2012 Shuffle PosterThe sixth year of the festival was held Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 August 2012, and returned more to its multi-venue roots using The Furnace, The Rolleston, The Beehive, 12 Bar and Piri Piri restaurant in the town centre, plus Riffs Bar in Hook on the outskirts of Swindon. The Swindon Shuffle committee was refreshed, being led by Dave Franklin of Green Man Music and Ed Dyer, better known as Gig Monkey.

There were no charity partners for 2012 as a decision was taken in the still tough financial climate to make all venues free entry to make attendance by all easier, and at least 35 acts performed across the weekend.

Acts performing included The Shudders, Good Things Happen In Bad Towns, Matilda, Street Orphans, Alice Offley, and Chip Daddy.