Monmouth Festival – 36 and counting…

Friday 27th July until 4th August 2018

Now in its 36th consecutive year, Monmouth Festival just seems to get better and better. Spread over nine nights and three venues the Festival will, as always, showcase a magnificent variety of musical performances, genres and styles. 

The Festival gets off to an energetic start with The Houndogs headlining n the first Friday night. We loved their wild energy and exhilarating 2016 performance so much that we’re bringing them back to wow you all over again.  

Saturday night, keeping the opening weekend energy levels high and bringing plenty of attitude, is the American rap rock band Crazy Town best known for their 2000 hit single “Butterfly”. 

A significant change this year is that the Festival’s second stage has moved to the Riverside Hotel. We’re very excited to be working with The Riverside and are really looking forward to this year’s programme from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August. Included for the third year running is the Noson Gymreig (Welsh Night) on Wednesday 1st August with performances from Morfa and Brigyn. 

The Classical Programme begins on Tuesday, 31st July at St Mary’s Church. Don’t miss Monmouth Big Band on Wednesday, 1st August in what promises to be a lively concert of contemporary and classic big band tunes. 

The opening weekend is packed full of goodness. 

The Busking Festival has been given a make-over to become Monmouth Festival Unplugged. Sponsored by Nick Penny Event Services it takes place during the day on Saturday, 28th July in Agincourt Square. Whether you’re a solo act, duo or full band it offers the opportunity to win a wildcard entry to play the Festival main stage on Sunday, 29th July. 

The Family Fun Day sponsored by Monmouthshire Building Society returns on Sunday, 29th July with entertainment, stalls, workshops, inflatable and fair rides and most importantly of all the Monmouth Fire Brigade.   

Once again this year, as well as musical events, there is an artistic vibe to the Fringe with not just one but two art exhibitions thanks to New Leaf Gallery and Creates Gallery. Building on the success of the CSI Monmouth talk last year we’ve included two talks this year. David Scaysbrook tells the fascinating story of a top secret World War II mission in “Death by Stereo” and Matthew Hall, better known as the creator of Keeping Faith, will be talking novels, scriptwriting and how to get your script to screen. We can’t wait!

Keeping you festival fit, fed and watered there will be a delicious selection of food on offer and we’re very pleased to be working once again with our longstanding partner All Barred Up. 

We’re very proud that Monmouth Festival is one of the longest running free events in Europe and are committed to keeping the Festival free at source. As a not for profit organisation every penny we raise is invested in future festivals. But we need your help. 

The Festival relies on hardworking volunteers.

If you would like to join the team of volunteers that plan, organise and run the Festival, or help out during the nine days of the Festival please contact There’s always plenty to do! 

The Festival relies on advertisers, sponsors and friends. Please help us by supporting our local shops and businesses (especially those displaying a Festival poster). 

The Festival relies on our partner traders. Please help us, by purchasing food and drink from the on-site Festival traders. 

The Festival relies on your support, goodwill and generosity. Please help us with support and by donating as much as you can to the buckets.

With the Festival only weeks away we’re very excited about this year’s line-up and programme of events and really looking forward to seeing you there!

For the full Festival line up and events please go to our website or pick up a brochure.