This weekend the Swindon Shuffle ’10 gets under way, with more than 50 bands showcasing their talent over four days.

Former Shuffle headliners the Beatbullyz, have gone on to support N-Dubz on tour and charted at number 26 in the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart with their single Skills.

And Stornaway, who performed last year, have appeared on TV with Jools Holland and signed to 4AD.

This year Napoleon In Rags are performing and they were chosen to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury.

This is the fourth year the Shuffle has wowed the crowds and the aim is to show the best local acts around and encourage the new crop.

Last year the Shuffle was the biggest unsigned music festival in the UK but this year, due to the recession, the organisers have cut back to just three venues.

Paul Jellings said: “We decided to strip the festival back to what mattered most, which is the music and creating a great atmosphere for the people attending.’’

Among the artists for this year are the ever-popular the Alfonz, the Jon Trowbridge Band, who performed at Wychwood Festival this year, Gaz Brookfield, the Love Rockets, Sweet Plums, Pig Nose, the Shudders and Billyjon along with a host of new bands.

Paul said: “We have always had a strong policy of making sure a fair number that appear each year never played the festival before and this year new bands account for just over half the line-up.’’

About 100 artists approached the organisers and 53 have been selected as they get back to the underground roots nature of the festival.

The Swindon Shuffle ’10 runs from Thursday, August 12, to Sunday, August 15, at the Victoria in Old Town, the 12 Bar in Westcott Place and the Beehive in Prospect Place.