There are a number of music festivals in North Wales, because of its expansive countryside and gorgeous scenery it serves as the setting for a number of incredible events.
Ranging from fresh small scale events, which are just digging their roots into the North Wales festivals scene, to epic monster weekends headlined by massive bands and performers, our fields and woodlands are prime location for a weekend of relaxing and raving.
This summer there is a range of music festivals available all over North Wales for you to enjoy, which include a vast variety of music genres.
The biggest and most popular music festival of North Wales is of course Wakestock, smashing it every year in Cardigan Bay,
Abersoch. In the past it has attracted the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Wombats, Futureheads, Chase and Status, Ed Sheeran, Example and countless other names, consistently getting huge musicians performing every year. And the festival is only growing more popular with every year, thousands flocking through its gates annually.
Wakestock is not just about the music, but also lets not forget its namesake; Wakeboarding! Wakestock attracts some of the best wakeboarders from all over to compete for recognition and to have a great time. Wakestock is sure to be a sick weekend for extreme sports fans, anyone who has a slight taste in music or just wants to have a good time. 2014 sees Frank Turner, Razorlight and Tom Odell headlining, there’s also John Newman, Shy FX, The Virginmarys, Queen Beats Jack and so much more!
You may have already seen in our Wakestock Article, it was just this weekend, have a look and see how it was, you can start getting pumped for next year’s weekend of fun!
Kaya offers a diverse mix of music to the table, returning to the beautiful Vaynol Estate for 2013 and presenting a soulful weekend of African, Jamaican, Caribbean and world music. There’s also a variety of workshops, food stalls and festival activities to indulge in.
Kaya are yet to release an official full line up, so the anticipation is massive! However they have let us know that they are welcoming Headliners BBC Radio 6 DJ Gilles Peterson, Specials legend Jerry Dammers who will be performing a DJ set and Welsh Rock Legend Bryn Ffon of Crysbas! Also set to make an appearence are the charming Siyaya, a singing and dancing South African group who are performing Kaya to celebrate 20 years of South African independence! They’re sure to put on a magnificently fun performance. Europe’s number 1 tribute of our favourite rasta; the Bob Marley Experience is coming to Kaya to grace your ears with feel good reggae classics.
This year’s Gottwood was better than ever, the sun gods graced the festival with 3 days of glorious shine! What has been called the UK’s best kept secret, full of free spirits who enjoy electronic music! The amazing artwork that adorns the site was certainly up to the festival’s consistantly hight standards, with oversized couches, murals, marvellous food stalls, and more house music than you can shake a stick at.
If you’re a fan of House and Tech music and gutted you missed out this year, don’t worry! It will be here again next year! what? You can’t wait that long? I have just the solution, keep scrolling down the page for Festival Number 6, where Gottwood will be hosting ‘The Grove’, experience a little of the festival while attending another festival – perfect.
Gottwood’s been gaining more and more momentum since its conception in 2009, so 2015 you can expect the best year of the woods yet!
(This event is for 18+ only)
Festival Number 6
You may be pondering the name of this festival, why ‘Number 6?’. Fans of the cult TV show ‘The Prisoner’ will know that the protagonist was allocated this number. The Prisoner was filmed in the resort of Porth Merion, which is where this festival takes place. Think you get it now? The entire festival is actually themed after The Prisoner, with giant games of chess, eerie parades, and fancy dress. Going to this festival is a lot like stepping right into the TV show, with the exception of the fact that the TV show didnt include music legend, the great Beck!
Don’t forget this is a music festival, so while past years have been lucky enough to feature Primal Scream, Chic, Manic Street Preachers this year has the absolute hero which is Beck, you’ll probably remember him from his hit singles ‘Loser’ , ‘Devil’s Haircut’, and ‘E-pro’. Beck’s just released a new album ‘Morning Phase’ with single ‘Blue Moon’ so you’ll be undoubtedly in for some material both old and new. Don’t miss out on Beck ‘getting crazy with the cheese whizz’.
Also set to appear are praised Psychedelic newcomers ‘Temples’ who promise to dazzle your mind with crisp guitar tunes and trippy effects. Sharing Beck’s headline title is The London Grammer and the Petshop Boys who both have massive fanbases and sure to cause a stir!
Take your time and choose which (or all) of these North Wales Music Festivals to go to!
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