Local Festivals

  • Fire in the Mountain: International Folk Festival of Cwnch Coch

Taking place in Cwmnewidion Isaf (between Llanilar and Devil’s Bridge) from the 1st till the 5th June. It is being done as a not for profit event, with any money going back into improving the site. It is an event stretched out over five days making the most of an extended bank holiday on the 4th and 5th June and although camping is advised, to make the most of seeing all the events (£60), day passes can also be purchased for around £10 and Parking costs from £5.

Saturday will have a Celtic theme with Scottish musicians headlining and Sunday sees folk bands from North America on stage. However, on the Monday in particular, the theme is Welsh culture, so local farmers produce as well as crafts will be on sale, in addition to Welsh bands, such as Calan, playing.

If you don’t have a car to get there, the organisers run a free shuttle service from Aberystwyth station on the Friday and Saturday to the event, as well as for the return journey on the Monday and Tuesday.

So if ‘live music, hot tubs, crafts, local food, real ales and ciders’ are what you love, go along on the 1st June and enjoy a camp fire sing along, eat communal meals and experience a festival with a different ‘groovy’ vibe in the middle of the Welsh countryside.

  • The Big Tribute Festival

Set at Lovesgrove family farm near Capel Dewi, this festival is only 10 minutes away from Aberystwyth by car, or an hour and a half if you want to walk there! The event runs on August Bank Holiday weekend, which is from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th.

Ticket Prices are £45 for a weekend pass or £26 for adult day ticket. As an added bonus to low ticket prices, camping and parking are both free. Tickets can also be purchased from the Arts Centre if you don’t want to get them online. There is also currently an ‘early bird’ discount of £10 for weekend passes.

This local festival is made up of all the big acts you wouldn’t normally get to see for £45. The only catch is that they’re tribute artists. If you get a day ticket you could see the likes of Antartic Monkeys, Stereosonics or Oasish all in one place.

As well as the ‘bigger names’ playing on the events main stage, there is also a second smaller stage ‘full of the best local acts from blues and Jazz to Ska and folk’. So if you get sick of singing along, there’s always the chance to hear something new and ‘home grown’. Other activities on offer include fairground rides, local foods, real ales and craft stalls.

They are currently looking for volunteers. So if you fancy working at a big event and getting a free ticket to all the shows, then check out their website thebigtribute.co.uk

  • Beach Break

Beach break is from the 14th to 18th June and student tickets cost £115 (as early bird tickets have sold out). Acts include, Dizzee Rascal, The Maccabees, Chase and Status, Friendly Fires, Nero and Ben Howard. See the full list at www.beachbreaklive.com

Go with a group of people from Aber or book individually, just bear in mind the documents/ ID you have to take as well as your ticket so you can get in!

How you get to the festival is taken as part of the booking. Parking costs £10 per person in the car, which gets you a park and ride service to the festival, but you can’t return to your car once you are at the festival (A lift share option is also available). A shuttle from the train station is charged at £8. National Coaches from Aber campus cost £35.

If you want to be a VIP, there is the tempting offer of ‘boutique camping’. Choose between, a canvas tent for four people, including real beds for around £140 each, or share a tipi with six people for £75 each. A bit expensive, but worth it if you want the luxury! Despite this, the event is essentially made for students and other universities will definitely be there.

Pembrey Country Park, including its eight mile sandy beach, has been voted by Lonely Planet as the ‘Best Region in the world’ 2012 and although Pembrey isn’t on our back door step, like Fire in the Mountain or The Big Tribute Festival, if you are looking for a bigger event and well known artists, Beach Break is the closest and easiest to get to.