Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Llangollen Eisteddfod 2023, Wales

18 June - 13 July

£55 – £230

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The Llangollen Eisteddfod, or Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to give its full title, returns to Wales in July. This year’s 77th international music festival will feature Tom Jones, Kathryn Jenkins, Bryan Adams, Simple Minds, Paloma Faith, Kaiser Chiefs  and Madness.

Each year an estimated 4,000 performers from all corners of the globe as well as 35,000 singers converge on the small Welsh town of Llangollen to sing in a community spirit of peace.

Llangollen Eisteddfod History

The first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in June 1947, in the aftermath of the Second World War in the name of ‘Peace and Harmony’.

Performers at the Intenational Llangollen Eisteddfod
Performers at the Intenational Llangollen Eisteddfod

It was an amazing success with 40 choirs joining from around the UK and elsewhere. In subsequent years the International Eisteddfod has seen the likes of Dame Margot Fonteyn, Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, José Carreras, Jehudi Menuhin, Elaine Paige and Katherine Jenkins perform.

Placido Domingo claims that his first professional concert in the UK was at the 1968 Llangollen Eisteddfod while in 1955 a youthful Luciano Pavarotti sang in a choir from his home town of Modena, which was conducted by his father.

Llangollen Eisteddfod 2024

The core week starts with Tom Jones on 2 July and concludes with Kathryn Jenkins on 7 July. In between these two Welsh music giants Gregory Porter plays on 5 July. Other performers this year include Bryan Adams (18 June), Simple Minds (19 June), Paloma Faith (21 June), Kaiser Chiefs (29 June), Nile Rodgers & Chic (11 July), Jess Glynne (12 July) and Madness (13 July).

Message of Peace

Peace has always been a central message of the Intenational Llangollen Eisteddfod
Peace has always been a central message of the Eisteddfod, Flickr

For ideas of what to do while in North Wales, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s A Journey through the Countryside and Castles of Wales.

Llangollen Eisteddfod
Bridges Not Walls, over River Dee by Luke Jerram. Deposit Photos
Llangollen Eisteddfod 2024 Dates

The main week is from 2 to 7 July, 2024, but see the special events outside this week above.

Getting to Llangollen

By Rail

Ruabon and Chirk stations are both 15 minutes by car from Llangollen, although you can get the bus from the former station.

By Car

Llangollen is on the A5 an hour’s drive from the M54. Use postcode LL20 8SW for directions.

Tickets for Llangollen Eisteddfod 2024

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Llangollen Eisteddfod 2024

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18 June
13 July
£55 – £230


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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