• Dates: 16 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
  • Location:  Cardiff
  • Link:  Swn Festival

Sŵn Festival

Launched in 2007 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and local promoter John Rostron, the festival has gone from strength to strength with this year planned on being the biggest yet.

Swn logo burnt onto a piece of wood

Swn Festival, Cardiff

 by Steve Malpass

Although the idea of a city festival with bands playing separate venues might sound unique, the organisers have never tried to claim their idea was original – it was after attending the 2007 South By South West (SXSW) event that they decided to start their own city festival at home in the Welsh capital.

With their first event in 1987, SXSW is the original city festival, launching many similar festivals throughout the US and Europe. In the UK, we already had dottodot in Bristol, Camden Crawl in London and The Great Escape in Brighton, amongst others. With such a bustling live music scene in Cardiff, it made perfect sense to apply the format here, not to mention giving a stage and exposure to bands from all over Wales.

Now, 8 years later, Sŵn has grown into a four-day affair, with 200 artists gracing  all kinds of venues and with all kinds of other cultural delight on offer – DJs, exhibitions, film screenings, quizzes, Music Industry sessions, outdoor performances and more adding to an always stellar musical line-up.