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American Rock Star Announces Tafwyl Line Up

Posted Thursday March 24th, 2016 in the News category

Line Up Tafwyl 2016

The line-up has been revealed for this year’s Tafwyl Festival, Cardiff’s Welsh arts and culture fesitval, as the event returns to Cardiff Castle on the 2nd and 3rd July.

Menter Caerdydd, Tafwyl organisers have revealed an eclectic mix of bands and artists for this years event that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. The line up was announced by Tafwyl’s new music ambassador, American rock star and former Flaming Lips drummer, Kliph Scurlock:

“I’m very excited to experience my first Tafwyl.  It’s something I’ve heard people excitedly speaking about in the past, but which I haven’t been here at the time to attend. 

Being that I’ve recently moved to Cardiff from Kansas, largely because of my love of the unique and amazing music that is created here and my desire to be a part of the magic that seems to emanate from the hills and valleys of Wales, I will definitely be there with bells on this year! ”

On Saturday Maffia Mr Huws, Band Pres Llareggub, Swnami and Candelas are amongst the bands taking to the Main Stage, with Y Niwl, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Palenco and Bryn Fôn performing on Sunday.

Over on the acoustic stage, Meic Stevens, Alys Williams, Colorama, Plu, Al Lewis and Huw M will be amongst the talent from across Wales taking to the stage.

34 bands will be playing over both stages, thanks to generous sponsorship from BBC Radio Cymru for the Main Stage, and Clwb Ifor Bach for the Acoustic Stage. The Welsh Government, Wales Arts Council and Cardiff Council also continue to support the festival.

Over the years Tafwyl has grown beautifully from a small fete to a two day event at the castle with an audience of over 34,000 people attending last year. The organisers have succeeded in creating an unique and special event for the capital city, that’s a proud celebration of all things Welsh.

The main beauty of Tafwyl is that it is a free event, in an amazingly central iconic location in the city centre, making it a hugely accessible event for everyone; being a Welsh speaker, or a total newbie to the language and culture.

Kliph Scurlock went on to emphasise that being a non-Welsh speaker doesn’t restrict you from enjoying the event, and Welsh music;

“I understand precious little Welsh (I intend to take lessons to correct that!), but I have always loved listening to Welsh language music. 

There’s something about the language that is just incredibly pleasing to my ear and, while I miss out on some surely amazing lyrics, the sound of the words themselves paint a vivid enough picture that I’ve never felt like I’ve been missing out. 

I am very excited to spend two days completely immersed in a wide variety of Welsh language music at this year’s Tafwyl.”

For the full music line up, head over to the Tafwyl website.

If you would like to hear more about the work Menter Caerdydd does in Cardiff to promote the use of Welsh, head over to their website.