Festival announces first round of headliners

1st & 2nd November 2019

Gruff Rhys, Celeste, Lankum, Gwenno and Boy Azooga are to be part of the headline acts to play Other Voices Cardigan, it was revealed on Cerys Matthews BBC6 Music programme on Sunday. The artists will perform at St Mary’s Church in front of a limited audience of ticket winners, with the performances being simultaneously broadcast to a number of screens in and around the town so that the local community and visitors to the town alike can share the experience.


Over two nights on 1st and 2nd November some 9 headline acts will perform in the intimate setting of St Mary’s Church as part of the Other Voices Cardigan festival which will be hosted by Huw Stephens and Kizzy Crawford, and is produced in partnership between South Wind Blows, Theatr Mwldan and Triongl.


Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys is a Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author. His new album ‘Pang!’ is a Welsh pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title - a solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi.


Summoning the spirit of soul singers, 21-year-old Celeste’s emotional and heartfelt music touches on the emotional poignancy of growing up, leaving home, unrequited love and finding your place in your family.


Born of years criss-crossing Dublin's folk and experimental scenes, Lankum have an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people.



Gwenno Mererid Saunders is a Welsh musician born to Welsh and Cornish parents. Her second album, Le Kov (The Place of Memory), was released by Heavenly in early 2018. Created alongside long-term collaborator and producer, Rhys Edwards, it is an exploration of the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the history of the survival of our lesser known Brythonic  language, and is sang entirely in Cornish, discussing colourful themes of Cornish identity and history through the years.


Boy Azooga

Wales’ Boy Azooga is piloted by Davey Newington, heading up an ensemble that swings smoothly from filmic instrumentals to a churning, rave-tinged rock.


 An additional 30+ performances will also take place in a Music Trail at venues around Cardigan over the two days. Further headline and Music Trail announcements will be made in the coming weeks.


For further information and to register for a wristband registration visit  www.othervoices.ie Wristband holders will automatically be entered into a draw to win prized admission tickets to the performances at St Mary’s Church. Tickets will also be allocated via competitions in media and social media, check @OtherVoicesLive for details.


Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government and The ​Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Theatr Mwldan and Triongl. The event will be filmed by Triongl for later broadcast on S4C.




Contact Tamsin Davies tamsin@mwldan.co.uk 01239 623925 for further details.












About Other Voices:

Other Voices started as a one-off music event in a small church in Dingle, a small fishing village in the west of Ireland and over the last 17 years the idea has grown. Other Voices is now an established fixture in the musical calendar - a ‘must attend’ event for performers and audiences alike.  Other Voices has led to the creation of an international music TV series and the filming of that series subsequently became a music festival, a tourism event in its own right that celebrates the local on a global scale. In recent years Other Voices has travelled to London, Belfast, New York, Austin, Texas and Berlin.


Other Voices Highlights:

Amy Winehouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xFsoRYrds

Hozier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_oGM2o2y0Y

Young Fathers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C01pXeWoGFk

Other Voices Berlin 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW_PPiAfcK0







South Wind Blows

South Wind Blows Ltd. is an independent film and television production company based in Ireland. They have been at the forefront of music television and cultural programming for over thirty years. Best known for creating the internationally acclaimed music television programme 'Other Voices', they have produced and directed film, television and cultural events such as Ceiliúradh at the Royal Albert Hall, commissioned by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Glaoch: A President’s Call, filmed in Aras An Uachtaráin, Notre Dame: A Welcome Home, The Gloaming: Moment to Moment and Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home. 




Theatr Mwldan


Theatr Mwldan is an independent Arts Centre and cinema based in Cardigan. The venue is open 363 days a year offering a multi artform live programme and screens around 3000 films and live broadcasts annually. A major producing venue, Mwldan is behind collaborations such as Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, and also produces the Cardigan Castle Summer Events in partnership with Cardigan Castle. In 2017 Mwldan started the record label bendigedig in partnership with ARC music productions, operating a 360-degree model of artist management, agenting, producing, releasing, PR and marketing. A not-for-profit registered charity and social enterprise, the organisation has an annual turnover of £1.4 million and employs a staff team of 24.






Triongl is a TV and Film production company established in 2017 by Nora Ostler and Alec Spiteri and joined by Gethin Scourfield in 2018. All three are experienced producers with a track record of producing high quality, award-winning content. Their mini-series ‘Pili Pala’ (Butterfly Breath) premiers on S4C in September. Their broad development slate includes further drama series and features including two films being developed with Ffilm Cymru Wales. They will be documenting ‘Other Voices/Lleisiau Eraill’ in a series for S4C.