The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival in West Wales.
The festival is deliberately small-scale. The size of the town – which itself is very small – ensures that the festival will not grow beyond certain bounds. Its location means that festival visitors and townspeople rub shoulders with the artists and performers.
The Laugharne Weekend concentrates on literature and music, drawing largely from writers and musicians from Wales or who have a connection with Wales. Previous headline performers have included Patti Smith, Ray Davies of the Kinks, Mick Jones of The Clash, the actor Michael Sheen, the writer Caitlin Moran, the poet John Cooper Clarke, the comedians Harry Hill and Alexei Sayle, the painter PeterBlake etc.
All events take place in Laugharne’s clubs, churches and halls, tiny and intimate venues which entail the close proximity of audience and performers.The principal venues used are the Millennium Hall, the Congregational Church and the Rugby Club
The invited artists represent an eclectic selection of Welsh and ‘Outsider’ icons from the literary and musical spheres. This year, they include Tony Robinson, Irvine Welsh, Alexie Sayle, Sofia Hagen, Roger McGough, Jeremy Hardy, Baby Queens, Pauline Black, Stuart Maconie.
If only out of curiosity, you really should pass through Llareggub over the weekend. This festival has built up a huge allegiance and following from all over the UK and beyond. And it’s on our doorstep.