The brainchild of Mark Thomas, the man behind Shape Records and Islet, From Now On returns for the third year to fill Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre with what is promised to be ‘adventurous, fresh and boundary pushing music’. Beginning life in 2014, From Now On has carved itself a niche on Cardiff’s festival calendar. This year it’s expanded to a full three days across the weekend of the 12th and 14th of February, to explore more of the boundary-pushing artistic multi-disciplines and showcase ‘multi genred soundscape of analogue dance, ancient re-imaginings, improvisation, silky balladry and lo-fi punk’.
As part of the celebrations, Chapter Cinema will be screening a compelling programme of music film and housing their first artist in residence – Moshi Moshi new artist and GIITTV 2016 hopeful Meilyr Jones – who will be presenting his recent exploits in film, theatre and music in the week leading up to the festival and a full band set on the Friday night.
Other highlights include the minimal beauty of US artist Julia Holter, whose album Have You In My Wilderness appeared in many end-of-the-year lists for 2015. Saturday will be headed by surreal electronic trio Stealing Sheep, while there will also be appearances from paradoxical medieval/improv fiddler Laura Cannell, a new krautpop trio from Serafina Steer called Bas Jan, ambient explorer Mark Lyken and minimalist synth duo Happy Meals.
Elsewhere Anna Homler & Stephen Warwick present a dance and film-led performance of Breadwoman; a version of Tim Parkinson’s anti-opera Time With People and Sweet Baboo invites you to join his Synthfonia Cymru, a collaborative synth performance. We also have an alternative Valentine’s Day orgy of bands and short films curated by Club Foot Foot. In the cinema, H. Hawkline soundtracks Gwaed Ar Y Ser and CAM Sinema presents a selection of experimental Welsh music film.
From Now On is produced by Shape and Chapter.
Listen to our From Now On Festival 2016 playlist above, featuring a fine selection of experimental Welsh artists and beyond who will be appearing at this years event.