AN UNBELIEVABLE line up will join Bethesda's 'Hometown Unicorn' for three nights in September.

For anyone who couldn't make Green Man this year or is hankering after a dose of Pesda Roc, look no further than Bethesda for a jaw dropping selection of leading musical talent, brought to Neuadd Ogwen courtesy of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.

For three consecutive evenings from Thursday, September 19, the first Ara Deg - 'To Go Slowly' - festival will welcome veritable who's who of first class alternative musicians to Rhys' hometown.

Rhys said: “I was approached by Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda to play a gig and maybe to put on some other events around it – well here’s a series of concerts – we’ll add some more things too, including a walk, a talk and an exhibition.

"We’ve called it a festival – Ara Deg 19.”

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Aldous Harding

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H Hawkline

Joining the composer, writer and occasional Power Ranger to headline the first night - which will follow the September 13 release of his latest solo Welsh language album Pang! - is the Kiwi BBC Radio 6 darling Aldous Harding, who has been enjoying significant airtime with her recent single The Barrel, which earned her an unforgettably eerie US tv debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon alongside her Prestatyn and Cardiff based touring bandmate H Hawkline.

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Harding will be joined by audiobooks, the live project of award winning Welsh producer David Wrench, who has worked with everyone from Y Niwl to the XX, Bat for Lashes and David Byrne.

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Coming from further afield, in a massive coup for North Wales the sublimely beautiful and atmospheric Icelandic band Mùm, who will perform music their acclaimed album Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is Ok on Friday 20 in celebration of its 20th anniversary, with Liverpudlian songstress Jane Weaver injecting some psychedelia into the bill.

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Jane Weaver. Picture: Rebecca Lupton

Also coming to Bethesda from Merseyside is honorary Welshman and The Coral co-founder Bill Ryder Jones, who will close the festival alongside following the release of his critically acclaimed fifth album Yawny Yawn alongside Rhys and esteemed South African house producer Muzi.

If that was not all, more acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks.

A pass for all three Ara Deg headline shows is £45, with individual tickets available at £17. To book,

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or call the box office on 01248 208485..