2016 Brwydr y Bandiau competition launched

7 December 2015

Maes B, C2 Radio Cymru and Mentrau Iaith Cymru are looking for bands from all over Wales to compete in the Brwydr y Bandiau (Battle of the Bands) competition in 2016.

The aim of the competition is to give young and new bands the chance to get some experience in the Welsh Rock Scene, in the hope that they enjoy the experience and continue to perform and compose in Welsh in the future.

Launching the competition, Lisa Gwilym, one of C2 Radio Cymru’s presenters, said, “I’m pleased that we are working together again this year after last year’s success.  It was great to see so many bands competing, all with their own styles and influences.

“The winners, Lost in Chemistry, were so different to groups like Cadno and Terfysg, and it’s good to see such a healthy and varied scene here in Wales at the moment.”

Guto Brychan, Maes B organiser and co-organiser of music on the Eisteddfod Maes added, “The competition worked well last year and I’m sure it’ll be a success again this year.  The semi-final rounds were popular and the atmosphere on the open air stage on the Maes for the final was amazing, with hundreds of people there enjoying the music.

“If you’re in a band or if you know anyone in a band who would enjoy the experience of being part of the competition, let us know.  The closing date is 20 February, so there’s plenty of time to get writing some songs and to rehearse.  Go for it!”

Emily Cole from Mentrau Iaith Cymru commented, “The Mentrau Iaith are looking forward to working with C2 and Maes B once again this year, especially following the competition’s success in 2015.  The competition opens doors and offers unique opportunities for bands and artists across Wales and we’ll certainly be encouraging young bands to make the most of the opportunity to be part of it.”

The winning band will be invited to perform a set in Maes B during Eisteddfod week, and record a session for C2 Radio Cymru.  They will also be filmed for the Ochr 1 programme on S4C and appear in Welsh magazine, Y Selar.  The winner will also receive a prize of £1,000, with an additional £100 available for the best musician.

All those reaching the final will also take part in a mentoring scheme organised by C2 Radio Cymru, which will offer help and support to the young performers.  The earlier rounds will be held during gigs in various parts of Wales, details of which will be announced soon.

The closing date for the competition is 20 February, and the semi-finals will be held during the following weeks.  The final will be held on the open air stage at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny on Wednesday evening, 3 August.

Enter online by going to the C2 Radio Cymru website, www.bbc.co.uk/C2, where you’ll also find all the terms and conditions for the competition.