Summer = music festivals.

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.

St Davids Cathedral Festival 22nd May – 31st May

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.

Fishguard Folk Festival 23rd – 25th May

Fishguard’s 16th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Calan, Elbow Jane and the Urban Folk Quartet headline with Ninebarrow, Kevin Demsey and Rosie Carson and the Hut People, as well as the inimitable Les Barker.

Calan at Fishguard Folk Festival 2015

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.

Unearthed in a Field 19th June 2015

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.

Musically, a great selection of British artists coming with a roots, folk, reggae vibe as well as worldly rhythms facilitated by performers from Africa. The Ceilidh/Twmpath is also one to kick your shoes of to dance barefoot in the grass!

Cardigan Quays Beerfest 26th – 27th 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 music & entertainment including a Welsh Male Voice Choir & in the evening Ceileidh/Twmpath music.

Cardigan Quays Beerfest

Fishguard International Music Festival 20th -30th July

Fishguard plays host to musicians from across the globe at their annual international music festival. Artitistic 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.

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.

St Davids Folk Festival 25th July 2015

In its fourth year the festival makes a welcome return to The Bishop’s Palace in St Davids. The festival is a celebration of celtic music and this year features bands such as Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Lowri Evans and Band plus Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick and the Darling Buds.

Don’t forget to pack a picnic and just in case, a brolly.

Jamie Smith Mabon at St Davids Folk Festival

Fishguard Jazz ‘n’ Blues Festival 27th – 31st August

Now it’s 12th year,  Aberjazz organises live events in and around Fishguard featuring the very best in jazz and blues with music and dance workshops over the August bank holiday weekend. This year features Paul Lamb and the King Snakes, Polar Bear, The Red Stripe Band and Jodie Marie to name just a few.

Tenby Blues Festival 13th – 15th 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 free 2-day the 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 summer 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…

 We visited last May and were so taken by the wonderful people and beautiful area that we are coming back again this May. 
David and Sweet, Louisville TN USA

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