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Independent & Welsh language scene

Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau - a Welsh folk festival

Wales is traditionally referred to as 'the land of song', so it's no surprise that both the independent and Welsh language music scenes are thriving here, with bands and artists gigging in many music venues across Wales each week.

The 1960s saw important developments in the Welsh language scene with the launch of Sain, and the infamous record label is widely regarded as one of the most important catalysts for change in the Welsh language music scene.

The changes continued to the 1990s when bands such as Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygnotic Mynci were successful enough to bring Welsh language lyrics to an English speaking audience.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and promoter John Rostron’s Sŵn Festival (a Cardiff-wide music festival each autumn in many venues across the city) promotes and celebrates new music coming in and out of Wales. The Welsh Music Prize was launched in 2011 to coincide with the Sŵn Festival.

Some of our big Welsh language acts today include Euros Childs, Bryn Fon, Mattoidz, Frizbee and Radio Luxembourg. Many Welsh acts are influential far beyond Wales, such as Welsh folk artist Gareth Bonello (aka The Gentle Good), who fuses elements of traditional Chinese and Welsh music and performs his songs to audiences around the world!

Welsh artist Jem from Penarth in South Wales, found fame in the US when her eclectic songs featured on a host of American TV shows such as Smallville, 90210 and The O.C.

Los Campesinos! a six piece band from Cardiff, South Wales, also broke into the US market when their catchy pop song 'You! Me! Dancing!' featured on a Budweiser advert.

[Los Campesinos!]