YazMean

YazMean is an artist and battle rapper from Cardiff. with a succession of battles and cyphers under her belt, YazMean’s experience has made her into the confident lyricist and performer she is today. She packs a feisty punch and her bars embody the strong woman she stands for.
YazMean used to go by the name Shawgz where she made a roar in her home town and surrounding areas, people couldn’t pronounce her middle name (shawgi) which resulted in changing her rap name to YazMean

VRï

Three young men from deepest, darkest, chapel-going Wales create a soundtrack to the cultural upheaval of the past two hundred years. Their intricate and infectious interpretations of Welsh traditional melodies and songs have gained them widespread critical acclaim. Their debut album ‘Ty Ein Tadau’ (House Of Our Fathers’) received Best Album and Best Traditional Welsh Language Track in the Wales Folk Awards and a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Traditional Song, as well as a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. VRï, alongside Beth Celyn, have more recently been featured on The Last Night of the Proms representing Wales in a collection of sea songs from across the British Isles and Ireland.

Unity

Unity grew up in rural Mid Wales on a diet of guitar bands, discovering funk and HipHop via the Beastie Boys. Influenced by Taskforce and Kate Tempest, Unity delivers poetic lyrics over laid back HipHop beats, often collaborating with other artists from the Ladies of Rage collective.
A DJ, Bgirl and Graffiti Writer, Unity began her lyrical journey via spoken word, and gives a poetic, clear delivery of real-life stories which cut deep. Her debut EP ‘Progress is a Process’ (2020) will be followed up by a second EP ‘Garden of My Soul’, due for release early 2021.

Tom Mason (Denuo)

Denuo is an alternative rock band from Conwy in North Wales led by Welsh multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tom Mason, blending ambient soundscapes and shoegaze synth pop that lovers of Phoenix and m83 will fall head over heels for. 2019 saw the release of the single ‘Lucid’ – a shimmering tapestry of dreamy indie-pop and summer nostalgia that featured on Spotify’s “Dreampop” editorial playlist. The single is Mason’s first offering from his forthcoming album, due to be released in 2020.

The Secret Beach (Manitoba, Canada)

Everyone loves a secret: a short cut through the woods, a fishing hole, a beach.

I’m at the Secret Beach now, and I’m reminded that it’s been years since Micah Erenberg merged into the rocks and sand that line this endless spine of a beach – a beach that arches out of an inland ocean. It came by revelation: if place is being, then become that place: become the Secret Beach: become a firmament for summer days: become a place where you belong, a place that reminds you of home, that is home. This is what the Songs of the Secret Beach do, too. You can hear them easier out here: they allow for others – like me – to reflect.

I walk into the lake up to my waist. I see myself through the ripples that round me. Like a record player, my finger is a stylus and I lower it into the wavy grooves below. “Miss You” plays, and it carries me to shore. No one’s around, and so I sing along, kicking the water.

This is the secret of the Secret Beach: you make your own meaning. But don’t tell anyone I told you that. That’s between you and me.

– The Famous Sandhogs

The Honest Poet

The Honest Poet (THP), South Wales based singer/songwriter, has unique soulful vocals which emanate raw emotion.. Drawing his inspiration from his life, cultivating each story from an honest viewpoint. Poetry plays a significant role throughout the entirety of THP’s music. Infusing hip hop, spoken word and soul combining with open and honest lyrics.

Taf Rapids Stringband

There is a rise in the popularity of Americana in the UK and these seasoned performers have come together to create Cardiff’s newest bluegrass band. Taf Rapids Stringband brings the skills of Siôn Russell Jones, David Grubb, and Darren Eedens together around the mic in the old Bluegrass tradition to share songs of times past. With their quick pickin’ and high and lonesome harmonies lovers of fiddle and banjo will not want to miss; there are no amps or drums here, just acoustic instruments, energy, and tradition.

Stephanie Finegan (Voicebox: Spoken Word)

Mountain punk post-beat word dancer, Stephanie Finegan. From free-styling with DJ’s across Europe, to winning poetry slams at The Edinburgh Fringe. This art is an adventure through the forest of the heart. She is a force of nature and a must see live.

Skunkadelic

The signature baritone and lyrical dexterity of Cardiff’s premier emcee Skunkadelic is instantly recognisable amidst the ever fertile soundscape of UK Hip-Hop.
Bearing a musical heritage shaped by the golden era of hip hop and rooted in his family domain of Nigeria, he channels raw passion, experience and ingenuity into every rhyme.

Following his debut album release ‘Musically Drifting’ Skunkadelic has racked up an impressive number of accolades including live shows alongside Talib Kweli, Chali 2na, The Pharcyde, Jehst, Rag n Bone Man, Blackalicious, Ugly Duckling, Jungle Brothers, Ocean Wisdom…. As well as collaborations with the likes of The Allergies, Mr Woodnote, Dr Syntax, TY, Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Abstract Soundz, Twogood, Unchained XL, Band Pres Llaregubb amongst a host of others. The hunger to create and share is the driving force that influences every move he makes. 2020 has seen is music really gain traction with heavy rotation from Lauren Lauverne (BBC6 music), Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales), Jo Wiley (BBC Radio 2) & Tom Robinson (BBC6 music)

Aside from solo work, Skunkadelic has a resident post at the helm of 9-piece monster funk collective Afro Cluster and has written, recorded and toured extensively with the group over the last decade. They’ve appeared at numerous high profile festivals and events including Glastonbury, Womad, Greenman, Boomtown & Festival Of Voice and toured alongside the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine, Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Hot 8 Brass Band.

Consistently sharing his creative journey, he’s honed his networking skills as a booking agent at both Cardiff’s ‘Starving Artists’ promo team and Liverpool’s ‘Fiesta Bombarda’ agency. He is also emerging as an educator, running a series of music/art workshops in schools and within his local community, demonstrating a dedication not only to artistic output but to the burgeoning industry and training that underpins it.

With a new EP in the works and a full album from Afro Cluster out in February, 2021 has been yet another productive year.

Robbie Caswell-Jones

Raised in Wrexham but currently located in the East Midlands, Robbie Caswell-Jones has been honing his skills as a folk guitarist and vocalist since 2013. Specializing in bluegrass guitar, he has performed across the UK and Europe and has developed a picking technique that gives his playing both drive and energy whilst remaining graceful and sweet. Robbie’s choice of traditional songs and his dynamic vocal delivery is both nostalgic and refreshing.

Razkid

Razkid is an independent MC/Artist from Cardiff, South Wales who takes on an experimental approach to making music. He aims to make music that’s versatile and refreshing matched with lyrics filled with substance that are drawn from personal experiences. He strives for an unconventional sounds in his songs and all his music is produced and written in house with Minas in their home studio.

PhoreCite

Former battle rapper with five studio albums in the passed two years PhoreCite’s work rate is unparalleled Recently proclaimed by DJays to be too controversial for national radio. PhoreCite combines filthy underground HipHop with hard hitting punchlines rhyme schemes and wordplay. PhoreCite resides daily in his recording studio in Abergele where he works on his own material and produces / develops other rap artists. Forthcoming projects to look out for are his next solo album The Saga a production collaboration with Amos and mixing / mastering credits on !7!Four!5!’s next solo Album One Man Army.

Penelope Antena (Belgium)

Living and creating in the shadow of an esteemed family legacy, alone in the woods on a mountaintop, Penelope is the heir to a musical throne of mythological stature…and one she lives up to with ambition to push tradition into a modern soundscape. Her 2019 self-produced LP ‘Antelope’ has done just that, and has put her on the map as a visionary song-writer, producer, and creative force.

PAPERHOUSE

Paperhouse is an evolving collaboration of artists based in Wrexham and Cardiff. Combining progressive synths, psychedelic guitars and driving electronic drums with a dash of vocals.

OORYA

“We are pulsing against the tide of inequality, and the mycelium knows”
OORYA //. Pronounced, WHO R YA?! Is a Queer electro punk folk sonic excavation.
Made with guitar, synth, beats, bass & James The Emotional Support Giraffe.
They are, “Breathtaking” & “Unforgettable”.

Otto

Otto is an Indie-Pop artist from Wales. Having graduated from the prestigious Forte Project and been championed by Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio 1) he has already been singled-out as one of the most talented artists of his generation. Over recent years he has opened for acclaimed acts such as Louis Baker and Saint Raymond and has performed everywhere from HubFest and Landed Festival to Swansea Fringe, Swn and HowTheLightGetsIn. Otto’s single ‘Boxer’ was A-listed on BBC Radio Wales for six weeks over the summer and his new EP (‘Post’) was supported by the BBC Horizons Launchpad Fund.

Nuha Ruby Ra

Cutting her teeth in various musical projects and art collectives Nuha Ruby Ra is a performance powerhouse sharply focused on her own artistic vision, with these qualities leading her to be named the winner of Green Man Rising 2020. Nuha has performed alongside the likes of Bo Ningen, Uncanny Valley and more and appeared on recordings by Flamingods and Warmduscher. In the short time she’s been playing these tracks she’s amassed support slots with Fat White Family, Surfbort, Amyl and the Sniffers and has supported Snapped Ankles on their 12 date tour.

Natasha Borton (Voicebox: Spoken Word)

A mixture of chaotic words and music, Natasha Borton is Welsh poet, musician and general creative from North Wales.Combining Spoken Word, with harmony. Inspired by the extrordinary detail in the world around us.

Mondegreen

Mondegreen are a folk-tinged indie pop trio driven by “superb delicate harmonies” (Dave Monks BBC Introducing). Formed in 2016, the band’s first two EPs ‘Small Towns’ and ‘Change’ were recorded with Rod Jones (Idlewild) and hailed as a “beautiful reflection of the group’s live sound (Liverpool Acoustic). Both EPs have featured on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6 Music and have seen the band play alongside artists such as Jonah Matranga, Tom Hingley, Wildwood Kin at Folk on the Dock, and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton at the Liverpool Philharmonic.

Matt Nicholls (Delta Radio)

Matt Nicholls of the Delta Radio band. Delta Radio are a five piece psychedelic blues rock band from Wrexham in North Wales. They are: Matt Nicholls on vocals and harmonica Steve Nicholls on guitar Steve Jones on guitar Jamie Owens on bass and Ben Jones on drums. The group met a few years ago playing in various indie rock bands around North Wales. Over the years in various bands they have all recorded and released records on a variety of labels and toured in numerous countries.

Malgola, No

Malgola, No is a Polish DIY pop singer-songwriter, currently based in Cardiff. On Malgola’s songwriting palette, all shades of pop music are mixed – from 60s catchiness, 70s balladeering, 80s synthmania, to 2000s R’n’B vibes…
Even though her debut album ‘A/B’ (Indiana Records, 2016) was recorded in a bedroom studio, it was critically acclaimed in Poland and noticed by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals (named his favourite album of 2016).
Malgola released her second album ‘Health, Beauty & Ghosts’ in lockdown 2020.
She currently performs solo with piano/synthesizer and backing tracks.

Lucas Laufen (Australia)

In 2016, Australian troubadour Lucas Laufen left everything behind in his coastal town of Port Lincoln for a life on the European road. Laufen’s music is the sort that makes us stop and breathe: sombre falsetto melodies married to shimmering guitar; elemental orchestrations that yearn and plunge – the coastal poetry of the wild Australian imaginary. Laufen’s debut album “I Know Where Silence Lives,” produced by Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin, Aldous Harding), was released on December 6th 2019.

Lizzi£ Squad

We are a group of of friends from different country’s and different cultures but Wrexham town have brought us together and our love and interest for music has made us come Form a group a group called Lizzie squad which means the queen Elizabeth’s team and our type of music is rap we all grown up listening to rap artists such as 2pac Eminem biggie smalls and rap was always the language that we the young generation could express our selves and show our feelings

Lee Randle

Lee is a songwriter with a flair for storytelling. I feel like I’m finally in a position to say what I want to say without hitting you over the head with it…therefore leaving it open to interpretation…and that for me is the most exhilarating and personal music can get. Interpretation is a beautiful thing. I have no idea what some of my favourite songs are about! Lee has written with Van McCann (Catfish and the Bottlemen), toured with Babyshambles and written music for movies. Right up my street -Chris Helme (The Seahourses) Cool Neil Young Vibes – Tom Speight.

KINGKHAN

KINGKHAN is an artist/producer, from Cardiff in Wales, who prides himself on a DIY attitude and strong aesthetic qualities. Since developing his eclectic sound and graduating from BIMM Bristol, he’s made some strong moves in the underground urban scene. An original member of Cardiff’s MVE and the collective Bleed Pretty Boys ; who in 2019 released ‘Raindrops’ and hit 100k on Spotify. This year has already seen Khan’s latest single ‘Blastoise’ featured on DJ Targets BBC 1xtra show, and he’s worked around the pandemic to play live streamed gigs, and interviews for platforms like Horizons and Clwb Ifor Bach.

Katy Rose Bennett

Katy Rose Bennett has been writing and performing her idiosyncratic, elegant folk for over 20 years.

Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed 2020 album Where Does It Hurt?, Katy releases 7th album, Alone On A Hill in September 2021. A beautiful, emotionally raw yet ultimately joyful collection of multi-layered, a cappella vocal songs written and recorded during lockdown and inspired by living in rural isolation for the last year: songs of birds, trees, the wind; songs of surviving, growing peas and longing to sing with other people. Think The Beach Boys having a cuppa with Bjork, Bach and Bobby McFerrin!
Katy will perform with The Frankley Beeches – a 4-piece a cappella vocal ensemble – for this special gig.

Powerfully delicate… absolutely stunning… brings out the beauty of Bennett’s voice
– Maverick

Hauntingly beautiful
– Folk Radio UK

Alone On A Hill is released 24th September 2021

*Old No.7 show is with acappella ensemble
* The Royal Oak show is solo

Kiddus

The product of Caribbean/Indian/Filipino/Welsh heritage and raised Rastafari Kiddus’ musical stylings are as eclectic as his upbringing. Splicing soul punk afrobeat indie-pop and grime into a beautiful Cronenbergian monster that struggles free of any genre it is pinned to. Some call it ‘Post- Funk’ some ‘Moshpit R&B’ – at times it wants to be called ‘Depressing Dancehall’. Kiddus’ releases carry a signature DIY ethos with every element crafted single-handedly in a small bedroom studio – from production instrumentation mixing and mastering to music videos featuring self-shot iPhone footage.

Junior Brother (Ireland)

Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ronan Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play The Revenger’s Tragedy, a work Kealy studied there. Junior Brother has spent the last few years gaining a fine live reputation and picking up fans such as Blindboy Boatclub and Cillian Murphy along the way.
Francis has toured the UK and Europe extensively, gracing major stages supporting such artists as: Paul Simon, The Stereophonics, Jack Savoretti, Patti Smith and Amy Winehouse and has performed on iconic BBC music show ‘Later With Jools Holland’.

Francis is currently working on her fourth studio album in Los Angeles. Recent single ‘Shelf Life’ being a sign of things to come.

IORA

Manchester-based artist IORA makes alternative electropop, a combination of vocal and instrumental harmonies, married with electronic samples and sounds, intriguing the audience with its originality. IORA’s music started with her passion for storytelling, singing and performing.

IORA more recently collaboration received support from Radio 1’s BBC Introducing with Gemma Bradley and the Chillest Show with Sian Eleri. Her latest release ‘Animal’ received support from BBC Introducing North West and played on the Live Lounge Special show.

Supported by PRS Women Make Music Roundhouse Resident alumnus, IORA has big plans for 2021 and has kept herself busy over lockdown. Shows include Headstock on United We Stream, Liverpool Sound City, BBC Introducing Manchester, and the Roundhouse ‘Rising’ festival.

Hollie Rogers

Hollie’s live performances consistently receive outstanding reviews with regular reference to the power in her voice and candour in her lyrics. She has opened for the likes of Suzanne Vega, Midge Ure and Ben Howard and is a regular performer at high profile festivals such as Glastonbury, Black Deer and Boardmasters. Backed by BBC Introducing, Hollie’s music receives regular airplay across the BBC, and she is currently a mentee on The English Folk Expo’s Artist Mentorship Programme. Hollie has an exciting summer of festivals already programmed, and is currently working on a brand new album.

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