Four Welsh festivals, two days, one amazing line-up... introducing Gŵyl 2021.
Four of Wales’ best-loved festivals – Festival of Voice, FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival – have joined forces in lockdown to create Gŵyl 2021; a free, online festival packed with unforgettable music and comedy, embracing diversity and dialogue.
Captured over recent months in Wales and internationally within Coronavirus guidelines, Gŵyl 2021 will be available across the UK at www.bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021 on the weekend of 6-7 March 2021.
During these difficult times, the festival shines a light of determination and resilience from the creative scene in Wales and across the UK, bringing together artists and audiences for a digital gathering. Missing your festival fix this year? Why not join us?
In true festival style, Gŵyl 2021 will be a celebration of well-established artists and a discovery of the eclectic and the emerging, from Wales and further afield.
The line-up includes Cate Le Bon in collaboration with Gruff Rhys, the award-winning Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tim Burgess’ Listening Party, and Catrin Finch; plus BERWYN (BBC Music Sound of 2021), Carys Eleri (Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)), Arlo Parks and Dani Rain, the drumming force behind Neck Deep.
Other highlights include Charlotte Adigéry, post-punk Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith, Irish poet and art rock pioneer Sinead O’Brien and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jordan Brookes; Welsh Language Album of the Year winner Ani Glass, Dublin four-piece Sprints, Cardiff-based Guinean griot musician N’Famady Kouyate and sketch group Tarot. Dance company Jukebox Collective have also curated performances from reggae artist Aleighcia Scott, RnB/soul artist Faith, rapper King Khan, singer and rapper Reuel Elijah , spoken word artist Jaffrin Khan and more.
There’s an exclusive, one-off performance by Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra, featuring special guest Nadine Shah, plus special episodes of the comedy podcasts Welcome to Spooktown and I Wish I Was an Only Child, featuring guest appearances from famous Welsh faces.
Join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #gŵyl2021
The entire festival was broadcast across the weekend. Content from the festival was also available to view again for seven days on the site.
Supported by Welsh Government.