On the eve of St David's Day, London will be invaded by some of Wales' top musical talents courtesy of Swn Festival, Kruger Magazine and BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens.
Friday 27th February 2009, ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, Sibrydion, Richard James, Sweet Baboo, Truckers Of Husk and Colorama, plus DJ sets from Huw Stephens, Huw Evans and Mike & Joe Kruger - £7
Saturday 28th February 2009, The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB
Threatmantics, The Joy Formidable, Cate Le Bon, Spencer McGarry Season, Fredrick Stanley Star and Silver Gospel Runners, plus DJ sets from Mike & Joe Kruger, Huw Evans and Huw Stephens - £7
Kicking off in the salubrious surroundings of the ICA on Friday the 27th, then moving onto London's coolest new venue, The Lexington, on Saturday the 28th, the weekend will see a host of Wales' most talked about and talented cutting edge musicians come together to celebrate St David's Day in style.
Here's how Huw describes the Friday night line-up:
Truckers Of Husk - (mostly) instrumental-math-rockers who always deliver a set with punch and spike will be airing forthcoming single Person For The Person. www.myspace.com/truckersofhusk
Derwyddon Dr Gonzo - With big tunes guaranteed to make you bust a groove, DDG are Wales' toppermost party band. http://www.myspace.com/derwyddondoctorgonzo
Sibrydion - Having just released their Campfire Classics album, Sibrydion's joyous and melodic tunes have been picking up fans from BBC Radio 2 to 6Music. http://www.myspace.com/sibrydion
Richard James - Busy preparing his next album, the follow up to Seven Sleepers Den, released after Gorky's called it a day. http://www.myspace.com/richardjamesband
Sweet Baboo - Having toured with Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo has just released a debut album of sad and strange country folk, championed by Marc Riley (BBC 6Music). http://www.myspace.com/sweetbabootheband
Colorama - Melting hearts with their country-tinged soulful works of beauty, Colorama are Welsh ones to watch. http://www.myspace.com/coloramasound
And here's how Kruger describe the Saturday night fare:
Threatmantics – Alt-folk, alt-rock and weird alt-country combine to produce one of Britain's most unique and exciting new bands. http://www.myspace.com/threatmantics
The Joy Formidable – From North Wales to London, The Joy Formidable have been causing a storm with their high-energy indie rock. Look out for an album coming soon. http://www.myspace.com/thejoyformidable
Cate Le Bon – Made her name as part of Neon Neon but it's as a solo artist that Cate really shines, hypnotising with her blunt delivery and sweet melodies. http://www.myspace.com/catelebon
Spencer McGarry Season – Bagged a Single of the Week on 6Music and set chins wagging at Electric Proms. Finally getting the recognition they deserve. http://www.myspace.com/spencermcgarryseason
Fredrick Stanley Star – Sea-shanty, gospel folk has never sounded so good. Rob da Bank is a big big fan, and it's easy to see why. Timeless and precious in equal measure. http://www.myspace.com/fredrickstanleystar
Silver Gospel Runners – The newest band to come out of the thriving Cardiff indie-scene, and possibly the most exciting of the lot. If early Belle & Sebastien is your brew, then SGR are your new favourite band. http://www.myspace.com/silvergospelrunners
Tickets for Friday are available from http://www.ica.org.uk priced £7.
Tickets for Saturday are available from http://www.wegottickets.com priced £7.
Weekend tickets for both nights are available from http://www.ica.org.uk priced only £11!
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