Beau­ti­ful mu­sic and a good old laugh in the woods

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AF­TER last year’s award win­ning de­but, the Gor­jys Se­crets Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­turns to the beau­ti­ful man­i­cured grounds of Caer Rhun Hall in the splen­dour of the Conwy Val­ley, North Wales on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16.

Bring­ing to­gether an in­ter­na­tional line up of artists and bands along­side show­cas­ing some of the finest singer/ song­writ­ers from around Wales, Gor­jys Se­crets is a beau­ti­ful day of mu­sic and fes­tiv­i­ties but as 2016 showed it is so much more than just an­other mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Amidst the finely land­scaped gar­dens and wood­land at­mos­phere, fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers prom­ise a truly fam­ily friendly, unique and spe­cial day and as the dark­ness falls and through the breath­tak­ing light­ing dis­plays and dec­o­ra­tions, the grounds and trees are trans­formed into a mag­i­cal won­der­land bring­ing to life the le­gends of Caer Rhun to im­merse you fur­ther into the Gor­jys bubble.

Through­out the day at the fes­ti­val’s mar­ket­place and bars you can sam­ple some of the finest lo­cal craft ales, gins and wine and feast at the sump­tu­ous and lo­cally sourced in­de­pen­dent food ven­dors - you will never go hun­gry or be in need of a fine drink.

The fes­ti­val is pro­duced and run by Llan­dudno-based Gor­jys Events, with the sup­port of part­ner­ships in­clud­ing CCBC, ZIP World, Worldspan and EKULT plus a won­der­ful team of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor Gavin Mart said: “Along­side some won­der­ful per­form­ers this gor­geous fam­ily gar­den party is also a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing that North Wales has to of­fer in an ab­so­lutely stun­ning set­ting. North Wales re­ally feels on the cusp of some­thing very spe­cial in the arts, ad­ven­ture tourism, lo­cal busi­ness and en­trepreneur­ship, it’s our priv­i­lege to be able to show­case that to the wider world.”

As with last year’s fes­ti­val there will also be a stage for up-and-com­ing, young and lo­cal artistes to per­form and any singers and bands should fol­low the fes­ti­val’s so­cial me­dia for de­tails of how to ap­ply.

Camp­ing is avail­able and for fes­ti­val go­ers who wish to ar­rive early to camp on the Fri­day evening they have free en­try to the grounds and bars for pop­u­lar night of com­edy “Gig­gles un­der the Tree”.

The line-up of artistes and bands in­cludes the su­perb Lewis Wat­son, BBC R2 Hori­zon win­ner Blair Dun­lop, Katey Brooks with her full band, in­ter­na­tional gui­tarist Jon Gomm, Ian Prowse and his band Am­s­ter­dam, Wrex­ham band Heal the Last Stand and ‘Fes­ti­val Storm­ers’ Merry Hell.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this year’s fes­ti­val, and a gallery of pho­tos from last year, and also see the full line-up of events and to book all your camp­ing and tick­ets on­line, visit www.gor­jys.com.

Liver­pool’s Ian Prowse is play­ing the fes­ti­val with his band Am­s­ter­dam. Inset: last year’s event was a tremen­dous suc­cess

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