The wait is nearly over. DimSŵn is this weekend!
The little brother of the annual Sŵn festival, which is turning 10 this year, will see a whole host of up-and-coming acts do their thing in a variety of venues around Cardiff, including Clwb Ifor Bach, 10 Feet Tall, Four Bars, The Moon Club and Undertone, on April 9.
Here are a few acts you really don’t want to miss.
Estrons – Upstairs at Clwb Ifor Bach @ 8.45pm
This Cardiff-based quartet (pictured, main) have been making big waves as of late, and it’s little wonder why. Fronted by the fiery Taliesyn Källström, the band’s brand of no-nonsense alt-rock is something that sounds great through a pair of speakers, but even better from the heights of a stage. Their name means aliens in Welsh, but an invasion of their kind would certainly be welcome.
The Big Moon – Upstairs at Clwb Ifor Bach @ 10.15pm
The Big Moon could well be on their way to the sort of acclaim previously reserved for breakout acts like Haim, with the Londoners possessing the raw materials to perhaps even usurp their American counterparts in the hearts of many. Their recent signing to Fiction Records and new single Cupid are testament to their mastery of melody-driven guitar pop and their ability to deliver a superb performance.
Kiran Leonard – 10 Feet Tall @ 9.15pm
Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens, even Biffy Clyro…these are just a few of the names that spring to mind when you listen to this talented singer-songwriter. His songs range from the serene to the surreal, which means you never know what you’re going to get when you turn up to one of his shows. And that’s just how we like it.
Benedict Benjamin – 10 Feet Tall @ 6.15pm
Self-confessed purveyor of “reverby, dreamy, psychy, folky, rocky, country-y, harmony-y, 60s-y stuff”, Benjamin’s finely-crafted tunes are accessible and suitably enjoyable. Having released his debut LP earlier this year, the singer-songwriter has accrued a fair bit of attention in recent months – not to mention selling out a show at The Islington in London. With that in mind, DimSŵn may be a good chance to catch him before the big time comes knocking.
Jake Isaac – Downstairs at Clwb Ifor Bach @ 5.15pm
Probably one of the more well-known acts to play this year’s DimSŵn, Isaac’s twist on soulful folk really is a treat to see live. His performances are filled with such candour and emotion that it’s near impossible to not be drawn in. If you’re a fan of anything acoustic, Isaac and his trusty guitar are a definite must-see, with his show having been honed during a recent support run with Lucy Rose and a buzz-heavy headline tour.
DimSŵn will take place on April 9. For more information on all the events click here to see the schedule in full. See you there.