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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 11:57 UK time, Thursday, 8 October 2009

A few years ago, me and my friend John decided we wanted to start a festival in Cardiff. We'd been to In the City in Manchester, Camden Crawl in London, even South by South West in Texas. So we thought we'd start one on our doorstep.

John's a promoter in Cardiff, a city which loves music with indie, dance, hip hop, rock, weird, mainstream, dubstep, drum and bass, noise, everything going on and mighty fine promoters putting on nights all the time. We wanted to highlight that, so we started Sŵn. It means 'sound' in Welsh and is pronounced 'soon'.

This year, I got to invite people to put on nights and choose around 170 bands and DJs to play. It's our third year of putting the festival on in, with gigs taking place at some 14 venues around the city, ranging from old churches turned into venues, cafes, upstairs in pubs, the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach (25 years old this year), the Barfly and more.

The promoters and labels like Moshi Moshi and Turnstile have invited bands like Swanton Bombs and Girls, The Drums and Yr Ods to play their nights, and Mary Anne Hobbs brings her DJing skills with Bristol's Gemmy. Bands who've done sessions for my show like Los Campesinos! and Johnny Foreigner are playing, and Beth Elfyn has her Radio 1 night with Marina and the Diamonds, Bright Light Bright Light and more playing.

It's going to be fun! And although it's a stressful time for all working on it, it's well worth it. So much good music!

Find out more about SWN festival at swnfest.co.uk, check out the coverage from BBC Wales, or read an interview with Huw Stephens at DrownedinSound.com.



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