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So here it is our 2017 update of the Wales100. This list represent our personal choice of the bands and singers from or working in Wales. I’m sure there are people who you feel we have missed and it is harder each year to limit this to just 100 acts. Maybe next year we should have the Wales500! The acts have been listed alphabetically. We hope that promoters, journalists, broadcasters and those that love original and exciting music will find the Wales100 a useful resource. We will be updating the Wales100 on an annual basis so let us know if you think there is a singer or band that we should consider including next year (mail@newsoundwales.com )



Accu features Angharad Van Rijswijk former member of Trwbador. Her appearances at ‘From Now On’ & SWN have helped position her as one of the rising stars of Cardiff’s alt art/music scene.

Website address: http://accu-accu.co.uk/

Contact email: via facebook

Video link: -


Afro Cluster

Afro Cluster have been around for several years but it is only really since line-up changes in 2015 and being selected for the BBC Horizons scheme in 2016 that have begun to see the band extend their reach far beyond Wales with appearances at Glastonbury and national radio play. The band released their critically acclaimed EP ‘We Don Land’ in 2016.

Website address: http://afrocluster.co.uk/

Contact email: afrocluster@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/FpC5vbo7RlA


Lily Beau

Songs continue to be the life blood of the music industry and if there we were to single out one person as having huge potential as a ‘song writer for the future’ it would be Lily Beau. Currently studying in London, she has a growing repertoire of strong original material and is already an assured and confident performer. Her song ‘Tonight’ was chosen by The Iris Prize Festival as their featured song for the festival in 2015.

Website address: http://www.lilybeau.co/about

Contact email: http://www.lilybeau.co/contact

Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0webRn0TNA


Dan Bettridge

Dan Bettridge is a young singer from Ogmore-by-Sea who who has already drawn high praise from the likes of Huw Stevens and Dermott O’Leary. He has been building a live reputation throughout South Wales and appeared at the SWN festival in 2013. Dan was selected for the BBC Wales Horizons scheme in 2015 and has had considerable national attention including sessions with Radio 2′s Bob Harris. He has released several EPs including “Darker Days” and the single “Rosie Darling” in 2016.   

Website address: http://danbettridgemusic.tumblr.com/

Contact email: charlfinal@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/T-bfmUpZCr4


Bright Light Bright Light 

Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker adopted by former pop folkie Rod Thomas. Since then he has had something of a ‘road to Damascus’ transformation moving into full blown electro pop. The band’s debut single “Love Part ll” caused quite a stir and after some hefty delays their debut album ‘Make Me Believe in Hope’ was released in 2012 and short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. In 2014 BLBL teamed up with Elton John who sang a duet on the sophomore album “Life is Easy” and subsequently invited the band to support him on numerous European and American dates . BLBL’s most recent album ‘Choreography’ was released to favourable reviews in 2016 and he continues to spend his time between New York and London.

Website address: http://www.brightlightx2.com/

Contact email: paulrobertbonham@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/inoNKupmGl4



Brigyn were formed by brothers Eurig & Ynyr Roberts after the split of their band Epitaff. They have released 3 Welsh language albums and are probably best known for their Welsh language cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. The band released their first music in English in 2010 with the single “One Way streets”. Their most recent album ‘Dulog’ was released in 2015 and was the result of a trip to Patagonia.

Website address: http://www.brigyn.com/

Contact email: info@brigyn.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/sl5WCc_IRBA


The Brwmys

The Brwmys are a foot stomping feel good folk band who describe their music as “jigtastic folk from bangra to Balinese”. The band are a popular crowd pleasing live act and have released several EPs including “Trees & Treachery” in 2014. 

Website address: http://thebrwmys.wix.com/brwmys

Contact email: brwmys@gmail.com

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdsjK6v3YwQ



Bryde is probably better known to most people as Sarah Howells form Paper Aeroplanes. She started using the moniker Bryde in 2015 and the music she has released so far is much darker and atmospheric than her previous work. She describes Bryde as being ‘a girl & an electric guitar singing fierce & fragile songs. Influenced by the likes of Scout Nibblet, PJ Harvey, Ben Howard & Sharon Van Etten.” She has released 2 Eps in 2016 and is hotly tipped for the year ahead.

Website address: http://www.brydemusic.com/

Contact email: bryde@brydemusic.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/KGQVTljAa7I


Martin Carr

Martin Carr is probably best known for being a former member of the Boo Radleys and their song “Wake up Boo”. He has now established himself in Cardiff and in 2009 released the highly praised album “Ye Gods (and Little Fishes)” . In 2014 he had stated in an interview that he had given up hope of a solo career. This lead to German label Tapete contacting him and the 2014 release of  “The Breaks” album which received universally positive reviews.

Website address: http://sonnyboy.bandcamp.com/

Contact email: fingertipsaint@gmail.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/NfNWj7bBlEc


Cate le Bon 

For lazy journalists she has become ‘the Welsh Nico’ a tag she probably already regrets. Nevertheless she is one of Wales’ more enigmatic female singers and came to prominence as part of Gruff Rhys’ Neon Neon project. Her own solo debut album “Me Oh My” released in 2009 received national coverage and her subsequent albums ”Cyrk”  and “Mug Museum” & ‘Crab Day ‘ were short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. Reports in 2016 suggested she would be taking time out form music to concentrate on learning the art of furniture making.

Website address: http://catelebon.com/

Contact email: catryn@ramasut.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/gnZh4E0_7KM


Cakehole Presley/Chris Ridgeway 

Cakehole Presley includes some of the unsung heroes of the Cardiff music scene with members having played in such legendary bands as the Howlin’ Sleepers and Doofer. Their enigmatically entitled debut album ‘Look After Your Chihuahua’ was released in 2011 and an EP Trinkets in 2012. After a 2 year absence the band announced their come back in 2014. If there was an award for ‘the greatest living Welsh song writer’ the band’s singer and chief song writer Chris Ridgeway would surely be a contender. The band recorded their 2nd album “In the used to be” which was released in 2016 to favourable reviews including a 5 star review in R2 Magazine. Tragically Mark Humphries from the band died in 2015. The band will reportedly be carrying on as ‘Cakehole’ in the future.

Website address: http://www.cakeholepresley.com/

Contact email: anthjn496@aol.com

Video link:   http://youtu.be/o9yvnRn8IZI



Calan are a 5 piece band formed in 2006 playing traditional Welsh folk music with a 21st century sensibility. They released their first album back in 2008 and in 2013 their album “Dinas” was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize album of the year. The band have toured extensively including dates in America.

Website address: http://www.calan-band.com/

Contact email: huwclogs@aol.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/eD4HTluRV7k


John Cale

Former member of the Velvet Underground Cale became one of the few people from Wales to truly make it into the rock premiere league of the 1970s. Signed to Island Records after the break up of the Velvets he produced such classic albums as “Paris 1919″ and “Fear”. Now aged 70 John Cale OBE is THE elder statesman of Welsh rock yet still finds time to produce cutting edge music such as his “Shift Adventures in Nookie Wood” released in 2012 on Domino Records. He was the standout performer at the Cardiff Festival Voice in 2016 and re-released his 1982 album ‘Music for a New Society’ with an album of an extra album of re-recordings in 2016.

Website address: http://john-cale.com/

Contact email: -

Video link: https://youtu.be/Trotjp3yCPw


Catfish & the Bottlemen

Catfish & the Bottlemen are a Llanduno based rock band although lead singer Van McCann is originally from Australia. The band have quickly established a reputation as a live act and played at numerous festivals in 2014. They are signed to Communion and had a top 10 debut album “The Balcony” in 2014. The follow up ‘The Ride’ (2016) has helped establish them as one of the most successful indie bands to emerge from Wales in recent years.

Website address: http://catfishandthebottlemen.com/

Contact email: management@catfishandthebottlemen.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/E79WQnDAXVc


Euros Childs

Former Gorky’s Zygotic Mnyci front man has produced a myriad of solo albums and projects since the band split in 2006. In 2011 he teamed up with Norman Blake to form Jonny and in 2012 released “Cousins” a collaboration featuring Meilyr Jones from Race Horses. His latest release is “Refresh!” was released in 2016.

Website address: http://euroschilds.co.uk/

Contact email: euros@euroschilds.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/0fMkoR-Oenc


Charlotte Church

When SWN promoted a show with Charlotte Church a few years ago we were slightly cynical to say the least. However, Charlotte has come a long way since singing opera for the Pope or releasing “Crazy Chick”. Her recent series of EP’s made with her partner Jonathan Powell are highly sophisticated and contain some moments of pure beauty. In recent years Charlotte  Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon has become a festival favourite with it’s eclectic collection of covers and originals.

Website address: http://charlottechurchmusic.com/

Contact email: RMorgan-Bell@charlottechurchmusic.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/EfuKjVBkL3U


Climbing Trees

Climbing Trees are a four-piece multi-instrumental multi-vocal ensemble from Pontypridd. The band released their debut album “Hebron” in 2013 and were selected for the BBC Wales “Horizons” scheme in 2014 which included a session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios. In 2016 the band released their 2nd album ‘Borders’ which was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize.

Website address: http://www.ilikeclimbingtrees.com/

Contact email: climbingtrees@live.co.uk

Video link: https://youtu.be/7mRqr_h8fOE


 Bella Collins

Bella Collins is a Cardiff singer specialising in a crossover of old style rhythm & blues, soul, jazz & rock & roll. Her band consists of some of Wales’ finest blues musicians who have a wealth of experience having played with the likes of Paul Weller, Ray Davies & Snatch It Back. Bella released her debut album “Late & Blue” in 2016.

Website address: www.facebook.com/bellaccollins

Contact email: bluescf23@gmail.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XllU_8qvzxU




The driving force behind Colorama is Carwyn Ellis who has also been part of Edwyn Collin’s band and played with numerous other groups including Oasis. The band’s third album “Box” was released in 2010 and in 2011 they had the honour of having the Christmas number one on the BBC Radio Cymru chart with ‘Cerdyn Nadolig’. In 2014 the band released their 6th album ”Temari” and in 2016 Carwyn Ellis collaborated with PLU to release the sublime “Bendith”.

Website address: http://www.colorama.org.uk/

Contact email: coloramasound@googlemail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/h4UxLL7458k


Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog 

The band was formed by the three brothers Iwan, Aled and Dafydd Hughes who are from Rhos Botwnnog in north Wales, hence the name. Their Welsh indie/Americana sound has evolved and their line up has gradually been extended. They released their 3rd album “Draw Dros y Mynydd” in 2012 which was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. In 2016 the band released their 4th album appropriately called ‘IV’.

Website address: http://www.crhb.net/

Contact email: band@crhb.net

Video link:  https://youtu.be/zn-h8eSe1as


The Cradles

The Cradles are a young five-piece from Cardiff who have been gigging heavily in recent times and have played over 80 shows in the past 12 months. They have received financial support from the BBC Horizons Launchpad and have received airplay from Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/TheCradles

Contact email: thecradlesband@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/V8Gi92b8F7o


Kizzy Meriel Crawford

Kizzy Meriel Crawford is a 17 year old Welsh speaker with Barbadian heritage. She began just two years ago with YouTube uploads of bedroom acoustic performances of her very first songs. Kizzy has already received airplay on Radio Wales, Radio Cymru as well as live performances on S4C and released her debut ep at the end of 2013. She has toured extensively throughout 2014 and is set to appear Stateside in 2015. Selected as one of the BBC Wales Horizon scheme acts in 2014 she is widely regarded as one of the most promising young singers to have emerged from Wales in recent years.

Website address: http://www.kizzymerielcrawford.com/

Contact email: aimee@smsongs.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/xmqjcZ5jRS0


Cut Ribbons 

Indie pop/rock band from Llanelli who have received support and encouragement from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac. The band released their debut single “White  Horses” in 2011 on Transgressive records and toured with Dry the River in 2012. They have released a number of singles and EPs including the latest “Sail” in 2014. The band released their debut album ‘There goes the fear’ in 2015 and were selected for the BBC Wales Horizons scheme  in 2015.

Website address: http://cutribbons.tumblr.com/

Contact email: cutribbons@live.co.uk

Video link:  https://youtu.be/9v6r7XU6j88


Harri Davies

Harri is a young singer song writer from Cardiff who started out under the guise of Whistling Wind and released an EP in 2011. Since then he has assembled a band featuring some of the finest young musicians in south Wales and is already fast gaining a reputation as a formidable live performer. Harri’s debut album is due for release in 2017. 

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/harridaviesmusic

Contact email: harridaviesm@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/7Jm40cqFVtg


The Earth

The Earth are something of a Welsh Super group featuring members of the Super Fury Animals, Mark Roberts formerly of Catatonia and Dionne Bennett who also plays in Slowly Rolling Camera. The band have released 2 albums in the space of just 12 months with ‘Off/On 1’ (2013) and ‘Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo’ (2014). A new album is due in 2017.

Website address: http://theearthearthearth.com/

Contact email: via website

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf7sqk2y43o


Ellie Makes Music/Little Red

Ellie appeared at the SWN Festival in Cardiff when she was only 15 and this talented young singer song writer has gradually gained a reputation in and around Cardiff. She celebrated the release of her debut EP “City Lights” by appearing a the Houses of Parliament in 2013. In 2017 Ellie is re-launching herself as Little Red.

Website address: http://elliemakesmusic.com/

Contact email: elliemakesmusic@hotmail.co.uk

Video link:  https://youtu.be/qtyZfY9UsOY



Estron (Welsh for aliens) are being tipped as one of the Welsh bands most likely to break out nationally in 2017. They have toured extensively since 2015 and have received considerable support from Radio Wales and Radio 1. In 2016 they appeared at SXSW as part of the BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation SXSW showcase.

Website address: http://www.estrons.com/

Contact email: matthew.cooper@13artists.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/1Elh7dYxneY


Lowri Evans

Lowri Evans is one of the big hitters on the Welsh language music scene although she is at ease singing in Welsh or English. She was born in Haverfordwest and apart from a short absence spent studying for a degree in Newcastle and some time travelling, her home remains in Wales. With her partner and music associate Lee Mason she now lives in Llantrisant near Cardiff. Her most recent releases are the album “Corner of my Eye” in 2013 the title track of which was play listed by Radio 2. In 2014 she did a mini tour of the States and released the Welsh language EP “Gadael Y Gorffenol”. Her most recent release is the album ‘Everyone is from somewhere else’(2016) which received positive reviews and significant airplay from the likes of Radio 2 and Bob Harris.

Website address: http://www.lowrievansofficial.co.uk/

Contact email: lee@shimirecords.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/Ae-WmTmgkt8


Future of the Left

Future of the Left are from Cardiff and feature former members of influential band McLusky. A renowned live act, the band won the Welsh Music Prize in 2012 for their album “The Plot Against the Common Sense”. The follow up “How to stop your brain in an accident” was released in 2013 which was subsequently short listed for the Welsh Music Prize 2014. The most recent release is ‘To failed states and forest clearings’ which made the UK top 100 album charts.

Website address: http://futureoftheleft.net/

Contact email: info@theundergroundmanagement.com

Video link:   http://youtu.be/JcD2cqNT1bQ


The Gentle Good

By day he works with wildlife as Gareth Bonello, but by night he becomes the Gentle Good and sings wistful, melodic songs in both English & in Welsh. In 2013 The Gentle Good released “Y Bardd Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard)” which was partly recorded during a 6 week residency in China. His most recent album ‘Ruins/Adfeilion’ was released on Bubblewrap in 2016

Website address: http://www.facebook.com/ghbonello

Contact email: thegentlegood@gmail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/xZuPZTvVL7w


Golden Fable

Based in north Wales the band released their debut album “Star Map” in 2012. The band have a choral upbringing and when you combine this with a passion for the likes of Bonnie Prince  Billy & David Bowie it produces a form of post modern chamber pop. The band released the follow up “Ancient Blue” in 2014  which was recorded with David Wrench who has worked with artists such as Bat for Lashes and Everything Everything.

Website address: http://goldenfable.com/

Contact email: info@goldenfable.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/Yx_gYveBREQ


Dominic Griffin

Originally from Swansea, Dominic Griffin is now Cardiff based and released his debut EP “Yangshuo” in 2013. He has a wide range of influences including Jimi Hendrix and has performed at a number of concerts and festivals, including Beach Break Live. Dominic’s long awaited follow up to ‘Yangshuo’ is due for release  in 2017.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/DominicGriffinMusic

Contact email: via facebook

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdoV9umdL1s



Former member of The Pipettes, Gwenno released her debut solo album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ in 2015. The album received much critical acclaim and went on to win the Welsh Music Prize. After the break-up of The Pipettes Gwenno toured with Pnau and Elton John as a synth player in 2012 In addition to performing Gwenno has also been making a name for herself as a radio broadcaster.

Website address: http://www.gwenno.info/

Contact email: alun@turnstilemusic.net

Video link: https://youtu.be/OClOH2BP4LI


Toby Hay

Finger style guitarist from mid Wales in the tradition of John Renbourne and Bert Jansch. Having grown in confidence and prowess in recent years his instrumental melodies weave and flow to create a mesmeric and beautifully haunting sound.

Website address: http://tobyhay.com/

Contact email: tobyhayguitar@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/bT6CpHwcnr4


Henry’s Funeral Shoe

Considering that Henry’s Funeral Shoe is made up of 2 brothers playing guitar and drums they make enough sound for a band 3 times their size. Influenced by blues and 60s bands sophomore debut album ‘Donkey Jacket’ and appearances alongside Kiss has pushed them into the first division of Welsh bands. The band’s most recent release is the EP ‘Comfortable Skin’.

Website address: http://www.henrysfuneralshoe.com/

Contact email: henryfuneralshoe@hotmail.co.uk

Video link: https://youtu.be/3eUXA6hn2qk


The Himalayas

Himalayas are a young Cardiff Indie Rock Band who have been gigging extensively around south Wales and the rest of the UK since 2015. They reached the final of the Cardiff Big Gig in 2016 and released the 4 track ‘Ecstasy’ EP in 2016. This and newer material such as “Heaven” suggests that they could be the next big indie band to come out of Cardiff.

Website address: https://himalayasblog.wordpress.com/

Contact email: contact@peepshowrecords.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/AFFJ-uE0Ouo



Cardiff 6 piece band are a pop collective born out of the Creative Sound and Music course at the University of South Wales, Newport. They combine influences from the past 50 years of pop music with apparent ease and have firmly established an impressive following helped by their numerous festival appearances and support slots with a diverse range of acts such as Gulp, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and De la Soul.

Website address: http://www.hipicat.com/

Contact email: hipicatmusic@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/N4LEmMXooYM


Holiday in the Mind

Holiday in the Mind were formed by the sadly missed Mark Humphries (Cakehole Presley, Doofer) and various members of his family. The band, who are masters of the three minute psychedelic pop song and in 2016 released their ridiculously catchy debut single “Behave”. They also reached the semi finals of the Cardiff Big Gig.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/holidayinthemind/

Contact email: holidayinthemind@outlook.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/ibY-C4_fj8c



HOMES are a Cardiff based collective who describe their music as utilising a unique pastiche of styles. From So-Cal harmonies, 1970′s northern soul arrangements, hymnal chord progressions and the use of modern life, story form conjecture, all make up the melting pot of the band’s sound. The master mind behind Homes is Dylan Morgan who has a deep passion for 60/70s production techniques, arrangement and song writing. Homes have released several singles including the single ‘Black Gold’ in 2016.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/homestheband

Contact email: d.morgan321@gmail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/ewqh_E4DlAQ



Music history is littered with artists who have had radical shifts in style before finding their true niche. Bob Dylan went electric, Rod Thomas went electro to transform into Bright Light Bright Light and in 2015 Jamie Willetts ditched his 6 string acoustic to morph into Hvnter. If the rest of his material is as good as his debut single ‘Blood’ we may well have found a bone fide Welsh electro pop star for the 21st century. As part of the Forte scheme Hvnter has been gaining a reputation and looks set to gain national exposure in the year ahead.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/iamhvnter/

Contact email: (via facebook)

Video link:  https://youtu.be/AQnp8FXLNyU


Greta Isaac


Influenced by early 1970s stalwarts CSN&Y, James Taylor Greta Isaac has already appeared at the Green Man Festival, received a plentiful amount of media coverage and airplay and the NME described her as “a young woman who is wise with her years rather than beyond them.” In 2017 she released the single Intro (creatures of habit) ahead of her debut album.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greta-saac/228034763914994

Contact email: via facebook

Video link: https://youtu.be/M0CRb9pkzgc



We live in an age when most bands establish themselves through internet campaigns and free downloads. Islet chose to do things differently and built their reputation by live performance and word of mouth. This helped build a buzz and resulted in national interest and coverage. Their music is often complex where one song can contain several different time signatures. Their first album ‘Illuminated People’ was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2012 and the follow up “Released by the Movement” was released in 2013. The band have been recording in 2016 and the results should be released in 2017.

Website address: http://isletislet.com/

Contact email: islet@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/ygyYZuJCoxg


Richard James

The former co-founder of Gorky’ Zygotic Mynci has released 3 albums since the band spilt up; ‘The Seven Sleepers’ (2006), ‘We Went Riding’ (2010) a more reflective, acoustic album ‘Pictures in the Morning’ (2012) and ‘All the new highways’ (2015). In addition to his solo output James also curates the Laugharne literary & sonic festival that takes place every Easter.

Website address: http://www.myspace.com/richardjamesband

Contact email: (through myspace)

Video link: https://youtu.be/e3z_R1yARFI


Maddie Jones

There are few singers in Wales who have gigged as much as Maddie Jones has over the past few years. This has paid off in spades and given her a strong reputation as a live act and an ever rowing fan base. She has released several EP’s and her debut album “Vita Brevis” was released in 2014. More recently Maddie has been working with a full band and the sound is much more rock/pop oriented which is exemplified by the 2015 single ‘Could you be my rock n roll?’ 

Website address: http://www.maddie-jones.co.uk/

Contact email: info@maddie-jones.co.uk

Video link: https://youtu.be/uyIFssnWXZ4


Martyn Joseph 

Perhaps best known for his 1989 hit ‘Dolphins Make Me Cry’, Penarth born Martyn Joseph has survived his brief spell at a major label and continues to record and tour on a regular basis. Most recently his album “Sanctuary’ was released in 2015 and he continues to have a high level of respect in the world of acoustic music.

Website address: http://www.martynjoseph.net/

Contact email: piperecords@imageacoustic.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/tIVA5_k6rfo


Meilyr Jones

It came as something of a surprise in 2013 when Race Horses called it a day. Their album ‘Furniture’ had received glowing reviews and the momentum seemed to be on their side. However, Meilyr’s debut album ‘2013’ has exceeded expectations receiving widespread airplay and made it in to Mojo’s albums of the year. It was awarded the Welsh Music Prize in 2016.

Website address: https://www.meilyrjones.com/en/

Contact email: pete@moshimoshimusic.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/QlGwQYCw-5E


Sion Russell Jones

Cardiff born Sion Russell Jones first made a name for himself as part of Ginge & Celloboi since then he has established himself as a solo act and is signed to Still Small Voice. His debut album ‘And Suddenly’ came out in 2010 and the EP “So Long” was a popular release in 2013. He released his 2nd album “Lost No More” in 2014. A renowned performer he is fast becoming a favourite on the live circuit throughout the UK and Europe.

Website address: http://sionrusselljones.com/

Contact email:

Video link:https://youtu.be/Ol9J3IC6URg


The Joy Formidable

Joy Formidable were formed in North Wales in 2007 and quickly established themselves as one of the best new rock bands to emerge from Wales in recent years. They signed a major deal with Atlantic Records and released their debut album ‘The Big Roar’ in 2011. They have toured stateside and supported bands such as the Foo Fighters. Their 3rd album “Hitch” was released in 2016. The band looks set to join Feeder and the Stereophonics in the premiere league of UK rock acts.

Website address: http://www.thejoyformidable.com/

Contact email: lewis@loudhailerpress.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/PbYghzgt9IU


Junior Bill

Cardiff/Bristol based Junior Bill Junior are an indie/ska/reggae band fronted by Rob Nichols formerly of Inconsiderate Parking. The band were formed in 2013 and have gained a huge local following of their live gigs and should see their fan base spread much further afield in the years ahead.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/juniorbillmusic/

Contact email: juniorbillmusic@gmail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/p7dID1xKEcg



In the 1990s Welsh band Murry The Hump recorded 3 sessions for John Peel and had high profile fans such as Alex James from Blur. The band never achieved the success that many had predicted and eventually went their separate ways. Ten years after the split several members re-grouped as Keys. The band has released three albums ‘Fire Inside’ , ‘Bitten by Wolves’ and most recently “Ring the Changes” in 2014.

Website address: http://keysofficial.com/

Contact email: aimee@semonkeydomonkey.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/b7KU4357ZT4


Al Lewis/Lewis & Leigh

Al Lewis first came to prominence when he took part in the ‘Song for Wales’ competition in 2007 where his song ‘Llosgi’ came 2nd. Since then he has released several critically acclaimed albums and in 2011 his album ‘In the Wake’ was short listed for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize. In 2013 he toured with Jools Holland including a date at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2014 he released a Welsh language album “Heulwen o Hiraeth” and started a new act Lewis & Leigh with American singer Alva Leigh. Lewis & Leigh have gone from strength to strength and their debut release ‘Ghost’ (2016) has received positive reviews and significant radio play.

Website address: http://www.allewismusic.com/

Contact email: info@allewismusic.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/sqmHm2Fpz6I


Danielle Lewis

Originally from New Quay, Danielle has been gradually gaining recognition since her debut EP “Paper Hearts” in 2013. She was selected for the BBC Horizons Scheme in 2016 who described her as having a voice that “sounds as effortless and uncontrived as Karen Carpenter’s sounds… her songs are timeless folk pop songs that have the potential to appeal across generations, with a similar melodic nouse to Taylor Swift or Lucy Rose’. She released her most recent EP “Fly” in 2016.

Website address: http://www.daniellelewis.co.uk/

Contact email: rhi@morgan-bell.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/6PJZh3Va3yk


Lily & White

The demise of FUR was one of the big regrets in 2015. However, Lily & Zac from the band have decided to continue working together and the result is a more electronic, experimental sound but as equally beguiling as their work with FUR.

Website address:  https://lilyandwhite.bandcamp.com/album/demos

Contact email: via facebook

Video link:  -


Little Arrow

Little Arrow are based in St David’s and were formed by Williams Hughes formerly of Cardiff band ‘Frederick Stanley Star’. They released their debut album “Music, Masks & Poems” in 2011 on Bubblewrap Records and the follow up “Wild wishes” was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2013. In 2014 the band released their 4th album “Old Ink”. If ever a band was destined to be sitting around a log fire at a festival jamming late into the night and drinking herbal tea it would be Little Arrow.

Website address: http://littlearrow.co.uk/

Contact email: music@littlearrow.co.uk

Video link: https://youtu.be/ROzwpEveE10



Lleuwen Steffan comes from Penmon in Anglesey. Her initial training was in classical music studying at the Glanaethwy Performing Arts School. Her influences include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor as well as traditional Welsh music and jazz. She released her debut single “Draw Dros yr Afon” in 1998 when she was only 17 and has subsequently released 3 studio albums. Her most recent “Tân”, sung in Welsh  & Breton was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2011.

Website address: http://www.lleuwen.com/

Contact email: lleuwensteffan@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/JHz3lkaV8AM


Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos were formed in 2006 by a group of Cardiff University students none of whom were from Wales. Their music was initially classified as ‘twee core indie pop’. However, this has developed into darker territory often detailing the emotional experiences of band members. They have released 4 studio albums with their most recent “Hello Sadness” in 2011. They have toured extensively including dates in Japan & the US where they appeared on the David Letterman show in 2012. The band released their 6th album “Sick scenes’ in 2017.

Website address: http://www.loscampesinos.com/

Contact email: romanceisboring@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/1z0PJV5fVcY


Huw M

Huw M was inspired to pick up a guitar having seen Meic Stevens at the Eisteddfod in Abergele. Although the majority of his songs are in Welsh his influences extend beyond Welsh folk and include world music and 60s pop music. He is signed to Gwymon Records. His second album “Gathering Dusk” was released in 2012 which was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. His most recent release is the album ‘Utica’ (2015).

Website address: http://www.myspace.com/huwmm

Contact email: post@huwm.net

Video link: https://youtu.be/bPvVA6_iyF4


Manic Street Preachers

One of Wales’ most successful and long lasting bands the Manic Street Preachers have been together for over 25 years. Their uncompromising approach to their work has won them critical acclaim and a fiercely loyal audience. The band have released 12 studio albums including 2 in the space of 12 months with the ”Rewind the Film” in 2013 which featured guests Richard Hawley and Cate le Bon and “Futurology” in 2014 which was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. In 2015 the band are set to revive their “Holy Bible” album at live shows. The band have had over 30 top 40 singles in the UK since 1991.

Website address: http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com

Contact email: -

Video link:  https://youtu.be/aiLPolcwuc0


Jodie Marie

Jodie Marie comes from Narbeth in West Wales and secured a deal with Decca Records when her father gave a record company executive a copy of a covers CD recorded by his daughter. Her debut album ‘Mountain Echo’ was released in 2012 and included songs co-written with Suede’s Bernard Butler and Ed Harcourt and was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. In 2014 she launched a new act ‘Taylor & Marie’ with Samuel Taylor. Now established as an independent artist Jodie released the superb ‘Trouble in mind’ in 2015.

Website address: http://jodiemarie.co.uk/

Contact email: toby@transgressiverecords.co.uk

Video link: https://youtu.be/9JqfiaAtg-Q


Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews was born in Cardiff and raised in Swansea and Pembrokeshire. She joined Catatonia in 1992 who went on to become one of the most successful Welsh bands of the 1990s with 4 studio albums and 10 top 40 singles. After the band split in 2001 she started a solo career. She briefly re-located to Nashville, but returned to Wales after the breakdown of her marriage. She has released 6 studio albums singing in both English & Welsh with her most recent “Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas’ released in 2014. In addition to music she has become a DJ with BBC6 Music and published a book of Welsh stories for children.

Website address: http://www.cerysmatthews.co.uk/

Contact email: info@eccentricuk.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/lEoBnBr3_Vk


Siobhan McCrudden

Siobhan McCrudden first started gigging on the New York coffee house circuit in 2000. Her voice is fragile, pure and hugely distinctive and watching her perform you could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported back to the legendary folk club ‘Les Cousins’ circa 1965.

Website address: www.soundcloud.com/siobhanmccrudden/

Contact email: via facebook

Video link:  https://youtu.be/46KLkkDMG1A


Delyth McLean

Delyth McLean is a bilingual singer song writer from Merthyr Tydfil who was selected for the BBC Horizons Scheme in 2015. Her music is a fusion of Jazz and folk influences and she has gained a strong reputation as a live performer. As part of the Horizons scheme she made numerous festival appearances including Festival No.6 and recorded sessions at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. She released a double A side single “Lost In Sound/Tad a Mab” in 2014 and has also been involved working with the Young Promoters Network.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/delythmcleanmusician/

Contact email: delythmcleanmusic@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/DwBkgTjyPDU


The Moon Birds

Renowned for their high octane live performances the Merthyr band triumphed at the Big Gig 2016 and have a large and growing loyal fan base. Newsoundwales released the band’s debut single ‘Frank 2’ in 2015 which was produced by veteran studio master John Rivers (Specials, Ocean Colour Scene) and the band look set to release their debut album in the near future. 

Website address: http://www.themoonbirds.com/

Contact email: themoonbirdsband@gmail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/VqP-2PlKcFw


 Jessica Lee Morgan

It’s always been a blessing and a bit of a curse to have famous parents when it comes to music. However, with the success of Rufus Wainwright, Jacob Dylan etc this seems to be lifting. Jessica is a talented song writer who released her debut ‘I Am Not’ in 2010. She has an eclectic mix of styles ranging from acoustic folk to out and out pop and seems to have inherited the song writing gift of her mother, Mary Hopkin and the studio wizardry of her father, Tony Visconti. For the past few years Jessica has been touring with Holy Holy playing the music of David Bowie. Her second album is due for release in 2017.

Website address: http://www.jessicaleemorgan.com/

Contact email: info@spacestudios.co.uk

Video link: http://youtu.be/g7-ExoHvkvc


Dave Morris and the Knock

Dave Morris & The Knock have been gaining a strong reputation as a live band culminating in their success at 2016’s ‘Cardiff Big Gig’ where their strong harmonies, excellent musicianship and well-crafted songs resulted in a hotly contested runner up award. A seasoned performer, Dave Morris has worked with a host of bands over the years most notably the much missed Whistling Biscuits.

Website address:  https://www.facebook.com/davemorrisandtheknock/

Contact email: dave@davemorrismusic.net

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTtbKOe-cmk


Ivan Moult

Ivan released his debut EP “Mining Canary” in 2010. He grew up in a house without a TV and this resulted in him spending much of his time listening to his parent’s record collection and artists such as Nick Drake and John Martyn who have subsequently had a major influence on his work. Ivan is part of the Bubblewrap Collective of artists and also plays with Winter Villains. In 2014 Ivan released a superb debut album “Second Guessing”.

Website address: http://ivanmoult.com/

Contact email: ivanmoult@hotmail.co.uk

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8z6AwVN-_o



Mowbird are a noisy surf punk band from Wrexham who have appeared at BBC introducing in Maida Vale as well as the Greenman Festival and SWN. The band are defiantly independent and released their debut album ‘Islander’ in 2014 and most recently the EP ‘Greetings, all’ (2016).

Website address: http://mowbird.tumblr.com/

Contact email: coastalwizards@live.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/44x5hoX0MAA


Gabrielle Murphy

Gabrielle Murphy comes from Treherbert and started writing songs at 15. She has since worked with Amy Wadge resulting in a 5 track EP. After last year’s appearance at The SWN Festival Adam Walton from Radio Wales declared “I was blown away by her excellence”. In 2014 Gabrielle was one of the 12 acts selected by the prestigious new BBC Wales ‘Horizon’ scheme. 

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/GabrielleMurphyMusic

Contact email: gee_spike@hotmail.com

Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVlotEWhgAA


No Thee No Ess

No Thee No Ess is a collaboration between long time indie musicians Andy Fung (Dererro, Cymbient) and Paul Battenbough (King of Despair). The band are part of the Nottingham based Folkwit label and have released several two albums “Lights Over the Lake” (2012) and “Spring Dawn Glow” (2013).

Website address: http://folkwit.com/artists/no-thee-no-ess

Contact email: via facebook

Video link:  https://youtu.be/3CamktPUqnI



Ofelia are a five-piece folk band from South Wales influenced by traditional folk music from all the Celtic nations as well as contemporary folk, pop and rock music. They first came to our attention when they were runners up at the Big Gig in 2015. A truly talented band with huge potential, loads of charisma they were selected for the Forte scheme in 2015d. The band released several singles in 2016 including the Charlie Francis produced ‘Marianna’. 

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/ofeliaband/

Contact email: bookings@ofeliaband.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/YrSa-bGrTU8


Paper Aeroplanes

The core of Paper Aeroplanes, formerly known as Halflight, are Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn. The band have received national airplay from DJs such as Bob Harris and released 3 albums with their latest “Joy” coming out in 2015. Lead singer Sarah Howells has also surprisngly appeared on a string of trance/pop hits. They are a popular live band and have toured extensively throughout the UK & Europe which has helped the band develop a loyal following. The band are currently pursuing solo projects including Sarah’s new band Bryde.

Website address: http://www.paperaeroplanesmusic.com/

Contact email: info@paperaeroplanesmusic.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/sOyr-hbszQw


The People The Poet

The band used to be known as Tiger Please but after 2 years writing their debut album inspired by the stories and experiences submitted by fans the band decided the nature of the new music required a change of name. The resulting album “The Narrator” was released to critical acclaim in 2013 and was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2014. Most recently the band released the EP ‘Paradise Closed’ in 2016.

Website address: http://www.thepeoplethepoet.com/

Contact email: thepeoplethepoet@googlemail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/n_K_pZMmOnA


Gareth Pearson

Recognised as one of the finest finger style guitarists of his generation Gareth became the first non-American to sign to specialist label Candyrat Records in the US. His first album ‘Urban Echoes Vol 1′ was released in 2010 and contained cover versions of Billie Jean and Paranoid Android alongside his own compositions. The follow up “Urban Echoes 2″ was released in 2012. Gareth continues to tour worldwide including Russia and Canada in 2016.

Website address: http://www.garethpearsonguitar.com

Contact email: garethpearsonmusic@gmail.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/nNKs6fU7X6g



PLU (feathers in Welsh) are an alternaive Welsh language trio from Snowdonia. As well as their own material Plu play adaptions of traditional songs of Welsh and other origins. They have played at numerous Welsh language events and festivals and were also selected to perform at WOMEX in 2013. In 2014 Plu chosen to be part of the Horizons/Gorwelion, scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales. Their album ‘Tir a Golai’ was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2016 and the band also joined forces with Carwryn Ellis to produce the album ‘Bendith’ (2016). 

Website address: https://cy-gb.facebook.com/pluband

Contact email: pluband@hotmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/w40Kv_HEdmk



Ashley Cooke was formerly a member of Welsh band Derrero who recorded 3 albums, toured with the Super Furry Animals and Catatonia and recorded a John Peel Session. The work Ashley has released under the moniker Pulco has been described as ‘left field folk with a sketch book feel’. Assembling a mixture of found sounds and home recordings, his lo fi releases have found growing support from the likes of Radio Wales’ Adam Walton. His latest album “Clay Cutlery” was released in 2013. Pulco has also collaborated with Laurence Made Me Cry. He has released numerous EPs including ‘O’r tu Allan’ in 201

Website address: http://pulcomusic.com/

Contact email: NickButcher@folkwit.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/UGYAHsUXlGY


Quiet Marauder

Any band that decides their debut release should be a 4 cd box set with over 100 tracks deserves your attention! The band’s music may be pitched at lo fi and it has its fair share of humour. However, there is a genuine musicality about the band and an ambition reflected in their audacious debut release “Men” in 2014 on Bubblewrap. The significantly shorter labum ’11 shades of love’ was released in 2015.

Website address: http://www.quietmarauder.co.uk/

Contact email: via website

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKrpeCkbcTM


Christopher Rees

Llaneli born Christopher Rees is now based in Cardiff but his musical heart is stateside. Following his graduation from Cardiff University in 1997 he toured the US and developed a fascination with the American murder ballad tradition. He has released six studio albums which have seen a marked development in his style from solo acoustic to full band arrangements on his most recent album ‘Stand Fast’ in 2013.

Website address: http://www.christopherrees.co.uk/

Contact email: info@redeyemusic.co.uk

Video link: http://youtu.be/7Y_-1ehqAx4


Aled Rheon

Aled Rheon is a promising Welsh singer who released his debut EP “Ser Yn Disgyn” on Jigcal Records in 2013. The tracks were recorded with Osian Gwynedd from Sybridion and Cian Ciaran from the Super Furry Animals. Aled was selected for the BBC Wales Horizons scheme in 2015 and released his 2nd EP ‘A gorgeous charge’ in 2016.

Website address: http://aledrheon.bandcamp.com/

Contact email: post@jigcal.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/KX8ePcokBKM


Rusty Shackle

Some of you may remember teen folk sensations One String Loose who reached the final of the Radio 2 folk awards back in 2008. Since then the band has transformed into Rusty Shackle and have been growing their audience by playing some barnstorming shows including a series of gigs stateside in 2014. They have released several albums with their most recent being “Dusk” in 2016.

Website address: http://www.rustyshackle.com/

Contact email: rustyshacklebookings@gmail.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/J3JBhdfdcSA


 Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a singer and harpist from west Wales. She has appeared at several prestigious festivals including SWN, Greenman and Glastonbury and has been supported by the likes of Huw Stevnes & Tom Robinson. In 2013 she released her critically acclaimed debut album “Weeks of Pines” which was the Welsh Music Prize album of the year. The follow up ‘Fossil Scale’ was released in 2016.

Website address: http://georgiaruthmusic.tumblr.com/

Contact email: georgiaruth88@googlemail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/jLcd70qx5jc


The School

The School are a pop band from Cardiff who may not be big in Japan yet, but are relatively well known in Spain! This is no doubt helped by being signed to Spanish label Elefant Records. The band released their 2nd album “Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything” in 2012. The band released the single “When I fall in love” in 2014 and their most recent album ‘Wasting Away and Wondering’ was released in 2015.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/theschoolband

Contact email: theschoolband@hotmail.com

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf2bPYqlPQE



SERA comes from Caernarfon and has released several albums in Welsh as well as ‘Dream Catcher’ which was produced by Rich Roberts with tracks ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Melody’ being playlisted on BBC Radio Wales, as well as being Artist of the Week. She has gained experience from numerous gigs including opening for Mumford & Sons gig and several tours of America. Sera’s most recent album was ‘Little Girl released in 2016.

Website address:http://serasongs.com/

Contact email: info@smsongs.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/tWqEA2PFBf4


The Shop Girls

The heart and soul of this band is James Davies who used to front The Bones of Saint James. New band Shop Girls have been gigging extensively and with their Libertines/Morrissey  sound they have some strong original songs and James’ stage presence they have definitely established themselves on the Cardiff music scene over the past 18 months.

Website address: https://soundcloud.com/shop-girls

Contact email: weareshopgirls@outlook.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/ciofhpGVbd8


Bryony Sier

We first saw Bryony when she took part in the Cardiff Big Gig when she was just 14. Since then her guitar playing has improved in leaps and bounds and this coupled with her stunning vocals makes Bryony one of the most exciting new female singers in Wales. She was selected for the Forte Project and released her debut EP ‘The Crossroads’ produced by Charlie Francis in 2016.

Website address: http://www.forteproject.co.uk/bryonysier/

Contact email: http://www.forteproject.co.uk/contact/

Video link: https://youtu.be/tL-mEKixwDU


Slowly Rolling Camera

Slowly Rolling Camera combines the talents of pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett (The Earth, The Peth) and drummer Elliot Bennett. Their sound is rich and complex with echoes of Jazz and bands such as Portishead and Sigor Ros. Their self-titled debut in 2014 was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize and the follow up ‘All Things’ was released in 2016. 

Website address: http://slowlyrollingcamera.com/

Contact email: Mike@editionpr.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/q1ZAj3r61-M


Soft Hearted Scientists

Cardiff’s leading exponents of psychedelic bliss have had a quiet couple of years with the release of their “Wandermoon” album being delayed due to the winding up of Kung Foo Records. In 2014 the band released a new album “The Slow Cyclone” described by Q Magazine as “Proper Psychedelia from the outer reaches of sense and reason.” Their most recent album was ‘Golden Omens’ released in 2016.

Website address: http://www.softheartedscientists.com/

Contact email: nathan@softheartedscientists.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/UwcB53M0h0E



Originally from Cwmamon The Stereophonics were formed in 1992. They secured a deal with Richard Branson’s V2 label and released their debut album ‘Word Gets Around’ in 1997. This quickly helped to establish them as one of the UK’s premiere rock bands. Original drummer Stuart Cable left in 2003 and died tragically in 2010. The band has released 9 studio albums with the most recent being ‘Keep the Village Alive’ in 2015. In 2012 the band were selected to represent Wales at a special Olympic opening ceremony concert in London’s Hyde Park.

Website address: http://www.stereophonics.com/

Contact email: info@nettwerk.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/b3cZqWoqweU


Super Furry Animals/Gruff Rhys

Fast approaching their 20th anniversary, the Super Furry Animals were formed in Cardiff in 1993 and feature Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Guto Pryce, Cian Ciaran & Dafydd Ieuan. They have released 9 studio albums with their most successful being “Rings Around the World” in 2001 featuring their best known track “Juxtapozed with U”. The band had been on sabbatical pursuing solo projects since their 2009 album “Dark Days/Light Years”. However, in 2015 the band reunited to present live shows celebrating the 15th anniversary of the album ‘Mwng’.

Website address: http://superfurry.com/

Contact email: -

Video link: https://youtu.be/8Ibh0YIKrZI


Sweet Baboo

Sweet Baboo AKA Stephen Black is a graduate of the Welsh College of Music and Drama and has released 2 albums on Shape Records. The most recent ‘Ships’ was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize in 2013. In addition to his own work he is one of the most active musicians in Wales working with Cate le Bon, H Hawkline, Slow Club and Euros Childs to name but a few. His most recent album ‘The Boombox Ballads’ was released in 2015.

Website address: http://sweetbaboo.co.uk/

Contact email: sweetbaboo@sweetbaboo.co.uk

Video link:  https://youtu.be/5rVMyqkDQ7c



Five piece, sometimes much bigger Cardiff band who formed in 2015. They feature Tomos Lewis who is a well respected stalwart of the local acoustic music scene. The band have released a couple of EPs on Staylittle Music and are closely associated with acts such as Climbing Trees and Aled Rheon.

Website address: https://tendonsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Contact email: info@tendonsmusic.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/-_F3ddnC2QM


These Brittle Bones

Chris Jones is originally from Swansea and currently studying in Singapore. He has released several singles and EPS including the 2016 release ‘Effects’. Chris is due to return to the UK to study full time in 2017 so this should increase his profile. In 2016 Newsoundwales in conjunction with the Iris Prize Festival presented his first public gig outside of Singapore.

Website address: http://thesebrittlebones.com/

Contact email: info@thesebrittlebones.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/tBypY7cuBXA



Cardiff indie band that have been making great strides beyond Cardiff in the past 12 months. Singer Joel Hurst has a strong CV having been in The Knox and then Brothers which included his brother Ethan on drums. Tibet also features the Hurst brothers and quickly drew attention from key players from within the music industry. The band were selected for the BBC Wales Horizons scheme in 2016 and they have gigged extensively throughout several major festivals. If we were to pick a new Welsh indie band that has the potential to make it beyond Wales then Tibet would be that band.

Website address: http://tibetband.co.uk/

Contact email: stuart@lateralmgmt.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/tq22xcI4nBI


Upbeat Sneakers

Yet another band coming out of Merthyr this 6 piece ska band have had a meteoric rise in 2016 culminating with a support slot for Madness at Cyfarthfa Park. The band have been part of the Forte Project and with strong material such as the single “Current Affairs” their future looks bright.

Website address: http://www.upbeatsneakers.com/

Contact email: http://www.upbeatsneakers.com/contact

Video link:  https://youtu.be/aNuexFIeO8E


Amy Wadge

Originally from Bristol she started playing music at a very young age and was gigging regularly whilst still at school. She studied at the Welsh College of Music & Drama and moved permanently to Wales. She has released 5 studio albums and her latest “Rivers Apart” recorded with Pete Riley was released in 2010. She has also recently collaborated with Ed Sheeran co writing the track “Thinking out loud” from his multi platinum album “X”.

Website address: http://www.amywadge.com/

Contact email: nigel.morton@moneypennymusic.co.uk

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZskE7mQpfY


We’re No Heroes

Cardiff indie rock trio formed in 2010 who have been steadily growing their following and reputation as a live band. They were selected for the BBC Wales Horizons Scheme in 2016. The band have released several singles and Eps including ‘Voodoo’ in 2015.

Website address: http://www.werenoheroes.com/

Contact email: adam@werenoheroes.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/hrQ7u5lh3do


Yr Ods

Yr Ods are a five piece indie pop band originally from north Wales now resident in Cardiff. They have released a number of EPs and singles and released their debut album “Troi a Throsi” on Sain Records in 2011 and this was followed by “Llithro” in 2013. They mostly sing in Welsh but have recently added English songs to their repertoire. Radio 1 DJ Huw Stevens has described them as “a brilliant indie pop band from north Wales with sharpness, melodies and a natural flow that can make you blush”.

Website address: https://www.facebook.com/yrods

Contact email: gutobrychan@me.com

Video link: http://youtu.be/Uv_fdnC-Lqc


Ysgol Sul

This three piece Welsh language band from Llandeilo were formed in 2014 and shortly afterwards won the presitigous “Brwydr y Bandiau Maes B”. They awarded development funding by BBC Wales Horizons in 2016 and have released several singles and EP’s on the I Ka Ching label including “Huno” in 2015.

Website address: https://soundcloud.com/ysgol-sul

Contact email: ysgolsul3@gmail.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/wP1iiTZ3z6Y



Formed in Cardiff by Skip Curtis & Tudor Davies the band have been receiving a lot of attention for their indie dance anthems including appearances at Glastonbury and the support of BBC Introducing. The band have released several singles and EPs including “Chameleon” in 2016.

Website address: http://xyando.com/

Contact email: alex@au-mgmt.com

Video link:  https://youtu.be/hDzmRJLL5_s


Zervas & Pepper

Zervas & Pepper are from Cardiff and have a strong reputation as a live act and a strong catalogue of songs featuring rich harmonies and strong melodies. They have appeared alongside numerous artists including the legendary as Judy Collins. The band released their second album “Lifebringer” in 2013 which was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize and have received extensive airplay from BBC6 Music and Radio 2. The band released a single “These blurred lines” in 2014 and their third album ‘Abstract Heart’ in 2015. Having take something of a sabbatical from live work in 2016 the band are due to re-emerge in 2017.

Website address: http://www.zervaspepper.co.uk/

Contact email: Zervas_pepper@hotmail.co.uk

Video link:  https://youtu.be/pd7cIgpQ2rg



9Bach have been making some of the most interesting and beautiful music to emerge from Wales in recent years. They released their debut album in 2009 and specialise in new arrangements of traditional Welsh folk songs. The band released their second album “Tincian” which was partly funded by the Welsh Arts Council Wales which received universally good reviews and was short listed for the Welsh Music Prize. It also won the ‘Album of the Year’ award at the 2015 Radio 2 folk awards. The band released their 3rd album ‘Anian’ in 2016.

Website address: http://www.9bach.com/

Contact email: bach@9bach.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/lajWevmXbLA