Sŵn festival nominated for NME award

January 24, 2013 No Comments »
Swn Festival Clwb Ifor Bach

Swn Festival at Clwb Ifor Bach in 2011

A Cardiff festival celebrating the best in Welsh music has been nominated for a national award.

Sŵn music festival is nominated alongside five other UK festivals in this year’s NME Awards.

Held in Cardiff each year, Sŵn uses a number of venues across the city to hold the four-day event.

Co-founder John Rostron, who is also head of the Welsh Music Foundation, said the nomination was a big shock.

He said: “I was really surprised to be totally honest.

“Everyone who works with Sŵn really enjoys themselves and knows it’s a great festival – each year, we’ve had a great response. But often it feels like we’re working in our little Welsh bubble in Wales, so to know that Sŵn is thought highly of outside of Wales is really great.”

Sŵn is the smallest festival up for Best Small Festival at the NME awards. Other festivals nominated in the category include Festival No. 6, which takes place in Portmeirion in Gwynedd, and Brighton’s inner-city festival The Great Escape.

Over the past six festivals held by Sŵn, the event has developed a loyal fanbase who are keen to come back for more.

“One of things which has developed over time is the amount of people who end up coming back to Sŵn after having lived or worked in Cardiff,” said Mr Rostron.

“You’ll find they’ll come back especially for the festival. It’s a great excuse to return to Cardiff and enjoy some great music while catching up with old friends.”

He added: “It keeps growing and gets bigger every year.”

The seventh annual Sŵn festival is set to take place later this year.

Mr Rostron founded the festival in 2007 with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. They also organise a number of gigs and events in Cardiff and Wales all year round.

NME revealed this year’s nominees earlier this week. Music fans are now invited to vote for their favourites in each category.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 27.

To cast a vote for Sŵn, visit www.nme.com/awardsvote

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