The Return Of Swn Festival In Photos

After a year’s break, Cardiff’s multi-venue new music festival made a welcome return, bringing with it buzzy new bands and a few established heroes to boot.

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London-based quartet Vant slide to their knees during an energetic set at the Jack Rocks stage.

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The rising rock band delievered a punchy performance featuring sugar sweet single 'The Answer', 'Parasite' and 'Parking Lot'.

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Indie veterans The Go! Team proved that they hadn't lost their knack for party-starting, with frontwoman Ninja parting the crowd and indulging in some call-and-response.

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The Brighton group turned the Jack Rocks stage into their own mini party with tracks like 'Grip Like A Vice' and 'Blowtorch'.

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Punk trio Skinny Girl Diet sandblasted the bustling audience with serrated noise, playing tracks from their series of uncompromising EPs.

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Frontwoman Delilah Holiday landed hammer blows with raw-throated yells and heartfelt lines like "I don't feel OK".

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Two-piece Lusts cut a striking appearance on the Jack Rocks stage. Shaven haired drummer, James Stone, dressed all in white, stared out his brother, Andy, who was clad in black leather with a shock of bleached hair and round dark sunglasses, looking undeniably cool.

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Lusts' music is similarly striking, and surprisingly dynamic for such a simple set up; James’ guitar drips with reverb but has just enough biting distortion to cut through and accent the huge choruses of songs like 'Mouthwash' and 'Temptation'.

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Rebecca Wilson and Rebekah Pennington showed off their best dance moves during their set, which included songs like 'Last Chance To Dance' and '7AM'.

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Beth Jeans Houghton, aka Du Blonde, previewed new material during her performance, featuring thundering blues riffs galloping beneath earthy vocals.

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The rest of Houghton's set saw her rattling through tracks from 'Welcome Back To Milk', her first record since leaving behind her former band The Hooves of Destiny.
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