Sŵn Festival is enjoying a well-earned rest in 2014, letting its younger sibling, DimSŵn, step into the spotlight across a string of Cardiff venues this Saturday. Smaller it may be, but it does have the look of a perfectly formed day of music and merrymaking.
With the line up set to weave its way between Clwb Ifor Bach, Gwdihw, Moon Club, Buffalo, Four Bars, St. David’s Hall, Undertone and the Cardiff Fashion Quarter, there are potential highlights scattered all over the place. You can check out the schedule and map here and get scheming.
Last year, the festival scaled fresh heights and came away with the NME award for Best Small Festival and next year, we’re promised something new, something reimagined. If DimSŵn is to be a one-shot deal, then we’d better make the most of it.
Here are some picks for the day. It was pretty tough to narrow things down so, in all honesty, just go nuts and see as much as you can.
Woman’s Hour – Buffalo/9.00-10.00pm
The hype around this bunch is entirely justified. Creative, smart and very cool, they also happen to have crafted a brilliant collection of indie-pop songs on their debut, ‘Conversations’. You can check out our recent feature on the band here.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – St. David’s Hall/7.30-9.00pm
Prepare to get atmospheric. This ambient duo – former Sparklehorse guitarist Adam Wiltzie and Dévics man Dustin O’Halloran – have a full 90 minutes to weave their spells, having spent the last few months readying ‘ATOMOS’, the companion to a dance piece by choreographer Wayne McGregor, for release.
Cian Ciarán – Four Bars/12.30-1.30am
Few bands can boast as many restlessly creative members as Super Furry Animals. Along with Guto Pryce’s work with the brilliant Gulp and Gruff Rhys’ recent multimedia odyssey, Cian Ciarán has been in fine solo fettle himself. ‘They Are Nothing Without Us’, released last year, still burns bright, while he has also been working with a new band, Zefur Wolves.
Grumbling Fur – Four Bars/2.15-3.00pm
Proggy pop ramblings or rambling pop-prog? Ah, what’s the difference? Delightfully weird and unapologetically infectious, Grumbling Fur are set to provide an early afternoon treat upstairs at Dempsey’s. Their third album, ‘Preternaturals’, was recently put out by the Quietus.
Taffy – Four Bars/10.30-11.15pm
As the organisers have noted, this lot are not a bunch of Caerdydd types, but a Japanese indie-pop troupe with a batch of ultra charming, Britpop-influenced tunes. ‘Lixiviate’, their recent album, was a little uneven, but when its sugar rush melodies clicked there was nothing to do but go with it and roll out a big ol’ smile.