FESTIVAL HAS DYLAN'S TASTE IN MIND
THE Do Not Go Gentle Festival aims to create 'a festival that Dylan might have liked'.
Now in its second year, the event is based in Uplands — Dylan's childhood neighbourhood.
It features a collection of local artists, rising stars and some well-known names performing in venues across the Uplands area, including the poet's former home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive. This year, it fetures comedian and musician John Hegley, Scottish funnyman Phil Kay, and Bafta Cymru winning actress Helen Griffin with her hit show based on troubled Llanelli-born star Rachel Roberts. Her show takes place at St James Social Club on Sunday.
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.
"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."
The festival begins today, and runs until November 3.