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Cardiff SWN Festival returns for its fifth year as Wales’ premier new music festival with an extra day added, meaning it runs from Thursday October 20 – Sunday October 23.

Already confirmed to be in the Welsh capital hosting stages are Artrocker, Barely Regal Records, BBC Radio 1, Bella Union, British Music Abroad, Bubblewrap, Clash, Crack, Everybody’s Stalking, Flux=Rad, Going Deaf For A Living. In Chapters, Kerrang!, Lesson Number 1, Cardiff Live Music Society, Memphis Industries, Moshi Moshi, New Sound Wales, NYTH, NME, Pink Mist (The Big Scary Monsters / Holy Road / and Blood & Biscuits labels), Propaganda, Radarmaker, Rockfeedback, See Monkey Do Monkey, STHCC, Shape, Signature, The Line Of Best Fit, The Rusty Trombone of God, Y Selar and Zoo Pop. And the bands. There will be around 200 acts playing in total, including The Joy Formidable, The Keys, Ben Howard, Herman Dune, The Fall and Pandas and People as well as And So I Watch You From Afar, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Colorama, Creatures of Love, Echo Lake, Elephant, Houdini Dax, Patterns, The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, The Method, Trwbador and more.

The spokesman added: “Hopefully you’ll know some of them, and hopefully there’ll be lots you don’t know. That’s the idea. We want you to come and discover them. This year, thanks to the awesome Soundcloud and the skills of Radarmaker, we have a player on www.swnfest.com so you can listen to tracks from all of the bands who are playing. There’s links on each band’s profile so you can go off and hear more too. You’ve got four months, starting now, to start listening and writing up lists of who you like and who you want to see. Of course that might all go to pot on the weekend as you find yourself in one venue glued to a band you’d completely overlooked, but hey, getting your prep in is loads of fun. Listen to two bands a day and you’ll be comfortably on top by the time the festival comes. Go on. Do it.”

A four-day wristband costs £49.50 from www.swnpresents.com Day tickets are also available and start at £10.

Photo: Laura Palmer