Ara Deg 19 : Final Line UpNeuadd Ogwen, Bethesda : 19-21.09.2019
Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys has worked with Neuadd Ogwen and FOCUS Wales to bring a bill of hypnopompic promise to Bethesda over three days in September; Ara Deg has one of the finest line-ups you'll find on a poster in the UK this summer - three nights of emotionally rooted, intelligent music laced with sheer delight.
The mini-festival opens on Thursday 19th September with the egg maybe seeing the ferret, as mesmeric psych-folk enigma Aldous Harding headlines (undoubtedly offering live the 'cryptic charm and shimmering psychedelic pop' the Guardian found in her last, acclaimed album, Designer) supported by audiobooks, the live project of award-winning Welsh producer David Wrench (XX, David Byrne).
On the Friday (20th) Icelandic electronic pop takes centre stage, as Múm give their debut masterwork, Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is Ok, a twentieth anniversary workout, supported by Jane Weaver, whose last LP, Loops in the Secret Society, re-imagined some of her earlier songs, and was greeted as 'ecstatic, celestial'.
Ara Deg reaches its crescendo on Saturday 21st as Gruff Rhys is joined for a hometown return by Wirral's Bill Ryder-Jones, whose recently released Yawny Yawn is a quixotic drift of melancholic beauty.
Although the Saturday night is sold out for individual tickets, 3 day passes are still available - giving access to all three nights of the festival, meaning you can see all the artists listed above with one ticket, including the chance to witness Gruff Rhys perform what will be the first show to mark his new album, Pang! (Rough Trade Records / 13.09.2019).
Buy a ticket, nothing else you do this year will make as much sense.
3 day passes (£45) giving access to all the headline shows are still available from www.neuaddogwen.com.
BILL RYDER-JONES I Don't be Scared, I Love You