HOYfest 2018: Cardiff’s massive music weekend!

The UK is a hotbed of unique music festival. HOYfest is the perfect example of this, the Cardiff festival is rapidly expanding and features only the most promising of musical talent.

Hitting its third year, the festival brings some of the country’s most exciting new bands to Womanby Street, the musical heartland of Wales. With Welsh rockers Himalayas and London’s Anteros topping the bill, its clear that 2018 is its biggest instalment yet. 

Taking to the world famous Clwb Ifor Bach, the festival runs between 29-30 September and promises a whole range of diverse musical talent. Day one, Saturday, sees Himalayas top the bill. Fresh from the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, the band are in fine form. Festival ready and armed with a tonne of industry support, we’re sure it will be a famous homecoming for the Welsh indie outfit.


“HOYfest brings some of the country’s most exciting new bands to Womanby Street, the musical heartland of Wales”


BlackWaters too come with a tonne of potential. Their raucous, in your face guise of indie rock is both impressive and necessary. Avalanche Party match them in intensity, a raucous mix of effect ridden guitar and distorted lyricism coming direct from the veins of bands such as the Amazing Snakeheads. GETRZ, The Scruff and Bute are all must see bands too, topping off a day of intense, guitar heavy bands destined to the top of future festival bills.

Sunday sees Anteros top a line up which is ever growing and all the more impressive. Their mix of pop and indie sounds is electric. Front-woman Laura Hayden is overwhelmingly talented and empowering. If their recent festival outings at Y-Not and Truck Festival are anything to go by, their HOYfest set will be nothing short of impressive. No Hot Ashes, Monico Blonde and Red Rum Club all make up the rest of the days lineup. 



Promoter and festival organiser Sam Hoy clearly has a firm ability to recognise and welcome an entire array of bands destined for the top of festival stages and large venues alike. Hand picked for the Clwb stage include Heavy Lids, Carolines and Fossette who all make up the Sunday line up in fine fashion.

HOYfest’s ‘Welcome Party’ is again another unique aspect of the ever growing festival. The Velvet Hands, Pastel and The Caspiens all feature at The Moon in a special fundraising gig in support of CALM. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Not only supporting the local music scene and upcoming bands alike, the festival aims to create a charitable difference too.

We cannot recommend HOYfest enough. It is a unique coming together of the country’s ever growing music scene. If its previous instalments are anything to go by, this year will be nothing short of mesmerising!


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