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DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

BEANS ON TOAST *****  Cushty (Xtra Mile) Beans On Toast – aka Essex folk singer Jay McAllister – covers, in poetic fashion, a wide range of subjects from mobile phone usage and fake news, to fracking, artificial intelligence and oak trees in Sherwood Forest. Open Door Policy begins with the announcement “The world is dying” but […]

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SWEET BABOO / KID CARPET / FARM HAND | LIVE REVIEW

SWEET BABOO / KID CARPET / FARM HAND | LIVE REVIEW   Transport Club, Cardiff, Thurs 7 Dec “It’s always been a dream of mine to share a stage with Steve, and he hasn’t allowed it to happen tonight,” says Mark Daman Thomas of Stephen Black aka Sweet Baboo, gesturing to the amount of space […]

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DOCK OF THE BAY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

DOCK OF THE BAY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

Penarth Soul Club @ Portland House, Cardiff Bay Fri 15 Dec Soul music has always had a presence in Tiger Bay, the historic forebearer to what’s now the regenerated Cardiff Bay area. More recently (since 2014, actually) it’s found a home over the water in Penarth at venues like the historic Paget Rooms and the […]

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CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

Fuel your budding bookworm’s imagination this Christmas. Cardiff’s sixth Children’s Literature Festival is off to a racing start this December with British Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy set to kick-start the event with the introduction of his new children’s book, Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck It Race. Along with his co-author Joanna Nadin and Illustrator […]

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Rian Johnson (12A 130 mins) The Force Awakens shook up the Star Wars universe under JJ Abrams’ reverential direction. After the disappointments of the sci-fi prequels, Episode VII truly delivered for Star Wars and non-Star Wars fans. Now Rian Johnson, the director of classy nourish films like Brick and Looper has been handed the keys to the Millennium Falcon, will […]

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KASABIAN | LIVE REVIEW

KASABIAN | LIVE REVIEW Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mon 4 Dec   The giant countdown clock on the screen next to the stage had begun, just like at football matches. The Motorpoint Arena had that same electricity in the air, along with the minor threat of being pushed by excited lads. Apparently, beer throwing is a […]

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THE DARKNESS: DAN HAWKINS | INTERVIEW

THE DARKNESS: DAN HAWKINS | INTERVIEW

The Darkness are currently full steam ahead. In the midst of a European tour, lead guitarist Dan Hawkins gave us the lowdown on what to expect from their new album, Pinewoord Smile; “the main difference is that we now have a lead drummer:  Rufus [Taylor – son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor]. He is amazing. […]

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SKINNY LISTER / BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW

SKINNY LISTER / BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Wed 6 Dec Stood on The Globe’s cluttered stage with no shoes and the scruffiest of beards, it’s easy to imagine Beans On Toast [below] has just rolled out of a tent on the last day of Glastonbury – or indeed, any […]

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OXIDE GHOSTS | FILM REVIEW

OXIDE GHOSTS | FILM REVIEW   Milk & Sugar, Cardiff, Tue 5 Dec Like many of us of a certain age, Michael Cumming had a bunch of old VHS tapes gathering dust in a box. Cumming’s, however, happened to contain hours and hours of unused footage filmed for Chris Morris’ cult comedy series Brass Eye. […]

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS | FEATURE

CHRISTMAS CAROLS | FEATURE

Who doesn’t love Christmas carols during the festive season? Whether they are in the middle of town or at your front door, it certainly brings the warmth of Christmas to bear. This year there are opportunities galore for you to get out and carol to your heart’s content. The best of the lot is the […]