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Sŵn Festival Presents New Experiential Event, Off // Kilter


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Following the reveal of a new look Sŵn Festival for 2017, organisers has announced a partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) to bring a new event to Cardiff this autumn.

With a quieter, more experimental feel than some of the more raucous events hosted by Sŵn, off // kilter will give ticket holders the chance to be a part of several completely different musical experiences, in the impressive setting of the world-class Royal Welsh College.

The event will start in the afternoon of 7 October, running right through into the evening. The artists will perform in different spaces around RWCMD, encouraging the audience to move around to see them all.

From experimental sounds brought by Welsh electronic duo COTTON WOLF and haunting vocals from RHAIN to a theatrical performance by ED DOWIE, raw, folk-infused songs from RICHARD DAWSON and anything from ambient to pop vibes with VORHEES.
Promoter and Sŵn Festival co-founder, John Rostron, said:

“With this year’s new format for Sŵn, we wanted to create events that were not previously possible within the confines of one weekend and limited venues and audience.

“For the first time, we’re bringing a group of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find at the Royal Welsh College. Performances will alternate between spaces so you can come and watch all half dozen. It’s a more off kilter version of Sŵn, hence the name. We want people to go on a journey through electronics, sonics and voice with some remarkable talent in a beautiful building.”

Penny King, Head of Creative Programming at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, said:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Sŵn to bring off // kilter to life this autumn. The line-up is fantastic and we’re really looking forward to these exceptional artists performing in our beautiful spaces.

“The College is passionate about supporting and presenting the next generation of new talent, and off // kilter will offer those with a sense of adventure new musical experiences that they wouldn’t necessarily expect from Sŵn Festival… or us”

Tickets for off // kilter are on sale for £20. For more information and to get your tickets, go to Follow @swnissound on Twitter.

off // kilter line-up in full

Richard Dawson

Newcastle born Folk singer and songwriter Richard Dawson favours synthetic sounds and lyrics focusing on pretty dark material. His melodic tales are not to be missed.

Ed Dowie

Former organist and choir boy, Ed Dowie studied experimental music before composing for puppetry troupe, The Paper Cinema. His experience in the arts lends to theatrical, well-crafted performances.


Vorhees, the chosen name for New York based composer Dana Wachs. With a sound ranging from ambient to dark to pop, it’s best to expect the unexpected from her.


With eerie tones and just a piano for accompaniment, Rhain draws similarities with the likes of Bjork and Kate Bush. Her haunting melodies and unusual vocals make for an almost otherworldly musical experience.

Cotton Wolf

Welsh duo Cotton Wolf use a series of percussion, vocal samples and sound effects to take listeners on an electronic journey. The pairs atmospheric sound promises quite the live performance