Exciting news for music lovers and festival-goers! Tafwyl Festival, one of Wales’ most beloved cultural events, is about to embark on a thrilling new chapter. For the first time ever, the festival will be broadcast live on S4C, bringing the vibrant atmosphere and electrifying performances straight to your living room.
Mark your calendars for the 15th and 16th of July, as Tafwyl takes over the enchanting grounds of Bute Park in Cardiff. This change of location promises more space for entertainment and a larger audience, making it an unforgettable experience for all attendees.
Prepare to be captivated by an impressive lineup of talented artists who will grace the Tafwyl stage. The festival boasts an eclectic mix of performers, including Bwncath, Lloyd a Dom, Sage Todz, Tara Bandito, Eädyth, Band Pres Llareggub, Hana Lili, Dafydd Iwan, and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. These gifted musicians are sure to deliver sensational live sets that will leave you craving more.
To ensure you don’t miss a beat, S4C has assembled a team of esteemed presenters to guide you through the festival’s highlights. Huw Stephens, Lloyd Lewis, and Tara Bethan will take center stage, providing viewers with exclusive coverage and engaging backstage interviews with the artists. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative minds behind the music.
But the excitement doesn’t end there! Thanks to modern technology, you can enjoy Tafwyl’s performances from the comfort of your own home. Starting from 13:00 on both Saturday and Sunday, numerous live streams will be available on S4C Clic, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, and S4C’s Facebook. Whether you prefer to watch on your phone, tablet, or Smart TV, you’ll have front-row access to the festival’s electrifying atmosphere.
To stay up to date with the latest happenings, be sure to follow @LwpS4C on social media. Live updates, exclusive content, and performances from the festival’s main stage and the exciting new ‘Sgubor – S4C Lŵp’s new stage will be shared there. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the festival’s vibrant spirit even if you can’t be there in person.
On Saturday, from 20:00 to 22:00, S4C will treat viewers to a special live broadcast, featuring the headline act, Bwncath. Huw Stephens, Lloyd Lewis, and Tara Bethan will be your guides through this musical extravaganza, offering a mix of incredible performances and captivating conversations with the artists.
In an exciting twist, Tara Bethan, one of the festival’s presenters, will also be showcasing her musical talents on the main stage as Tara Bandito. With her unique sound and captivating stage presence, she is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Additionally, Tara will collaborate with Ynys and Band Pres Llareggub, further adding to the festival’s lineup of unforgettable performances.
Tara Bandito began her journey as a singer-songwriter just a year and a half ago, culminating in the release of her debut album this past January. Her presence on the Tafwyl stage serves as a testament to the festival’s commitment to supporting and celebrating emerging talent.
So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and prepare for an unforgettable weekend of music, culture, and celebration as Tafwyl Festival makes its mark in Cardiff’s Bute Park. Tune in to S4C’s live coverage, indulge in the mesmerizing performances, and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Tafwyl Festival 2023.
Tara Bethan will also perform on the main stage at Tafwyl this year as Tara Bandito, and she’ll also sing with Ynys and Band Pres Llareggub.
“My first job in Tafwyl was as a compere on the Schools Stage. I also took a yoga session at the festival on the following morning” says Tara. “Now I’m presenting and performing – it’s like I’ve had a promotion every year. I feel that I’ve grown up with Tafwyl.”
Tara started writing songs as Tara Bandito a year and a half ago, releasing her first album in January this year.
Tara says that the opportunity to perform at Tafwyl is a huge one,
“I used to see bands on the main stage and think I’d love to perform there, but at the time it felt like a dream that was too far away.
“I’ll never forget co-presenting with Huw Stephens in 2021 when the audience had to sit on tables of six, two meters away from each other (due to Covid rules).
“I was so emotional seeing the crowd arriving. Ani Glass performed Mirores with a string quartet and I started to cry because we didn’t know if we were ever going to be able to do something like this again.
“Two years later and I have an amazing slot, singing my own songs and performing with Band Pres Llareggub” she said.
Lloyd Lewis is also looking forward to present and perform at the festival:
“I attended Tafwyl for the first time last year when I performed with Dom and Sage Todz, and it was a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was superb and it was so nice to see the Welsh community in south Wales celebrating the Welsh language in the capital.
“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to present at this year’s festival – I know how big the occasion is, and it’s a huge privilege.”
Huw Stephens is also looking forward to Tafwyl:
“Tafwyl is always fun and a really nice atmosphere to celebrate the Welsh language in the capital.
“Cardiff is a growing city, with the Welsh language an important part of the city’s culture and daily life. Tafwyl is a weekend to celebrate all this.
“I’m looking forward to listening to all kinds of music and enjoying Tafwyl all weekend.”
Don’t miss this, Tafwyl Saturday, 15 July, 20.00 and On demand: S4C Clic, iPlayer and other platforms