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TURIN BRAKES PLAY BUFFALO

LIVE REVIEW: TURIN BRAKES Buffalo Bar, Cardiff Thurs 29 Oct words: ANGHARAD BROWN photo: JAKE MORLEY Turin Brakes: a band who, a few years ago, I would have stepped on a small child to see live. Each time I’ve seen them perform they have been nothing short of amazing. Their beautiful harmonies causing more than […]

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AN INSTITUTION, NOT AN INSTITUTE

REVIEW: CARDIFF ARTS INSTITUTE It was the launch of Cardiff Arts Institute this weekend. So how did they do? There’s been a lot of hype around Cardiff Arts Institute. Seen by many as a rival to Buffalo and 10 Feet Tall, its cheeky interior and attractive, original design gives it a much less sober, more […]

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LIVE REVIEW: THE SPECIALS

Cardiff International Arena Sun 1 Nov words: PAUL JENKINS Harrington. Braces. Turn-ups. Pork pie hats. For once, it’s not just Bargoed that thinks it’s still 1981. Cardiff has turned back the clock and gone all 2-Tone on us with the trundling into town of The Specials reunion juggernaut. Many of the fans here tonight would […]

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LADY GAGA: WANTED BY THE CIA

LADY GAGA Cardiff International Arena Wed 3 March words: Sophie Lee Yes, she’s coming. Controversial pop star Lady Gaga sets out on The Monster Tour as a chance to perform her revamped album The Fame Monster – a two disc repackage of Gaga’s four million selling debut The Fame – due for release on Mon […]

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POETRY TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

LANDEG WHITE AND JENI WILLIAMS Various venues Tue 6 Oct – Fri 9 Oct It is often said that experiences make a writer and that would certainly explain Landeg White’s success. The Welsh born poet has worked in a steel band in the West Indies and at universities in Malawi, Sierra Leone and Portugal, where […]

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WOW: THAT’S WHAT I CALL A GAY BAR

WOW BAR & LOUNGE LAUNCH PARTY 4 Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2DW Well, it has been a long time coming. After 12 years or so since its inception back in the late 90s, when Wow Bar took the Cardiff gay scene by storm, Wow is back and promises to deliver over and above the successes […]

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

PREVIEW: TIM FREEMAN TIME + PLACE THE COSMIC DISTANCE LADDER St David’s Hall, Cardiff Sun 4 Oct – Mon 2 Nov South Wales has never just been about the Welsh. Romans, Vikings and Normans all once inhabited this historically diverse region, and while most people would forgive you for not considering their former presence in […]

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BLOGGING FROM A BLACKBOARD

CARDIFF’S FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY Chapter Arts Centre, Canton Thurs 22-Sat 24 Oct May You Live In Interesting Times is the somewhat puzzling name of Cardiff’s annual festival of creative technology, which this year explores how participation is increasingly the driving force behind digital content. The festival, which lasts 3 days and is centred round […]

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GULLIVER

The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff Fri 2 and Sat 3 Oct Gulliver’s Travels, a classic of English literature that has never been out of print, has been given a dramatic makeover almost 300 years after it was first published. Written by Jonathon Swift, the novel is a satire on human nature presented through the travels of […]

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OCTOBER ISSUE OUT NOW:

Featuing David Gest, Swn festival, Bonnie Tyler, the Dorian Gray ballet & more.