Pack up your camping gear and prepare to head off the beaten track as we pay a visit to where rock music is at it’s wildest…. The Steelhouse Festival!
Situated on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hafod-y-Dafal Farm sits atop a beautiful Welsh mountain and has been the official home of the UK’s highest music festival since 2011.
As you stand on top of the mountain, soaking up the sunshine and being entertained by some of the greatest bands on the planet, you’d be forgiven for getting a touch of the Maria Von Trapp’s and feeling the urge to break into a rendition of ‘The hills are alive’… This Welsh Valley truly is alive, with the sound of classic rock.
Steelhouse Festival is the product of the Steelhouse local club nights that were organised by Mikey Evans and Max Rhead.
As grassroots venues began to struggle and close down across southern Wales, the pair teamed up in an attempt to save the local rock music scene.
Many years later, after much hard graft and manual labour, the volunteer run festival is now one of the UK’s most affordable rock festivals with a solid reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, stunning location and family friendly music scene.
The mountain has been host to some of the greatest rock bands in history, from Thin Lizzy and Saxon, to The Darkness, Thunder and Rival Sons.
They also take pride in being a platform for upcoming talent and new music, with Those Damn Crows and Kris Barrass on the bill for next years festival already.
Look out for some fantastic late night Planet Rock Radio DJ sets thrown into the mix too.
July 2020 was set to be Steelhouse Festival’s 10th anniversary but as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the nation and Wales extended their lockdown into July, it became painfully clear the festival couldn’t go ahead this year.
Now, with new dates scheduled for 23rd-25th July 2021, a strong line up of acts already announced and their second headliner due to be named any day now, I spoke to Max to find out how they’re planning to make next year’s festival bigger and better and hear some of his personal highlights of acts that have played on the mountain over the years.
Place your bets now on who will be headlining Steelhouse 2021 as he drops the BIGGEST hint possible!
Get your tickets for Steelhouse 2021 here – https://www.steelhousefestival.com/