03 March 2016

Cardiff's Festival of Voice announced

As if you needed another reason to visit our buzzing capital, a new major music festival is launching in Cardiff this year. Festival of Voice is the first large-scale, UK celebration of the voice in all its forms, and for 11 days in June, the festival will be taking over the city’s best cultural spaces to bring you joy, delight and surprise in equal measure.

The festival builds on the unique heritage of Wales as the ‘land of song’, as we are a nation celebrated for its profound tradition of choral singing and its stream of world famous vocal artists.

The programme reflects that heritage and creates a new kind of festival that breaks down boundaries, taking as its theme all forms of vocal expression: opera alongside grime, musical theatre alongside rock, cabaret alongside gospel and swing alongside a cappella choral music.

hip hop night, DJ with laptop and keyboards

Festival of Voice will also feature hip hop and grime ...

 by Festival of Voice

Festival of Voice line up includes:

Rufus Wainwright, Juliette Gréco, Laura Mvula, Ben Folds, Ronnie Spector, Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Femi Kuti, Mbongwana Star, Hugh Masekela, Juliet Kelly, Sianed Jones, Jamie Woon, Flavia Coelho, Scritti Politti & Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Mariza, Lera Lynn, Woman’s Hour, yMusic, Fatima, House Gospel Choir, Candi Staton, Anna Calvi, The Hot Sardines, Keaton Henson, Rustavi Voices of Georgia, Anne Carrere and Amartuvshin Enkhbat are among the artists on the international line-up for Festival of Voice.

The festival will also encourage participation, with opportunities for all ages and all styles of music and levels of experience to get involved. It will feature over 12,000 participants across 78 performances over the ten days.

One of the festival’s various productions includes Land of Song – is a Wales-wide schools’ project where Wales Millennium Centre and The Aloud Charity have joined forces to encourage primary schools across Wales to celebrate Roald Dahl through song. This year we celebrate 100 years since Roald Dahl's birthday: find out more about Roald Dahl 100 Wales.

Cardiff venues participating in Festival of Voice include Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter, St David’s Hall, New Theatre, Tramshed, Sherman Cymru and smaller city venues. A pop-up club at Wales Millennium Centre will launch at the festival - creating a relaxed space for artists and festival goers to enjoy live music, DJs and beautiful crafted cocktails.

Sioned Jones with her violin

Sioned Jones with her violin

 by Festival of Voice

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre and Director of Festival of Voice said:

“We are focused on trying to provide experiences that people will travel to Cardiff from afar to see - such as Rufus Wainwright’s only UK date this year so far, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Juliette Gréco. But, at the same time, we want to ensure that the festival celebrates the breadth of Wales’ rich musical landscape – from male voice choirs and a Cymanfa Ganu to talented young Welsh artists such as Gwenno, Georgia Ruth and Meilyr Jones featuring on the line up alongside the likes of John Cale and Van Morrison.”

Festival of Voice launches in June 2016 and will take place on a biannual basis. For more information and to buy tickets:

Festival of Voice website  


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