I write this on my birthday, as I fly home from a trip to Kyiv where I’ve been away for a few days working with people in the music industry of the Ukraine. I often find at moments in my life like this — birthdays, New Year, work trips where I am inspired by others — that I consider the changes I’d like to make to my life. Maybe it’s things I could do differently at work; how I could be a better person; what would I like to be doing that I’m not.
I felt that same urge to reflect when Swn Festival was going through its 10th edition last year. When we started Swn in 2007 things were very different. So if we were creating Swn Festival for the first time right now, how would it be? What does Cardiff look like? What is missing? What does music in Wales need?
So we’re creating Swn Festival anew, building it in blocks to fit our answers and ideas, though we have to wait a little longer for decisions from funders and partners before each part is laid out for you. But today we’re excited to confirm that the new Swn Festival will be a month-long, starting on Friday 22nd September and closing late on Saturday 21st October. Across the month there’ll be a series of concerts, and we’re delighted to announce the first bundle of those today.
They include the joyous SONGHOY BLUES, who we bring back to Cardiff for their second visit. Last time they played Clwb Ifor Bach, but they’re a much bigger proposition now. JEN CLOHER makes her debut here, and she’ll be carrying a certain COURTNEY BARNETT along in her band. Their shows together a delight, watch some footage here. We’re super proud that THE AMAZONS headline The Tramshed as part of Swn Festival. When we first bought them to Cardiff for a concert in 2015 just 6 people came — evidence that it takes repeated shows, investment, effort, time and dedication from artists, venues, promoters and more to try, try and try again until the world wants to listen. THIS IS THE KIT is one of our favourite artists, and she returns to headline The Globe. Plus there’s shows from AQUILO, CLEAN CUT KID and SKINTS, the latter a one-off show in Swansea.
These shows are ticketed like normal concerts. No special Swn wristbands to run around. That fun is all to announced soon. The shows announced here all go on sale today — if you want in, then do get yourself a ticket as soon as you can. The earlier you buy, the less we need to keep reminding you, the more we can work on the other ideas we have in store…
For more info, check out www.swnfest.com or see the list of shows below.
john + team sŵn x
22.09: The Skints - Sin City, Swansea | TICKETS | RSVP
23.09: SongHoy Blues - Tramshed | TICKETS | RSVP
25.09: Aquilo - Clwb Ifor Bach | Tickets | RSVP
01.10: Jen Cloher - Clwb Ifor Bach | TICKETS | RSVP
05.10: This Is The Kit - The Globe| TICKETS | RSVP
09.10: The Amazons - Tramshed | TICKETS | RSVP
16.10: Clean Cut Kid - Clwb Ifor Bach | TICKETS | RSVP
* All shows take place in Cardiff unless stated otherwise.
STILL PROMOTING THE BEST BANDS ACROSS SOUTH WALES.
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.
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.
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.