Melin Melyn | Sounds From The Other City – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • 5th May 2024 •
All artists
15:15 - 15:45

Melin Melyn

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Melin Melyn are quickly becoming one of the most talked about names in this next golden generation of Welsh artists. Having released two EPs in 2021’s “Blomonj” and 2022’s ‘Happy Gathering’, the six piece will already be familiar to avid festival goers across the UK, with their name (which translates to Yellow Mill in English) rapidly rising up billings due to their already critically acclaimed live shows. Steeped in a 70s aesthetic, Melin Melyn already seem adept at transforming the new with the old, with the likes of Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers and psychedelic Welsh folk music from that era, whilst keeping one eye firmly on the future.

The band were highlighted by The Independent and NME at the start of 2021 as one of the must-watch acts this year), and have been hailed by The Guardian & NME for their incredible live performance at Green Man 2022. Formed in 2019, the band is composed of Gruff Glyn (lead vocals, guitar, saxophone) Will Barratt (lead guitar), Cai Dyfan (drums), Garmon Rhys (bass, backing vocals and who also performs as The Mighty Observer), Rhodri Brooks (pedal steel) and Dylan Morgan (keys), stalwarts of the Welsh music scene with their solo works AhGeeBe and DD Darillo and their works with Novo Amor & Boy Azooga respectively.

"A hearty cawl (Welsh broth) of surfer psych-pop, folk, and the kind of surrealist comedy you’d typically find in The Mighty Boosh or The League of Gentlemen."

The Independent

Debut EP “Blomonj” , was released in the summer of 2021 which attracted the interest of now long term supporters Marc Riley and Cerys Matthews at BBC 6 Music, as well as a smorgasbord of UK and international press (NME, So Young, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Dork, The Independent, NPR and more). It also saw the band pick up their first award: the Triskel Award at the Welsh Music Prize (previous winners include Adwaith & Deyah). The “Happy Gathering” EP further propelled the band, and saw the band embark on their first sold headline tour, selling out multiple dates across England and Wales including The Garage in London and The Globe in their hometown of Cardiff.

2023 saw them collaborate with acclaimed director James Bobin (Ali G, Borat, Flight Of The Conchords) for their single ‘I Paint Dogs’, the first single from their debut album now on the horizon.

"Seeing Melin Melyn is a fantastic, life affirming thing to do, and I urge you to do it as soon as possible."

Backseat Mafia

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