Cardiff hosts Sŵn Festival for it’s tenth year on October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Keith Goldhanger has polished his dancing shoes and in preparation has provided a playlist that include a few bands he’s seen recently in London that will be gracing the stages in the Welsh Capital over the three days.

OK then, it was going to be ten…But just in case two of these artists play at the same time I’ll throw you eleven.

This is one of my favourite weekends of the year and hopefully you’ll come along and make it yours too. Here’s eleven bands I hope to visit (again) and once I get back I’ll probably have a few more that’ll be visited a few more times over the months that follow. One ticket gets you one wristband which allows the wearer to run around the streets of Cardiff and visit as many of the small venues one can manage. Over a hundred decent bands spread around a dozen venues and three days.

You’ll definitely find one band at least you’ll end up dancing around your living room to before the year is out.

You’ll definitely need a rest by the end of it.


 The bands that are already exciting one of us are as follows ;

SHOCK MACHINE :- James Righton from Klaxons new outfit. A bit like The Flaming Lips and a bit like MGMT. Two or three tunes out there to get you in the mood for whatever is still to come.

SUPERGLU :- A couple of brothers, a couple of guitars and a few decent infectious tunes from the same town that spawned Dingus Khan. Which is handy seeing as though a couple of them are also in Dingus Khan.

TAIL FEATHER :- Bluesy, psychedelic tunes from this Reading quintet will blow you away with their joyous harmonies and slick tunes.

SHAME : – South London gang of snotty nosed kids with chatty vocals and messy tunes.

RHAIN :- Appeared at last years festival for a cameo with Plastic Mermaids and shook the room with her awesome voice. Not to be missed.

LETS EAT GRANDMA :- Young female duo from Norfolk currently raising eyebrows with every tune they release.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS ? – You already want to see them just so you can remember their name and tell your mates.  This Finnish trio play 60’s inspired bubblegum synth lead pop punk. They’re ace – Trust me.

CROWS – Moody foot tapping loud and hypnotic – If they haven’t shared a stage with Savages yet then they really should.

BAD BREEDING – Shouty and loud with layers of feed back and glorious tunes. Bad breeding are one of those bands that we’d like to see all those old blokes that still keep on going on (and on and on and on and on) about how great punk rock was many decades ago but don’t realise there’s still quite a few bands around today that can do the same and are just, if not even more exciting.

DINGUS KHAN – Anyone who attended Dempseys’ at the end of day one in 2015 will remember how exhilarating and mad this bands set was. Not a lot has changed except we all know the songs a lot better a year later.

PLASTIC MERMAIDS – The Moon Club, Swn Festival 2015 and it was realised within five minute that this band’s music would be a fixture in our living rooms from that moment on. Fans of Grandaddy, Mercury Rev, The Earlies and other laid back piano driven anthems are going to love this band forever. Check out their online music and you’ll want to see this band and get an additional thrill wondering how they manage to fit as much instrumentation not only on the songs but on any stage they manage to appear on.

This is the official soundcloud playlist compiled by those who have been busy arranging all this


SWN Festival 2016 : Cardiff – Preview
Sŵn is a music promoter and curator of the best new music in and out of Wales. Winner NME Awards Best Small Festival. O Gymru, i Gymru | Next Festival celebrates 10 years! 21, 22, 23 October 2016


Tickets can be purchased on the festival’s official website: swnfest.com.


All words by Keith Goldhanger.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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