Sŵn is the Welsh word for ‘sound’ and is pronounced ‘soon’.
Sŵn festival takes place over the month of October. Around 200 bands play across over nearly twenty venues in Cardiff, a mix of established acts and new or emerging performers. People buy a wristband and then get free priority access to as many shows as they can take in. Sŵn Festival is a celebration of creative music talent in Wales, the UK and abroad with a uniquely Welsh perspective.
All this is done in Cardiff. There is no other contemporary music festival in Cardiff. As such Sŵn Festival has picked up the baton dropped by the late 1990’s ‘Cool Cymru’ output and the 2000 event ‘Radio 1’s One Live in Cardiff’. Sŵn drives a modern musical legacy in Wales.
Sŵn Festival is programmed by BBC Radio 1 DJ and Cardiff boy Huw Stephens. Huw presents several show on BBC Radio 1, including two weekend afternoon shows and a weekly Wednesday show with the emphasis on new music, he also presents new Welsh Language Music on his weekly shows C2 on Radio Cmyru. Huw has helped developed an Introducing… stage which now takes new music to Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals and T In The Park in Scotland and he hosts the TopManCtrl new music show on Channel 4.