Behind the Scenes with Nyth
It’s now less than a week till the Nyth Outside Festival with a great line up that includes bands such as YR ODS, COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG, CREISION HUD, and IFAN DAFYDD, so we thought we’d catch up with the guys and find a little about Nyth.
Thanks to Rhodri Owen (osgograffi.com) for the photographs.
1. What’s the Nyth all about?
Nyth [welsh for nest] presents lovely live music events in Wales. We present the very best of music from Wales and beyond. Our aim is to offer great live music in a lively yet homely surrounding that warmly welcomes both our artists and audiences.Nyth is generally better than staying at home!
We also create our very own online videos and radio shows showcasing our brilliant musical taste, and we’ve also got our own line of t-shirts.
2. Who’s runs Nyth?
The Nyth Boys are Alun, Ciron, Dafydd and Gwyn.
These four core Nytheurs eat, sleep, drink, listen and sleep Nyth but we’re hugely indebted to our battalion of associates, DJ’s, helpers and of course those lovely musicians and even lovelier Nyth audiences.
3.Why and when did you start running Nyth?
Nyth are nearly as old as the place itself, we’re the proud history making promoters that held the very first regular live music at Gwdihŵ, our first night was in February 2009 and we’re still going strong. Our regular nights at Gwdihŵ have since evolved and seen Nyth fly all over Wales to curate various events and concerts. We started Nyth because we enjoyed watching live music and thought it would be a laugh!
4. What kind of music does Nyth like?
Nyth likes good music! We present a wide range of musical styles and genres, we also present a variation of new young artists and more established ones. It’s anything goes at Nyth really, we welcome everyone and anything as long as it passes the all important Nyth quality test; so expect folk, indie, electro, rock, dub, psychedelia, experimental, ……[fill in as appropriate!]
5. What bands have you put on?
To name but a few, Nyth have presnted; Meic Stevens, Jen Jeniro, Richard James, The Gentle Good, Tim Ten Yen, The Keys, Texas Radio Band, Colorama, No Thee No Ess and Rene Griffiths.
6. What’s been the best night you’ve had a Gwdihw and why?
That’s a tough question, there have been a few! The first night that truly got stratospheric at Gwdihŵ was our first Christmas party back in 2009, Sibrydion played a amazing intimate set before Llwybr Llaethog tore the place apart! Another night that will always live long in the mind was Nyth at Swn 2011, we were treated to great sets by Evening Chorus, Sen Segur, Violas and Y Niwl topped off to by a truly spine-chilling set by Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog.
7. What are your future plans for the Nyth?
On the not too distant horizon that is the 3rd of June 2012, Nyth will present our third annual micro festival at Gwdihŵ; GWYL NYTH TU ALLAN / NYTH OUTSIDE FESTIVAL. We’re hugely pleased with the splendid line-up that includes Yr Ods, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Creision Hud, Bo Ningen, Ifan Dafydd and many many more. We’ve also got top DJ’s spinning great tunes, a few crazy games, delicious food and drink and some of the pest people under the sun, so fly over.
Keep your eyes peeled for news of our regular Nyth Podcasts and other gigs on twitter @_nyth and http://www.facebook.com/nyth1
8. What’s the welsh language music scene like in Cardiff?
Fuelled by some very talented artists and Cardiff’s big community of Welsh speakers there is thankfully a burgeoning Welsh language music scene compared to some other parts of Wales and compared to the Cardiff of 4/5 years ago. This said, there is always room for improvement and as a community of musicians and promoters I feel we should be more active in encouraging, sharing and gaining recognition of our music to a wider non-welsh speaking audience. Many of our artists compare as good if not better than their counterparts, creating universally high standard music that should be enjoyed by a global audience.
Nyth have always seen the welsh language not as a barrier or political stance but as by-product of living in a multi-lingual society and a celebration of our amazing language that can be enjoyed by anyone anywhere. We therefore often showcase a mix of artists from various backgrounds in our events.
These artists are amazing full stop, so come and enjoy ‘em!