Ready for some toe tapping music?

The days will soon be longer and the sun shining, well some of the time, so that can only mean one thing - time to plan for festival season.

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

Lost Cove Festival 21st – 23rd April 2017

Lost Cove is a surf and community-based festival and will be kicking off again at Celtic Camping and Whitesands beach, St Davids. With more stages, more surfing, and more music, Lost Cove connects those with a passion for extreme sports, music and the environment. At the heart of surfing culture are the locals; bands, brewers, security, food and surfing heroes all bringing beautiful vibes Lost Cove.

The Big Retreat Wales 26th -29th May 2017

The beautiful village of Lawrenny will be the host of the very first Big Retreat Wales: a new festival of mind, body and soul. The festival will feature an extensive line-up including live music, great food, fitness, mindfulness, family fun and outdoor activities for all ages.

The music line-up features up-and-coming south Wales quartet Climbing Trees who will be joined by Lowri Evans and Lee Mason, plus local singer songwriters Jodie Marie and Caroline Harrison.  There will be onsite camping and glamping, plus space for camper vans. The festival is ever growing so make sure you keep an eye on their web site.

Climbing Trees at Big Retreat Wales

Fishguard Folk Festival 26th- 29th May 2017

Fishguard’s 18th 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.

Why not make a weekend of it and spend 48 hours in Fishguard? There's so much to do.

St Davids Cathedral Festival 26th May – 4th June 2017

The St. Davids Cathedral Festival has been responsible for bringing classical music to the heart of West Wales for over 35 years. For ten days the cathedral is host to a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Oliver Waterer, the Organist and Master of the Choristers.

St Davids Cathedral festival 2017

Unearthed Festival  16th - 18th June 2017

Unearthed Festival's (formally Unearthed in a Field) 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. This year's headliners include Natty and the Rebelship, Soom T and Meic Stevens.Welsh roots are celebrated with a Twmpath; time to kick off your shoes to dance barefoot in the grass!

Rock the Castle 14th -16th July 2017

The stunning venue of Pembroke Castle is the host for Rock the Castle where the weekend kicks off on the Friday evening with The Fratellis and special guests Toploader. Saturday 15th July will see The Bootleg Beatles bring their phenomenally successful show to Pembroke Castle, supported by The Bootleg Beach Boys. And to finale to the weekend – Horrible Histories on Stage with ‘The Best of Barmy Britain’ featuring all your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!

The Fratellis at Pembroke Castle

Fishguard International Music Festival 24th July – 1st August 2017

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. The festival programme for 2017 is due for release soon.

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.

The Edge Festival 11th -13th August 2017

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 music from Andy Fairweather Low, writer Eloise Williams will be returning with her hugely successful workshop for children and will be joined by poets Crystal Jeans, Clare Potter and Samantha Rhydderch.

The Swim to the Edge will also return. The open water swim takes place on Saturday 12th August with two distances 0.8m and 2.5 mile.

Fishguard Jazz ‘n’ Blues Festival: AberJazz 24th – 28th August 2017

Dates have just been released for the 14th Aberjazz festival with tickets and a full programme released in late March – not long to wait now.

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.

Tenby Blues Festival 10th – 12th November 2017

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…

WEATHER
 Just come back from a week’s break in St Davids - loved the area completely, and the local people are brilliant. Highly recommended is a boat trip to Ramsey Island.  
Adam, Somerset

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