SŴN Festival 2021, Cardiff – previewMulti-venue city events are coming thick and fast this month. Keith Goldhanger prepares for Cardiff’s Sŵn Festival 15th-17th October 2021.

Cardiff’s Multi-venue Sŵn Festival is back for three days in October. Boasting 56 bands across four of Womanby Street’s venues and promising again to be a breathless marathon of up and coming acts we’ve been hungry to see since you know what.

Even though the weekend will be, in the words of the organisers, ‘scaled back’ (or according to Google translate ‘graddio yn ôl’), we love this event so much it’s doubtful we’ll notice we’re only taking half a dozen or so steps between venues in order to try to take in as much as we can handle in one weekend.

Where do we start is a question many of us ask ourselves when heading over to the Welsh Capital for a long weekend? How about a playlist featuring a dozen bands some of us simply can’t wait to see? We’ll be there and reporting back on some of the acts we’ll get to witness and get excited about before the rest of the world catches up.

Hit play, work out a way of getting there, book a room and catch you at the bar ….



Words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV).

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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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