BL Festival Guide: SWN Festival


Summer has been and gone. You have a couple of moments to cry about it, and then wipe those tears and remember that your favourite rock and rollers are back on the road touring, and a whole bunch of great indoor, multi-venue festivals are back. One of them is SWN in Cardiff, boasting a line up of the fresh talent from the UK and beyond. To make it even better, it’s just across the bridge from us! A bunch of our mates are playing and also a bunch of bands that we’ve been wanting to check out for some time. We dug into the line up and selected a few bands we are dead excited to see.

Just Mustard

Having already supported The Cure at a huge hometown show, Just Mustard’s My Bloody Valentine-esque shoe gaze is haunting, and the soundtrack to some of your darker dreams. Having caught them at this year’s Great Escape festival we are very excited to where Just Mustard might end up next.

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An absolute stand out on the bill are Northerners Pigs x7. We’ve caught these guys many times now and they just never seem to lose the thrill. The five piece champion huge riffs resembling the goodness coming out in 1971. They’re mesmerising onstage, with a frontman that you might expect to find at your extended family barbecue. This band is exactly what you need.

Black Country New Road

The cool kids don’t need an introduction to this band. The post punk ensemble take elements of The Fall and ooze darkness in their long songs. Accompanied by a wailing saxophone and rumbling bass lines, Black Country New Road seem to be on everyone’s to watch list.


New York punk Bambara are high up on our list of artists to catch. After hearing Iggy Pop spin them on his 6 Music show we have been pretty hooked on their no-holes-barred snarling take on punk. One to see if you perhaps want to see what State-side has to offer.


Bad Luck darlings Creatures need no introduction. We’ve booked them to play Bad Luck nights multiple times and have been championing them from the beginning. The Spaghetti Western crooners will steal your heart with songs of love sang by a man with the finest moustache in town.

Lazarus Kane

Another one the more eagle eyed will know about. The Bristolian super group have been taking London by storm and are slowly progressing around the country. Having just dropped their new single on Speedy Wunderground it’s safe to say that they are turning heads. The groove is impeccable and sure to induce a boogie into even the most stiff footed festival goers.


Heavy, heavy, heavy. Another Bristol band making their way across the Welsh border, Scalping have destroyed summer. Their heavy techno-punk, or whatever you want to call it, is one of the most intense and frankly brilliant things you’ll see. Non stop from start to finish, Scalping’s sound and visuals take you to a very dark trip that has you so hooked you just never want it to end. Prepare your minds for this one.

Twin Peaks

Another state-side artist, Twin Peaks are one of Chicago’s finest exports. They’re no strangers to the UK. The rock and roll five-piece wear their hearts on their sleeves, performing sweet and heartfelt bops with a ferocious attitude. They may well take the title for the most fun band of the weekend judging on our past experiences of seeing them.

Tickets for SWN Festival are on sale now from this link.