Ara Deg 19

FOCUS Wales and Neuadd Ogwen are working together with Gruff Rhys, the composer, writer and Super Furry Animals frontman, to present a brand new series of concerts and events in Bethesda, North West Wales under the banner Ara Deg (which means 'slowly'). The origin of the three day event is simple, in Gruff’s own words,

"I was approached by Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda to play a gig and maybe to put on some other events around it - well here's a series of concerts - we’ll add some more things too, including a walk, a talk and an exhibition. We've called it a festival - Ara Deg 19"

The mini-festival will take place on the 19th to the 21st of September this year and already has an impressive list of artists, including:
  • Thursday 19th : 4AD's Aldous Harding headline, with support from Audiobooks, the live project of award winning Welsh producer David Wrench (XX, David Byrne).
  • Friday 20th : Icelanders Múm (image above) perform music from their acclaimed album Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is Ok, with support coming from Jane Weaver.
  • Saturday 21st : Gruff Rhys performs alongside South African producer Muzi and special guest Bill Ryder-Jones.

All the shows above will take place at Neuadd Ogwen, Stryd Fawr, Bethesda, Gwynedd. More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are now on sale, and include a limited number of 3 day passes (£45) giving access to all of the headline shows - available from

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