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Sŵn 2016 – send in your memories for the Music Museum!

It’s (nearly!) here – our annual city-wide music takeover, celebrating the best in new music: it’s Sŵn Festival time again, and this time, Sŵn is ten years old, and they want to hear all your memories from over the years!

The memories will be displayed in the Music Museum. The museum will be open across the weekend and Sŵn have invited music aficionados to bring in three objects or musical memories in advance that mean something to them; these will be on show when the museum opens on Thursday.

Festival goers are still encouraged to share their memories can do so either by social media, or coming into the museum over the weekend to be recorded and added to the digital exhibition. Get involved and share your memories of Sŵn now!


There are now two ways to donate:

1 – via  social media: tweet three images and stories to #SWNMM, or share on Facebook at the Sŵn Music Museum Facebook page.

2 – by bringing items and memories to the Museum to record over the Sŵn Festival weekend!


Friday 21st October (12-5pm)

Saturday 22nd (12-5pm)

Sunday 23rd (12-5pm)

The Sŵn Music Museum Facebook event

Location: Castle Arcade, Cardiff (more info)

The Museum is being built through the crowdsourcing of materials and the organisers are inviting music aficionados to bring along three objects in advance to be displayed during the Sŵn weekend. Virtual contributions can be made via social media or objects and stories can be taken to the museum and recorded on the spot. Students from the CU Archaeology and Conservation department will be on hand to offer advice on how to care for musical memorabilia. All the images and stories will be collected and displayed in the Sŵn Music Museum virtual gallery.

In other Sŵn news: S4C will also be filming an access-all-areas documentary of Sŵn this weekend, to air in December. It will feature interviews with artists, festival goers and organisers Huw Stephens and John Rostron. So make sure you’re wearing your lipstick and guyliner for when the cameras are rolling!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the line up, in eye-blistering full detail (open the image in a new tab and zoom in for Full Effect).


See you on the dance floor – front left by the speakers, yeah?



Festival of Voice – our guide to the venues!

So, unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you will know that there’s a new, fabulous music festival heading for Cardiff, bringing oodles of WORLD RENOWNED artists and mixing them up with all sorts of awesome Welsh talent.

festival_of_voice_banner_on_wmcI’m talking about the Festival of Voice, people! The line up is wonderful:

Charlotte Church, Bryn Terfel, Meilyr Jones, Rufus Wainwright, John Cale, John Grant, Ben Folds, Juliet Greco, Mariza, Laura Mvula, Ronnie Spector, Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Femi Kuti, Mbongwana Star, Hugh Masekela, Juliet Kelly, Sianed Jones, Jamie Woon, Flavia Coelho, Scritti Politti and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Lera Lynn, Woman’s Hour, yMusic, Fatima, House Gospel Choir, Candi Staton, Anna Calvi, The Hot Sardines, Keaton Henson, Rustavi Voices of Georgia, Anne Carrere and Amartuvshin Enkhbat.

And if you need further proof of their excellent judgement and taste, they asked me to write the venue guide, which is very natty, if I do say so myself.

Festival of Voice: venue guide

Also, excitingly, we’ve got some tickets to give away to Festival of Voice shows! Keep your ears peeled, people (yes that’s a thing …)





Big Love Festival line up announced! 29 April -1 May, Baskerville Hall

YAS KWEEN, you heard right: there’s a new three dayer in town, with a massive line up and in a gorgeous location! The Big Love Festival will take place from 29 April – 1 May in Baskerville Hall. And it looks set to be a doozy.

Maybe you should just watch the video? Yeah. Do that. Then let’s talk.

Looks good, right? The line up is crazy, the location is amazing, and it’s only an hour from Cardiff! WINNING!

First wave line-up released, and here it is: Ibibio Sound Machine / RaggaTwins Crew / Ugly Duckling (Official) / SOOM T / J-Star JSTAR  / Beans on Toast / Afrikan Boy / Jodie Abacus / Matt The Hat / Mathilda & Lady Jelly / Fantazia Music / Shades Of Rhythm / Easygroove – Techno Dread – UrbanFront / Kenny Ken / Bump and Grind /  Dutty Girl  / Richie Vibe V (Old Skool Garage) / Big Swing Sound / HypeMan Sage /  RUMPSTEPPERS / Eclectic Mick / Alfresco Disco / Blue Honey / TEAK Bodywork / We Like To Party / City Bass / Gung – Ho Collective / Trax On Wax / Vintage Dub & Reggae Sound System / Clwb Ifor Bach  / BBC Horizons /  @FantasyOrchestraBristol /  StreetFeastCardiff present Dirty Bird Fried Chicken / El Salsa / Slow Pig / The Parsnipship / Handlebar Barista-Brew Bar / Patagonia Steak Shack … 

Big Love Festival Weekender

Imagine a festie-holiday at the wildest resort on the planet, where you can sleep in hotel rooms, gypsy bow-top caravans, yurts or under the stars: where you can rave till dawn in the dining room, wake up and go for a swim, have a sauna and explore the woodlands. Welcome to Big Love!

Big Love is an independent three-day festival/holiday camp set in and around a huge country mansion hotel, steeped in festival history and located in 130 acres of the lush scenery of the Wye Valley in Wales. Pretty nice, eh?

The food will be curated by Cardiff Street Food, so you know you’ll be well fed over the weekend …

Early bird tickets are already sold out … so get your groove thing on and book now!

Big Love Festival – book tickets

Big Love Festival – website

Big Love Festival Facebook


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Swn Festival 2015!

Can you BELIEVE it’s that time of year AGAIN? Students are back, the nights are drawing in, and before you know it Swn Festival will be upon us again!

This year’s Swn Festival is two full days of the best up and coming bands and talent, mixing local with national. It’s also going to be ESPECIALLY amazing because We Are Cardiff are running a Swn fringe event, celebrating publishing our DEBUT BOOK on the We Are Cardiff Press! (pre-order the book here now and get your name in the credits!)

Anyway. Enough about us … on with the Swn Show!


This year’s Sŵn will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November, across a bundle of venues in Cardiff. If you’re new to the festival, all you need to know is that one wristband gets you in to all the venues (subject to capacity), as you walk/run/meander around to discover as much new music as possible.

Sŵn is all about music discovery, so though you may well  know a few of the acts on the line up, we’re pretty confident you won’t know them all, and if you know none, then even better. Welcome! This is where the fun starts. There’s links to all the music on the acts profiles, and we’ll post playlists of their songs too. You’ve plenty of time to listen to them all and start to pick the ones you like. All you need to know is that we handpick every band. They’re all tip top. Just ask any regular Sŵnster, or know that in recent years the likes of Alt J, Ben Howard, Wolf Alice, The Vaccines, Disclosure, Foxes, Lucy Rose, Drenge, John Grant and many more have all played in small venues at Sŵn when perhaps only a handful of people knew who they were, but all will affirm they were unforgettable shows.

See this year’s line up

You can buy weekend tickets or just a day ticket if you can only make it along for one of the days. Buy tickets for Swn

Keep in touch:

[ps in case you’re new to Wales or Welsh, then Sŵn is pronounced ‘soon’ and is Welsh for ‘sound’]

More information about the We Are Cardiff book launch fringe event: The 42b

Hope to see you, somewhere around the city, during Swn! In the past, We Are Cardiff have curated a stage at the city music festival, featuring some super lovely local musicians. Information about Swns past on We Are Cardiff


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