Published on Cardiff AfterDark (25 Feb 2015)
2014 saw the launch of a new innovative project Horizons, a music initiative launched by the partnership of BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales to support and promote new, independent contemporary music in Wales, with the main aim of endorsing emerging Welsh music talent to wider audiences.
Following a lengthy process, 450 artists who applied for the scheme were eventually whittled down to 12 exciting acts – Baby Queens, Candelas, Casi Wyn, Chris Jones, Climbing Trees, Gabrielle Murphy, Houdini Dax, Kizzy Crawford, Plu, Seazoo, Swnami and The People The Poet. All acts have seen themselves elevated to new heights of attention and accolades since the project began almost a year ago.
BBC Radio Wales’ Bethan Elfyn, project manager for Horizons, spoke to AfterDark’s Dean Hodge to explain more about the initiative, her thoughts on the current Welsh music scene and the past year for Horizons, and what she hopes its legacy and future will be. Continue reading