Created by Wales Millennium Centre, Festival of Voice Cardiff is an international arts festival in Wales’ capital city that celebrates the voice in all its forms.

The inaugural 2016 festival was produced to celebrate Wales’ timeless connection with song and the positive effects that singing together can have on peoples’ wellbeing - whether participating, listening or observing. 

And with big name acts like Billy Bragg, Laura Marling and Carys Eleri lined up for the first week alone, this year's festival looks set to be the biggest and best, yet. 

Here we've rounded up five un-missable performances to catch in the first couple of days (6th - 8th June):

1. DOUBLE VISION (£10)

Part murder mystery, part gig, and a whole lot of fun; Double Vision is a brand-new thriller from Wales Millennium Centre and award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble. A thrilling ride through the darkness of the human psyche, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman’s unfinished script, ‘The Blind Man’. 

Combining Gagglebabble’s signature dark humour with an electrifying original score composed by Lucy Rivers and performed by a live band fronted by 9Bach’s Lisa Jên, this will be a multi-sensory experience!

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2. LOVECRAFT (£10)

No, not the sex-shop in Cardiff. A one-woman-science-comedy-music-show. Created and performed by Welsh actress and singer Carys Eleri, Lovecraft is a brutally honest and witty show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. 

Vivacious, hilarious, and talented, BAFTA Cymru nominee Carys brings her much-loved Welsh charm (and oxytocin) to the Centre in this intelligent show. 

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3. VOICES OF PROTEST: BILLY BRAGG & NADINE SHAH (£22)

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. Politicised by a Tory government operating without love or justice (hard to imagine now), this previously adrift young man from Barking, with few career opportunities, bought himself out of the British Army in 1981, determined to make a living out of song. 

For Nadine Shah, these headlines had been a big part of her life for years. She has earned a reputation for a uniquely rich, soulful voice; but her music deals with a wide range of contemporary issues from gentrification to the refugee crisis and Islamophobia. She’s a social commentator that promotes mental health, gender equality, and tolerance for ethnic and religious minorities. 

This event promises to be an amazing blend of music and conversation, bringing people together over song and activism. We can't wait. 

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4. A FILETTA (£15)

Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta's compelling repertoire includes a wide array of music, old and new. This extraordinarily creative group originally formed to preserve the music of their region, but have since forged an international reputation with their sublime original compositions influenced by the island’s oral traditions.

This promises to be an evening of soaring vocals, heavenly harmonies and complex, three-part polyphonic songs. 

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5. LUMP: Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay (£29.50)

A surreal but somehow cohesive narrative slicing through the apparent meaninglessness of modern life, was born from a chance meeting between producer Mike Lindsay (Tunng, Throws) and three-time Mercury-nominated songwriter Laura Marling. Lindsay invited Marling to step into his world, to unite their energies and create LUMP. 

LUMP acknowledges the mundane absurdness of individualism and how it provokes us to try and escape our own meaninglessness - slathered with cynicism for the new age.

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Published -30th May 2018