Dylan Thomas celebration set to run again after first year success
A NEW Dylan Thomas festival is set to make a return journey following a successful debut last year.
The second Do Not Go Gentle Festival, which is based around the Uplands, will take place between November 1 and 3.
While the Dylan Thomas Centre has run a festival celebrating the famous poet and his work for a number of years, Do Not Go Gentle, named after one of Dylan's most famous poems, takes place in a number of venues in the area of Swansea where he was born.
Organisers say their aim is to create "a festival Dylan might have liked" with a collection of local artists, rising stars and some well-known names will be performing in a variety of venues across the Uplands area of the city — including the poet's former home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.
Headliners this year are set to include comedian and musician John Hegley, eccentric Scottish funnyman Phil Kay, director Andrew Sinclair introducing his classic 1972 film version of Under Milk Wood and Bafta Cymru winning actress Helen Griffin with her Edinburgh hit show based on troubled Llanelli-born star Rachel Roberts.
Bands include Welsh Music Prize nominees Zervas & Pepper and Trwbador along with Paper Aeroplanes, The Gentle Good, Huw M and many more.
Festival director Pierre Davies said: "It was brilliant last year, an overwhelming success. People really seemed to embrace it and hopefully it is going to be just as good this year.
"We're thrilled with the line-up, this is going to be another great year! The response we had from the public and artists alike for our inaugural festival was fantastic.
"People really grasped what we were trying to do and came out in numbers to support us. With the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's birth in Swansea approaching in 2014, we have worked really hard to make this year even better. Dylan seemed to like small cozy bars and pubs. I think he'd be right at home in the venues chosen for the festival, we've tried to create an ambience that he might have enjoyed."
Susan George, owner of the Garage venue, welcomed the move, saying: "We weren't involved last year but I heard that is was great and it's lovely to be involved this time. We will be showing some films followed by live music.
"It's brilliant for the Uplands, there's so much going on at the moment bit to have the festival on here as well is fantastic.
"Dylan Thomas is seen as a big part of this area."