birthday of composer John Metcalf plus a masterclass from Elizabeth Watts.

Last year Visit Pembrokeshire caught up with a few of the musicians as they took a break after performing. Read our Sonata's to Soprano's.

Fishguard International Music Festival

The Edge Festival 5-7th August

The Edge festival sprang up as a direct response to the filming of Under Milk Wood in the village of Solva in 2014, the magic and enthusiasm overwhelmed the village. Edge is a celebration of the arts, music, food, sport, literature and film.

Just some of the events at this year’s festival include talks from travel writer John Harrison and Costa award winning poet Jonathan Edwards in the literature tent. The 4km Man-up open water swim takes place on Saturday and Sunday there’s kayaing and live music.

The Edge

Fishguard Jazz ‘n’ Blues Festival: AberJazz 25th – 29th August

They say that the number 13 is lucky for some and that is certainly true for the 13th Aberjazz festival as this year Courtney Pine is headlining on the opening night of 25th August.  This promises to be a sell-out concert in the cosy atmosphere of Theatr Gwaun, kicking off a five day festival of highly entertaining live music covering the whole spectrum of jazz, blues, funk and ska that has become the hallmark of this great little festival in the West of Wales.

Whether it’s New Orleans Jazz piano, Traditional, Swing, or the big sound of Rhythm and Blues that gets your foot tapping then Aberjazz guarantees to put a smile of your face.  As always there is a mixture of great international jazz musicians and local talent, some familiar and some new to Pembrokeshire.

Courtney Pine at Aberjazz 2016

Tenby Blues Festival 11th – 13th November

Tenby have been shaking off the winter blues with this annual Blues festival since 2006. Three days of fantastic live music, in one of the UK’s finest seaside towns, awaits you, including the legendary FREE Blues Trail around the bars, clubs and restaurants of the town. What a treat!

Freelance journalist Nick Harding has become something of a fan of Tenby Blues Festival, visiting year after year. Read his review of the event: Tenby Blues Festival - Never felt more like singing...

Phew! that's the rest of the year sorted. But if you can't make any of this years festivals don't worry there's plenty of venues across the county offering all sorts of music genres, check out our guide - Music up! Dancing shoes on…

 Just had a week in Pembrokeshire, just loved every minute, may as well throw my passport away, don't want to go anywhere else for holiday! 
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