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Sŵn Festival 2018 review

Sŵn Festival 2018: a return to form

After a couple of years in the wilderness, the crazy energy of the first Sŵns returned this year – with some new venues, and a slightly different format. And we had a great time! Our highlights included: cheeky cocktails in between shows at Blue Honey, gigs in a secret room out the back of Kongs (who knew Kongs was so big???), not getting into loads of gigs but just dancing in the street outside (sorry Estrons! We really wanted to see you, although we heard you caused structural damage to the venue?!), wonderful Gaz Coombes and wonderful Boy Azooga slotting in perfectly between Gaz and The Go! Team, a sweaty set from Hana 2K in the Moon, Al Moses, Griff Lynch, and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard.

A return to the multi-venue, multi-day vibe all in Cardiff was brilliant. Vive la Sŵn!

We sent photojournalist Mehek Seth out into the madness, and here’s her photo essay.

In case you missed it, here’s the Spotify playlist from this year:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/swnfestival/playlist/5ikHsoiQ9NykJabg7kbIqn

CONGRATS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED THIS YEAR, YOU PULLED A BLINDER!

We can’t wait for next year …

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Mehek Seth is a second year BA Photojournalism student at University of South Wales. Follow her on Instagram emm.ess.

Sŵn Festival 2018 – full line up announced!

With the news earlier this year than Sŵn Festival had changed hands, we were excited to hear about the line up announcement … and it’s finally here!

The final wave of Sŵn bands have been announced for this iconic Cardiff city festival, taking place Wednesday 17 – 20 October 2018. WHOOP!

Previous announcements already brought you Gaz Coombes, Boy Azooga, Drenge, Gwenno, 77:78 and Queen Zee – and now there are 30 more awesome acts …

Heavenly’s The Orielles will open Thursday’s mammoth gig at The Great Hall alongside grunge rock brothers Drenge and Melbourne’s tough surf pop outfit, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

Jacob’s Market on Friday will be a massive night, with Cardiff homegrown Darkhouse Family curating a night of hypnotic, jazz and dance tunes with Bugz in the Attic performing live, alongside Esther and Andromeda Jones.

Cardiff-based Estrons are one of our favourites (they’ve just released their debut album You Say I’m Too Much , get yours now!) have a reputation for their bold, electrifying gigs, which means they’re certainly not one to miss this year – they’re playing on the Saturday. Joining them is Canadian artist Boniface, who unites 80s synth-pop with contemporary 21st century indie-pop to create a rare and electrifying performance.

Sŵn Festival takes place over four days (17-20 October) and 17 venues: Buffalo Bar, Clwb Ifor Bach, Fuel, Gwdihw Café Bar, Kongs, Nos Da, O’Neills, Off Track Café, The Big Top, The Blue Night Café, The Great Hall, The Moon, The Old Market Tavern, Tiny Rebel, Tramshed and Undertone.

Adam Williams, Live Manager at Clwb Ifor Bach (who are now managing the festival) said: “We’re over the moon to announce the final wave of artists for Swn Festival 2019. It’s been six months since we were asked to take on running and booking the festival and we’re super happy with what we’ve produced. Now all we have left is to deliver it!

“Sŵn Festival has been a vital part of the Cardiff music calendar for the last 12 years and it’s been really exciting for us at Clwb to build on that success – we hope we’ve created something special and that people continue to enjoy this festival for many more years to come.”

Wristbands for Sŵn are on sale now. For more information and to get your tickets, go to swnfest.com. Follow @swnissound on Twitter. or join the party with Sŵn on Facebook or Sŵn Instagram.

GET HYPED FOR THE FESTIVAL WITH THE PLAYLIST:

TICKET INFO:

Wednesday, Tramshed, £15

Thursday, The Great Hall, £16

Friday, various city centre venues, £20 (general release)

Saturday, various city centre venues, £25 (general release)

Weekend, across the city, £35 (2nd release)

4 Day Golden Ticket, £60 (second release)

Full line-up (we’ve highlighted out picks in bold, in case you give a fork …)

77:78; ACCÜ; Adwaith; Al Moses; Andromeda Jones; Annabel Allum; Another Sky; Argrph; Bandicoot; Bitw; Bo Ningen; Boniface; Boy Azooga; Breichiau Hir; Bugz In The Attic; Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard; Carolines; Carw; Cassia; Castorp; Chartreuse; Christian Punter; Cosmo Sheldrake; Cousin Kula; Cowtown; Cpt. Smith; CVC; Dead Method; Dream Wife; Drenge; Drunk Yoga DJs; Ed The Dog; Esther; Estrons; Farm Hand; Fling; Frown Upon; Gaz Coombes; Giant Party; Goat Girl; Great News; Greta Isaac; Grey Hairs; Griff Lynch; GRLTLK; Gwenno; Halo Maud; Hana2k; Heavy Rapids; HMS Morris; Ivan Moult; I See Rivers; Keeva; Keir; Knowbetter; L.A. Salami; Lewys; Los Blancos; Low Island; Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard; Marged; Martha; Mellow Gang; Mellt; MRPHY; My Name Is Ian; Night Flight; Oh Peas!; Perfect Body; Pizzagirl; Private World; Queen Zee; Quiet Marauder; Rascalton; Red Telephone; RedFaces; Right Hand Left Hand; Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever; RYD; Sam Evian; Scott Xylo; Silent Forum; Snapped Ankles; Sock; Spinning Coin; Suuns; Talkshow; Tamu Massif; Teddy Hunter; The Blinders; The Death of Money; The Effect; The Gentle Good; The Go! Team; The Mysterines; The Orielles; The Pitchforks; The Witching Hour; Tigress; Tracy Island; Vive La Void; Wasuremono; Wild Cat Strike; XY&O; Y Sybs; Ya Yonder; Yassassin; Yves; Zabrinski; Zac White

Have a scroll through We Are Cardiff’s previous Sŵn content

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Sŵn Is Ten – photo essay

We had an absolute blast at this year’s Sŵn. Photojournalist Chloe Jackson-Nott was out and about capturing the bands and the vibe for  us …

Drummer of Himalayas, James Goulborn performing in Moon Club at Swn Festival on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
Drummer of Himalayas, James Goulborn performing in Moon Club at Swn Festival on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
Lead singer of Himalayas, Joseph Williams, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Himalayas, Joseph Williams, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Bassist of Himalayas, Louis Heaps, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Bassist of Himalayas, Louis Heaps, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Bassist of Himalayas, Louis Heaps, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Bassist of Himalayas, Louis Heaps, performing in Moon Club, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Ellie James commonly known as Ellie Makes Music, performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.
Ellie James commonly known as Ellie Makes Music, performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.
Ellie James commonly known as Ellie Makes Music, performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.
Ellie James commonly known as Ellie Makes Music, performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.

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Fenny Lily performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.
Fenny Lily performing downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Drummer of Max Raptor, Pete Reisner performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Drummer of Max Raptor, Pete Reisner performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer of Max Raptor, Will Ray performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.

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Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Lead singer and guitarist of Black Foxxes, Mark Holley, performing in Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O'Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O’Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O'Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O’Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O'Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O’Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O'Neils on Saturday 22nd October.
Singer Danielle Lewis, performing on the Horizons stage at O’Neils on Saturday 22nd October.

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Young Promoters Network working their own stage at Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Young Promoters Network working their own stage at Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.

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Singer Vince Jones performing on the Young Promoters Network in Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Singer Vince Jones performing on the Young Promoters Network in Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.

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Members of Chroma, Zac Mather, Katie Hall and Liam Bevan posing outside Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Members of Chroma, Zac Mather, Katie Hall and Liam Bevan posing outside Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Members of Chroma, Zac Mather, Katie Hall and Liam Bevan posing outside Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Members of Chroma, Zac Mather, Katie Hall and Liam Bevan posing outside Undertone on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma,  Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma, Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma,  Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma, Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Drummer of Chroma, Zac Mather, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Drummer of Chroma, Zac Mather, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma,  Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma, Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Bassist of Chroma, Liam Bevan, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Bassist of Chroma, Liam Bevan, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma,  Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.
Lead singer of Chroma, Katie Hall, performing in Undertone, Cardiff on Sunday 23rd October.

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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!

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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!

MUSEUM OPENING TIMES:

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).

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

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Swn Festival 2016 – tenth anniversary! Line up and tickets info

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Oh my lordy, TEN YEARS of Sŵn! This October we welcome back our own inner city music festival for its tenth year. Excited? We are!

In case you haven’t been to Sŵn before, here’s the vibe. The festival takes over several venues throughout Cardiff city centre, spreading musical joy and happiness between them all. You buy a wristband – either for the weekend or a day at a time – that gets you into all those shows (provided there’s room – so get there early for bands you really want to see!).

There are additional festival shows in Tramshed that you can buy separate tickets for. Your wristband will get you into these, but again, only if there’s space.

This year’s line up

News: Lonely the Brave all dayer!

Sŵn have now announced the FULL LINE-UP for the LONELY THE BRAVE all-dayer on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at Tramshed, as part of Sŵn Festival 2016. Huge! LONELY THE BRAVE will be joined by FATHERSON, CASEY, BLACK FOXXED, MAX RAPTOR and MUNCIE GIRLS. What a humdinger.

Join the Lonely the Brave all-dayer Facebook event for updates or jump straight to Lonely the Brave all-dayer tickets. If you want to spend the day here you can buy a ticket just for this show for £12.50 OR buy a Sŵn Festival Saturday Wristband or weekend wristband to get entry (subject to capacity)

Volunteering at Sŵn Festival

Fancy working on an award-winning music festival? Drop them an email if this is your bag! If you’re interested in a future career in events or music, this a great way to get experience and have fun too.

Other Sŵn shows …

Sŵn began life as a festival but we get bands asking to play Cardiff all the time, so we now promote shows year-round. To get more live new music in your life, here’s a list of our upcoming shows to take you all the way to Sŵn Festival….

  • WATSKY / JEZ DIOR / 30th Sep / Clwb Ifor Bach  / RSVP / Tickets
  • FLIGHT BRIGADE / FIRE FENCES / THE BROADCASTS / 5th Oct / RSVP /Tickets
  • IN HEAVEN / PALE WAVES / BIRDCAGE / 5th Oct / RSVP / Tickets
  • WE ARE SCIENTISTS / 8th Oct / SOLD OUT
  • FEWS / WYLDERNESS / CHROMA / 12th Oct / RSVP / Tickets
  • TALL SHIPS / 17th Oct / RSVP / Tickets

… and there’s over twenty more upcoming shows at SOUND NATION

 

More Sŵn news … soon!

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Sŵn Festival 2015 – full programme released!

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Sŵn is back!

Following two successful outings for its pared-back sibling, DimSŵn, the multi-venue Cardiff festival will return for two days of noise and merriment on November 7 and 8, with Clwb Ifor Bach, Gwdihw, the Moon Club, Undertone, Buffalo, the Abacus, 10 Feet Tall and Four Bars set to play host to a genre-melding bill!

The line up is something to behold. Somewhere near the top are the Go! Team, Protomartyr, Pretty Vicious, Trust Fund, Traams, Du Blonde and plenty more, with the excellent Hooton Tennis Club, Twisted, Oh Peas!, the Prettiots and the BBC Horizons team scattered throughout.

Stereoboard is excited to bring you the full breakdown for the weekend’s activities as the festival’s schedule sponsor. Click the image below for a printable PDF to get your planning started, or here: Swn printable PDF programme (PDF)

Friday night, meanwhile, will see Houdini Dax top a bill at the Abacus, while Jungle will man the decks at Clwb Ifor Bach for a DJ set.

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Oh – and don’t forget about our little Swn fringe event … the launch of ‘The 42b’, the first book to be released on We Are Cardiff Press, taking place on Thursday night at Porter’s. WHOOT!

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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!

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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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Final line-up announced for DimSwn 18 October 2014 – last tickets now on sale

 

You heard. The final line-up for this year’s mini Swn (or DimSwn – which means ‘No Swn’ for the Welsh learners in the crowd)(actually technically it means No Sound, but anyway) has been announced, and is below.

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Horizons / Gorwelion will be showcasing their 12 bands at DimSwn this year.

Horizons is a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales.  Its aim is to support and promote emerging Welsh music talent to new and wider audiences.

Horizons / Gorwelion artists performing at DimSwn are: Baby Queens, Candelas,Chris Jones, Climbing Trees, Gabrielle Murphy, Houdini Dax, Kizzy Crawford,Plu, Seazoo, Swnami, The People The Poet.

You can see the full line up on the Swn website here: DIMSWN LINEUP

Buy tickets for Swn here: SWN TICKETS

See you on the dancefloor!

 

The We Are Cardiff stage at Swn Festival 2012: presenting Ratatosk

This year, we’re curating a stage at this year’s Cardiff-based musical cornucopia – SWN FESTIVAL! In the run up to the festival, we’re going to be running short profiles on each of the lovely people performing on our stage. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the lovely Rhodri Viney – aka, Ratatosk!

photo by simon ayre

Q. You’re playing the WAC stage at Swn this year! Can you describe your music / your sound please? What can people expect?
A. A guy doing his sad sad quasi-historical faux-dystopian musical thing, with guitars, harmonium, saw, pedal steel and whatever else is within reach. Expect some looping of instruments, and miserablist folk songs about shipwrecked sailors and the like.

Q. Describe the music scene in Cardiff for us
A. Erm, having a young son means my finger isn’t exactly on the pulse anymore, so my answer would probably be inaccurate!

Q. Any local bands/artists/producers you’d tip for people to see?
A. Firstly, I’m playing in the In Chapters band on the friday night – In Chapters is always tremendous fun and highly unpredictable, so I’d recommend that. No Thee No Ess have been sounding tremendous lately, Zervas and Pepper, Among Brothers, Islet and Sweet Baboo are always good to see too. I’m sure some of the young types I’ve not seen or heard of before are probably good too – so just go and see some music.

Q. What’s your favourite thing to do in Cardiff? (music related or otherwise)
A. Drinking / film watching in Chapter – record shopping in Spillers – eating copious amounts of food from the Vegetarian Food Studio – Riverside market – haranguing the staff at Fresh baguettes before eating their phenomenal food – Garlands cafe…

Now I write them out, I’m surprised to see how many of my favourite things involve food… I must be getting older. And fatter.

Q. Have you ever played Swn Festival before? Have you got any good Swn memories? And… who are you most looking forward to seeing at Swn Festival this year?
A. Yes, I’ve played Swn quite a lot – I think my other band, Right Hand Left Hand have played four times, the highlight was a headline gig upstairs at the Model Inn on the sunday night – a packed, excitable venue, long queues to get in, and we played well – everything I’d want a gig to be! Though I mainly remember Alex from Islet being told off for crowd-surfing-walking on the ceiling.

Q. If people want to check out your music online, where can they do that?
A. A ton of pay-what-you-want-I-don’t-care downloads are available here: ratatosk.bandcamp.com/

The We Are Cardiff stage at Swn Festival 2012: presenting Mab Jones

Not sure if we mentioned it or not, but we’re curating a stage at this year’s Cardiff-based musical cornucopia – SWN FESTIVAL! In the run up to the festival, we’re going to be running short profiles on each of the lovely people performing on our stage. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Madame Mab Jones. Mab has been involved with We Are Cardiff before – you can read her story here.

Q. You’re performing on the WAC stage at Swn this year! Can you describe yourself as a performer? What can people expect?
A. I’m a modern-day Pam Ayres with a penchant for the political; a naughty-but-nice Welsh ‘lady’ who enjoysentertaining with raw, rude, ribald rhyme. I’ve performed at the Comedy Store, Leicester Comedy Festival, in the USA, Japan, on BBC Radio 4, at Latitude, Green Man, and many, many more. People can expect “delightful comic verse, articulate and imaginative” (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe review).

Q. Describe the spoken word scene in Cardiff for us
A. It’s pretty good, with regular nights at Tommy’s Bar and National Theatre Wales’s Word 4 Word. There are some cool events at Gremlin Alley, the squat on City Road. And I also organise the odd event through my spoken word collective Jam Bones.

Q. Any local spoken word artists you’d tip for people to see?
A. My favourite Cardiff spoken word artists are Jack Pascoe, Liam Johnson, Nicholas Whitehead, Will Ford, and Steven Kenward.

Q. What’s your favourite thing to do in Cardiff?
A. My favourite thing is trying different types of world food – there are lots of good eateries in the Diff these days.

Q. Give us your lowdown on Swn Festival
A. I’ve been to bits of the festival before, and seen lots of great bands. I think this time I’m mostly looking forward to seeing The Lovely Eggs, who I missed in Cardiff earlier in the year.

Q. If people want to check out your stuff online, where can they do that?
A. They can look at my website, www.mabjones.com. Or else they can google me and see a lot of things I never approved and don’t like come up *sigh* **wink**.