Giant Cardiff music festival back for triumphant second year

Roll Up! Roll Up! For the greatest show on Earth! Well, the greatest show in Cardiff at least, as BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephen’s returns with the second incarnation of last year’s hugely successful Swn festival (pronounced soon, just so everyone’s in the know).

Featuring a ton of bands FFS loves such as Cats in Paris, Jay Jay Pistolet, Peggy Sue and the amazing Pagan Wanderer Lu, the four day festival also boasts seminars and workshops with music experts and bigwigs, art, film, DJs and exhibitions in venues right across the Welsh capital.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 13 with a launch party and the first of two days of seminars, and gives its last hurrah on Sunday, November 16 after about 130 bands have graced its many stages.

Wristbands are £45 for the event and allow free entry to all the venues involved, including Buffalo, Clwb Ifor Bach and The Point, on a first come, first served basis. Cheapskates among you can just pay on the door for each gig, but you’ll have to make way for those clad in wristbands as they get priority entry. Probably while staring at your shoes to avoid eye contact and turning a flat cap nervously in your unworthy hands.

Check out what Huw himself has to say about it:

“Swn is a three day showcase of some of the best music from Wales and from around the world.

“The thrill of going from venue to venue to see different bands and DJs is unique, and Cardiff is the perfect city to host a festival of this kind.

“The new audiences that bands get and the impact on them and the local economy is a brilliant thing, with the emphasis being on quality and diversity throughout.

“Me and John Rostron were thrilled with Swn 07 and are doubly excited about it happening again this year. We ant everyone to come!”

Right on Huwie.

Get your tickets from sebon.co.uk, and spend about an hour checking out the full line up (so far) below.

Words: Mike Didymus

 

Swn Line Up so far:

James Yuill
Golden Silvers
Martin Carr
Voluntary Butler Scheme
Skatar
The Big Pink
It Hugs Back
Amazing Baby
The Boy Least Likely To
Rolo Tomassi
The Pipettes
Young Marble Giants
Tubelord
Dananananaykroyd
Cats In Paris
Indian Jewlry
Pete And The Pirates
Legowelt
Thomas Tantrum
Volcano
The Chapman Family
The New Tea Party
Agaskodo Teliverek
Flashguns
The Lovely Eggs
Jay Jay Pistolet
Peggy Sue
Clinic
Serafina Steer
Stephen Fretwell
Das Wanderlust
Ox Eagle Lion Man
Connan Mockasin
Pixel H8
Broken Records
Johnny Foreigner
Chew Lips
Chipmunk
Eugene McGuiness
John Head
Pete Greenwood
King Cannibal (Ninja Tune)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
SJ Esau
Thomas Truax
Skinnyman
Jamie And The Lionhearts
Truckers Of Husk
Gallops
Sweet Baboo
Dufraine
The Last Republic
Rod Thomas
Euros Childs
Future Of The Left
Gwyneth Glyn
Threatmantics
MC Saizmundo
Little Eris
HUW MM
LLWYD
Derwyddon Dr Gonzo
Danblagroyd
Eilir Pierce
Picture Books In Winter
Zwolf
The Ash And The Oak
Butterflies With Beards
Friends Electric
Random Elbow Pain
Lifting Gear Engineer
Pagan Wanderer Lu
Hemme Fatale
Wrightoid
Georgia Ruth Williams
Alex Dingley
High Contrast
Little My
Joy Formidable
Fred Jones
The School
Goldie Lookin Chain
Yucatan
The Muscle Club
Seindorff
John Mouse
Valley Lines
ORCOP
The Hidden Persuader
Acid Casuals
Frederick Stanley Star
Attack + Defend
Genod Droog
Nia Morgan
Lindsey leven
The Afternoons
Y Diwygiad
Yr Ods
MC Mabon (DJ Set)
Zail
Cate Le Bon
Ectogram
Klaus Kinski
The Stilletoes
Evils
PSI
Vito
James St James
The Fuzz Birds
Sild
Yellow Moon Band
Richard James
Camera
Mac
Radio Luxembourg
Blue Wall
Right Hand, Left Hand
Jen Jeniro
Metabeats (DJ)
Beatbox Fozzy
Colorama
Dead Residents
Chrome Kids
Fernhill
Silence At Sea
Mr Huw
Telegram From The Queen
Cyrion

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