One-day DimSwn event will take its place for 2014
Swn Festival will not take place this year, NME has been told, with organisers planning a one-day event in its place ahead of a full return in 2015.
The annual festival was established by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and John Rostron and has taken place in Cardiff since 2006. However, it will not operate on its usual scale this year due to cuts to Welsh art funding.
The multi-venue new music festival usually takes place in October and organiser John Rostron was the Welsh Music Foundation’s chief executive. The Welsh government withdrew their support for the organisation earlier this year and the time Rostron needed to spend organising Swn has, instead, been spent shutting operations on the WMF.
Speaking to NME in an interview you can read in this week’s issue, Rostron says: “It (Swn) became too big to be put together in a short time by just a team of volunteers and freelancers, but we’re too small to employ a team all year round.”
Instead, a one-day event titled DimSwn will be held in Cardiff on October 18. The Wytches (pictured above), The Amazing Snakeheads, Prides, Telegram and Woman’s Hour have all been confirmed already. A list of all 40 artists playing DimSwn can be seen on the official website, where tickets are also available.
Swn will return in 2015 with Rostron recently securing the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Breakthrough Grant. This has enabled him to work full-time on the festival since August.