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16th October 2008

Not long to wait for the Swn Festival!

With a great line up confirmed and some intriguing seminars on offer Cardiff is set to be buzzing this November

Swn Festival have announce that the full band line-up for this year's event is almost complete. As chosen by BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, the line-up is packed with eclectic artists that span indie, rock, hip hop, electronic, drum 'n' bass, folk, leftfield, dubstep and just about any other genre you can imagine.  Bar a dozen or so acts to be confirmed soon, there's news of two exciting Swn Seminars which are free to wristband holders.

Among the line-up for Swn 2008
The Pipettes
- The super-huge, all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl band (featuring Wales' own Gwenno and her sister Ani) return to Welsh shores for the first time since a tiny show at the Barfly many, many moons ago.

Young Marble Giants - Influential Cardiff post-punks and one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands return to their home city for the first time in almost 30 years! This follows the re-issue of their seminal debut, Colossal Youth, on Domino Records last year.

Genod Droog - One of the greatest live Welsh language acts of all time bow out with their final show ever, at this year's Swn Festival. The Welsh hip-hoppers know how to put on a show and are sure to go out in style.

Chipmunk - At 17 years old, Chipmunk is one of THE brightest hopes of the year. Already nominated for Best Newcomer at this year's MOBO awards, expect the unmistakable lyrical prowess of this grime MC to sweep the nation any time soon.

Amazing Baby - Following closely in the footsteps of fellow Brooklyn-ites, MGMT, Amazing Baby are a band set to take indie kids by storm, ooh, around about NOW! The NME and practically every other trend spotter are currently dribbling over this lot. 

Goldie Lookin Chain - A rare live show from the Welsh pranksters. Expect tracksuits galore at their Point show. Safe as...

Skinnyman - Anyone who knows about hip hop knows about Skinnyman. A true British hip hop legend.

King Cannibal - Rising star of one of the UK's most exciting genres, dubstep. Signed to the world famous Ninja Tunes label.

High Contrast - Another Cardiff hero returns to his birthplace in the shape of drum 'n' bass master, High Contrast playing what's sure to be a belter of a show as he makes his debut appearance at the legendary Cardiff venue - The Point.

Swn Seminars
Swn Festival will also feature two days of seminars on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November at The Atrium with a bundle of music industry experts, movers and shakers, and will include BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens interviewing the band Scouting For Girls ahead of their sellout show at the CIA. Stephens will quiz them on their meteoric rise from nowhere to becoming a chart-topping act.

Information On Swn
Swn Festival is the brainchild of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens. Featuring bands, DJs, conferences, art, film, workshops, Scrabble and exhibitions, this is the festival's 2nd year.

Swn buses will operate throughout the festival, allowing wristband holders to get from venue to venue with ease. Swn Festival also gives free programmes and timetables to all.

Wristbands cost £45 and allow free entry to all events on a first come, first served basis. Each event at Swn will also be priced individually for cash payments on walk up, however priority will always be given to wristband holders. The opening party on 13th November will be for wristband holders only.

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