Full music line-up confirmed for Dinefwr Literature FestivalFriday 18th May
photo by Alex Lake
Gruff Rhys – Julian Cope - Caught by the River - Ghostpoet -
The Staves - Jodie Marie - Emmy the Great - Georgia Ruth
Full music line-up confirmed for Dinefwr Literature Festival
Major new bilingual festival in Wales
Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July
Super Furry Animals’ front man Gruff Rhys and Julian Cope are joined by a stellar line-up of established artists and up-and-coming talent at the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival – to be held at the National Trust’s historic property in the heart of Carmarthenshire, west Wales this summer.
Included on the bill for this three-day bilingual festival is singer-songwriter Emmy the Great; the Mercury Music Prize-nominated producer and singer Ghostpoet, and The Staves, three sisters from Watford, fresh from supporting Bon Iver’s US tour.
Unique to the Dinefwr Literature Festival is a packed programme of home-grown musical talent including Georgia Ruth, singer and harpist, recently voted Best Female Artist of the Year by Radio Cymru; Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, three brothers raised in north-west Wales who have topped the Welsh language charts; Jodie Marie, the hotly-tipped 20 year old from Pembrokeshire recently signed to Decca, and the irrepressible Mr Phormula, the Welsh beatboxer, rapper, producer and BBC Radio 1 regular. Also performing is the blues singer and poet Steve Eaves who writes and performs exclusively in the Welsh language.
The cultural collective Caught by the River will be delivering a mix of talks and music throughout the weekend. Guests include: The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess who will be reading from his recently published autobiography, Telling Stories; Pat Long talking about the History of the NME which examines British indie and underground media and rock culture since the Second World War and Richard King will be talking about his book, How Soon Is Now, a landmark survey of the record labels that make up the backbone of the independent music industry. They are joined by Jeb Loy Nichols, an award-winning musician, writer and artist living and working in mid-Wales, whom Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the ‘high priest of country cool.’
In Chapters, the Cardiff-based music and literary revue, will be hosting a special nature-themed event led by Richard James, (once of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) and writer John Williams (author of the Cardiff Trilogy, biographer of Shirley Bassey). The In Chapters band will also be performing as part of this event, featuring the all-star cast of Eugene Capper, Ed Mugford, the esteemed producer Iwan Morgan, Rhodri Viney and Richard James himself.
As well as headlining on Friday night, Gruff Rhys joins H. Hawkline and Martin Carr in a rare collaboration at the Brautigan Book Club’s Saturday night event. Together they will be performing The Brautigan Suite, a selection of new songs created in celebration of the American Beat writer and counterculture icon Richard Brautigan.
Another exciting discussion will be on ‘Datblygu and the Welsh Music Scene’, to coincide with Datblygu’s 30 year birthday celebration this year. One of John Peel’s favourite Welsh bands, the experimental pop duo influenced a wave of new Welsh artists during the 80s and 90s. The panel will include the award-winning producer Dyl Mei, ex NME writer Iestyn George and Datblygu film maker Owain Llŷr.
The live music for this year’s festival is curated by SŴN’s John Rostron and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, who together promote music in Wales.
With its dedicated camping field, outdoor entertainment, stalls and excellent local food, the festival promises an eclectic mix of high quality literature, comedy, visual arts and music in celebration of the written word and the mythical landscape of Dinefwr Park and Castle.
For the full line-up of music, literature, comedy, theatre and events for children visit the festival website: www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk
Both weekend and day tickets are available for the festival. Adult Weekend passes are £65, with a discount for National Trust and Literature Wales members. Adult Day Tickets start at £25; children under 5 go free, and weekend and day tickets for children aged 6-16 are £10 and £5 respectively. Camping tickets are an additional £20 per tent for a maximum of four people sharing.