Alternatives

Photo of performers at the Arts Centre

Aberystwyth has an enormously diverse musical life. ENTS at the Students' Union organises a full programme of live band events; at the Arts Centre the Blues and Roots series provides a platform for exciting artists from the World Music scene. Folk music is thriving with, as you might expect, a strong Celtic bias. Several pubs have folk nights where you can join in the session or just enjoy listening - and there are jazz pubs too.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, situated on the Penglais Campus, is an extensive, modern complex incorporating Wales's largest arts centre and home to a large concert hall (The Great Hall), a theatre (Theatr y Werin), a cinema, performance studio, art galleries and studio/rehearsal facilities, as well as a Craft & Design Shop, Book Shop and busy cafes and bars. Described as 'A National Flagship for the Arts', it is a major venue for international artists, as well as local performers, with plenty of orchestral concerts, recitals, opera and drama on offer. Special rates are available for students. One particularly attractive bonus is free entry for students to the excellent series of evening and lunch-time concerts organised by Aberystwyth Music Club. The Arts Centre's enterprising education programme offers a huge range of courses and workshops. In music these can range from samba drumming and electric guitar to music theory and composition. Each summer the Arts Centre and the University are hosts to Musicfest, one of Britain's leading music festivals that takes place every July.