WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE ANNOUNCES LINE- UP FOR FESTIVAL OF VOICE 2021
Written by Gavin on 7th September 2021
Wales Millennium Centre today announced the full line-up for its flagship international arts festival – Festival of Voice – which returns to Cardiff Bay this autumn from 4-7 November.
Twenty artists have been confirmed to perform on Wales Millennium Centre's incredible Donald Gordon Theatre stage in what will be a more intimate edition of the festival this year – from established international acts to emerging artists spanning multiple genres and styles.
Acts include composer Max Richter, performing for the first time in Wales with Sinfonia Cymru; Keynote address by Brian Eno; Roger Eno; recently reformed Scottish indie rock band Arab Strap;
English synthpop band Hot Chip; Zimbabwean singer and mbira dzavadzimu player Stella Chiweshe; Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon; Drumming with Colin Currie Group
and Synergy Vocals; Tricky performing with a full live band; in their first Welsh show, American singer and cellist Kelsey Lu; Cardiff-based rap artist Juice Menace; Scottish multi-instrumentalist
Anna Meredith; Gruff Rhys; art-punk act Nuha Ruby Ra and Ghostpoet.
The full line-up and running order for each day is as follows:
Thursday – MAX RICHTER WITH SINFONIA CYMRU | KELSEY LU | DRUMMING WITH COLIN
CURRIE GROUP AND SYNERGY VOCALS | KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY BRIAN ENO
Friday – HOT CHIP | TRICKY | RACHEL CHINOURIRI | JUICE MENACE
Saturday – CHARLOTTE CHURCH’S LATE NIGHT POP DUNGEON (After party) |
GRUFF RHYS | BIIG PIIG | ANNA MEREDITH | SPRINTS | NUHA RUBY RA
Sunday- ARAB STRAP | GHOSTPOET | ROGER ENO | STELLA CHIWESHE | ANI GLASS
In addition to the main ticketed events on Wales Millennium Centre’s iconic stage, there’ll be performances, DJs, street food and festival bars around the building, open to all to enjoy. Included in
this will be a series of creative interventions exploring the concept of power, led by artist Bethan Marlow and devised, created and performed by young people and youth workers from the South
Festival of Voice initially launched as a biennial event in 2016. It has featured some of the world’s most acclaimed artists including Patti Smith, John Cale, Femi Kuti, Laura Marling, Candi Staton,
Elvis Costello, Hugh Masekela, Rufus Wainwright, Fatoumata Diawara, John Grant and Angélique Kidjo and is renowned for its innovative and unique curation.
Following the cancellation of Festival of Voice 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wales Millennium Centre and three of Wales’ best loved festivals – FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan
and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival – joined forces to create Gŵyl 2021 in March – a free online festival packed with unforgettable music and comedy.
The line-up included special one-off performances from acclaimed artists such as Arlo Parks, Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Charlotte Adigéry and Adwaith. Highlights also included unique
collaborations from the likes of Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and the Paraorchestra, who along with special guest performers Nadine Shah, Adrian Utley and Seb Rochford created a
bespoke performance for the festival. Gŵyl 2021 was broadcast by the BBC.
Wales Millennium Centre’s Artistic Director Graeme Farrow said: “It feels absolutely wonderful to be able to bring the Festival of Voice back after such a challenging time in our lives. We have twenty incredible acts performing over the four days and the fact that these events will be held on the Donald Gordon Theatre stage, with the audience on stage too will make these events truly special and intimate. We’re looking forward to welcoming many acts to Cardiff for their very first time and I can’t wait to celebrate and hear powerful voices from all over the world this year and every year from now on”.