Although only a relatively small and often charmingly sedate town with a population of just 10,000, Mold has always been a centre for plenty of exciting activities and attractions for the whole of North Wales. It looks like building on that reputation even further by holding the Blues and Soul Festival for this coming August from the 1st to the 3rd.
Situated in Flintshire and just a short drive from Chester, Mold has a rich and broad history which encompasses many periods of Welsh life. As a large part of the battles of Tudor times, the town has been an integral part of the fabric of Wales ever since.
Famous faces to originate from Mold include the actors Rhys Ifans who studied at Maes Garmon during his high school years. The alternative rock band The Joy Formidable has found some success stateside in the last few years and also originate from Mold.
With all this prior culture, it’s no wonder that the town has become a real contender for the place to be for all the best events in North Wales. As well as the upcoming music festival, Mold also holds the NovemberFest real ale festival, the much-loved Mold Carnival and the Bailey Hill Festival – a massive celebration of arts, crafts and music. In addition to this, Mold also holds an annual celebration of the life and works of Daniel Owen who was an esteemed poet and novelist that originated from the town.
“It is formidable – incredible what is going on in this small town,” said Dave Hill, town centre manager, “The events being held here are paying dividends for Mold and bringing in a lot of visitors.
“We are fast gaining a reputation as a festival town and the Blues and Soul Festival will fill a real gap as there is nothing similar being held on the Wirral or in Chester.
“Blues and soul music appeals to a wide audience and with nothing like it being staged for miles around we hope it will grow to become extremely popular.”
This packed events calendar for the historic town is only set to boost the economy and allure of Mold so expect plenty more to come for the future!
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