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8th September 2008

First Bands Announced For Swn Festival 2008

The first bands and events have been announced for Cardiff's annual Swn Festival and include James Yuill, The Pipettes, Stephen Fretwell and The Chapman Family

The first bands and events have been announced for Cardiff's annual Swn Festival. So far, the following bands are confirmed to play the event:

James Yuill, The Pipettes, Stephen Fretwell, The Chapman Family, Martin Carr, The Boy Least Likely To, Rolo Tomassi, Clinic, Tubelord, Dananananakroyd, Indian Jewlry, Volcano!, Agaskodo Televerek, The Lovely Eggs, Serefina Steer, Pete And The Pirates, The Big Pink, It Hugs Back, Jay Jay Pistolet, Peggy Sue, Skatar, Fanfarlo, The New Tea Party, Legowelt (DJ set), Heavenly Records DJs, Young Marble Giants, Genod Droog (last ever show), High Contrast, Goldie Lookin Chain, Euros Childs, Future Of The Left, Truckers Of Husk, Joy Formidable, Jamie And The Lionhearts, Gallops, Sweet Baboo, Duffraine, The Last Republic, Rod Thomas, Gwyneth Glyn, Threatmantics, Huw MM, The Afternoons, Fred Jones, Eilir Pierce, Llwyd, Danblagroyd, Picture Books In Winter, Zwolf, The Ash And The Oak, Butterflies With Beards, Friends Electric, Random Elbow Pain, Right Hand Left Hand, Little Eris, Radio Luxembourg, Lifting Gear Engineer, Pagan Wanderer Lu, Hemme Fatale, Wrightoid, Georgia Ruth Williams, Alex Dingley, Little My, The Muscle Club, Pixel H8, Seindorff, The School, JT Mouse, Valley Lines, Orcop, The Hidden Persuader, Frederick Stanley Star, Attack + Defend, Nia Morgan, Lindsey Leven, Acid Casuals (DJ set) and Dig! with B-Music DJs Carl Forecast and Huw Evans.

Other events confirmed for the festival are:

Swn Silent Disco, Swn Cinema, Scrabble Swnday, Sleeveface Workshops and art exhibitions from Mark James, Llyr Pierce, Sleeveface and Clwb Ifor Bach's 25th anniversary.

There will also be three days of music conferences, talks and workshops from 13th - 16th November and a launch party on Thursday 13th November.

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.

Swn curator, BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, says of the event:

“For the second year, the Swn weekend in Cardiff is going to be another mouth watering weekend with some of the best new bands around, incredible art and film and a full three days of music conferences. From the Thursday evening to Sunday night, there'll be music in Cardiff's venues from across Wales and from around the world; laptop geniuses, banging bands, superfly DJs and acoustic troubadours. Welsh legends Young Marble Giants playing at the National Museum of Wales will be special and there are even more Welsh headliners this year; Euros Childs, Future of the Left, High Contrast and The Pipettes. Bands are coming from across Wales to play, and the line-up is an eclectic mix of thrilling new music. And all with a backdrop of Cardiff city centre and its enthusiastic promoters and venues. We're very excited about Swn 08; it's going to be a weekend to remember and not to be missed!”

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