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Cowshed announces final wave of acts for Sŵn Festival finale

Final wave of acts announced for Sŵn Festival Finale.

As the month-long Sŵn Festival nears, organisers have today (13 September) announced the final wave of acts to play on Discovery Day, the festival’s finale on Saturday 21 October.

Despite the expansion of this year’s Sŵn, the festival will still focus on bringing new and emerging music acts and undiscovered gems to the Welsh capital.

The final wave includes LA-based producer DAEDELUS, whose brand of experimental trip hop has landed him releases on prestigious labels Ninja Tune and Stones Throw.

Other highlights will be indie outfit ISLAND, who have already built a strong following on the back of their emotionally charged and engaging live shows. Also making the return journey to Cardiff will be MATT MALTESE, whose knife edge voice has cut the air at previous Sŵn Festivals to much fanfare.

The final announcement boasts some of the finest emerging talent from around Wales, as much-loved Bangor group YR EIRA and Hengoed natives NITEROOMS will bring serrated guitar rock to the capital.

Sŵn Festival organiser John Rostron, said: “Discovering music, venues, places, people, language and the city is a key part of what makes the festival magic. We’re proud that all of this is still happening as part of Sŵn.

“We’re delighted to announce the full line-up and are really excited to be able to bring such an eclectic mix of musical talent to Cardiff. Discovery Day is definitely going to finish Sŵn off with a bang!”

Discovery Day is bringing a full month of music to a close after special events at venues across the city. OFF // KILTER will see a new experiential event featuring RICHARD DAWSON arrive at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama while other highlights include JEN CLOHER with very special guest COURTNEY BARTNETT joining her for a night at Clwb Ifor Bach, SONGHOY BLUES and THE AMAZONS at Tramshed and the sold-out HUSH SILENT DISCO at National Museum Cardiff. Music documentary programme PALE BLINDS, in collaboration with Snowcat Cinema, will also give music lovers the chance to see exclusive footage and old favourites including Bafta Cymru nominated #SWN10.


Sŵn Discovery Day full line-up



Adwaith are Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd; a post–folk, post- punk band from Carmarthen fresh from a summer of festival appearances.


Gloucestershire two-piece Ardyn, comprised of twins Rob and Katy Pearson, deliver a brooding, atmospheric sound. Katy’s haunting voice is not to be missed.


Through sunshine ambience with twilight lyrical themes, ARGRPH create a mysterious and dream-like soundtrack

Bad Sounds

Brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett started on different musical paths, now bringing together hip-hop and soul, pop and R’n’B to form the colourful Bad Sounds

Boy Azooga

For such a young band, Cardiff’s own Boy Azooga play ridiculously well-crafted and joyous summer pop that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


Pulling influence from the likes of Supertramp, John Lennon and Cream, Buzzard fire out doses of modern indie pop laced with mid-70’s rock adoration.

Campfire Social

The aptly named Campfire Social are melodic alternative outfit from North Wales with soaring vocals and melodic harmonies that would fit right in alongside any beachfront bonfire.


Caro may be one of the brightest talents to come out of the north of England in recent times, their deep, bass heavy electronic sound and clever song writing make them a real stand out.


4-piece band, Chartreuse, from the Birmingham area are creating what can only be described as dark soul pop, taking influences from jazz, alternative and soul music to define their sound.


Influential Los Angeles producer Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, is the cornerstone of the electronic & beat music scenes both locally and internationally.


Danielle Lewis

Unique singer-songwriter Danielle gives off happiness, joy and a natural warmth that shines through the music.

Dan Stock

Solo-artist Dan Stock makes heartfelt, emotion laden indie-pop that is sure to hit you right in the feels.

False Advertising

The raw and energetic False Advertising bring their emotion laced grunge to the capital.


Cementing their reputation on the South Wales music scene since their debut in 2015, The Himalayas are a brash, slick alternative rock group from Cardiff, and they’re gonna make some noise.


London 4-piece are going from strength to strength with their mellow, heart-felt material that will captivate every audience

Jack Ellis

Blending soulful vocals with mature songwriting, Ellis haunts and moves with his varying styles and provides all of the loud-quiet transitions needed to blow away a crowd.

Joel Avaient

Newcomer Joel Avaient mixes modern production with vocal tones reminiscent of artists from Michael Jackson to Elton John.

John Smith

Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Smith is a real independent artist, with an indie folk sound that he has taken with him on tours of America with the likes of David Gray and Gil Scott Heron.

JW Ridley

Art school grad Jack Ridley creates moody, The Cure-style guitar pop with driving drum beats for an enchanting set.


London-based solo artist with an incredibly beautiful voice and a soft, personal touch.


Schooled on albums, books and films he found at jumble sales and charity shops, his music comes from the extraordinary world of the everyday.


Wrexham-based band, Kidsmoke make nostalgia-laden, The Smiths inspired indie pop.

La Forme

La Forme’s darkly alluring intelligent synth pop has a European outlook; futuristic whilst still possessing warmth and comfort.

Local Enemy

Blending all of the excellent elements from bands like Kasabian, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys but with a distinctly Welsh edge, the Merthyr Tydfil band are a local hit.

Los Blancos

Creatively open, songs bursting with passion and abandonment, Los Blancos embody the quiet confidence that underpins the Alt/Pop scene growing rapidly in Carmarthenshire.

Luna Tides

Inspired by the raw, brutal but beautiful coastline in South Wales, Luna Tides has become a home for surf-driven, folk-rock music.

Martha Gunn

Brilliant Brighton outfit, Martha Gunn are the band everyone’s talking about on the South-East coast, not least because of the enchanting voice of frontwoman Abi Woodman.

Matt Maltese

20-year old singer-songwriter Matt Maltese immerses himself in the music scene of South London writing captivating modern ballads


Caerphilly’s Niterooms explore new styles & mix in old ones, creating landscapes of music that jump through electronica, grime, r’n’b, hip hop, ambient & indie.


Phalcons possess the rugged, yet magically mysterious mountains and rippling rivers of North Wales in their very being and in every sound they create.

Pink Kink

Drawing influence from garage, punk, shoegaze, jazz, psychedelic rock and art-pop,

Pink Kink’s music shifts seamlessly between genres without feeling embellished or forced.

Sam Fender

Fresh from supporting artists like Catfish and the Bottlemen and Hozier on tour, Sam Fender brings his socially conscious, soulful indie rock to Cardiff.


London’s young band Shame provokes feeling, bringing confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy to every stage

Sea Girls

Sea Girls blend mature lyrics and infectious energy on stage to ensure you can’t take your eyes (or ears off them all set long).

Swedish Death Candy

A clashing combination of cultures, Swedish Death Candy look back musically and thematically yet create a truly exciting and unique sound

The Caspiens

The 4-piece rock & roll band from the heart of Abergavenny bring a fierce and energetic live performance

The Pitchforks

The Pitchforks ring of past indie greats like Maxïmo Park and The Futureheads but with all the renewed vim and vigour you’d expect from a young South Wales Valleys four-piece

The Tates

Hailing from West Wales, The Tates influences range from The Libertines’ poetic raw energy to the death disco of early New Order and the euphoric punch of Depeche Mode.

White Kite

Experimental pop group, White Kite’s heavy guitaring and synth playing is a must see before they make it big.

XAM Duo/Virginia Wing

Instrumental electronica pair XAM Duo and progressive synth experimentalists Virginia Wing are teaming up to discover new sounds


Peckham-based, Yowl are a dark, confident new band that make rough-edged alternative rock.

Yr Eira

Well loved Welsh language band Yr Eira bring unshakeable melodies and an incandescent sound to their sets

Trudy and the Romance

Fast emerging Trudy and the Romance have been turning heads of late with their Libertines-inspired vocals and raucous guitar playing.


Wristbands for Sŵn are on sale now for £30. For more information and to get your tickets, go to swnfest.com. Follow @swnissound on Twitter.


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