The Penderyn Music Prize

The Penderyn Prize will be awarded to the best music book of the year at 1pm on Sunday in the Millennium Hall. The prize was open to any music related book published in hardback or paperback in 2014. The prize is sponsored by Penderyn Distillery, producers of the unique Welsh single malt whisky. The shortlist is below. Regular attendees at the festival will note that many of the authors have appeared in Laugharne at one time or another. Three of them are indeed appearing this year – Steve Hanley with his tragicomic memoir of 20 years hard labour in The Fall, Marcus O’Dair with his definitive biography of Robert Wyatt, and Mark Ellen will be in attendance too, no doubt hoping to regain his life from any passing rock stars. Turn up on Sunday to see the winner announced.

The Shortlist

Americana – Ray Davies
Bedsit Disco Queen – Tracey Thorn
Chapter and Verse – Bernard Sumner
All Those Years – Mark Lewisohn
Rock Stars Stole My Life – Mark Ellen
Different Every Time – Marcus O’Dair
The Big Midweek – Steve Hanley
Isle of Noise – Daniel Rachel
Future Days – David Stubbs
Clothes, Music, Boys – Viv Albertine
Yeah Yeah Yeah – Bob Stanley

The prize will be presented by Stephen Davies the managing director of Penderyn

Programme PDF now available

Click HERE to download a pdf with all the event times and venues etc. Right click on the programme to save it to your computer.

2015 Programme

Is coming soon. Check back on March 25 and there should be a

full programme with all the timings.

Final Final News Update

Okay we’ve had another slight Sunday reshuffle. Julien Temple will be on at noon, as per the published programme, and will still be talking about Wilko Johnson as well as his films on the Sex Pistols, Clash etc.  The breaking news is that Jon Ronson’s show will now start at 5pm rather than 4pm on Sunday – and will now feature the full Frank Sidebottom  band. So expect a musical and comedic extravaganza – straight outta Timperley!

Essential Festival Information

Click HERE to download a PDF containing all the  essential information for this year’s festival – schedule, bus and train times , map, etc. Once you’ve arrived on the PDF page you will need to right click to save it.

Final News Update

Two days to go. One piece of bad news. Wilko Johnson has had to cancel – we are very sorry about this – entirely beyond our control I’m afraid. As a result Julien Temple, the man responsible for the excellent film, Canvey Island Confidential, which brought Wilko back into the public eye, will now be appearing at 6pm on Sunday rather than noon. Among many other things he will be showing clips from and talking about Canvey Island Confidential

Weekend Tickets Sold Out

Weekend Tickets for this year’s festival are now completely sold out. We do still have a very limited number of tickets available for individual events but these too are selling out fast. You might also consider coming to one of our three Dylan Weekends , the first of which, devoted to poetry and theatre,  takes place on May 2-5. More details here

Look forward to seeing everyone in April!

February News Update

Hello All

First some business announcements. Weekend tickets were temporarily unavailable online last week, sorry about that – they’re back on sale now but do hurry as there’s only a few left. There are some individual event tickets available but again do hurry as they’re very limited. Both Ray Davies and Wilko Johnson are completely sold out – if you want to see either or both of those fine chaps you’ll need to buy a weekend ticket.

One piece of bad news – Daniel Woodrell has had to cancel. Important business in California apparently. We’re very sorry about that.

Now for the good news – we have a whole host of music and music related events to announce.

Famed Scottish radio guy Vic Galloway will be talking about his book on the Fence Collective – James Yorkston, King Creosote et all – and Mr Yorkston will be on hand to lend a, uh, hand.

The wonderful Katell Keineg will be joining the bill for the James Yorkston show in the Congregational Church on Saturday night. Anyone who saw Katell’s amazing contribution to the Nick Drake event last year will know not to miss this.

As a little added extra we are delighted to say that we will be showing long lost episodes of the seminal 90s music show Snub TV in Brown’s Hotel.

And now we have the (almost) full line up for the mini festival of the very best in new Welsh music that we run each afternoon in the Rugby Club. Visit the line-up page for more information

Individual Event Tickets

Individual tickets for shows at The Millenium Hall and The Congregational Church will be on sale from February 1st at and Browns Hotel in Laugharne. Castle Stores will be closing on Feb 28th but still have a small amount of weekend tickets left so hurry, the phone number for Castle Stores is 01994 427616

Fatti Films

We’re delighted to announce our media sponsor for this year’s Festival, It’s the excellent fFatti Films, run by Mr Kevin Allen

S0 without further ado, a few words from our sponsor

fFATTI  fFILMS is genuinely overjoyed and balls achingly elated to be part of THE 2014 LAUGHARNE WEEKEND. We are excited, electrified stunned tickled pink to have been tapped up approached by Richard Thomas for some desperately needed last minute dough sponsorship. No, we are. It’s a great festival that strives to operate beyond the crapness ubiquity of so many other clueless festivals. So, Laugharne will hopefully become a bloodbath significant hunting ground for us to prey speculate connect with some tidy emerging new talent. And, if any of you have a shit hot exciting new project you think is worth bunging in nurturing to fruition with us, please get in touch.

fFATTI  fFILMS specialises in the development and production of Film & Television. The company was started by writer/director/producer/pig farmer Kevin Allen in 2013 and is committed to developing and producing a wide spectrum of product projects, ranging from one off documentaries, TV series to real feature length fillums.  The company’s main focus is to embrace a sustainable approach to film making in Wales, aiming to discover and nurture fresh writing & film making talent in Wales… and Anglessy.

Yours  Sincerely  affectionately truly

Kevin Allen

Current projects include:

Y Syrcas ( The Circus ) – a feature film set in 1848 Tregaron – for S4C transmission  2013 – distributed by AimImage for international cinema release in 2014.

‘When the Circus comes to town’ –  documentary about the making of Y SYRCAS. ~for S4C – transmission spring 2014.

‘ Lost in Translation’ -  documentary film about Dylan Thomas ( presented by Rhys Ifans ) for S4C/UK Network transmission 2014.

Under Milk Wood –  feature film – shooting June 2014 – in English & Welsh ( back to back )for UK domestic transmission and international cinema distribution. Rhys Ifans will playing the role of 1st Voice.

Scarlet Town – a multi lingual TV series ( Welsh, English, Polish, Chinese, Urdu, Arabic ) set in Llanelli. In development with S4C. Written by Kevin Allen & Helen Griffin.

Waterfall – feature film set in post-industrial South Wales – in the vein of Allen’s debut feature, Twin Town. Although Allen has declined from producing a Twin Town sequel, this film attempts to follow on from what the Swansea set cult film had to offer, but in a bi-lingual landscape. Developed with S4C.

God’s Work – Feature filma comedy set in the world of Taxidermy and modern conceptual art – written by Murray Lachlan Young & Jonathon Fox Bassett. In development.

The Man from God Knows Where

Feature film in the vein of Night of the Hunter and Badlands. Piping hot screenplay written by Kevin Allen & Pat McCabe. In development.

And tons more that I just can’t really be arsed to go into …


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