North West bands and singers are being encouraged to apply to join a major Welsh music project.
Horizons (Gorwelion) is now entering its fifth year showcasing new and independent contemporary music in Wales.
Each year, the joint project between BBC Cymru Wales and the Arts Council of Wales selects twelve acts to support and promote through numerous platforms, including live performances at major festivals across Wales & beyond and extensive radio airplay.
Past Horizons alumni from Anglesey and Gwynedd include singer-songwriters Connah Evans and Casi Wyn, bands including CaStLeS, Fleur de Lys, Sŵnami, Y Reu & Yr Eira, and family folk trio Plu, who won the Welsh Album of the Year at the 2017 National Eisteddfod in Bodedern.
The project has also staged regular showcases at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Festival No. 6, Sŵn in Cardiff and SXSW in Austin, Texas.
This year’s Horizons 12, chosen by a panel of experts from the Welsh music industry, will be announced during a fringe festival being held in the run-up to the Biggest Weekend in Swansea, featuring Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine and Sam Smith.
One of Horizons’ 2015 artists, Violet Skies, said: ”It was a mad year for me as part of the Horizons scheme. I’ve been lucky enough to tick off a lot of things from my musical bucket list…it’s been a lovely little Welsh family of talented musicians and a really good support team – it’s nice to turn up at festivals or a show knowing you have people there to help you. Writing and collaborating with other artists has been a highlight too, and having so many others going through the same as you is so reassuring.”
Broadcaster Lisa Gwilym added: ”What I enjoy most about the Horizons project is the opportunity to get to know 12 artists so much better. To be able to follow their journey over the year – from all the festivals to the famous Maida Vale studios – is extremely exciting. I can’t wait to hear and see the range of music on offer from the Horizons artists this year.”