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New music fest comes to Mold

by Ben Davis on 2 July, 2009 | 0 comments

Y Ffin

The Rec in Mold will play host to a new music festival on the 25 and 26 July, called ‘Y Ffin’ (transl. The Edge) is unveiled by Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint and Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Open air FREE live music performances will run on the Recreational Sports Ground, Maes Bodlonfa, Mold from midday until 9:00pm on Saturday 25 July, to compliment the Carnival’s annual activities on Sunday 26 July.

Headlining Y Ffin’s gig will be Welsh band Sibrydion, originally from Waunfawr but now living in Cardiff, they recently released their first English debut LP, ‘Campfire Classics’. Described by the Guardian as ‘Wild West fanatics from Wales perform like an ultra-melodic Crazy Horse with their appealing blend of bubblegum, country and mariachi pop’.

Gwawr Cordiner, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint’s Managing Director said:

“Following some research work carried out with youngsters in Flintshire, it was clear that the young people were keen to establish a music festival offering a stage for both Welsh and Anglo-Welsh bands. During the last few weeks, we have been putting together a programme for the Festival and hope that it will attract a number of youngsters and adults from across the county. There will be all kinds of activities on site, including an exclusive young people’s village, plus activities for babies and toddlers.”

Also topping the bill at the festival will be Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, a Welsh language funk and ska group from Llanrug near Caernarfon. No strangers to music festivals, the band have performed at many events including the National Eisteddfod gigs and Gŵyl Macs, Carmarthen. Their second EP, ‘Chaviach / Bwthyn’ was released in 2008, and a new album, ‘Stonk!’ is due out shortly after Y Ffin.

Other artists performing at Y Ffin include, musician Meilir originally from Caerwys, Promatics, The Racehorses (formerly known as Radio Luxembourg), Mechanical Owl, The Roseville Band, Drip Dry Man and local band The Lupin Thieves will also perform on the main stage on Saturday, 25 July.

The exclusive young people’s village organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru will include an array of activities, including trampolining, face painting and performances and workshops by Urban Fusion (professional Hip hop Dance Group), a Samba Band and the great Ed Holden aka Mr Phormula and his beatboxing skills.

Another aspect of the festival includes a special eco-friendly Teepe. A number of acoustic musicians and bards will perform and offer workshops within the Tepee. Artists include Nia Morgan, John Lawrence, JKLMNO, Stacey Cohen, Jonny Fluffypunk, Rhys Trimble and Sophie McKeand.

The Carnival floats will begin their journey to the Rec at 11:00am, Sunday 26 July. Make sure you start organising your float for the parade which begins promptly from Somerfield’s car park. A variety of food and drink stalls, quad bikes, local morris dancers and performances on stage will entertain the crowds on Sunday. The funfair will also run from Friday evening, 24 July until Sunday evening.

Gwawr Cordiner continued:

“Y Ffin committee is extremely grateful to our sponsors, supporters and partners which include Cadwyn Clwyd, Flintshire in Partnership, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, theabsurd.co.uk, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin and the Carnival committee. The festival is part funded through the Rural Development Plan which is financed by the European Union and the Welsh Assembly Government. We hope to attract a great crowd to this community music festival, placing Mold firmly on the map as a great destination for promoting Welsh and Anglo-Welsh rock and pop music.”

More details are available from www.yffin.co.uk or by emailing post@yffin.co.uk.

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