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Other Voices Cardigan announces first wave of artists

Other Voices Cardigan / Lleisiau Eraill Aberteifi is coming to Cardigan – and it has revealed the first wave of live performers set to take to the festival’s stages from October 26-28. The celebrated harp-and-violin duo Catrin Finch and Aoife Ní Bhriain, Irish singer-songwriter Susan O’Neill, Machynlleth-born triple harpist Cerys Hafana, Italian alt-pop act Sans Soucis and acclaimed Welsh rockers Adwaith have all been announced as the first of this year’s headliners.

They will all perform intimate live sets in St Mary’s Church in Cardigan, Ceredigion, with more headline artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Presented by veteran Welsh broadcaster Huw Stephens, Other Voices Cardigan will collapse global distance, bringing all of the headline performances live to the world for free via YouTube and streaming live to a cinema screen in Theatr Mwldan. Exclusive content from the weekend will be captured for later broadcast on S4C and RTÉ.

Beyond the Church performances, the picturesque town of Cardigan will play host to a Music Trail in 11 venues over the festival’s three days, showcasing the very best handpicked established and emerging musical talent from Ireland and Wales. In an eclectic and diverse mix of more than 35 artists, festival-goers can enjoy a journey of musical discovery that celebrates folk, hip-hop, rock, electronica, R and B, punk, soul and everything in between, reflecting the exciting vibrancy of the two nations’ musical output.

With more artists still to be announced, the Music Trail around the town will feature Amy Michelle, Angharad, Climbing Trees, Chalk, Dead Method, Fia Moon, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, HMS Morris, Joshua Burnside, Lemoncello, Les SalAmandas, Mace The Great, Mali Hâf, MELLT, Minas, Mount Palomar, Samana, Scustin, Seba Safe, Tara Bandito and Uly.

In addition to the live music programme, an Other Voices festival wristband includes unlimited access to Clebran – Flowing Tides / Llanw a Thrai / Sruth, where some of Wales’ and Ireland’s most compelling voices will come together for a series of intimate and invigorating discussions and stories, as well as some very special performances. This insightful and fascinating group of thinkers, writers, historians, musicians, linguists, advocates and policy makers will discuss culture, power, representation, the future and much more, all the while capturing the audience’s imaginations.

This year’s Clebran features a collection of incredible speakers: author and broadcaster Jon Gower; harper Cerys Hafana; John Gallagher, Associate Professor of early modern history; writer, composer and performer Daf James; writer-director Tracy Spottiswoode; writer, podcaster and journalist Damian Kerlin; journalist and author Richard Fisher; Dr Sharon Lambert, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology; and historian, writer and reviewer Christopher Kissane, with more to announce in the coming weeks. Clebran will take place at Mwldan in the afternoons/evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday across the three-day festival.

Early bird wristbands are on sale now, priced at £25, rising to £35 on October 1. Wristbands will give unlimited access to all Music Trail events and Clebran sessions across all three days, and inclusion into a prize draw to win much sought-after admission wristbands to the live performances at St Mary’s Church. Tickets for the exclusive Church performances will not be for sale and will only be available through prize draws and competitions. Follow @othervoiceslive and @theatrmwldan on social media for chances to win tickets. Full details on festival wristbands and streaming are available at .

Phillip King, founder of Other Voices, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Other Voices back to our home away from home in beautiful Aberteifi this October. Other Voices Cardigan and Clebran is the culmination of the collaboration and partnership with our nearest neighbours; it’s a relationship and creative engagement that continues to deepen and strengthen.”

Mr King said that under the auspices of co-operation between the Irish and Welsh governments, Other Voices would  continue with the building of a cultural bridge between the two remarkable and unique countries: “This relationship, as First Minister Mark Drakeford remarked in Cardigan last year, has culture at its soul. Join us in Cardigan, when the music will be wonderful and the conversation provocative and passionate.”

Dilwyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Mwldan, said: “We’re delighted that Other Voices will be returning to Cardigan in 2023, and also in 2024 and 2025, thanks to the generous support of the Welsh and Irish Governments.

“As we celebrate the close ties between Wales and Ireland – and more specifically Cardigan and Dingle, the original home of Other Voices in Ireland – it’s incredibly exciting to be sharing with audiences a vibrant and diverse line-up of amazing musical talent from both countries across a wide spectrum of genres. We also celebrate Cardigan’s importance as a place where art, culture, language, creativity, ideas, environment and action combine to make our community a precious asset for us all.”

Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The event is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Mwldan and Triongl. The event will be filmed by Triongl for later broadcast on S4C and RTÉ.

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