Music and performance

Ceredigion is a musical county where music is created, performed and enjoyed in all kinds of venues, indoor and outdoors. There's barely a community that doesn't have a choir - Aberystwyth alone is home to a dozen choirs and musical ensembles.  You'll find live music, in pubs, village halls, a museum, a castle and a few fields - Ceredigion's music festivals take place in superb settings. There's plenty of choice - from folk to classical, rock and jazz to world music.


Aberystwyth - musical inspiration, archives and anthems 

The National Library of Wales is the home of the National Screen and Sound Archive, with thousands of tapes, records and CD’s.  The Archive has rare recordings of broadcast Welsh music, musical scores and instruments, folk songs collected and interpreted by various societies and individuals such as Dr Meredydd Evans, who lived in Cwmystwyth in Ceredigion's Ceredigion Cambrian Mountains. 

Live music performances are held in the Drwm, a small, comfortable theatre at the heart of the Library.

Aberystwyth University's Arts Centre hosts national the choral and brass band competitions Cor Cymru and Band Cymru as well as concerts by big stars on tour. It is also the home of the annual MusicFest, Aberystwyth's week long Music Festival and Summer School.

Aberystwyth is also home to the Ceredigion Museum​, which has an eclectic programme of events throughout the year.​ Just around the corner is Canolfan Arad Goch theatre and performance centre dedicated to producing high quality performances for and by young people. On the nearby promenade, the Aberystwyth bandstand has a popular summer programme of art and craft and community events as well as music and performance. 

​Pick up programmes for arts centres and festivals at the Ceredigion Tourist Information Centres or click on the images below to go to the individual venues or festivals' own website

Creative Cardigan

Cardigan Castle is an unusual but beautiful venue where a series of concerts and events including comedy, theatre, pop and rock, folk and classical, takes place on the castle's lawn during the summer. 

It is part of a cluster of venues near the riverfront of Cardigan. Pizza Tipi is a summer venue which hosts music events, and livestreams the Glastonbury festival. On the corner opposite the castle is the Cellar Bar, where concerts and open mike events take place, as well as poetry and theatre. 

You'll find another cluster of performance spaces at the other end of Cardigan town - Theatr Mwldan has exhibition spaces, a theatre and cinemas. Specialists in folk music, Theatr Mwldan organise the Cardigan Castle summer programme. The theatre is the focal point of Gwyl Fawr Aberteifi - a week long festival of competitions and concerts.

Nearby is the Small World Theatre, who are a leading puppet theatre company, as well as providing small-scale performance and wellbeing workshops to professional theatre performances to giant outdoor spectacular shows.

Other venues

Being a market and university town, Lampeter has an an eclectic music scene at the town's Victoria Hall, classical concerts with the Lampeter Music Club, and religious music, especially at Christmas  at the beautiful chapel on the University campus.

The arts are alive and well at Llandysul too with the Pwerdy/Powerhouse overlooking the river Teifi being the place to enjoy art and music.

Theatr Felinfach near Aberaeron produces Welsh language theatre and hosts concerts and touring performances.

Check locally for posters for events taking place at village halls, from summer or pantomime shows at Aberaeron or New Quay Memorial Halls, or special events at the Pafiliwn at Pontrhydfendigaid.