Glastonbury recently kicked off the festival season with an almighty bang, delighting all ages of festival-goer. Such high profile occasions provide a euphoric, often incomprehensible experience; but with finances tight, especially for students nowadays, can they really justify the high price tags? Factor in tickets, drinks, food and other incidentals and the cost is already well into the hundreds.
The beauty of having such a diverse range of musical talent in our country is we don’t have to attend the big festivals in order to experience something unforgettable. Wrexham has staged its own music festivals in the past and in 2011 the Llangollen Fringe Festival returns to bring some vibrancy & soul to the local area.
Among those performing are Y Niwl, surf rockers from Gwynedd who are steadily making a name for themselves following a recent US Tour. They’ll be joined on Tuesday 19th July at the Llangollen Pavilion by Gallops, from Wrexham not to mention popular Swedish act Christine Owman.
The following day sees punk-pop royalty Buzzcocks take to the stage, a band who have built up a major following and have 8 albums under their belt to date. Though the band has a rich past with a number of records held in high regard, they still have the enthusiasm and youthfulness to continue producing hit records for their adoring fans
Some of the final bands of note are Racehorses, hailing from Aberystwyth, and MOWBIRD, a new Wrexham-based band who have already produced their first EP and have been snapped up to play at Cardiff’s SWN Festival.
Y Niwl, Gallops & Christine Owman appear on Tuesday 19th July at the Llangollen Pavilion. Doors open at 7.30PM, tickets priced at £8
Buzzcocks perform on Wednesday 20th July also at the Pavilion.
Racehorses & MOWBIRD appear on Saturday 23rd July at the Llangollen Town Hall, Castle Street. Doors open at 7.30PM, and tickets are priced at £8.
Tickets for the festival are priced at £15 and are available online at www.llangollenfringe.co.uk or through the Fringe Booking Office 0800 1455 779
With those acts and many more set to appear what’s to say you won’t see the new Mumford & Sons or Arctic Monkeys? What’s even better, you get to see some top class up-and-coming acts for a fraction of the cost.