Eleven Welsh bands line up for BBC Radio Wales Music Day
Eleven up-and-coming bands and artists from the length and breadth of Wales have signed up to play live on BBC Radio Wales as part of the station's second annual Music Day on 25 March.
The 11 will all perform live either at BBC Cymru Wales studios in Cardiff, at Theatr Clwyd in Mold or in the Monkey Café in Swansea, as part of the celebration of new and established Welsh musical talent, the latter including exclusive contributions from Cerys Matthew, James Dean Bradfield and The Joy Formidable.
A panel of Radio Wales's promoters of new talent, including the Evening Show's Alan Thompson, Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn came up with the list of bands and artists they think will be big in the next couple of years.
Karl Morgan, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Swansea who has just signed to EMI Publishing New York;
Last year's Radio Wales Music Day participants have gone on to greater things, with Heal The Last Stand touring and recording in the USA, while Penarth's Pete Lawrie has been playlisted three times for BBC Radio 2 and is about to release his debut album.
Radio Wales Music Day, which will include Welsh music and live acts across the broadcasting schedule, also sees some established Welsh artists joining in the celebrations, such as Manic Street Preachers's frontman James Dean Bradfield, who has signed up to record an exclusive track, plus The Joy Formidable talking about growing up in Mold.
Mid-morning presenters Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott will be travelling to Swansea to encourage patrons of the city's Monkey Café in Castle Street to get involved live on air from 9am, while Alan Thompson's Evening Show will be live from Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold from 7.30pm.
And there will also be a documentary marking one of Wales's most famous music venues, the "legendary" TJs in Newport, narrated by Cerys Matthews.
Tickets for the Clwyd Theatr Cymru event are free and available by calling 03700 10 10 51.Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.