We’re coming up on halfway through festival season, but there are still over a dozen festivals coming up this summer just within North Wales and Chester.
If you live in the area or you’re just visiting, you’ve still got loads of chances to have a day out at a festival without spending hundreds on tickets and travel.
We’ve listed some of the best festivals coming up across the region below in chronological order. We’ll keep this updated and move events to the bottom once they’ve taken place.
There’s a mix of weekend festivals and one-day events, with some offering free admission and most with much cheaper tickets than the major national festivals.
Chester: Brook Street Festival
Sunday 25th August
This free street carnival was a great day out last summer, with an England World Cup match kicking off around lunchtime followed by an afternoon on Brook Street in the blazing sun. You can read our full review here.
It was part of Chester Live in 2018, but it seems like someone else is organising it this year, and it’s taking place later in the summer on Sunday 25th August. Chester Live happened in the first week of July and was spread across various city-centre venues.
The line-up is yet to be revealed, but here’s the Facebook event if you want to save the date.
Holywell: The Well Inn Music Festival
Saturday 7th September
The Well Inn Festival has been held on the first Saturday of September every year since 2010 and has some great bands and artists set to perform this year.
It takes place in Holywell Town Centre from midday on 7th September, with the main stage at Tower Gardens and more live music in pubs and venues around the high street.
The festival is also completely free. For more information, head to their website.
Chester: Deva Fest
6th, 7th, 8th September
Deva Fest is taking place at Chester Lakes, near Dodleston this September. It’s out of town, but a free shuttle bus from Chester train station is included with your ticket.
The Feeling and Symphonic Ibiza are set to headline, and there’s an early Oktoberfest celebration on Friday night with The Bavarian Stroller.
Tickets are available now from the official Skiddle page, starting from just £9.50 plus fees.
Hawarden: The Good Life Experience
12th, 13th, 14th, 15th September
The Good Life Experience returns to Hawarden’s Gladstone Estate this September, featuring a knock-out music line-up of jazz, blues, classical, world, folk and funk – including Jnr. Williams, Dave Haslam and Guy Chambers.
It’s not just about the music, with food and crafts playing a massive part in the festival. Other activities include axe throwing, fire walking and bushcraft.
80 per cent of tickets have already been sold, with the last few available from The Good Life Experience website. A weekend ticket with camping will currently set you back £199.
If there’s another upcoming festival in North Wales or Chester you think should be on the list, let us know about it at [email protected]
To keep the most relevant events at the top, we’ll move things down here once they’ve happened.
Froncysyllte: Underneath the Arches
Friday 12th July
Nestled under the 126ft pillars of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Wrexham is Underneath the Arches, an annual award-winning celebration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This one is coming up this weekend, taking place from 7pm Friday 12th July. Last minute tickets are available from Eventbrite for a tenner (or £5 for kids), with attendees advised they’re each allowed to bring eight cans of beer or a bottle of wine.
Welsh nine-piece ska band Skariad are on the line-up, as are Crossroads, Class of ’18, Ego Friendly and Destination.
Flint: Rock the Castle
Saturday 13th July
Another one coming up this weekend, Flint’s Rock the Castle offers a full day of music, starting at 1:30pm and closing with a fireworks display at 10:30pm.
Violets Leap, Sons of Saints and Jacflash are among the line-up. A licenced bar will be on-site and food will be available throughout the day.
There’s no mandatory ticket price, but a £2 donation is suggested. For more info, check out the Facebook event.
Chester: Legendbury at Alexander’s Live
Saturday 27th July
The small festivals hosted at Chester’s Alexander’s Live have built a reputation as one of the best days out in Chester. There’s a few of them through the summer and the one coming up next is probably the most fun of them all.
Legendbury is an annual packed day of massive tunes everyone knows. The line-up for Saturday 27th July includes tributes to the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Bon Jovi, Tenacious D, U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay and Queen.
These usually sell out, especially if it’s nice weather, and I’ve had mates get locked out loads of times, so it’s definitely worth buying your tickets now from Seetickets.
If you do turn up to find they’ve got no tickets left on the door, you can watch for free from Chester’s ancient City walls. You get a great view of the festival from up there (as pictured), and we usually come out to watch a set from the walls even though we’ve got tickets.
Note: The picture above was taken in 2018 when the festival area was reduced in size. This year’s festivals are again using the whole field of Rufus Court so have much more space. (in addition to the courtyard and indoor venue)
Llandudno Jazz Festival
26th, 27th, 28th July
Llandudno Jazz Festival returns to Bodafon Farm Park later this month, bringing some of the UK’s best jazz artists to a beautiful location on the North Wales coast.
Weekend tickets are currently on sale for £138, with cheaper afternoon, evening and whole day tickets available.
Rhyl: 53° North Music Festival
Saturday 27th July
53° North is a free family event at Rhyl Lifeboat Station, so it’s right on the beach. All donations on the day go to the RNLI to help save lives at sea.
Kyle Parry and The Old Scrotes are among the acts on the line-up, which runs all day from 1pm to 9pm.
You won’t need to sort out a ticket, but the Facebook event is here with more info.
Mold: North Wales Blues & Soul Festival
2nd, 3rd, 4th August
North Wales Blues & Soul Festival returns to Mold this August and is being held at Theatr Clwyd for the first time. This offers a mix of fields overlooking the Clwdian Range hills and indoor space should the weather turn for the worst.
The line-up for 2019 includes Kyla Brox, Delta Moon, Elles Bailey, The Stumble, Colin Hinds Band and The Rumble Strutters.
Tickets are available now from the Theatr Clwyd website, with camping available for an extra fee.
2nd, 3rd, 4th August
K-Fest 2019 will bring three days of different festivals to Rhyl Events Arena for the first weekend in August. Tickets are available now from Skiddle.
Friday 2rd August is K1: A family-oriented day featuring tribute acts to Robbie Williams, Spice Girls, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Pink and Amy Winehouse. Peppa Pig Story Time and a Mr Tumble Tribute will be there, plus special guest Spencer Wilding.
Saturday 3th August is K2: This one is an adults-only dance event, bringing some of the world’s best DJs and dance acts to North Wales. These are original artists, not tributes, and include Judge Jules, Weiss, Prok&Fitch, Anton Powers, OC & Verde, Danny Ramping, Seb Fontaine, Offaiah, Robin S, Kusp, Jay Robinson & Rudosa.
Sunday 4th August is K3: This indie & brit pop festival will bring legends of the scene to ‘Sunny Rhyl’, with 30 live artists performing across three stages. These include Lightning Seeds, Space, The Farm, Tea Street Band, Clint Boon – DJ Set, DDE’s, James Atkin from EMF, Space Monkeys, Craig Charles – DJ Set (Funk & Soul) and Dance Arena – 30 Years of Rave.
K3 is open to anyone aged 14+, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21.
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Chester Music Festival
Until 4th August
This one’s a bit different, Chester Music Festival is a big series of events that’s been running since 23rd June and keeps going until 4th August. They’re spread across Chester’s Storyhouse, Garret Theatre and The Kitchen venues.
It’s a mix of free and paid events, with the next batch starting on Saturday 20th July. You can check out the full programme on the Storyhouse website.
Saturday 10th August
Chester Pride is back on Saturday 10th August with an afternoon of live music at Castle Square. Heather Small is set to headline, with Whigfield, Shagger, Nikki French, Kelly Wilde and Boy Gorgeous also booked to appear.
Organisers recently confirmed the parade, taking place before the music from 12-1pm, will take a route passing under Chester’s iconic Eastgate Clock for the first time in its history.
Chester Pride remains a totally free event, though you can pay £10 for access to the Rainbow Circle priority viewing area at the main stage. There’s also a whole host of afterparties across the city.
There’s also a free family fun day taking place a couple of weeks before the festival on Sunday 28th July, from 11am – 3pm in Grosvenor Park.
Wrexham: Rock the Park
9th, 10th, 11th August
Tribute festival Rock the Park returns to Wrexham this August. But before the tribute acts get started, Friday is about dance classics, with original artists including Basshunter, DJ Sammy and The Outthere Brothers.
Saturday and Sunday are both packed with massive tribute acts alongside some local bands and upcoming artists. Saturday will feature tributes to Metallica, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, The Beatles, Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Alice Cooper, Tenacious D, Blink-182, Rage Against The Machine and Evanescence.
Sunday’s tributes include Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Guns n Roses, Stereophonics, Queen, Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Pink, Coldplay and Status Quo.
Tickets are available now from the Rock the Park website, with adult tickets priced at £30 per day plus fees.