Festival of Voice returns to Cardiff this June with 11 days of music, theatre, talks, street food and more. Discover your new favourite voice at the second instalment of Wales’ international arts festival.
From 7th to 17th June, Cardiff will come alive with world-class music artists, daring new theatre, engaging talks, an interactive street game, pop-up food stalls and a top-secret bar in a city centre location… search #maquis online to be the first to discover more.
Headline music artists performing at Wales Millennium Centre include Patti Smith, Passenger, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Billy Bragg, LUMP (a new collaborative project from Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay), plus a world premiere performance of new album Babelsberg from Gruff Rhys with BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
This year there’ll be a Festival Hub outside Wales Millennium Centre, so festival-goers can hang out in Cardiff Bay and enjoy DJs, free performances, pop-up bars and street food stalls including a global food adventure from Refugee Food Stories, a partnership project with Oasis Cardiff.
Charlotte Church returns to Festival of Voice this year with Utopia – a joy-fuelled evening with a line-up hand-picked by Charlotte. Utopia features Sweden’s electronic pop phenomenon ionnalee (iamamiwhoami), drag and performance artist Le Gateau Chocolat, plus more high-energy acts and DJs, hosted by Charlotte, turning the Wales Millennium Centre stage into a unique, utopian club for one night only (Saturday 16 June).
Charlotte Church comments on her vision for Utopia: “My perfect world has voices from the most diverse areas of world music, cabaret, electronica, all snuggled alongside each other as comfortable bed fellows. I want to explore concepts of utopia and dystopia with the audience, whilst having unhealthy amounts of fun.”
Other festival highlights and premieres include: Lovecraft, a one-woman-science-comedy-music-show from Carys Eleri; Cave, a theatrical exploration of the songs of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from Ireland’s Camille O’Sullivan; and Edrica, a one-off audio-visual celebration of patchwork pioneer Edrica Huws from experimental psych-pop artist, Gwenno.
Full-blown energy comes in the form of New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas – be prepared for a colourful, playful gig that will leave you full to the brim with happiness. And Ibibio Sound Machine bring a clash of African and electronic elements, inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro.
Created by Wales Millennium Centre, Festival of Voice takes place at various venues and locations around Cardiff, igniting the city with powerful voices from 7th to 17th June.
Download the timetable, book tickets and discover more about this year’s events online at festivalofvoice.wales.
Get involved-Use your voice
Processions (10th June)
Take part in a mass participation artwork in Cardiff city centre to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. Sign up at processions.co.uk
Talks Programme (9th-10th, 15th-16th June)
Discuss topics such as Women & War and Body Language with a new talks programme in partnership with the Open University in Wales.
Tell Your Own Story (9th June)
A two-hour talk and workshop for writers and the writer-curious. You’ll be shown how to cast your net and catch stories magnificent and microscopic.