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 Swn celebrates its 10th edition.
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 an 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.
Dim Sŵn is the one-day-super-small edition of Sŵn which now takes place each spring in Cardiff.
It was created in order that Sŵn could respond quickly to emerging artists with an event at a counterpoint in the calendar to its flagship Sŵn Festival.
The third edition of DimSŵn takes place spring 2017 in Cardiff.
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, 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.
// 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**
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, which runs alongside a host of innovative stand-alone workshops aimed at those starting out.
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.
More details of the stand-alone workshops can be found here.
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. 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!
Are you a musician in or around Cardiff? Do you want to take things to the next level? Well now we can help.
We at Swn work with over 300 different, brilliant, bands every year. So many get in touch with us asking for help, and though we did our best, last year we found ourselves absolutely overwhelmed by the number of questions coming in. We didn’t want to press ‘delete’ on you, so we devised BAROD instead.
BAROD is our new artist development programme for musicians and the music industry in Wales. We looked at the biggest, most common issues, and are bringing in a host of music industry experts to help you tackle some of these concerns. We’ll run a workshop on festivals, where you can meet some UK festival bookers, and find ways to improve your chances of getting a slot. We’ll help you make a production and technical rider, so you’ll get a better show and a smoother, hassle-free, day. We’ll introduce you to PPL and PRS and get you signed up so you can start receiving money where it’s due We’ll advise you to stop digging around for that cash for rehearsals or merchandise and set up a bank account, and we’ll help you log your income and expenditure so you can claim some of those costs back. We’ll introduce you to contracts, so you’re ready when one arrives in front of you. We’ll help you better manage your social media, data and messaging which will get your better results, more shows, and more profile too.
You can pick and choose which sessions are for you. Each is deliberately just a limited number of people so you aren’t lost in a sea of faces. Just sign up before the spaces go. If you can’t attend because the dates or times don’t work for you, then let us know. If there’s something you’d like to learn that’s not here, let us know that too. If there’s enough demand from you we’ll run these, or similar, events again later in the year.
We sincerely hope this new programme helps. Do let us know by attending; feedback; emailing, through our social media or maybe even over a brew when we next see you.
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