Cardiff MIND Fest

joanna-gruesome-2013-500x374A weekend long festival featuring some amazing local and UK artists across three venues on 23rd/24th November 2013. Joining Fist of the First Man, Gwenno and Totem Terrors at Undertone on Saturday the 23rd are excellent bilingual off beat pop of the Alex Dingley Band. Alex was formerly at the heart of the Texas Radio Band and released a single at the end of last year on Too Pure.  R.Seiliog who presents psychedelic swells of kinder-tone synths while the night is fired up by Welsh anti-pop hero Y Pencadlys and Bristolian noise makers Repo Man. Meanwhile on Sunday the 24th on the God Is In The TV Zine stage The Moon Club a rocking bill which already includes Thee Faction, The Milk Race, and The Lash is further swelled by the addition of thrilling Cardiff-based noisepop five-piece Joanna Gruesome who released their terrific debut album Weird Sister via Fortuna POP! (Europe) this September, delightful female-fronted power pop act from Cardiff The Lovely Wars, who feature former members of The Pipettes and Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club. While experimental Oxford act Salvation Bill and emerging local-psych-tykes Tarsiers are sure to warm up the stage. Proceedings for the afternoon are eased open by Bristol’s Joyce The Librarian aka singer-songwriter Martin Callingham their sound is understated but undeniably beautiful, simple guitars and flashes of cello and trumpet back softly-spoken lyrics. Downstairs on the Making Minds Stage in The Full Moon upon a bill headed by Brighton’s respected artist Chris T-T, Bristol’s cult former Strangelove frontman Patrick Duff and Welsh Music Prize nominee Laurence Made Cry are joined by incendiary poetic polemicist and mental health worker Patrick Jones and Cardiff based Amerciana solo-artist Joshua Caole. They are joined by Stephen Fry approved Nia a singer-songwriter now based in London but originally from North Wales with a hell of a voice and an ear for wonderful jazz/blues flecked storytelling song-writing. Pembrokeshire’s Nayfe SJ whose golden voice is at the heart of the work of Valleyers and Shiny Tiger aka Joel Dear who has been making rickety pop music since he was in sixth form. His shabby, shouty style has been compared to artists like Bright Eyes, Hefner, and Jonathan Richman. They are preceded by Cardiff’s Francesca’s Word Salad a solitary show-woman who tells lamentful tales through macabre ballads coloured by brass, The Skunk-Boy Project aka Nate Swettenham a singer-songwriter from Leicester, is a solo artist playing ukulele and piano and 19 year old Chambles a precocious South Wales talent with a distinctive tone and 18th century influenced folk sound. The acoustic bill is completed by Swansea’s fiery emerging talent Sarah Passmore, and local open mic stalwart and mental health activist Dai Sharkey. More info on acts: Three local promoters (God Is In The TV Zine, Rockpie and Red Medicine) have grouped together to organise a two day event, with the aim of promoting awareness of mental health issues within South Wales. Working with three mental health partner organisations (Cardiff Mind, Journeys and Making Minds) in South Wales, raising funds for Cardiff Mind. Final acts to be announced in a last wave, shortly. Including the Rockpie Promotions stage at Four Bars at Dempseys on Saturday the 23rd of November. ANNOUNCED LINE UPS: SATURDAY THE 23RD OF NOVEMBER
  • Undertone (Red Medicine Stage)
  • Fist of the First man
  • Alex Dingley Band
  • Gwenno
  • Totem Terrors
  • R.Seliog
  • Y Pencadlys
  • Repo Man
  • The Moon (God Is in The TV Zine stage) Stage Time: 5pm- 11pm
  • Thee Faction
  • Joanna Gruesome
  • The Milk Race
  • The Lash
  • Tarsiers
  • The Lovely Wars
  • Salvation Bill
  • Joyce The Librarian
  • The Full Moon (Making Minds Stage) Stage Time: 3PM-10PM
  • Chris T-T
  • Patrick Duff
  • Laurence Made Me Cry
  • Joshua Caole
  • Patrick Jones(Poetry Set)
  • Nia Roberts
  • Nayfe SJ (Valleyers)
  • Shiny Tiger
  • Francesca Word Salad
  • Skunk Boy Project
  • Chambles
  • Sarah Passmore
  • Dai Sharkey
TICKET INFORMATION: Advance: Tickets Day £6 Weekend: £10 book at: On the weekend: Day tickets: £8 Weekend: £14 Discounts for those on benefits/NUS. Contact: [email protected]

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