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Posted on 12/04/2017 by David

In recent years, North Wales has put itself firmly on the map as a world-class music festival venue. Images of Glastonbury, the Royal Albert Hall or Reading might spring to mind when you think of festivals but if you take a look at the massive lineup of musical events happening right here you might want to rethink that!

There are far too many events to go into great detail here so we've decided to give you the bare essentials with links to all the festival websites instead. That way, you'll be armed and ready for the hard task of deciding which festivals to pack up your camping gear for!

Main stage

May

1. Prom Extra

Colwyn Bay promenade will be taken over for a weekend of music and family fun. With performances from local bands, plus tonnes of free activities and a fair ground, it's a great day out for all the family!

When: Saturday 13 May, 10am-6pm

Where: Colwyn Bay

Who: a selection of up-and-coming local talent

2. Vangollen

The first of its kind, Vangollen is a unique festival that combines a love of music with... a love of the iconic VW camper van! Bring your beloved van and make a weekend of it or come under your own steam to enjoy some fabulous music and an array of local food, drink and craft stalls.

When: Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May

Where: Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen

Who: Razorlight, The Christians and many more

3. Su Casa

Welsh DJs bring the Ibiza vibe to North Wales with an alfresco dance festival in the impressive surroundings of Conwy Valley's Surf Snowdonia. Big names in electronic music will be playing the main stage and disco teepee, while the poolside terrace will rock a more chilled-out vibe.

When: Sunday 28 May

Where: Surf Snowdonia, Dolgarrog

Who: Yousef, B.Traits, Christoph and many more

June

4. Gottwood

Everything about Gottwood feels exclusive - it's location, its lineup, its festival-goers. A celebration of electronic music and arts, it's pretty niche but that's part of the appeal. Kick back and enjoy the glorious surroundings or jump right in to the music, at Gottwood the choice is yours.

Gottwood 2017 is officially sold out but a few tickets are being sold in aid of charity or resale - more information here.

When: Friday 8 - Sunday 11 June

Where: Holyhead, Anglesey

Who: 2 Bad Mice, Franceso del Garda, DJ Tennis and many more

5. The Tournament

While not strictly a music event, Conwy's living history festival will feature some of the biggest names in medieval-inspired music! Providing a fitting soundtrack to this exciting event, performers - include strolling players and minstrels - will delight the crowds on the main stage and around the town.

When: Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 June

Where: Conwy

Who: Serpentyne, Cornucopia, Leafblade and many more

Festival crowd

July

6. Llangollen International Music Festival

This year Llangollen celebrates '70 years of welcoming the world to Wales' with a glittering array of anniversary events, featuring some of the best-loved names from the world of music. Every year, thousands of performers from all over the world descend on this picturesque corner of North Wales to sing, dance and extend the hand of international friendship.

When: Monday 3 - Sunday 9 July

Where: Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen

Who: Manic Street Preachers, Sir Bryn Terfel, Gregory Porter, Elgan Llyr Thomas, The Cory Band, Only Boys Aloud, The Overtones, Meinir Wyn Roberts and many more

7. Access All Eirias

The Parc Eirias Stadium is no stranger to celebrity, having welcomed Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Jessie J and many more on stage in the past. This year will be bigger and better than ever with chart-topping girl band, Little Mix, and Canadian King of Rock, Bryan Adams, descending on The Bay!

When: Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 July

Where: Parc Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay

Who: Little Mix, Bryan Adams

8. Electric Wave

Hot on the heels of Su Casa, Surf Snowdonia is hosting a second music festival at the Wavegarden this summer. Aimed at all the family, this is a weekend of thumping beats, food and fun. Stay and play or just come for the day - it's up to you!

When: Friday 14 - Sunday 16 July

Where: Surf Snowdonia, Dolgarrog

Who: 25 Years of Cream, Bez (Happy Mondays), DJ Yoda, KKlass and many more

9. Sesiwn Fawr

Twenty-five years young this year, Sesiwn Fawr is one of the best-loved music festivals in North Wales. Held each year in the town square, the festival features some of the biggest names in folk and Celtic music. 

When: Friday 21 - Sunday 23 July

Where: Dolgellau

Who: Climbing Trees, CoCo and the Butterfields, Calan and many more

10. Llandudno Jazz Festival

Jazz returns to the seaside for the third year running as the Queen of Welsh Resorts hosts the Llandudno Jazz Festival 2017. Taking place at Bodafon Farm Park, the festival welcomes music lovers of all ages to experience one of the world's most enduring musical genres.

When: Friday 28 - Sunday 30 July

Where: Llandudno

Who: Mark Nightingale Quartet, Winston Clifford, Nigel Hitchcock, Sara Oschlag and many more

Jazz fest

September

11. Festival No. 6

At only six years old, Festival No. 6 has established itself as one of the must-visit music festivals in the UK. This multi-award winning festival is located in the grounds of the beautiful and quirky Portmeirion Village - the unusual location a major part of Festival No.6's appeal. With music of all genres and a huge choice of arts and activities to join in with, this family-friendly festival is truly magical and has to be experienced to be believed.

When: Friday 7 - Sunday 10 September

Where: Portmeirion, Porthmadog 

Who: Bloc Party, Goldie, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & the Bootleg Beatles, Rag n' Bone Man and many more

12. Gorjys Secrets

A stately home, perfectly manicured gardens, good food, great music... Gorjys Secrets takes everything that's best about music festivals and condenses them into one amazing day! The line-up is still a closely guarded secret but, if last year's anything to go by, it will be an eclectic selection of UK and homegrown talent. 

When: Saturday 16 September

Where: Cae Rhun Hall, Conwy

Who: to be announced

Fest No 6 band

Stay with us

Have we whet your musical appetite? If camping's not your thing, we've got a huge selection of cottages and farmhouses close to all the music festivals mentioned in our guide. Whether it's a magical hideaway for Festival No. 6 or a crash pad for Su Casa, your perfect property is just a click away!

To browse our cottages click here.

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