Military Festival of Music

Visitors to Cardiff Bay on Saturday, June 2, will be treated to an exceptional display of music from some of the military’s finest bands.  

The event is free and has been organised by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales and takes place in and around the Volvo Ocean Race Village as part of the round-the-world-yacht race.

This will be the first time Cardiff City Council has hosted such an event and the military musical accompaniment on June 2 promises to make for a stunning spectacle.

To add to the activity on the day there will also be a Royal Gun Salute fired outside the Pierhead Building at midday by 104 Regiment Royal Artillery to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

The music begins at 11.15am and continues throughout the day with military bands peppered throughout the Volvo Ocean Race Village. It will culminate with a Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony by massed bands in the Roald Dahl Plass outside the Wales Millennium Centre at 5.15pm with a rousing performance of the 1812 Overture involving the 105mm light guns of 104Rgt RA to bring the day’s military involvement to a spectacular close.

The bands taking part are:

  • The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh
  • The Royal Marines Band Service
  • The Bugles, Pipes and Drums of The Royal Irish Regiment
  • The Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division
  • The Band of the Adjutant General’s Corps
  • The Band and Bugles of The Rifles
  • The Pembrokeshire Youth Services Band

Colonel Lance Patterson, Deputy Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, said: “Our military musicians really are masters of their craft and visitors to Cardiff Bay on June 2 are in for a real treat.

“There is so much on offer, with a fantastic assortment of pop concerts on the band stand and performances flooding the Volvo Ocean Race Village.

“2018 continues at a pace where we have soldiers from across Wales deployed in various parts of the world at the front end of operations.

“There are those serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh in Estonia on Operation Cabrit, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards are now well into their deployment in Afghanistan supporting the security forces there on Operation Toral, and soldiers from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards The Welsh Cavalry having just deployed to Poland, also as part of the enhanced Force Presence on NATO’s eastern flank, also as part of Operation Cabrit.

we want as many people as possible to enjoy what will be a fabulous day Colonel Lance Patterson

“160th Infantry Brigade has also been busy ensuring units under its command (1st and 6th Battalions The Rifles and 1st and 2nd Battalions The Royal Irish Regiment) are trained, combat ready and held at high readiness to meet the myriad challenges the British Army is faced with today.

“In the build up to The Military Festival of Music we’ve worked very closely with Cardiff City Council to create a spectacular addition to the Volvo Ocean Race stopover and June 2 is also an opportunity for people to meet their Army and find out more about what we do.

“We’ve really taken it up a notch again this year and we want as many people as possible to enjoy what will be a fabulous day.”