An extra-special audio treat this year as none other than Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) curates the live music programme in the Beech Bar and Senedd building.
Currently working on a new Sweet Babs album and recently returned from SXSW festival, Stephen has lined up a stunning mix of rising stars across the weekend. To top it off, all the shows in the Beech Bar are absolutely free so come along, grab a pint and enjoy some fantastic music on us!
There will be DJ sets throughout the weekend including our festival favourites Jonny Bull & Andy Dudfield & Iain Peebles and Leah Roberts, as well as sets from Josie Long, Josh & Henry Widdicombe, Laura Bryon and Eddie Argos (Art Brut)!
Keep an eye on the schedules at the Beech Bar and Y Senedd for all the latest timings and info.
Friday 2nd May - 7pm
Laura Bryon is Tender Prey, a Cardiff based musician who mixes garage rock, blues and ghostly girl group clangs to shake you, soothe you and see you through the night.
Laura will be releasing her debut album later this year on Manchester based indie label Bird Records, sister label to Finders Keepers who have worked with acclaimed artists such as Gruff Rhys and Jarvis Cocker.
Friday 2nd May - 8pm
GULP is Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals) and Lindsey Leven, with Gid Goundrey providing guitar and Gwion Llewelyn (Race Horses) on drums.
Fuzzed-up bass, dream-folk vocals, acoustic and electronic drums and synths…their cinematic and ethereal sound is a musical manifestation of the road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies – from the sun-squinting, flickering saturation and lens flare of the Californian desert to the gloamin of rural Scottish and Welsh homescapes.
Friday 2nd May - 9:15pm
Oliver Wilde is a pure audiophile in the truest sense of the word. Since first coming to wider attention with his 2013 debut LP, A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears, the ascendant Dabchick producer and songsmith has littered the British musical landscape with miniature moments of wonder, delight and headphone escapism.
Saturday 3rd May - 8pm
Mowbird are from Wrexham with a strong DIY ethic, and a fuzzy, lo-fi sound.
The band self recorded and released four EP's between 2010 & 2013, supported Neon Indian, Times New Viking and Sky Larkin as well as playing at Green Man Festival, Swn and Camden Crawl. Their debut album Islander was released earlier this years on Shape Records.
Saturday 3rd May - 9:30pm
Islet are sonic adventurers from Wales. Formed in Cardiff in 2009, Islet resolved to be a group without rules, building a reputation for fearlessness in live shows that sees members switching instruments and blurring the boundaries between stage and surrounding environment.
Sunday 4th May - 6:30pm
Valleyers are an alt-folk band from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Singer Nayfe Slusjan’s unique approach to melody captivates audiences and musicians alike with a well-needed dose of acoustic electric shimmer and songs about the transient nature of people. Less than a year old, they have been snapped up by Machynlleth Comedy Festival and a handful of other great festivals including Fire In The Mountain, Wood Festival and Green Man Festival.
Sunday 4th May - 8pm
Gathering together from a range of previous Cardiff bands, Shhh…Apes! is a collective of choice musical talent centred at the capital’s premium rehearsal space, Music Box Studios. A derivatively titled but unique debut EP The Shape of Apes to Come was released in 2013 – five tracks of vibrant analogue-meets-digital collision, carefully dotted with equal amounts of clinking glockenspiel and moody, swelling synth.
Sunday 4th May - 9:30pm
Sunday 4th May - Various Times
Look out for Horizons bands around Machynlleth Comedy Festival this year. Working together, BBC Cymru Wales and the Arts Council of Wales are supporting 12 new artists over the coming year and they land in Machynlleth as one of the destinations. Horizons is a scheme to showcase the most exciting unsigned acts with the potential to make a real breakthrough in Wales and beyond. Listen to the bands on BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales or check out more from the talented selection on www.bbc.co.uk/horizons.