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Wed 28th Sep - Sun 20th Oct
Swn Festival 2013
@ Various Venues, Cardiff
Featuring: Camera, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Clare Maguire, Claw The Thin Ice, Conner Youngblood, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Cut Ribbons, Dan Bettridge, Danny Byrd, Dau Cefn, Deg Mewn Bws, Drenge, Early Hominids, Elly Sinnett, Fimber Bravo, Fist Of The First Man, Fortuna, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Geraint Ffrancon, Ghostpoet
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Swn Festival 2013: Camera + Catfish And The Bottlemen + Clare Maguire + Claw The Thin Ice + Conner Youngblood + Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog + Cut Ribbons + Dan Bettridge + Danny Byrd + Dau Cefn + Deg Mewn Bws + Drenge + Early Hominids + Elly Sinnett + Fimber Bravo + Fist Of The First Man + Fortuna + Frankie & The Heartstrings + Geraint Ffrancon + Ghostpoet
Swn Festival 2013 will be hosted across various venues in and around the centre of Cardiff, including - 10 Feet Tall, Buffalo, Cardiff University Students' Union - Great Hall, Cardiff University Students' Union – Solus, Chapter, Clwb Ifor Bach, Four Bars @ Dempseys, Fuel, GLAM, Globe, Gwdihw, Jacob's Market, O'Neills - St Mary Street, O'Neills - Trinity Street, Sherman Cymru, St John's Church, Canton, Angel Hotel, The Moon Club, Undertone.
Hailing from North Wales, this inspiring four-piece blend potent, delicate melodies with powerful rhythm to produce a unique, sophisticated sound. Their debut single Hurt released in December 2004 by the cool, independent label My Kung Fu, garnered radio play on Radio 1, Radio 2, playlisting and a session on XFM. Their reputation as flawless live performers has earned them critical acclaim in both local and national press and secured them the privilege of opening at the Tsunami Relief Concert at the Millennium Stadium. Playing to over 60,000 people, Camera shared the stage with the likes of Keane, Snow Patrol and Badly Drawn Boy.
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One of the most exciting new guitar bands to burst through in the UK, Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in 2007 in North Wales. Their debut album, The Balcony, reached number 10 in the UK Albums Chart and they won their first Brit Award for British Breakthrough act in February 2016.
The band are going from strength to strength, and show no signs of slowing following the release of the second album, The Ride, in May 2016.
Catfish and the Bottlemen tour dates
This Birmingham based singer/songwriter makes straight up quality pop with a cool, clean, soulful edge. She was rated in fifth place in the BBC Sound of 2011 list of the top 15 most promising new artists (with Jessie J winning that year). Following some troubled times battling with alcohol, Clare beat the bottle to reinvent herself and create her second album 'Stranger Things Have Happened' which finally was released in 2016.
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'Four dudes making big, sad, loud rock music. Occasionally just one dude making bleak keyboard-heavy music.'
Claw The Thin Ice tour dates
Imagine the Beach Boys if they weren’t from California or maybe if Phoenix weren’t the cool French kids from Versailles. There's something comforting in the knowledge that Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog hail from a tiny village amid the rolling countryside of the Llyn peninsula, Wales.
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog tour dates
A five piece alternative band from Wales who are influenced by bands such as Deftones.
They have played festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters and SWN, and have supported the likes of The Joy Formidable and Dry The River.
Cut Ribbons tour dates
Drum & Bass DJ, producer and musician from Bath in the South West of England.
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Hailing from the Peak District, Drenge are brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless who peddle a fine line in punked up blues-rock mayhem.
Zane Lowe made their forthcoming single "Backwaters" his hottest record in the world and great things are expected from these ultra talented racket makers.
Drenge tour dates
Hailing from Trinidad, Bravo has made a name for himself as a steel-pan extraordinaire, playing with artists as diverse as Blur, Hot Chip and Morcheeba. With the prestigious Pan Am North Stars he has played at some of the worlds greatest venues, including the Carnegie Hall.
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North East indie five-piece, led by former Sunderland pub landlord Frankie Francis, who formed over a mutual love of the Housemartins and the Smiths. Think of these classic bands, combined with influences ranging from Orange Juice to Dexys Midnight Runners, Bobby Conn and Billy Childish, then add the Sunderland accents of the Futureheads or Maximo Park. Finally, complete with a hair quiff modelled on James Dean, some quivering hips and a gyrating bottom, and you've got The Heartstrings.
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Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) is a softly-spoken rapper with a gentle presence, muddling through the treacle of modern life. In 2011 his debut album was amongst the nominees for the prestigious Mercury Prize award.
Although his music may fall under the rap banner, his third album, 2015's 'Shedding Skin', features guest contributions from Nadine Shah, Lucy Rose and Maximo Park’s Paul Smith. Unlike his previous albums, ‘Shedding Skin’ was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player, John Calvert and John Blease on drums.
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