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Tafwyl festival

Cardiff champions the arts & culture scene with annual Tafwyl music festival

Tafwyl, the Welsh festival has revealed further acts as part of the headline announcement this year with Gwenno, Adwaith and Lleuwen to kick-start the Friday night debut. This will be the first 3-day feast of music for Tafwyl festival, curated by PYST.

Following its growth from its earlier days of 1,000 attendees, the festival drew a staggering 40,000 in 2018, and this year it’s expected to attract the highest ever attendance. Taking place at the Cardiff Castle on Friday evening 21 June, Saturday June 22 and Sunday 23 June, with over 50 artists playing across four stages makes it the biggest one yet.

Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan said:

“It’s wonderful to see home-grown, ‘Made in Wales’ events flourish, which is why the Welsh Government is proud to support events like Tafwyl – and see them grow further and showcase Wales as a vibrant, dynamic and outward looking nation. This award of funding supports the growth of the Festival particularly in attracting visitors from outside of Wales, and alongside the Urdd and National Eisteddfod, Tafwyl has grown to become one of the main cultural events in the calendar for Welsh speakers.”

Announced at the beginning of the month, the full-line up is a true testament to the quality and variety of music that’s produced in Wales. Bands who have made a big impact over the last year include Gwilym, Mellt and Chroma; a younger generation of bands who are paving the way for Welsh music.
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Well-known names include Candelas, Caryl Parry Jones and Gwenno who appeared on Jools Holland earlier in 2018 will take the stage as part of a fantastic mix of genres that will appeal to any music lover.

“We love being able to showcase so many amazing artists each year, and introduce Welsh music to a new audience. This year’s line-up is one of the best yet and shows how eclectic and exciting things are in Welsh music at the moment.” Llinos Williams, Tafwyl

The two main appeals to the festival is that entry is completely free, everyone is welcome. Welsh speaker or not. It’s a great event for families, Welsh learners & people experiencing Welsh language & culture for the very first time.

Alongside the main event, there will be more announcements in the lead up to the festival in June. Of course, as with each year, a fringe festival will be held across the capital as part of Tafwyl, with various pop-up events taking place in museums, libraries, cafes and bars between 15 – 23 June.

That brings the full line-up to date as below:

BAND PRES LLAREGGUB / CANDELAS / CARYL PARRY JONES / YR EIRA / GWENNO / GWILYM / ADWAITH / MELLT / CHROMA / LLEDEN / MEI GWYNEDD / LOS BLANCOS / FLEUR DE LYS / OMALOMA / PATROBAS / BLODAU PAPUR / ANI GLASS / WIGWAM / BITW / RHYS GWYNFOR / Y GERDDORFA UKULELE / MR / HMS MORRIS / ALFFA / I FIGHT LIONS / SIDDI / SEROL SEROL / GLAIN RHYS / ELIS DERBY / MABLI TUDUR / HYWEL PITTS / VRÏ / UKAN / CATSGAM / Y NIWL / AIL SYMUDIAD / CWPWRDD NANSI / SYBS / LEWYS / ZABRINSKI/ LLEUWEN A’R BAND / Y CLEDRAU / FFRACAS / RHYS DAFIS  / RIFLEROS / BASS 12 / 3D BRASS / JACK MAC’S FUNK PACK / RT DIXIEBAND / BARRACWDA / WONDERBRASS / DJ HUW STEPHENS / DJ GARETH POTTER / DJ PYDEW / DJ DILYS / DJ ELAN EVANS / DJ CARL MORRIS / DJ TONI SCHIAVONE

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