Swn is the flagship new music festival for Wales. Taking place across venues in Cardiff for three days each Autumn, Swn brings together new and emerging bands and artists to play in the venues and spaces in the Welsh capital that support and nurture the best new acts.
Co-founded by Huw Stephens and John Rostron, Swn was the first multi-venue music festival in the UK outside of London, inspired by their trips to SXSW in Austin, Texas and Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik.
Swn is a festival of music discovery. There will be few names you know on the line-up, but the quality will always be high. Many go-on to become new favourites and to be much better known. Disclosure; The Vaccines; Cate Le Bon; John Grant; Wolf Alice; Ben Howard; Sweet Baboo; Foxes; Alt-J; Gwenno, Marina & The Diamonds and many hundreds more have all played formative shows at Swn.
In 2016 the festival celebrated its 10th edition, and we're now taking a short break to decide where to go next, if anywhere. We’ll have news about the future of Swn Festival in the spring. In the meantime, check out all the other interesting things we're getting involved in here.
Huge congratulation to Meilyr Jones – the deserved winner of this year’s Welsh Music Prize! Well done to everyone nominated too, some incredible records this year. You can take a look at the shortlist and give them a listen here.
If you’re working in music in Wales, or Welsh and working in music in the UK, why don’t you become a WMP jury member? Just drop us an email to info(@)welshmusicprize.com and we’ll add you to the list – you can get involved in the discussions and vote on who makes the shortlist.
The Welsh Music Prize was created in 2011 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and music promoter John Rostron.
The prize was originally launched to coincide with Sŵn festival – one of the UKs best independent music festivals – sharing the same values to celebrate the finest music made in Wales or by Welsh people around the world. Warmly received by the Welsh and international music industry, its now grown into its own, taking place each Autumn in Cardiff.
With a commitment to diversity and fine production, Welsh Music Prize will continue to champion the best new music from Wales.
Sefydlwyd y Wobr Gerddoriaeth Gymreig yn 2011 gan Huw Stephens a John Rostron.
Cychwynnodd y wobr mewn cyd weithrediad a Gwyl Sŵn, er mwyn dathlu y gyfoeth gerddorol sydd yng Nghymru, a records wedi eu creu yng Nghymru neu Cymry o amgylch y byd. Mae’r wobr wedi bod yn llwyddiant mawr, gyda cryn sylw iddi yng Nghymru ac o amgylch y byd. Mae’r noson wobrwyo yn un arbennig, ac yn digwydd yn yr Hydref.
Gyda’r pwyslais ar greadigrwydd a chynhyrchu, mae’r Wobr Geddoriaeth Gymreig yn parhau i hyrwyddo a dathlu y gerddoriaeth newydd orau o Gymru.
Sound Nation is a pioneering partnership between Sŵn and Clwb Ifor Bach. It was established as a new model in response to increased pressures on the programming of new and emerging music in the UK and to the threat to small and medium sized independent music venues.
On the outside, you'll just see us, Swn, promoting concerts in Cardiff. But behind the scenes the Sound Nation model enables more performances of live music in Cardiff; provides a new income stream for independent venues; and brings more opportunity and control of cultural activity to Cardiff.
Ultimately it creates a fairer, sustainable framework which delivers economic and cultural growth in Cardiff, whilst contributing positively to the development of the UK artistic talent and the UK music industry.
We believe it's a positive new model which organisations in other towns and cities can adopt to benefit the UK live music scene.
Swn are available to programme music at your festival or event. We bought together the entire music programme for two editions of the Dinefwr Literature Festival, for the inaugural Cardiff Triathlon and have curated stages at Green Man Festival, In The City, and Camden Crawl amongst others. Each year we also bring a selection of great new Welsh music to a stage at the wonderful Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion.
Practical Knowledge for Musicians.
Gwybodaeth Ymarferol i Gerddorion.
Are you ready for a new and innovative training, advice and practical support platform for musicians in Wales?
Get set for an intensive core programme dedicated to artists at a tipping point in their careers. This year we've selected 15 artists from the many who applied and you can find out more about them here.
We'll also be hosting a series of innovative standalone sessions aimed at those starting out. Anybody can attend these and there's no limit to how many so get involved!
// 1. Intensive core music industry training programme
Rhaglen hyfforddi ddwys – diwydiant cerddoriaeth graidd
// 2. Stand alone artist development workshops
Gweithdai annibynnol - datblygu artistiaid
**Tell us what you think the music industry in Wales needs in this quick survey**
Good to go? Barod will aim to help you learn about or improve your knowledge around*:
// Marketing music - fanbases, social media, music press
// Playing live - technical riders, agents, festivals
// Making and managing money - accounting, merch, brands
// Registering for royalties
// Developing a fan orientated business
// Local scenes and international opportunities
Delivered by Swn Festival, industry experts from across the UK will head to Cardiff. February - April 2017.
We're pleased to announce that we've partnered with REBOOT - Clod Ensemble's artist development programme for emerging and established dancers, actors, scientists, musicians, artists and researchers!!
REBOOT is a powerful space to explore new ideas and support performers to take risks and learn from each other, in a process-driven environment.
There will be a 'MUSICIANS & STAGE PRESENCE' workshop taking place at Wales Millennium Centre on Fri 24 March 10am-5pm. The application deadline is Monday 6th March. Find out more about that session here.
*Subject to change
**Yn yr arolwg cyflym hwn dywedwch wrthym beth sydd ei angen ar y diwydiant cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru yn eich tyb chi.**
Ar eich marciau! Hyfforddiant, cyngor a phlatfform cymorth ymarferol newydd sbon ac arloesol i gerddorion yng Nghymru.
Byddwch yn barod am raglen graidd ddwys sy’n benodol ar gyfer artistiaid sydd mewn cyfnod tyngedfennol yn eu gyrfaoedd. Trefnir y rhaglen i gydredeg â llu o weithdai annibynnol arloesol sy’n targedu’r rhai sydd ar ddechrau eu gyrfa.
Ewch amdani. Beth am ddysgu mwy, neu wella eich gwybodaeth am y canlynol*:
// Marchnata cerddoriaeth – sylfaen cefnogwyr, y cyfryngau cymdeithasol, cerddoriaeth a’r wasg
// Chwarae’n fyw – gofynion technegol, asiantau, gwyliau
// Gwneud a rheoli arian – cyfrifon, nwyddau, brandiau
// Cofrestru ar gyfer breindaliadau
// Datblygu busnes sy’n ymateb i ofynion y cefnogwyr
// Y sîn yn lleol a chyfleoedd rhyngwladol
Trefnir gan Ŵyl Sŵn, bydd arbenigwyr y diwydiant o bob cwr o’r DU yn anelu am Gaerdydd. Chwefror - Ebrill 2017.
Rhagor o wybodaeth ar ei ffordd yn fuan!
LLAWN is a free multi-arts weekender which takes place each September in Llandudno. John Rostron - co-founder of Swn - was introduced as the new co-curator and producer for its fourth edition in 2016.
LLAWN is welsh for 'full', and it is, indeed, full of dance, visual-art, performance, comedy, theatre, music, film, workshops and much, much more. LLAWN04 drew the largest audience numbers yet. It returns for LLAWN05 in September 2017.
Discover more at llawn.org
Swn are engaged as regional partners in Wales for Independent Venue Week - a 7-day celebration of the small grassroots venues that give so many artists their first live show. Swn's expertise and contact in music in Wales has helped IVW extend its presence in Wales, whilst helping venues, promoters and artists engage with this high-profile national event.
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