Band Pres Llareggub and Caryl Parry Jones lead Tafwyl 2019 weekend line-up!
Following the exciting announcement that Tafwyl will open its doors for an extra night this year with Gwenno, Adwaith and Lleuwen amongst the names curated by PYST; the line-up of bands playing over the rest of the weekend at Cardiff’s annual Welsh arts & culture festival has been revealed.
The event returns to Cardiff Castle on June 22 and 23, with 50 artists playing across four stages over the Saturday and Sunday.
Band Pres Llareggub and Caryl Parry Jones will headline the Main Stage, supported by BBC Radio Cymru, with Candelas, Yr Eira, Gwilym, Mellt, Chroma and Mei Gwynedd also performing over the weekend.
BBC Radio Cymru Editor Rhuanedd Richards said:
“Between our two stations, Radio Cymru and Radio Cymru 2, we are supporting and broadcasting more Welsh music than ever before and we are very proud of this. Again this year, Radio Cymru will be traveling to some of Wales’ main music festivals, starting at our capital city with Tafwyl. Tafwyl is always a fun and exciting weekend, and we’re delighted to support it again.”
In the beautiful wooden barn ‘Y ‘Sgubor’, some of the artists taking to the stage include Mr, HMS Morris, Alffa, Glain Rhys, Siddi and I Fight Lions, as Tafwyl and Clwb Ifor Bach enter a new three year sponsorship deal supporting the development of Welsh music in the capital.
Chief Executive of Clwb Ifor Bach, Guto Brychan, said:
“Clwb Ifor Bach has been sponsoring Tafwyl’s second stage since the festival moved to the castle back in 2012, and we are delighted to continue this partnership for the next three years. Tafwyl’s success over this period, developing from a one-day festival to an event which is now held over 3 days to an audience of over 40,000, is an indication of how important the festival is to the artistic sector in Wales. By offering free entry the festival presents Welsh music and culture to new audiences from all over the country and we look forward to working again in 2019.”
Exciting young artists on the Yurt T stage include Sybs, Lewys and Y Cledrau; and brass, jazz and funk bands including Bass 12, 3D Bass and RT Dixieband will be amongst the names attracting attention to Llwyfan y Porth on Castle Street.
Thanks to the support of For Cardiff, many artists and street performers will have the opportunity to perform all over the capital this year, bringing the Tafwyl celebrations to city centre audiences and outside the castle walls for the first time.
“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
As well as the feast of music there will be a variety of food and drink stalls including The Bearded Taco, Grazing Shed, Meat and Greek, Brother Thai and Ffwrnes as well as more bars than ever before.
On top of the music, the festival will continue to showcase the very best of Welsh arts, culture and sport. A full programme of literary, artistic, children, sporting and comedy events will be announced soon.
Entry to Tafwyl is free & open to all – Welsh speaker or not. It’s a great event for families, Welsh learners & people experiencing Welsh language & culture for the very first time.
As with each year, a fringe festival will be held across the capital as part of Tafwyl, with various events taking place in museums, libraries, cafes and bars between 15 – 23 June.
Full Line Up: BAND PRES LLAREGGUB / CANDELAS / CARYL PARRY JONES / YR EIRA / GWILYM / MELLT / CHROMA / LLEDEN / MEI GWYNEDD / LOS BLANCOS / FLEUR DE LYS / OMALOMA / PATROBAS / BLODAU PAPUR / WIGWAM / RHYS GWYNFOR / Y GERDDORFA UKULELE / MR / HMS MORRIS / ALFFA / I FIGHT LIONS / SIDDI / GLAIN RHYS / ELIS DERBY / MABLI TUDUR / HYWEL PITTS / VRÏ / UKAN / CATSGAM / AIL SYMUDIAD / CWPWRDD NANSI / SYBS / LEWYS / Y CLEDRAU / FFRACAS / RHYS DAFIS / RIFLEROS / BASS 12 / 3D BRASS / JACK MAC’S FUNK PACK / RT DIXIEBAND / BARRACWDA / WONDERBRASS / DJ GARETH POTTER / DJ PYDEW / DJ DILYS / DJ ELAN EVANS / DJ CARL MORRIS
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