A new festival supporting Welsh music and substance abuse charities will take place across Swansea on the 17th and 18th of May.
Set for its inaugural weekend later this month, Gwyl Pili Pala will host a myriad of artists, both musical and literary; showcasing their talents across Swansea’s historic Uplands area. Spanning 7 venues, including literary workshops in Dylan Thomas’ childhood home at Cwmdonkin drive, the festival will celebrate and give stage to burgeoning Welsh talent. Uniquely, the festival will also support the West Glamorgan Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, celebrating the transformative effect of art to raise awareness of the services and programs the organization provides, whilst also attempting to de-stigmatize perceptions of addiction and substance misuse.
Pili Pala is about showcasing great Welsh talent, and the finalized line up features a huge variety of established Welsh acts. Headliners Masters in France perform at Sin City on Saturday 18th May with their LCD Soundsystem influenced poppy math-rock and will follow Cut Ribbons on stage, who have recently released Cassette singles through Jen Long’s (Radio 1) innovative Kissability label. Fjords were voted Best British Unsigned act and showcase their fluid amalgam of electro-pop and indie-rock in The Garage on Friday night. Fist of the First Man are electronic producer and composer Zwolf’s new project – a weird, throbbing cinematic mix of reverb – ethereal yet grimy and gracing the Friday night with his visually captivating live show. Cardiff’s See Monkey Do Monkey Records will be curating a stage featuring Houdini Dax, the Keys and more, and Carmarthen’s Write4Word will be hosting literary events featuring established and emerging Welsh writers, including workshops in Dylan Thomas’s birthplace. Among the other acts are Laurence Made Me Cry, Denuo, Greta Isaac, We’re No Heroes, The Adelines, Winter Villains, Violas, The People the Poet, and Heavy Petting Zoo.
Taking inspiration from city-wide festivals such as Swn and Camden Crawl, Pili Pala is situated across 7 venues, including the beautiful St. James Church, the intimate surroundings of The Chattery (feel free to eat a cheese course with the gig) and rock and metal stalwarts The Garage and Sin City.
‘Pili Pala’ – Welsh for Butterfly – is a symbol of recovery, and the festival is a celebration of the transformative role the arts can play in all forms of recovery. Pili Pala’s organizers hope the festival will help put Swansea on the map as a cultural destination and bring a much-needed boost to the local community and economy.