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Looking ahead to a summer of festivals with plenty of variety; music matters the playlist.

Byline: huw stephens

WITH the summer just around the corner, it's a good time to look forward to the Welsh festivals.

Wakestock is bigger than ever this year, with Abersoch turning into a heaven for both watersport and music fans from July 4 to 6.

Mystery Jets, Funeral For A Friend, The Streets and Mark Ronson are among the bigger bands playing. There will also be a whole load of dance DJs and Black Kids and Metronomy will be among the new names playing.

Gwyl Gardd Goll is a one-day festival in Glynllifon Park, near Caernarfon, that happens on July 27. It's a laid-back affair with singing harpist Georgia Ruth Williams, Denbigh's excellent instrumental noise riff masters Johnny Horizontal, country minstrel Sweet Baboo, Gwyneth Glyn and headliner Euros Childs all confirmed.

I've never been to the Small Nations Festival, but have heard it's lovely. It runs from July 11 to 13 near Cilycwm, Llandovery in Carmarthenshire.

It's an eclectic array of artists, from international names such as Bedouin Jerry Can Band, Terne Chave from the Czech Republic, the London Bulgarian Choir and Afro-Celt Sound System member N'Faly Kouyate with his band Dunyakan.

There are many Welsh names too - Brigyn, Steve Eaves, Radio Luxembourg and Yucatan are all on the bill.

If dance is your thing, you can't go wrong with Escape Into The Park in Swansea's Singleton Park on June 14. There will be a huge number of DJs who'll be mixing it up. Underworld are headlining and it will be Welsh founder Karl Hyde's first gig in his home country for a long time.

Swansea is one of the dance hotspots in the UK, with Radio 1's Dave Pearce having a residency there. He will be at the Escape festival again this year along with DJs with funny names, like Scratch Perverts and Tidy Boys, as well as a strong Welsh DJ-ing contingent featuring Big Al and High Contrast.

The line-up for Glastonbury this year is a hefty and varied one. The Welsh representatives include chart-topping Duffy with her blonde soul, Neon Neon's electro grooves, Neath's up-and-coming songwriter Rod Thomas - and a couple of legends. Shakin' Stevens is confirmed for the Pyramid Stage and Velvet Underground founder, Cwmaman's John Cale, is on the Park Stage.

Huw is on Radio 1 9pm on Wednesday nights, and at midnight on Wednesdays in England and online. His C2 Radio Cymru shows are on Mon and Tues at 10pm
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 2, 2008
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