About New Quay Wales Music Festival

What is the festival?

New Quay Wales Music Festival is a local ran music and arts festival taking place in the small fishing town of New Quay, nestled in Cardigan Bay. Started in 1998 by a group of local community members, its aim was to bring people together through the celebration of arts and music.

Since then, the festival has grown to what it has become today. The festival consists of: The Main Stage situated in a central location of the town which has acts performing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening; The Black Lion Stage which takes place in the Garden of the Black Lion Hotel; The Seafront Stage which takes place during the day on Sunday, with breathtaking views of the bay as its backdrop and many performances happening in and around the town during the whole weekend.

New Quay and the Community

New Quay Wales Music Festival is a non-profit organization with the sole intention of benefiting the wider community, The Main Stage is aimed to bring national and international artists to the area, for the local and wider community to enjoy throughout the weekend. This is the only ticketed event of the whole festival but is aimed at being as accessible as possible to everyone. 

The rest of the stages are aimed at giving local artists a chance to perform in front of a live audience, to help them engage with the local community and to give them a live audience to perform in front of. 

If you might be interested in performing at the festival, please fill out the form here.

Throughout the rest of the year, any money available from the festival is used within the community, for various projects or sponsorship within the town. 

Working For New Quay

Working for New Quay is a group of like-minded individuals with the community who aim to bring new ethos and spirit to the community with some of our committee being part of this group, (the rest live too far away!).

In 2018 New Quay was announced as the second place in Wales to be plastic free and only the sixth in the UK, removing avoidable single-use plastics from the local area for them to be replaced with more sustainable options such as glass milk bottles and paper straws. In order to achieve this status, the community has to demonstrate a collective effort for businesses, schools, and the general community to remove single-use plastics from the area, including things like straws and disposable lighters. New Quay was awarded Surfers Against Sewage Plastic-Free status in February 2018.

As a community-driven organisation, New Quay Wales Music Festival is in full support of reducing its environmental impact.