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 Manon Williams

PIRATE MCS: IS GRIME DEAD? | MUSIC FEATURE

PIRATE MCS: IS GRIME DEAD? | MUSIC FEATURE

2016 is a year dominated by youth culture influenced by grime sounds. But has it fallen into the hands of big time industries? Grime is a genre that has its roots in your best friend’s garage, the ultimate DIY job, beginning with a set of decks, or more likely these days, a laptop. A secretive and underground art, produced […]

 Buzz

OVERTONES: MARK FRANKS | MUSIC INTERVIEW

OVERTONES: MARK FRANKS | MUSIC INTERVIEW

Tell me about the origins of the band; how did The Overtones come to be? We’ve been signed for five years now, probably six actually, and we formed four or five years before that. We met in London on the open mic night circuit, and we were all just lucky enough to find our lucky […]

 Buzz

SOUTH WALES’ MENTAL HEALTH | FEATURE

SOUTH WALES’ MENTAL HEALTH | FEATURE

South Wales has been the focus of lurid mental health headlines over the past few years, from the tragic string of suicides in Bridgend to the Daily Mail’s assertion that Blaenau Gwent is “hooked on happy pills”. Just last month Pontypridd MP Owen Smith denounced our mental health system as “terrible” after his brother waited […]

 Amanda Hunt

MODERN SLAVERY IN WALES | POLITICS FEATURE

MODERN SLAVERY IN WALES | POLITICS FEATURE

According to the Welsh Government website, slavery in Wales is on the increase. It states that in 2015, there were 134 referrals of potential victims of slavery. This showed an increase of 91.4% on the previous year and represents 4.1% of all UK referrals. However, in real terms, this figure is very much likely to […]

 Buzz

ANDREW LOGAN | ART INTERVIEW

ANDREW LOGAN | ART INTERVIEW

Andrew Logan is an acclaimed sculptor and a leading visionary in British art. Currently settled in the heart of the country in the village of Berriew, Logan’s Museum of Sculpture is a community treasure holding some of the most eccentric and unique designs. In the run up to the museum’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Ffion Riordan-Jones […]

 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 […]

 Buzz

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS | MUSIC INTERVIEW

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS | MUSIC INTERVIEW

When you’re looking for the comprehensive history of any music genre, Wikipedia isn’t the most reliable place to turn to. But the ‘Reggae’ page has got one thing right when it says: ‘A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals Do the Reggay was the first popular song to use the word.’ The Jamaican act […]

 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 […]

 Buzz

TOP RESTAURANTS IN WEST WALES | FOOD FEATURE

TOP RESTAURANTS IN WEST WALES | FOOD FEATURE

From Narbeth to Carmarthen, Zoe Brookes rounds up the best of what West Wales has to offer. cwtch* In-between the pretty streets of Britain’s smallest city, cosy little cwtch* does well to live up to its name. The tiny converted home is decorated with white-washed exposed walls and stripped-wood flooring. And the menu is a taste-bud-tingling array of […]

 Rhys Richards

GOING POSTAL | STAGE PREVIEW

GOING POSTAL | STAGE PREVIEW

The Gate, Cardiff Sat 20 Aug “Moist Von Lipwig is a conman, forger and trickster, always on the lookout for the next big game. Until one of his many personas has a run-in with the law and is hanged to within an inch of his life.” So begins Going Postal. Monstrous Productions are back with […]

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