Aberystwyth Arts, Music & Media

Musical Links

A legacy of the old music department, the large local Arts Centre, the Welsh cultural promotion of performance (Eisteddfods) all help make Aber' a musical sort of place. Oh, and perhaps the lack of much else to do during the wet winter nights has something to do with it too.

  • Locally born harpist Rhodri Davies is an accomplished classical harpist as well as a leading exponent of experimental and improvised harp.
  • Locally born harpist Catrin Finch was formally Royal Harpist to The Prince of Wales
  • Brenig Folk concerts, gigs & album NEW
  • Singer, songwriter Bernadette O'Grady NEW
  • The Hot Puppies are a five piece analogue synth-heavy punk pop band from Aberystwyth
  • Murry The Hump were a popular local band
  • Radio Luxembourg now called Race Horses Experimental / Psychedelic Pop Group


Bell Tower in front of the Arts Centre
Chimney / Bell Tower
in front of the Arts Centre





  • Siân James' autobiography The Sky Over Wales A child's view of growing up around Aberystwyth in the 1930's & 40's
  • Tales of an Aber Lad. Nostalgic tales of life in Aber during the 1940's and 50's
  • Aber Prom. Development of the seafront over 150 years with particular emphasis on music and the theatrical entertainers of the early 20th century
  • 1987: The film The Monocled Mutineer was shot in Borth and Ynys-las
  • 2011: The S4C drama series Zansibar is set in Aberystwyth
  • 2014: Detective Drama Hinterland/Y Gwyll (Series 1) is set in and around Aberystwyth
  • 2015: Detective Drama Hinterland/Y Gwyll (Series 2) is set in and around Aberystwyth
  • 2016: Detective Drama Hinterland/Y Gwyll (Series 3) is set in and around Aberystwyth NEW