The third year of the festival was held Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 August 2009, and again using The Victoria, The Furnace, The Rolleston, 12 Bar, The Beehive, Corner Club (formerly The Apartment) in the town centre and Riffs Bar in Hook on the outskirts of Swindon. An outdoor stage was added for the first time, located in Swindon’s Wharf Green in the town centre and was curated by Will Walder and Marie Lennon from BBC Introducing.
The festival was officially supported in 2009 by BBC Introducing, Frequency Magazine, Swindon Does Arts, and Swindonmusic.co.uk. The charity partner changed for 2009 to the Goldenhar Family Support Group. The event grew again in size, with more stages and more bands, leading to the tag line of “the biggest UK unsigned music festival that aims to give new unsigned bands the opportunity to perform and showcase local talent”. 60 acts performed across the weekend, plus there was a Kandifunk club night on the Friday and a Cassette Player club night on the Saturday.
Headline acts were The Kulucci March, The Dead Lay Waiting, AJ & Bully Live, The Alfonz, Lighterthief, Sunday Dogs, Energy Without The Sun, Old School Tie, The Shudders, and The Plastic Fiction. 2009 was also the year when non-Swindon acts appeared including Stornoway, The Volt, Bleech, The Dirty Feel, and The Locarnos.
2009 was the second year a promotional video was made prior to the festival taking place that featured the acts Energy Without The Sun, Gaz Brookfield, and Matthew Kilford, plus members of the Swindon Shuffle committee. The video was again directed by John Farrow, and was filmed on location at Create Studios and Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre. Former XTC member Barry Andres is also credited as he appears in silhouette in the Create Studios control room near the beginning of the video.
The festival was praised by local venue owners, with one quoted as saying “I think the Swindon Shuffle did more for Swindon than [Radio 1 Festival] the Big Weekend”.