A beautiful Welsh castle will be the backdrop to a vibrant two-night country music festival this summer, organisers have confirmed. Jopofest's The Barndance Festival, also known as The Barn Dance 2 (as it follows a similar event in 2023), will be taking over stunning Weobley Castle this May with entertainment by talented local bands, cocktails galore and loads of dancing!

Organisers say they've noticed country music has had a "surge in popularity" recently and, after the success of a similar event last year, they're looking forward to putting on a huge country music party at the castle on May 4 and 5, 2024. Festival-goers will be able to camp and stay for the full weekend, if they wish, or buy a day-ticket for either day or both days.

Confirming the dates for this year's event, festival director Julian Poole said: "We're hosting The Barndance Festival on the Gower in Swansea and we're really excited! After the success of our last event, we've seen a huge increase in the love for country music in the community, making this upcoming event even more anticipated." For the latest Swansea news, sign up to our newsletter here

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"We have 500 tickets available - we had the opportunity to make it bigger, but after the success of last year we just felt the intimacy of it made it special," he added. "We are organising the whole event, we started as a campervan conversion company but this has evolved. [This year] the gates and camping will start on Saturday, May 4, with live music starting not long after, which will play through till midnight, with ceilidh and line dancing. The Sunday [May 5] is the same [as the Saturday], with people leaving on the Monday [if they have camped for the weekend]."

Festival-goers enjoy line-dancing at a previous JOPOFEST barn dance
Festival-goers enjoy line-dancing at a previous JOPOFEST barn dance
Smiley faces at a previous country music festival/barn dance at Weobley Castle
Smiley faces at a previous country music festival/barn dance at Weobley Castle

Further information on social media explains: "We're back! Introducing an enchanting mini-festival in the heart of the Gower at Weobley Castle Farm Barn! The Barn Dance: prepare for an unforgettable two-night country festival under the barn at the mesmerising Weobley Castle Farm Barn, as JOPOFEST presents an intimate and magical event. Immerse yourself in a night of music, dancing, and camaraderie that promises to create memories to last a lifetime.

"Highlights of the event: live local bands - groove to the rhythms of talented local bands, ensuring the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable evening of celebration. Ceilidh dancing: discover the joy of traditional Ceilidh dancing, where everyone comes together to dance and create an electric atmosphere of togetherness and all-round fun.

"Moonshine delights: indulge in the experience of tasting moonshine cocktail, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. JOPOFEST themed day: immerse yourself in the vibrant and unique JOPOFEST theme, adding an element of fun and surprise to every corner of the event."

Further information can be found on the festival's Facebook event page here and tickets can be bought online here

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