This free, online festival was packed with unforgettable music and comedy, embracing diversity and dialogue.
In true festival style, Gŵyl 2021 was a celebration of well-established artists and a discovery of the eclectic and the emerging, from Wales and further afield.
The line-up included 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 included Charlotte Adigéry in Belgium, 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 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.
Radio Platfform also presented Next Up featuring up and coming artists from the world of Hip Hop and Rap in South Wales.
There was also 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.
Gŵyl 2021 was broadcast at www.bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021 over the weekend of 6 - 7 March 2021.