There’s plenty more just planned for Llais 2023, the dates for your diary are Tuesday 10th through to Sunday 15th October, taking place in Cardiff.
The festival opens on 10th October with the Welsh Music Prize ceremony, a celebration of the best new music in Wales and a chance to champion the finest albums from the past 12 months. Llais 2023 will welcome multiple live performances across the evening and the winner of this year’s Welsh Music Prize will be announced.
This year’s Welsh Music Prize long list of 140 albums includes the latest from John Cale, ‘Mercy’, and Gruff Rhys ‘The Almond & The Seahorse’. The full long list can be found at Welsh music prize.
On Friday 13 October, BBC Introducing and BBC Horizons / Gorwelion (a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales) will join forces with Llais to bring a line-up of exciting emerging local artists and special live collaborations for this year’s BBC Introducing Live in Cardiff. Local artists and bands confirmed include L E M F R E C K, NOOKEE and Source.
Already announced is Both Sides Now – Celebrating Joni Mitchell on Friday 13th October, featuring vocalists Charlotte Church, Laura Mvula, ESKA, Georgia Ruth and Olivia Chaney together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Newport venue The Cab will present raw DIY punk rock, making a shift from the sweaty small clubs and basements of south Wales to the Wales Millennium Centre. Running alongside this from 25 September will be regular screenings of the coming-of-age VR film Battlescar: Punk was Invented by Girls in Bocs, and Wasteland of My Fathers, an accompanying exhibition by Cardiff Music History celebrating the punk scene in Wales.
Saturday 14 October sees Portuguese fado singer and global icon Mariza. Welsh trumpeter Tomos Williams will perform his second showing of Riot! at Llais. With musicians Soweto Kinch and Orphy Robinson, alongside Welsh vocalist Eädyth Crawford and rhythm section of Aidan Thorne and Mark O’Connor, the immersive Riot! performance captures elements of jazz, hip-hop, Welsh folk music and the avant-garde, presented with live visuals from Simon Proffitt.
Other acts on Saturday include Qawwali Flamenco who blend flamenco and qawwali vocal blends from Pakistan to Andalucia with Faiz Ali Faiz and Chicuelo. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Angeline Morrison will perform traditional folk songs, exploring the Black British experience that folk has often overlooked.
There’s plenty more on offer over the festival week such as English indie rock band The Big Moon who will make their Llais debut with performances from their debut Mercury Prize-shortlisted album Love in the Fourth Dimension, and the folk-inspired Richard Dawson with a special solo performance. Also The Unthanks curate a special day on Sunday 15th October.
Next Up, three nights of live music curated and organised by young people from local Cardiff youth organisations, will pair up UK-known headliners with local support acts covering grime and drill, hip-hop, and R&B and soul.
All this is in addition to previously announced concerts and productions.
New for this year, Llais will be launching ‘Pay What You Can‘ tickets where festival goers can apply for two events of their choice and pay what they can on a first come first served basis, reinforcing the fact the arts should be accessible to all.
Llais tickets are now on sale at here at Llais