Rhys Richards

SISTER NANCY | CLUBS PREVIEW

SISTER NANCY | CLUBS PREVIEW

Meze Lounge, Newport Sat 3 Sept A proper late night reggae session takes place in Newport, going on till 5am at that old favourite, the Meze Lounge. Don’t be confused by the venue’s name – it’s unlikely that middle eastern snacks will be the main fare on offer here, as this dancehall reggae legend seems […]

 Rhys Richards

FESTIVAL NO. 6 | MUSIC PREVIEW

FESTIVAL NO. 6 | MUSIC PREVIEW

Nestled away in the picturesque Italianate village of Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 is a festival like no other in arguably one of the most stunning festival settings in the world. The now four-year-old festival was named after No.6, Patrick McGoohan’s character in the classic 1960s TV series The Prisoner, filmed in Portmeirion. While No.6 was […]

 Rhys Richards

THE SEAMSTRESS AND THE WIND | BOOK REVIEW

THE SEAMSTRESS AND THE WIND | BOOK REVIEW

César Aira (And Other Stories) A journey through the plains of Patagonia sets the scene for this intriguing and innovative story. Aira weaves a fantastical tale of a missing boy and the subsequent turn of events in Patagonia as both his mother (the seamstress), the wedding dress she is working on and his father set […]

 Rhys Richards

NO MAN’S LAND | STAGE PREVIEW

NO MAN’S LAND | STAGE PREVIEW

New Theatre, Cardiff Mon 29 Aug – Sat 3 Sept In one of the most exciting pairings on stage in recent times, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart reunite on stage for a tour of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land following their hit run on Broadway. This production of No Man’s Land received acclaimed reviews at the Cort Theatre […]

 Rhys Richards

BEN KLOCK | CLUBS PREVIEW

BEN KLOCK | CLUBS PREVIEW

Memorex @ Tramshed, Cardiff Sun 28 Aug Here’s Memorex again, whose Cardiff nights have more and more focused on gritty techno as oppose to the classic house and tech-house that they made their name with. Ben Klock is the muscular face of Berghain, Berlin’s techno mecca – it’s no exaggeration to say he’s the most […]

 Rhys Richards

GLASS BEACON PROJECT | ART PREVIEW

GLASS BEACON PROJECT | ART PREVIEW

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Sat 27 Aug – Sun 27 Nov After years of the arts course moving around University of Wales campus for construction reasons, the arts, glass and industrial design department will be back in their original location in the newly refurbished ALEX building. To celebrate this, the staff had decided to create […]

 Rhys Richards

WORLD BOG SNORKELLING CHAMPIONSHIPS | SPORT FEATURE

WORLD BOG SNORKELLING CHAMPIONSHIPS | SPORT FEATURE

Set in the picturesque Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells lies the infamous Waen Rhydd bog. The waters lay dank, dark and tantalise only the few crazy souls who once a year compete to swim through a 120-yard deep filled trench. Welcome to the wondrous world of Bog Snorkelling. Bog Snorkelling is one of those pastimes […]

 Rhys Richards

CRITICAL CONDITION | CLUBS PREVIEW

CRITICAL CONDITION | CLUBS PREVIEW

The Queens Hall, Narberth Sat 27 Aug Pembroke Dock’s Critical Condition unveils a beats-and-rhymes one-off in Pembrokeshire’s central nightspot the Queen’s Hall. The headline act is Bedford’s boom-bap hip-hop duo Filthy Funk, otherwise known as Dotz and Peterz, who are preparing to release a new EP after their Funkin Hell album that came out in March. […]

 Rhys Richards

STATUS QUO: FRANCIS ROSSI | INTERVIEW

STATUS QUO: FRANCIS ROSSI | INTERVIEW

Rhys Matthews speaks with Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi about ego, Live Aid, and changes in the music industry. When I called Francis Rossi, he answered the phone with a high pitched voice, saying: “Hello is Becky there please?” But I’d done my research and was aware he likes to play practical jokes, so I […]

 Rhys Richards

UNORTHODOX PARADOX | MUSIC PREVIEW

UNORTHODOX PARADOX | MUSIC PREVIEW

Hollybush, nr Hay-On-Wye Fri 26-Sun 28 Aug Microfestivals in vast swaths of countryside are one of the few saving graces of an otherwise underwhelming UK summer season. Let us introduce you to one such gem, in its sixth year but in the idyllic surrounds of Hollybush for the first time. Unorthodox Paradox is cosy and […]

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