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All-star festival; Big names in Welsh music head for the Valley.

Byline: RHODRI BARKER Daily Post correspondent

Some of the biggest names in Welsh music will visit the stunning Conwy Valley next week for what promises to be an annual festival's best year yet.

Gwyl Gwydir will see artists including Gruff Rhys, Swnami and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play against the backdrop of the Gwydir Forest at Nant Conwy Rugby Club in Llanrwst.

The event - organised by a group of music-loving volunteers and now in its sixth year - has grown to become one of Wales's best small festivals.

Renowned for its "homely" atmosphere, the festival has attracted a quality line-up to perform from 7pm on Friday, August 29 and from 12pm on Saturday, August 30.

Joining Gruff, Swnami and Cowbois will be Candelas, Keys, Gwenno, Colorama, Sen Segur, Trwbador, Memory Clinic, Yr Eira, Houdini Dax, R.Seiliog, Siddi, Plu, Seazoo, Y Reu, Chris Jones and Palenco.

Gwion Schiavone, one of the festival's organisers, said this year's Gwyl Gwydir will be "the best yet".

He said: "The music scene in Wales is exciting at the moment, and the line-up certainly reflects this. There's so much variety and talent on offer in Wales, and it's a privilege as organisers to stage them in our back yard. "The festival has grown gradually since it was formed in 2009, and it has now become one of the main small music festivals in Wales.

"Welcoming Gruff Rhys to the event is a very special occasion in itself, but I think it's the high quality of the line-up and the homely feel to the festival that makes it so popular."

The festival will also feature a children's tent, a record fair, stalls and food and drink.

TICKETS Weekend and day tickets are for sale, and camping is available. For more information, visit


Gwyl Gwydir stars - - Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog (below) and Swnami (bottom)

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 22, 2014
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