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Parties at the Castle

This year crowds experienced the enchanted atmosphere of Abergavenny’s castle at night not once, but twice! On both Friday and Saturday evening, the ancient walls were filled with music, dancing and street food.


19:00, Friday 16 September

The Castle Dome and surrounding food stalls

The Supper Party took place in the street food-filled heart of the Castle. Le Chefs de Party Partie compèred a night of great live music to kick start the weekend's festivities.

The evening started with the splendidly eclectic swing concoction Ish Kabibble, playing good time old-school jazz and sizzling, clarinet-led klezmer. They were followed by the five piece, all-girl band, Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band who brought a touch of bayou alt-country eccentricity and had your feet stomping to their folk, blues, Americana and rock tunes.

There were delicious eats from Cafe Spice Namaste Indian Street Food, Clay Oven Flat Breads, Profijes Dutch Waffles, The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company Seafood, Rule of Tum Burgers, Pomme Pomme Falafels, Chase Cocktails & Skyborry Cider.


19:30, Saturday 17 September

The Castle

With a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere the festival spirit really came alive on Saturday evening with the now legendary Party at the Castle. You danced the night away next to some of the UK’s top chefs, enjoyed the delicious street food and sipped on the best local ciders, beers and cocktails. To round the evening off, a spectacular firework display lit up the sky above Abergavenny Castle.

Band of buskers and Glastonbury regulars, energetic and colourful CoCo & The Butterfields were in The Dome, with a vibrant delivery of their catchy pop and urban beat-box  songs.

Dynamo headliners RSVP Music closed the night with their charismatic stage presence and infectious mix of classic Punjabi music, combined with irresistible dance beats. Each show came with an introduction to Bhangra dance to get even the most reluctant on their feet.

Little Rumba warmed up the crowd in The Vintage Tent with a romantic set of their Eastern Europe and Southern American inspired house style jazz and blues; followed by stylish Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band for another evening of banjo toting attitude.

With all that dancing Cafe Spice Namaste, Clay Oven, Cooking Cooks, Profijes Dutch Waffles, Love Patisserie, The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company, Rule of Tum, Pomme Pomme, Chase Cocktails, Skyborry Cider and the well-stocked Blorenge Bar was on hand once again to keep your energy levels up.