The fifth IMMERSED FESTIVAL returns to Tramshed Cardiff next month for another year of exciting musical talent, showcasing South Wales’s ever-evolving, diverse music scene over four stages and accompanied by a unique narrative experience and important sustainability message.

This year, the main stage headliner on Saturday 18th February, is the MOBO award-winning rapper LADY LESHURR who is bringing her explosive live show to Cardiff for the first time in five years. Well known for her charitable work, Lady Leshurr was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen in 2020 after she donated all the proceeds for her “Quarantine Speech” to the NHS. 

The Queen of the Grime scene is a definite live favourite and really know how to work a crowd. She’s put in some hard work over the last decade, travelling, touring and writing, to the point where she is now one of the most exciting live artist around. Her half a million plus Insta followers know exactly what we mean.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr will be supported by SAGE TODZ, whose “O Hyd” became the unofficial anthem of the Welsh football team in Qatar, alongside the mighty MINAS, who will be performing tracks from his outstanding new album “All My Love Has Failed Me”. Completing the mainstage line up are Cardiff punk titans TERRAPINS, hard-hitting hip hop duo DIFFJAXX and the explosive trio SHLUG

Talking at the time about the FAW collaboration Sage said……

“I’m very excited to be working with the FAW and Cymru on this track. Football is a huge game both in Wales and across the World and it has a big place in my heart. It has been brilliant to combine the aspects of the things I love and create something special.

Sage Todz (Photo: FAW)

Curated by University of South Wales students, the four stages feature over forty artists and bands.  Expect an eclectic music mix, DJs, street food, live theatre, workshops, a tattoo parlour and an upcycled fashion market.

The festival weekend kicks off on Friday 17th February with the Immersed! 5th Birthday Awards Event at the Cardiff Atrium in collaboration with Libertino Records, a celebration of the artists and key players that have made Immersed! so vibrant and special over the last five years.  

There’ll be live performances from participants of Skills Competition Wales, and a music industry careers fair.  After the main event at the Tramshed on Saturday, the festival concludes on Sunday 19th February with Immersed TV, an online live broadcast featuring highlights from the main stage, exclusive artist interviews and “5 Years”, an Immersed! legacy documentary.

This year the team are partnering with climate change charity MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY to highlight the effects of climate breakdown and help promote change towards a greener and more sustainable future. For the first time in its four-year history, the festival will feature a compelling narrative experience. Each of the stages will embody one of the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water cohering to the festival’s theme of climate change. USW Drama students will be cast as “Wizards”, alongside a wide range of absorbing characters that will engage with audiences and encourage them to participate in the festival’s narrative.

Since the festival was founded four years ago, it continues to collaborate with a wide array of musicians, promoters, labels and organisations across South Wales to support its vibrant music scene. For 2023, Immersed! aspires to build upon previous years and create an exciting new experience for audiences through its compelling narrative experience, fringe events and fifth birthday awards ceremony.

the IMMERSED FESTIVAL is at the Tramshed in Cardiff from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February. Tickets are available right now for all the events, for more information, and to get yours, go HERE.