Gŵyl 2021: Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Tim Burgess, Arlo Parks lead lineup for new online festival

Festival of Voice, FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival come together to bring us the online celebration of music and comedy this March, broadcast on the BBC.
Posted: 10 February 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall Photos: Greg Chow

Gŵyl 2021 is a new online celebration of both music and comedy, brought to us by the combined efforts of Festival of Voice, FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival. We need as much music and comedy as we can get to keep us going through lockdown, and these four Welsh festivals have combined to answer the call. 

Leading the bill are Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Arlo Parks, alongside a special edition of Tim Burgess' listening party. Another attention grabbing performance will come from Suede's Brett Anderson, who's joined by Charles Hazlewood, Paraorchestra, and Nadine Shah.

The digital gathering aims to bring together the best of Welsh talent, as well as budding artists from further afield, with Charlotte Adigéry, Sinead O'Brien, award-winning Kiri Pritchard-McLean, BERWYN, comedian Tim Key, Catrin Finch and more mentioned on the lineup.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre said: "Festival of Voice has been the highlight of our calendar since 2016, and last year's festival was shaping up to be no exception. The exciting and ambitious plans we’d made were dashed by the pandemic, but we're all delighted to be able to work with such outstanding partners to deliver Gŵyl 2021 in March. It brings together the very best of all four festivals, and our shared spirit of curiosity and passion for great performance. We hope it brings a bit of much-needed joy to audiences to blow away the cobwebs."

Goes without saying, but all performances were recorded whilst adhering to local Covid-19 guidelines. Check out the poster below:

Gŵyl 2021 will be broadcast online via the BBC across 6th and 7th of March. You can watch the digital festival here.

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