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FRIdAY 1 DECEMBER

Abba Arrival Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2089 0862. Tribute band. Sold out.

RAl Lewis + Kizzy Crawford + Zim Voices St John’s Church, Canton, Cardiff. 7pm, £15/£12.50 adv. Info 029 2056 2022. Annual Christmas gig by Welsh folk-rocker Lewis, plus pals. Tonight’s show sold out well in advance but there’s also one tomorrow, which may still have tickets.

RAmser Jazz Time Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 5.30-7pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391. Every Friday in the foyer until Fri 8 Dec (ie finishes next week).

Andy Fairweather Low & The Big Band Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £24. Info 01873 850805. In Cardiff tomorrow.

RAubrey Parsons Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com. Also here on Fri 5 Jan.

Beatles For Sale Paget Rooms, Penarth. 8.30pm, £12.50. Info 029 2070 0721. Tribute band.

Beyond The Barricade Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, £23.50/£22. Info 01656 815995. Songs from the musicals.

Bjorn Belief Queens Hall, Narberth. 7.30pm, £15. Info 01834 869323. Abba tribute.

Calypso The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Candelas + Alffa + Pyroclastig Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £7. Info 029 2023 2199.

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra: A Night At The Movies Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £15/£13. Info 01495 227206.

Cardiff University Chamber Choir St Augustine’s Church, Penarth. 7-8.30pm, £5/free NUS or under-18s. Info 029 2087 4816.

Chris John Lamb & Flag, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 857611. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Deadbeat Deluxe The Moon, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info info@ themooncardiff.com.

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 029 2039 1391. In Swansea tomorrow.

Ellen And Rhiannon Pencoed Library. 1pm, £4.50. Info 01656 815995.

Future Sons Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

Gould Piano Trio Cardiff University Concert Hall. 1.10-2pm, free. Info 029 2087 4816.

Gwenno Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £11. Info 01685 384111. Clwb Ifor Bach present an out-of-town gig ahead of Gwenno’s new album, whose lyrics are all in Cornish, or ‘the thinking person’s Welsh’ as it’s also known.

Haelon Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 8pm. Info 01443 491424. “A new Valleys based Welsh/English, ambient electro/accoustic ensemble.” Crikey!

Haffner Wind Ensemble Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6. Info 029 2039 1391.

James Kennedy Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jeremiah Ferrari Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille Snails Deli, Rhiwbina, Cardiff. 7pm, £22 inc buffet. Info 029 2062 0415.

Like A Lion Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

RLive Acoustic Night The Pilot, Penarth. Free. Info 029 2071 0615. On the first Friday of each month (also on Fri 5 Jan).

LP Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £16.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. New York singer-songwriter, most of her songwriting being for pop superstars.

Moongazer The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Octave Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £10. Info 029 2087 7959. Family-friendly Christmas concert.

Off The Record The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Only Men Aloud St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £29. Info 029 2087 8444.

Opusweed Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 682388. Gloucestershire spacerock band.

Paul J Edwards The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Pearl Jamm The Pit, Swansea. 7pm, £8. Info facebook.com/thepitswansea. Tribute band. In Cardiff tomorrow.

PJ Powers Tramshed, Cardiff. 8pm, £15 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. South African musician doing that thing where acts who are only really popular with their countrymen book a gig here to coincide with a rugby match.

RPlanet Rockstock Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. 5pm, £150 weekend. Info www.planetrock.com/events/planet-rock-live/planet-rockstock-2016. Hard rock weekender that’s long sold out, as in previous years, but have a lineup anyway. Today: Monster Truck, Bernie Marsden, Rock Goddess, Bernie Tormé and Raveneye. Sat 2: Joanne Shaw Taylor, Dan Reed Network, Brother Firetribe, Electric Boys, Massive Wagons and Broken Witt Rebels. Sun 3: Thunder, Michael Monroe, King King, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Son Of Man and Bad Touch. Second stage: running order TBC but playing across the three days will be Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters, Departed, Devience, Florence Black, Gabriella Jones, Godsticks, Kane’d, Mason Hill, Mollie Marriott, Piston, The Texas Flood, These Wicked Rivers, Trucker Diablo and Xander & the Peace Pirates. (Until Sun 3)

Ravi Sawney & Anna Pack St Fagans Village Hall. 7.30pm, £8/£6/£4 kids/free under-12s. Info 029 2023 2970. A Pentreffest Noz folk night.

Rock N Roll Paradise Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20/£18. Info 01792 475715. R’n’r-themed tribute show.

Skandal +Beneath The Divine + Mudlark + Jacdo + King Juss The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 6pm, £2. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. Greek doom/classic metal band headline. Most of this lineup are in Neath tomorrow.

State Of Decay + Cosmo + Balkaneers + Jebbers + Bosco Rox Exist Skatepark, Swansea. 8pm, £5. Info 01792 474095.

Sweet Baboo + Ed Dowie Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7pm, £11 adv. Info 029 2023 3658. Presented by Amazing Tapes From Canton, whoever that may be. Will be sold out by the time you read this, I think, but SB has another gig here on Thurs 7.

The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

The Birmingham Blues Brothers Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Blues Brothers tribute. A five-course meal is included in the price.

The Boss UK The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Springsteen tribute.

The Feelgood Band District Club, Pontypridd. 9pm. Info 01443 402550. Dr Feelgood tribute band. A niche that was waiting to be filled! Or it would have been if the band currently trading as Dr Feelgood weren’t effectively a tribute band themselves.

The Fugitives Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4/£3. Info 029 2038 7026. Blues.

The Hepburns + Oblong + La Forme Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Late-80s janglepop band from Llanelli who have reformed and have an album which they claim is “a wry look at a post-Brexit, post-Trump world”.

The People The Poet + Fire Fences + The Broadcasts + The Brocklebank The Muni, Pontypridd. 7pm, £6 adv. Info 01443 490390.

The Tates + Los Blancos + Papur Wal + Names The Parrot, Carmarthen. 8pm, £5. Info 01267 231012.

Thoby Davis The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235. Live music here every Friday.

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER

80s Xmas Party Night Chepstow Racecourse. £42. Info 01291 622260. Featuring covers band The Lovecats and a three-course meal among other things.

RAcoustic Duos The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235. Local acts here every Saturday.

AD/HD The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £5. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. AC/DC tribute.

Alexander O’Neal Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, £33.50/£31.50. Info 01656 815995. Soul veteran.

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders + Geraint Watkins New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £26.50. Info 029 2087 8889.

Bob Evans The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622. Live music here every Saturday in December and January (apart from Sat 23 Dec).

Burning Ferns + Eight Rounds Rapid Le Public Space, Newport. 8pm. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Cantorion Pontllanfraith Celebratory Evening Memorial Hall, Newbridge. 7pm, £5-£8. Info 01495 243252.

Cardiff University Jazz Ensemble Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9pm, £5/free NUS. Info 029 2087 4816.

Chris Kelly The Mariners, Laugharne. 8.30pm, free. Info 01994 427688. Playing in sibling venue Browns tomorrow.

Christmas Crooners Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £16.50/£14.50. Info 01495 227206. Sinatra, Crosby and Cole paid seasonal tribute.

Christmas Fantasia Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £20. Info 0845 2263510. Featuring the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, Angelicus Celtis, the British Sinfonietta Orchestra and conductor John Hywel Williams.

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01792 602060.

Get Ready Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £22.50. Info 01792 475715. Sixties soul covers.

Good Vibrations Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Beach Boys tribute, sold out though.

Green Haze Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7.30pm, £7/£5 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com. Green Day tribute.

ICS: Soundbites St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 11am, free. Info 029 2087 8444. Half an hour of chamber music for free.

James Kennedy Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jon Paul Plas Dderwen, Swansea. 9.15pm, free. Info 01873 853144. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Kamikazee Millionaires The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Livewire + Limehouse Lizzy Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £20 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. AC/DC and Thin Lizzy covers.

Mastodon + Red Fang + Russian Circles Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Alt-metal faves with a decent supporting bill. Very much sold out though.

Off The Record Hen Dderwen, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 203631. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Pearl Jamm + Dirt Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £8 adv. Info 07970 063107. Sold out! Mate went to see a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band here a while back and was the only person in the audience. There’s a lesson to be had from that I’m sure.

Peter Jagger The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Philomusica Of Aberystwyth Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £3-£9.50. Info 01970 623232.

Rachel B The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra West End Club, Barry. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 01446 735739. Newcastle swing/rockabilly hybrid band play Roots N All gig.

Rough Stone + Iron Barstards Creature Sound, Swansea. 6pm. Info 01792 301178.

Royal Ascension Sound The Moon, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info info@ themooncardiff.com. Reggae sorts I believe.

Ruzz’s Guitar And Blues Revue Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 12pm. Info 07745 059936.

Skacasm The Dolls House, Abertillery. 8pm, £6/£5 adv. Info 01495 213300. Ska/2-tone tribute band.

Skandal + King Juss + Jacdo The Duke, Neath. 7pm. Info 01639 643892.

Skinny White Boy Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Slippery Slope The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762.

Smokestack Lightnin’ Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 8pm, £3. Info 01443 491424.

Soul Lotta Funk Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

StavZband Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Stop Stop The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Synergy Meets New Harmony Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £12. Info 01633 868239. Charity concert in aid of Wales Air Ambulance.

RThat Regular Night NosDa, Cardiff. 8.30pm, free. Info 029 2037 8866. New monthly night hosted by Pi & Hash. Also on Sat 6 Jan.

The Bay Rum Hounds The Andrew Buchan, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2021 2509.

The Blues Band The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50 adv. Info 07590 471888.

The Boom Sons + Digital Criminals + Scarsun + Hang 11 Jac’s, Aberdare. 7pm, £4. Info 01685 879491. A Women In Rock night, because that’s who all these bands feature. In Cardiff on Sat 16 Dec.

The Promise Of Christmas St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5-£14. Info 029 2087 8444. Carols, festive songs and orchestral music.

The Tootsie Rollers Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. “The Tootsies have taken their unique sound all over the world, and count Colin Firth, Richard Branson and Kevin Spacey amongst their followers.” Not my words but those of the venue’s website.

The Total Stone Roses + Stellify Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 01685 384111. Tributes to the Stone Roses and Ian Brown’s solo material, respectively.

SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

Acoustic Sinners Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Chris Kelly Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

RChristmas Cafe Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391. Foyer performances of festive faves. On at 11am tomorrow and Tue 5. (Until Tue 5)

RCinderella Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 2pm, £5-£10. Info 029 2039 1391. Not a panto, but an orchestral performance based on the famous story. On at 10am and 12pm on Mon 4 and Tue 5. (Until Tue 5)

Forever Never Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7.30pm, £6 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com.

Gary Phillips with The Dave Cottle Trio Mamma Mia’s, Swansea. 6.30-10.30pm, free. Info 07802 912789. Presented by Jazzland. Price includes a two-course meal.

Glas Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets In Concert Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 4pm, £25-£65. Info 029 2022 4488. A live orchestra perform a soundtrack to said movie, on a big screen above them.

Head Noise + Loralie The Cambrian, Aberdare. 8pm, free. Info 01685 879120. Presented by Blowout, more bands TBC.

Hoodie Allen Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £16.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. US rapper. Not sure if I know anyone who likes him or what his demographic is. He’s white and looks like a member of, I dunno, The Walkmen, for whatever that’s worth.

Jagged Little Pill The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Tribute to Alanis Morrisette, or possibly just her first album.

Luka Okros Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 3pm, £10/£1 under-21s. Info 01239 621200. Pianist.

Music In The Museum: Christmas Traditions National Museum Cardiff. 1pm, £5. Info 029 2039 7951. Performance by Cardiff University Palestrina Singers.

Panic Station Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 6pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Papa Gee + Big Bear + Loll The Parrot, Carmarthen. 7pm, £5. Info 01267 231012. Blues.

Ross Leadbeater Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2089 0862. Singer/pianist. Book in advance please (also, the booking page for this event states “Tickets are strictly limited to 100 per customer”).

Spearhead + Vile Inscription + Ablated + Blasfeme + The Devolved Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 6pm, £8 adv. Info 07970 063107. Death and black metal. Headliners are not to be confused with Michael Franti’s jazz/hip-hop band from the 90s. What? It could happen.

Slonk + Jack Barnett + Violent Hearts + Grace Hartrey + Kate Stapley + The Cvc + Holy Dog + Jack Ellis The Moon, Cardiff. 4pm, £5. Info info@ themooncardiff.com.

RSteve Tarner Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events. Every Sunday this month, apart from New Year’s Eve, and in January.

RThe Great Unknown The Windsor, Penarth. 9pm, free. Info 029 2070 8675. Open mic night presented by Nailed It Events. Also on Sun 10 and Sun 17 Dec, and every Sunday in January.

The Philanderers Uplands Tavern, Swansea. Info 01792 458242.

The Sunday Sessions: Sue Scott & Steph McNicholas Octavo’s Wine Bar, Cardiff Bay. 2-4.30pm, free. Info 029 2049 1220. Carols and Christmas songs.

Will Killeen The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, free. Info 01600 712767.

MONDAY 4 DECEMBER

Acoustic Charity Night Old Market Tavern, Cardiff. 7pm, £3. Info 029 2037 1263. In aid of the London Community Foundation and victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The sets will be partly Christmas-themed and there’ll be a collection on the night on top of the modest entry fee.

RAYDMS Christmas Concert The Met, Abertillery. 7pm, £6. Info 01600 772467. Popular Christmas songs and other oldies. On tomorrow also.

Carols In The Pavilion Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7pm, £5. Info 01656 815995.

Kasabian Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £45. Info 029 2022 4488.

RLive Jazz Noah’s Yard, Swansea. 8pm. Info 01792 447360. Here every Monday, holiday dates permitting I daresay.

Moc Isaac + Charlie Says + Tribeless + Elliot Oakley Old Market Tavern, Cardiff. 7pm, £3. Info 029 2037 1263. Acoustic charity gig raising money for the London Community Foundation.

RUkulele Session The Andrew Buchan, Cardiff. 8.30pm, free. Info 029 2021 2509. Every Monday, with The Plucking Fourstrings.

WI Carol Festival Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7pm, £13.50 adv. Info 01792 475715. Featuring Elgan Llyr Thomas, Llwyth y Llan Childrens Choir and Huw Tregelles Williams OBE.

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER

RAcoustic Tuesday South Riverside Community Development Centre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2030 4400. Regular event led by pioneering local musicians and singers (also on Tue 2 Jan).

RAdam Gyorgy Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20/£12. Info 01792 475715. American concert pianist plays Liszt and Chopin. On tomorrow also.

Caroline Rae & Iwan Llewelyn Jones Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9.15pm, £10/£8/free NUS. Info 029 2087 4816. Performing works by Debussy.

RCommunity Samba Band – Practise Dates Llanfrynach Village Hall, Brecon. 7-9pm, £4/£2 under-16s. Info sambabrecon@yahoo.co.uk. Every Tuesday.

RLunchtime Concert Cornerstone, Cardiff. 1.10pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391. New monthly concerts in this Charles Street venue, presented by the Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama. Also on Tue 7 Dec and Tue 16 Jan.

ROpen Mic The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, free. Info 01497 821762. Every Tuesday.

ROpen Mic Night Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com. Every Tuesday.

Pictish Trail + Monoganon + Little Red Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £9 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Scottish indie-folkie headlines.

Pulled Apart By Horses + Weirds Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £11 adv. Info 01792 468892. See Music.

Stone Sour + The Pretty Reckless Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.45pm, £28.50. Info 029 2022 4488. See Music.

The Bootleg Beatles St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £29.50. Info 029 2087 8444.

The John Davies Quintet Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4.50/£4/£2 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER

RAubrey Parsons Cedar Tree Farm, Cardiff Bay. 3pm, free. Info 029 2034 1823. With a Christmas set. Presented by Nailed It Events. Also on Wed 13 and Wed 20 Dec.

Aubrey Parsons The Seagull Inn, Porthcawl. 8pm, free. Info 01656 785420. Presented by Nailed It Events.

RBandaoke Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com. “Sing with a fully rehearsed band and become the Popstar you always dreamed of being.” Also on Wed 13 Dec.

Beans On Toast + Skinny Lister The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 07590 471888.

RBella & Gareth Blues Duo Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2038 7026. Also on Wed 20.

Blue Rose Code The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, £12.50 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Bohemian Grove + Conflicts + Incursion Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £3. Info 07970 063107.

Cardiff County And Vale Of Glamorgan Music Service Christmas Showcase St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7-£11. Info 029 2087 8444.

Christmas Afternoon Concert The Met, Abertillery. 2pm, £7.50. Info 01600 772467. Price includes a coffee and mince pie.

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £20 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Folk veteran in the family way, as folkies often are.

Euros Childs Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7.30pm, £12. Info 029 2023 3658. Euros’ second tour date in this venue, having previously played here in mid-November. In Carmarthen Fri 8; Swansea Sat 9

*Futuro De Hierro +Stomack + Harrga Undertone, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £6. Info 029 2022 8883. Lesson No.1 and FYB present a great night of live, industrial/noise-influenced electronic music. I have seen each of these acts once before and expect them to bring it again.

Greta Isaac Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7. Info 029 2023 2199.

Liane Carroll Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £12. Info 07802 912789.

Megs Emrys Band + Jack Cooper & The Offshore + Matt Evans Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. A Folk In The Owl’s Nest night.

Monmouth Big Band with Gareth Roberts Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Normandie + Ryan Key Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199. Ryan Key is from the band Yellowcard.

ROpen Jam Session The Andrew Buchan, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2021 2509. Every Wednesday. Expect to hear jazz, blues, rock or ska here.

ROpen Mic Market Street Club, Barry. 8pm. Info 01446 733863. Every Wednesday.

RRock The Jukebox Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £10. Info 0845 2263510. Songs you hear in 50s/60s retro musicals. (Until Fri 8)

Sinfonia Cymru The Riverfront, Newport. 1pm, £5. Info 01633 656757.

RSwing Time Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Penarth. 8.30pm, £5/£4.40 adv. Info donnie@donniejoemusic.com. Swing and lindy hop night with live band Donnie Joe’s American Swing plus The Medicine Man DJing. Also on Thurs 28.

The Performance Factory Music School Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.15pm, £6.50/£4.50. Info 01792 475715.

The Wytches Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 01792 468892. Brightonian indie psych band. In Cardiff tomorrow.

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER

BBC NOW: Elgar & Rachmaninov St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5-£40. Info 029 2087 8444.

RChristmas On Broadway Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15/£13. Info 029 2039 1391. Featuring the Royal Welsh College Musical Theatre Soloists and Royal Welsh College Concert Orchestra. On tomorrow also.

RFrankie Weeson Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 8pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events. Every Thursday in December.

Hackensack Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £6/£5. Info 029 2038 7026.

Henry Marten’s Ghost The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

RJane’s Calamity Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com. An evening of singing along to songs from the musicals round the piano. Also on Fri 22 Dec and Thurs 4 Jan.

John Owen Jones Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7.30pm. Info 0845 2263510. West End fave sings. Sold out though. In Cardiff on Thurs 14.

Misfires + Jack Perrett + Fire Fences The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, £7/£6 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Naomi Rae + Leighton Jones + Tobias Robertson + Filthy/Gorgeous Funk Band Jacobs Market, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2039 0939.

Nuclear Lullaby Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

Philippa Hanna Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £14. Info 029 2087 7959. Christmas acoustic concert in support of the Amber Project.

Rhoda Dakar The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Former Specials vocalist.

Shed Seven + Cast Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £24 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. The bio on the venue website is just the first two paragraphs of Shed Seven’s Wikipedia entry, which is vaguely disparaging about their level of success. The funny thing is, this gig is sold out and Shed Seven clearly do OK for themselves all things considered.

Sweet Baboo + Kid Carpet Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7pm, £11 adv. Info 029 2023 3658.

The Rumblestrutters Crindau Constitutional Club, Newport. 8pm, £8/£5. Info 01633 858636. A Lyceum Folk Club night. Headliners are in Port Talbot on Sat 9.

The Wytches Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199.

Women In Rock Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £17.50-£21.50. Info 01792 475715. A night of covers of Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Bonnie Tyler etc. This has replaced this evening’s original booking here, a Spice Girls tribute band. Hats off to the venue for sticking to their feminist guns.

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER

2 Rude + Retro Electro The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £14.50 adv. Info 01633 533666. Tributes to the 2-tone and synthpop scenes respectively.

A Night At The Movies 2017 St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £6.50-£23.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Michael Bell conducts the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of the music of John Williams.

Anthony Moulton Lamb & Flag, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 857611. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Argrph + Papur Wal + Names Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £6. Info 029 2023 2199. Hosted by Libertino and Twrw.

Baggy-Cringle Glais Rugby Football Club, nr Clydach, Swansea. 8pm, £7. Info 01792 425231. A Valley Folk Club night whose main act has slightly altered their name so it’s a Christmas reference.

Bass 12 Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Brassy covers of various festive tunes.

Best Of Bublé Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Michael Bublé tribute with a five-course meal.

Buffalo Summer + Pearler + Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £5. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Calan Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Welsh folkies.

Chris John The Fairwater, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2033 3049. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Christmas With The Royal Welsh College Brass Band St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, £7/£6 adv. Info 029 2087 8444.

Claire Martin Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. UK jazz vocalist.

Dictaphone Devil Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Eden Roots Reggae Band Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4/£3. Info 029 2038 7026.

Eleri Angharad The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235.

Euros Childs + Adwaith The Parrot, Carmarthen. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 01267 231012.

Goldie Lookin Chain Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

James Kennedy The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jeremiah Pip Smith The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jim Blair NosDa, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info 029 2037 8866. Solo set by a member of the band Hip Route, who play here tomorrow.

Larger Than Life! Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Like A Lion The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Marilyn Manson Newport Centre. 7pm, £35. Info 01633 656757. Sold out! See Music though.

Only Men Aloud Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 7.30pm, £27. Info 01686 614555.

Peter Jagger Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Replaced By Robots + Discount Columbo + Hush Mozey Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £5/£4 adv. Info 01685 879491. Blowout present indie/rock bands.

Robbie Williams Tribute Xmas Party Night Chepstow Racecourse. £39. Info 01291 622260. Also featuring a three-course meal among other things.

Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama Festive Brass St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, £5-£7. Info 029 2087 8444.

Roy Wood Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £22.50-£26.50. Info 01792 475715. IIIIT’S CHRIIIISTMAS!!! That’s what Roy Wood might well reply if someone hard of hearing asked him “in what part of the year do you make most of your money?”

Sepulchre + Black Of Night + Voluntas + Cranial Separation The Patriot, Crumlin. 8pm, free. Info 01495 247178.

Sian Evans The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 07590 471888. Or ‘Sian Evans – The Voice Of Kosheen’ to give her full title. She wrote Rita Ora’s Hot Right Now it says here, didn’t know that.

Sodomized Cadaver + Damim + Vendetta FM + Anoxide + Disposable + Deathsurrection + Homizide Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 6pm, £5. Info 07970 063107.

Spectrum Singers Dyffryn Gardens, Vale Of Glamorgan. £2-£15. Info 029 2059 3328. Christmas carol concert.

The Charlatans Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £28.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458.

The Flamenco Thief The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Flamenco guitar and loop pedal courtesy of one Craig Sutton. The name sounds a bit hard on yourself, Craig.

RThe Rock N Roll Circus Christmas Bash The Dolls House, Abertillery. £7 adv. Info 01495 213300. Two-day charity event in aid of Velindre. Today features sets from The Black Bullets, White Coast Rebels, Deathtraps, Pizzatramp and The D Teez. Tomorrow: Trucker Diablo, Crashed Out, Black Water Chemistry, Hell’s Addiction, Whiskey Lies, The King Lot, Thirteen Stars and Fahran.

The Skiptones Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

White Witches + Cult Of Hands + Windshake The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER

Abba Tribute Xmas Party Night Chepstow Racecourse. £42. Info 01291 622260. Also featuring a three-course meal among other things.

BackStreet Symphony The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Bute Chorus Concert Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391. Featuring the Royal Welsh College’s mixed community choir.

Calypso Plas Dderwen, Swansea. 9.15pm, free. Info 01873 853144. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Cat’s Claw CMC Sports And Leisure Club, UHW campus, Cardiff. 8-11.30pm, £10/£8 adv/£5 kids. Info 029 2039 4207. A RUFF Ceilidh night, also featuring Mic Spencley calling.

Celtic Pride The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Christmas Celtic Evening The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762.

Christmas With CAVMS The Gate, Cardiff. 7pm, £6-£8. Info 029 2048 3344. Feative music and carols with the Cardiff And Vale Music Service.

Christmas With Elvis Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01873 850805. Not, as you may have assumed, the Economically Lacking Vale Intonation Service. ‘Elvis’ is in fact some sort of pop singer.

Desperado The Muni, Pontypridd. 7pm, £12 adv. Info 01443 490390. Eagles tribute.

Estrons + Chroma + Paomino Party Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199.

Euros Childs Cinema & Co, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 07982 624959.

Explosive Light Orchestra Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 8pm, £15. Info 01685 384111. ELO tribute.

Faith No More Or Less Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £4 adv. Info 01443 682388. FNM tribute.

Geraint Lovgreen Cellar Bar, Cardigan. 7.30pm. Info 07818 056599. Welsh language singer-songwriter.

Handel’s Messiah St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £9-£30. Info 029 2087 8444. With the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir.

Hippo + Sous Les Paves + Notsoever Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Hosted by Cosmogramma.

Hip Route NosDa, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info 029 2037 8866.

Jack Mac’s Funk Pack Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. Jazz standards.

Jive Talkin’ Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £21.50. Info 01970 623232. Bee Gees tribute.

RJon Crespo Quartet Café Jazz, Cardiff. 9pm, £2 after 11. Info 029 2038 7026. Also on Sat 16 and Sat 23.

Junior Music Concert Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 5pm, £7.50/£4. Info 029 2039 1391.

Lewis Morgan The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Midnight Sun + Fall From Ruin + Excursia The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £2. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Mike Sanchez Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £17.50 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. R&B/rock’n’roll pianist.

Ofelia + Luna Tides The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 9pm, £4. Info 01685 387925.

Off The Record Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Salvation Army Christmas Concert The Met, Abertillery. 7pm, £5. Info 01600 772467.

Sean McGowan + Selena In The Chapel Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, £6 adv. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Sophie De Winter The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Split Whiskers Cwmbran RFC, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £8/£6. Info 01633 483238. Borough Blues Club gig.

Tailor Rai The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Bar Hounds Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

The Big Fat Blues Band Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 9.30pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

The Boom Sons + The Caged Bird Sings + Breakdown Face + Head Noise Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7pm, £2. Info 01443 491424.

The Mudskippers The Last Resort, Swansea. 9pm. Info lastresortswansea@gmail.com.

The Rumblestrutters Taste, Port Talbot. 8.30pm. Info 01639 886750.

The Somethings Hen Dderwen, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 203631. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The UB40 Experience The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Tribute band.

Triaxis + Dakesis + Metaprism Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £6/£5. Info 07970 063107.

Tyla’s Dogs D’amour + The Main Grains + The Dukes Of Bordello Sin City, Swansea. 7pm, £14 adv. Info 01792 468892.

Whitesnake UK Ebbw Vale Institute. 7pm, £12 adv. Info 01495 708022. Tribute band.

Wright Hear Wright Now Three Horse Shoes, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2069 4630. Presented by Nailed It Events.

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER

Acid Reign Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com. Late 80s/early 90s UK thrash metal band, not afraid to be zany and now reformed.

City Voices Cardiff St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £5-£13. Info 029 2087 8444. Carols etc.

Emmanuel Kempton The Drill Hall, Chepstow. 7-10pm, £5. Info 01291 627122. Classical/fingerstyle acoustic guitarist.

RFolk Music & Song Session Arvon Ale House, Llandrindod Wells. 4pm. Info 07477 627267. Every second and fourth Sunday of the month (also on Sun 24 in December), with an extra acoustic session on the third Sunday (Sun 17) too.

Heavy Quartet The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, free. Info 01600 712767.

Henry Marten’s Ghost Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

Hot Club Swing Café Jazz, Cardiff. 6.30-9pm, £5. Info 029 2038 7026. Monthly night.

Mayor’s Charity Show 2017 Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 7pm, £3. Info 01639 763214.

*Odd Box Fundraiser Alldayer The Moon, Cardiff. 2-10pm, £12/£10 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Featuring Helen Love, Peaness, The Darling Buds, The Loves, Van-illa, Hodad, Lawndale High and Live, Do Nothing.

Plant Duw + Argrph + Hyll + Y Gwyddel The Big Top, Cardiff. 8pm, £6. Info 029 2022 8883. Album launch gig for the headliners. Also featuring DJing from Hefin Jones.

Rob Uprichard Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

RRoyal Welsh College Of Music & Drama Students National Museum Cardiff. 1pm, free. Info 029 2039 7951. Also here on Sun 14 Jan.

Silverstein The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 07590 471888. US emo-rock mob, presented here by Imperial Music.

South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus Tramshed, Cardiff. 6pm, £14.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

Steps + Vengaboys Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6pm, from £40. Info 029 2022 4488. It’s the headliners’ 20th anniversary, and probably for the Vengaboys as well, I’m not looking it up.

Stratus-Fear Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 6-8pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

The Glendale Family + Nia Ann & Rosey Cale Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Folk.

MONDAY 11 DECEMBER

A Christmas Concert Of Seasonal Music And Carols St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10-£13. Info 029 2087 8444.

BBC NOW Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 2pm, £11-£13. Info 029 2063 6464. Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka celebrates his 30th year with BBC NOW and his 70th birthday with an all-Elgar programme.

Boyzlife Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £28.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Brian McFadden of Westlife and Keith Duffy of Boyzone put their heads together for a duo whose name is, whatever anyone says, better than Westzone.

Brecon Town Concert Band Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7.30pm, £12.50/£10. Info 01874 611622.

Chantal McGregor + The Luke Doherty Band The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £14 adv. Info 01633 533666.

Charlie Says + The Rotanas + Crystalline + The Tribeless The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, £4. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER

Biloba Cello Quartet Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1pm, £7.50/£5. Info 01874 611622. Lunchtime Brecon Bites concert. The £7.50 price gets you tea and cake.

Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9pm, free. Info 029 2087 4816.

Chris Quinn & Moses Rozenberg The Muse, Brecon. 8pm, £10/£8 members. Info 07791 654799. Presented by Brecon Jazz.

Festive Cafe Concert 2017 St Donats Art Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan. 3pm, £6.50. Info 01446 799100.

Fish Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. That’s Fish from Marillion to you.

Hashtag Acoustic Duo Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

Kate Rusby St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £25/£18. Info 029 2087 8444. See Upfront.

Roland Gift The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Him out of Fine Young Cannibals.

Smithsodeon Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4.50/£4/£2 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

Swinging 60s To The Sizzling 70s Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Julia Martin sings hits from those decades, you eat a five-course meal.

RTalon Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £22. Info 01873 850805. Eagles tribute, on tomorrow also.

The Amity Affliction + Boston Manor + Vukovi + Casey Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £17.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. This is 2017’s Kerrang! tour, and combines metalcore, pop-punk and post-hardcore in much the same way the magazine does nowadays. I think so anyway, I’ve not read a copy for years.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £12 adv. Info 029 2023 2199.

The Sunsets Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER

Carol Concert Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm. Info 01646 651725.

Celebrating Dame Shirley Bassey & Celine Dion Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Julia Martin pays tribute to both acts.

DB Big Band Christmas Show with Lee Gilbert & Amy Coombes Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig. Price includes buffet.

Grace Petrie Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199. See Upfront.

Liam Gallagher + Rat Boy + Trampolene Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 8pm, from £36.50. Info 029 2022 4488. This and all the other dates on Liam’s tour appear to be sold out. Was it ever confirmed if he named his album As You Were after the thing he always writes in his tweets, or if he writes ‘as you were’ as long-game promotion for the album?

Mark Armstrong with Dave Cottle Trio Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

Shaggy Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Steeled myself for the demand that Buzz covered this gig when it was announced, it seeming to have the exact pH balance of nostalgia and irony that thrills so many. However I don’t think it’s even been mentioned. Also it’s now sold out.

The Bay Rum Hounds Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2038 7026. Blues.

The Darkness + Blackfoot Gypsies St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £29. Info 029 2087 8444. See Upfront.

Xmas Party No.1 Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £4. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club night. Price includes a buffet.

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER

Aubrey Parsons & Paul Dark The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

BBC NOW: Christmas Celebrations Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7.30pm, £5-£20. Info 01792 475715. Also featuring the BBC’s jazz radio head Claire Teal. In Cardiff tomorrow.

Cardiff University Symphonic Winds Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9pm, free. Info 029 2087 4816.

Carols At The Museum National Museum Cardiff. 3.30pm, free. Info 029 2039 7951.

David Thomas Broughton + Motes Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 8pm, £7/£6 adv. Info 029 2023 3658. Yorkshire experimental folk type DTB plays Cardiff for the first time in I think three years. He is playing with a local backing band on each tour date; this one includes Gareth Bonello, Andy Regan and Rosie Smith.

Fat Barry’s Soul Band Margam Park, nr Port Talbot. 6.30pm, £33.50. Info 01639 881635. Price includes a two-course turkey dinner and a drink.

Festive Brass Band Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Ian Poole Quartet The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

John Owen-Jones + Beau Dermott St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £27. Info 029 2087 8444.

Keith James Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Playing two sets, one a ‘best of UK folk-rock’ type affair and the other an all-Nick Drake one.

Parish + The Fused + Self Raised The Moon, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £4. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Roam Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199.

Silent Forum + 5th Spear + Tusk Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

The West End At Christmas Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7.30pm, £15/£13. Info 01874 611622.

UB40 The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £37.50 adv. Info 01633 533666.

Upstairs At The Unicorn Christmas Special The Unicorn, Pontypool. 7.30pm, £3. Info 01495 751304. Folk night.

Violet Skies Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199. Synth-pop kinda solo artist from Monmouthshire. We were going to write about her a year or two back and she was so determined not to dispense any promo photos of herself that we sacked it off in the end, and in turn it looks like she’s sacked that policy off too.

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER

101% Pantera Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 8pm, £9/£7 adv. Info 07970 063107. Tribute band. Shout out to whoever designed the poster for using the Confederate flag as the background, in case anyone had forgotten that Phil Anselmo from Pantera is an unrepentant racist arsehole.

4 Brothers + The Gandy Dancers + Curly + The Sam Antonio Freeway + The Mahouts Jac’s, Aberdare. 6pm, £5. Info 01685 879491.

Abergavenny Borough Band Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £8/£6. Info 01873 850805.

BBC NOW: Christmas Celebrations St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15-£40. Info 029 2087 8444.

Chris Kelly Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Dansette Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4/£3. Info 029 2038 7026. Sixties style soul.

Elvis Legacy Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Elvis tribute act Mark Summers gyrates Satanically to accompany your five-course meal. Fully booked though.

Final Demand The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Harleighblu + Mansfield Green Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm. Info 029 2039 7933. Hosted by Starving Artists.

Jools Holland Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £40. Info 029 2022 4488. Jools plays here just before Christmas every year, and every year we ignore it when selecting our editorial. Until now. So, er, see Upfront for an interview with Jools and José Feliciano who will be performing with him.

Made In Liverpool Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £19.50 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Beatles tribute.

Mansel Davies Lamb & Flag, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 857611. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Michael Leslie The Newbridge, Cardiff. 3-5pm, free. Info 029 2030 8031. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Mike Dennis + Acoumetal The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

No Glory Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7.30pm, £4. Info 01443 682388.

Open Mic Night The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, free. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Paul J Edwards The Aubrey Arms, Bonvilston. 8.30pm, free. Info 01446 781210. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Punchline The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Red Ethel The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Jazz-folk trio.

Rumney Folk Club St Augustine’s Church, Rumney, Cardiff. 7pm, £3.50/£1.50 for performers. Info derek@rumneyfolkclub.co.uk. Monthly night.

Santa Cruz + Skarlett Riot + Pearler Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 01792 468892.

Simon Trigg The Woodman, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 402700. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Sounds Familiar Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 6.30-11.30pm, £20. Info 01685 384111. Christmas party night.

The Algal Bloom + Brett Green The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Them 2 Fellas Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Pollen Count The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 9pm, £3. Info 01685 387925.

The Spectrums + Abba Fabba Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly. 7.30pm, £10/£7 adv. Info 07512 237983. Tributes to 80s synthpop and Abba respectively.

The Spook School + Nervus + The Darling Buds + Clarity Le Public Space, Newport. 6pm, £10. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. See Music for more on this gig and in particular The Spook School.

The West End At Christmas The Met, Abertillery. 7.30pm, £12. Info 01600 772467. Songs from the musicals.

Tom Martin The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235.

Welsh Camerata Choir St Mary Of The Angels Church, Cardiff. 8pm, £12/£10. Info www.welshcamerata.org. Performing works by Arvo Pärt, Pawel Lukaszewski, Scotland and Wales. In Swansea tomorrow.

Yamäya Small World Theatre, Cardigan. 8pm, £10. Info 01239 615952. Afrobeat type band from Brighton. Miss Mitten will also be DJing dub and reggae.

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER

Aberystwyth Choral Society Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £2-£12. Info 01970 623232. Performing Mozart’s Requiem.

Annual Christmas Concert Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. 7pm, £10/£8. Info 0300 0040444.

BBC Wales: Carols For Christmas St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £5. Info 029 2087 8444.

Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50. Info 029 2023 5555. Sold out.

Bon Giovi Ebbw Vale Institute. 7pm, £12 adv. Info 01495 708022. Tribute band.

Canada Road The Andrew Buchan, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2021 2509.

Decibelles The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Cloudbusting Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £16.50 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Kate Bush tribute.

Continents The Dolls House, Abertillery. 6.30pm, £5 adv. Info 01495 213300.

Côr Meibion Llanelli Christmas Concert Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £15 adv. Info 0845 2263510.

Dai Robs Christmas Party + Frozen Cabin Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 8pm, £7. Info 01686 614555.

Democratus + Outright Resistance + Blind Divide + Cranial Separation Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £5. Info 07970 063107. Metal bands in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Diamond Nights Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Neil Diamond tribute, fully booked sorry.

DIY Cardiff 3rd Birthday Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff. 4-10.30pm, £5 adv. Info 029 2037 3144. Several hours of punk, emo and indie from promo stalwarts, featuring Apologies, I Have None (that’s one band), Kamikaze Girls, Bicycle Thieves, Big Whoop and more TBC.

Elvis Tribute Xmas Party Night Chepstow Racecourse. £42. Info 01291 622260. Also featuring a three-course meal among other things.

Hayley & The Comets Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

Julie Murphy & Ceri Rhys Matthews Pwerdy Powerhouse, Pont Tyweli, /Carmarthenshire. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01559 364820. Folk duo.

Lewis Morgan The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Mangata The Heath, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2039 4207. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Mansel Davies Plas Dderwen, Swansea. 9.15pm, free. Info 01873 853144. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Mr Hate The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Nik Turner’s Space Ritual Cellar Bar, Cardigan. 7.30pm. Info 07818 056599. Hawkwind sax player bongs on.

Orange Circus The Last Resort, Swansea. 9pm. Info lastresortswansea@gmail.com.

Palm Tree Antics West End Club, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 735739.

Palomino Party + Chupa Cabra Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £6 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Also featuring a post-band DJ set from Rotary Club folks.

Punchline Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Resurrection + Oas-is The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 07590 471888. It’s nearly 2018 and there are two competing Oasis/Stone Roses tribute shows in Wales’ capital city on one night. Say what you like about North Korea, this sort of thing doesn’t happen there.

Rocket Joe Joe And The Old Time Bangers Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Ryan McMullan Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199.

Surplus Surprise Yule Party Fluidity Freerun Academy, Cardiff. 7pm-3am, £10. Info 07747 888931. Live music from Radical Dance Faction, Lacertilia, Gung Ho, The Blunders and Audio Pirates. DJs: Pierrot The Acid Clown, 4G b2b Twospeed and Iolo.

The Bar Hounds The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

The Boom Sons + Digital Criminals + Scarsun + Insuna NosDa, Cardiff. 7pm, pay by donation. Info 029 2037 8866.

The Carney Villains Queens Hall, Narberth. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01834 869323.

The Guilty Rascals + Blood Slugs + The Tribeless The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £2. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

The Heist Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £4 adv. Info 01443 682388. Rock covers.

The Oasis Experience + These Smiths + The Stoned Roses + Beady Eyes + Lliam Galllagher + Le Tropix Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 6pm, £16.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. This evening is titled Welcome To Manchester Via Cardiff and features three Oasis-related tributes (I truly cannot believe there are people who have learned a whole set of Beady Eye songs), plus Smiths and Roses homages. Katie O also DJs.

The Shakes Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Treatment Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com.

Troubleshooters The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 9pm, £3. Info 01685 387925.

Trystan Llyr Griffiths Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £27.50. Info 01239 841387 Welsh tenor. Ticket price includes supper.

Welsh Camerata Choir All Saints Church, Cardiff. 7pm, £12/£10. Info www.welshcamerata.org.

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER

3 Fat Cyclists Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

Acoustic Session Arvon Ale House, Llandrindod Wells. 4pm. Info 07477 627267.

Bridget And The Big Girls Blues The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, free. Info 01600 712767.

Bubblewrap Christmas Party Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 4-11pm, £13.50. Info 029 2023 2199. Featuring 10 acts in total, with The Gentle Good, Cotton Wolf and Quodega announced so far.

Chapter Four Jazz Quartet Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2030 4400. Jazz in the bar.

Handel’s Messiah Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7pm, £15-£20. Info 01792 475715. With the Swansea Bach Choir.

Mason Hill + Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters + Deever Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £8 adv. Info 07970 063107.

Route 66 Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

Ryder The Eagle + Sock + Holy Dog The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, £6/£5 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Spectrum Singers Penarth Pier Pavilion. 3pm, £8. Info 0844 8700887. Chamber choir.

Steps Into Christmas Dolman Theatre, Newport. 7.15pm, £10. Info 01633 263670. The poster for this has the logo of Steps, as in the pop group, so I assume this is a tribute to them, but I can’t find any info confirming this.

The Jedis Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 6pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

The Sixteen St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £5-£25. Info 029 2087 8444.

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER

Donnie Joe’s American Swing Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £3/£2.50 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

The Wildhearts Acoustic The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07590 471888. Featuring two members of the Geordie rockers, Ginger (who was here last month with his other band Mutation) and CJ.

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER

Question The Mark The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

The Wessex New Orleans Band Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4.50/£4/£2 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

The West End At Christmas Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 2pm, £14/£12. Info 0845 2263510.

What’s New Pussycat? Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Glen Leon plays Tom Jones here, tickets all gone mind you.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER

Abbalicious The Bear Hotel, Cowbridge. 8pm, free. Info 01446 774814. Presented by Nailed It Events.

uAndy Collins Open Mic Night Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events. Also on Wed 17 Jan.

Fight Rosa Fight + Salt Bath + Think Pretty + KVSD Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, £5. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Geraint Rhys + Jack Barnett & The Rain Dogs + Dusty Cut Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

Jeff Hooper with Martin Shaw Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 8pm, £11.50. Info 01656 815995. Jazz.

Mamma Mia Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Abba tribute, sold out already.

Opera Holloway The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £8/£7 adv. Info 01685 387925. Opera, jazz and festive tunes featuring Dowlais Male Choir, Callie Gasto, Sophie Dicks, Will Branston, Ryan Ross and Laurie O’Brien.

Suspiciously Elvis The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07590 471888. Tribute show.

The Cottle Brothers Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £13.50. Info 07802 912789. Christmas party gig.

The Village Quire Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club Christmas party night with this folk harmony-meets-storytelling band.

THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER

Abstract Open Mic Night Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, free. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Alexa Dena & Easy Street Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £6/£5. Info 029 2038 7026.

Bad Manners Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £16. Info 029 2023 5555.

Caritas Choir At Christmas Penarth Pier Pavilion. 7.30pm, £10/£5 kids and NUS. Info 0844 8700887.

Christmas By Candlelight Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2089 0862. Festive music conducted by Alwyn Humphreys.

Curtis Lee + The Kinky Wizzards + Monday Night Side Project The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, £5. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Jazz Jam Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Magical Mystery Tour The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £15 adv. Info 01633 533666. Beatles tribute featuring people who were in West End show Let It Be.

My Name Is Ian + Vega Bodegas + Gindrinker Gwdihw, Cardiff. 8pm, £5/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

RNC Sessions Nolton Corner, Bridgend. 7.30pm, free. Info 01656 655015. Live acoustic acts, every third Thursday of the month (also on Thurs 18 Jan).

Porridge Radio + Garden Centre + Pink Grapefruit + Lawndale High Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2023 3658. Upbeat indie shenanigans.

Shelter Cymru Christmas Concert Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 6pm, £45/£10 under-15s/free under-5s. Info 029 2039 1391. Featuring soprano Rebecca Evans among other guests.

The Verge Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 8pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

Tobias The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER

360 Degrees Lamb & Flag, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 857611. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Bad Sam + The Blunders + No Pulse + Social Experiment Le Public Space, Newport. 7.30pm, £5. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Calypso The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Christmas Village Quire The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 7.30pm, £7. Info 01497 821762.

CK Gospel Choir Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £18 adv. Info 029 2089 0862.

Dream State + Wilderness Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £3. Info 07970 063107. In Swansea tomorrow.

Elliot Oakley The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235.

Keep It Cash The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £11 adv. Info 07590 471888. Johnny Cash tribute.

Kelly’s Heroes The Twelve Knights, Port Talbot. 9pm, free. Info 01639 882381. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Lee Jay The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Lost Highway Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Rachel B The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Rainbow Maniac + Hoult + Picsel + Big Thing Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 6.30pm, £5. Info 029 2023 2199. Hosted by Phwoar & Peace to celebrate a year of being the worst-named promoters in Cardiff.

Red & The Hogweeds + Deadly Light Shade + M-Power Cellar Bar, Cardigan. 8pm, £5. Info 07818 056599.

Rumney Folk Club Christmas Carols St Augustine’s Church, Rumney, Cardiff. 7pm, £5. Info derek@rumneyfolkclub.co.uk. Price includes mulled wine and a mince pie.

Sebastian Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Skakasm Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, free. Info 01685 879491.

Stevie Wonder Tribute And The Sounds Of Motown Hamptons, Penarth. 7.30pm, £40. Info 029 2070 5391. Sold out.

Sunshine Cab Co. The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

The Bella Collins Band Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4/£3. Info 029 2038 7026. Blues.

The Shakes Ty Risha, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 725287. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Worried Men The Dolls House, Abertillery. 7.30pm, free. Info 01495 213300. Thuddy blues-rockers.

Wolfsbane + Isolation + Smithgrind The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 6pm, £12 adv. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER

Calypso Lamb & Flag, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 857611. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Christmas By Candlelight Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7.30pm, £14.50. Info 01792 475715.

Climbing Trees + The Moon Birds + Ofelia The Muni, Pontypridd. 7pm, £8 adv. Info 01443 490390.

Dream State + Wilderness The Pit, Swansea. 7pm, £5 adv. Info facebook.com/thepitswansea.

John Paul Gard / Alex Hutchins The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, free. Info 01600 712767.

Kat Jones The Twelve Knights, Port Talbot. 9pm, free. Info 01639 882381. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Louise Halliday + Parsons & Dark The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Maddie & The Pandas Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Melvana + This Is Wreckage + The Vega Bodegas Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7.30pm, £5. Info 01443 491424. Nirvana tribute band, and the only tribute band in the world to have this listings section’s official seal of approval, headline.

Musicians Against Homelessness Gig The Moon, Cardiff. Info info@themooncardiff.com. With bands TBC.

Oasish Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 8pm, £12. Info 029 2023 2199. Oasis tribute band.

Off The Record Three Horse Shoes, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2069 4630. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Ortario + World Vs World + The Vergers + Tight Muff The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, pay by donation. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Pipe Dream The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Punchline Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Sarah Brown The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Spirit Of Boogie Jac’s, Aberdare. 6pm, £5 adv. Info 01685 879491.

Stars In Their Eyes Le Public Space, Newport. 6pm. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Long-running night of one-off cover bands, generally one of the most popular events in the old Le Pub, makes its debut in the new Le Pub.

The Bon Jovi Experience The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 07590 471888. Tribute band.

The Fugitives Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

The Revolvers The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Tough Love Plas Dderwen, Swansea. 9.15pm, free. Info 01873 853144. Presented by Nailed It Events.

SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER

360 Degrees Fontygary Leisure Park, Rhoose. 9pm, free. Info 01446 710386. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Glas Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Glas Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 5-7pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015. I can think of someone else who, just like local blues-rock band Glas, will be racing from city to city on Christmas Eve, delivering the goods! I’m talking about drug dealers.

Hells Bells Memorial Hall, Newbridge. 7pm, £15/£12 adv. Info 01495 243252. AC/DC tribute.

John Paul Bar 44, Cowbridge. 7pm, free. Info 0333 3444049. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Keith Rock The Newbridge, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2030 8031. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Paul Dark The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Villagers + Sarah Brown The Twelve Knights, Port Talbot. 6-11pm, free. Info 01639 882381. Presented by Nailed It Events. Sarah: 6-8pm; Villagers: 9-11pm.

TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER

Acoustic Jam Session Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Acoustic Sinners Rose & Crown, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, free. Info 01656 784850. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Anthony Moulton The Newbridge, Cardiff. 3-5pm, free. Info 029 2030 8031. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Banjaxed The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Dave Bowen Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Florence Black + Chapel Row + Tracy Island + Valhalla Awaits The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £7/£5 adv. Info 01685 387925.

Ghost Train Blinkin Owl, Cwmbran. 9pm, free. Info 01633 484749. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Marc Davies Band West End Club, Barry. 5-7.30pm, free. Info 01446 735739.

Rachel B The Fairwater, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2033 3049. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Regime + Timbali & Da Fuchaman + Rye Miligan + Fat Boy Fin Queens Hall, Narberth. 8pm-1am, £12. Info 01834 869323. Hip-hop/reggae crossover sorts headline.

Talking Bird Collective Fontygary Leisure Park, Rhoose. 9pm, free. Info 01446 710386. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Flicks Jac’s, Aberdare. 7pm, £3. Info 01685 879491. The is billed as an “Oscars-themed fancy dress party with live music.” Not a concept I would have selected to round off 2017 but that’s just me.

WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER

Bryony Sier + Rhys Davis & Band + Tom Auton Band The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 8.30-10.30pm. Info 01685 387925. A U&I Radio gig.

Madassa Soul Band The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 07590 471888. In Whitchurch on Sat 30 Dec; Pentyrch on Sat 27 Jan.

Moon Saviours Party The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. This is open to anyone who chucked this venue some money to get it reopened back in April, and will have live bands and DJs TBC.

THURSDAY 28 DECEMBER

A Tribute To Sir Tom Jones The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07590 471888. With Andy Wood.

Peter Jagger The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER

Chris John Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

*Haast’s Eagled + Kong Lives + King Juss + Wyllt + Pathogenesis Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, £3. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. More than decent lineup of heavy music for the price of a pint. In Spoons mind you!

John Godwin Open Mic The Plum Tree, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2022 5235.

Michael Leslie The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Punchline The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Toriah Fontaine The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm, £5. Info 01495 247178.

Ultimate Bowie The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13 adv. Info 07590 471888.

SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER

Breathe Fire Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £4 adv. Info 01443 682388. Rock covers.

Cancel The Transmission The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Celtic Pride The Dolls House, Abertillery. 7.30pm, £3. Info 01495 213300.

Eady Crawford The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Gimme Abba The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Tribute band.

Lyndon Mark The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Madassa Soul Band Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 029 2062 6015.

Marcus T The New Forge, Oakdale, nr Caerphilly. 9pm, free. Info 01495 228919. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Our Hollow Our Home + Pioneers + All Ears Avow + Incursion + Epsilon + Mudlark The Moon, Cardiff. 6pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Presented by JadeRachel.

Paul Ashton Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Rachel B The Hanbury, Caerleon. 8pm, free. Info 01633 420361. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Hold Up: Inner City Cypher Oner Signs, Cardiff. 1-5pm, free. Info 029 2037 1231. Monthly hip-hop session inviting MCs, beatboxers, DJs etc down to jam. Followed by…

The Hold Up Xmas Party Cardiff Speaker Hire, Cardiff. 6pm-12am. Info 029 2009 5590.

SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER

3 Fat Cyclists Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

Alive & Kickin’ The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Aubrey Parsons The Harbour, Porthcawl. 8pm, free. Info 01656 786175. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Banjaxed The Woodman, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 402700. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Cakehole Presley The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10 adv/£8 early bird. Info 07590 471888. An NYE party special lasting until 2am.

Cat’s Lost Its Tail + Heavy On The Ride + Wind Shake The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £5. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. The venue describe this night as “the 21st century’s 18th birthday” which I kinda like.

Celtic Pride The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Dual Control Blinkin Owl, Cwmbran. 9pm, free. Info 01633 484749. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Hashtag Acoustic Plas Dderwen, Swansea. 9.15pm, free. Info 01873 853144. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Hot Squash The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Miles Ahead Fontygary Leisure Park, Rhoose. 9pm, free. Info 01446 710386. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Moongazer Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jed Jameson & The Jedis Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 7pm-1am, £8 adv. Info 029 2062 6015.

One For The Road The Heath, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2039 4207. Presented by Nailed It Events. Also playing as part of a masquerade ball apparently. Experts are predicting this to be the most explosive case of a masked drummer since Thunderstick from NWOBHM stalwarts Samson.

Rainbow Maniac The Moon, Cardiff. 6pm-12.30am, £5 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com. With more bands TBC, plus DJs until 6am.

Peter Jagger Asador 44, Cardiff. 4.30pm, free. Info 029 2002 0039. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Rachel B The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Red River Blues The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, £20. Info 01600 712767. Price includes a three-course Indian buffet.

Sould The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £10 adv. Info 01497 821762. Soul/R&B band play NYE party. Ticket price includes a glass of something fizzy on arrival.

St Louis Express The Windsor, Penarth. 9pm, free. Info 029 2070 8675. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Tailor Rai Old Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 894097. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Tarion Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Acoustix Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Big What!? Band Porter’s, Cardiff. £15 adv. Info info@porterscardiff.com. Playing the venue’s NYE night, for which it’s advised to get tickets in advance.

The Welsh Guitar Duo Cellar Bar, Cardigan. 8pm. Info 07818 056599.

Tony Gold The Twelve Knights, Port Talbot. 7pm, free. Info 01639 882381.  tom Jones tribute. Presented by Nailed It Events.

MONDAY 1 JANUARY

Fireroad Jac’s, Aberdare. 6pm, £3 adv. Info 01685 879491.

Hell’s Bells The Dolls House, Abertillery. 7.30pm, £7/£6 adv. Info 01495 213300. AC/DC tribute.

THURSDAY 4 JANUARY

Danielle Nicholls Band The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Thowing Knives + Exit To The Main Menu The Moon, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. All the gigs in this venue during January are free, indeed they call it the Free For All Festival.

FRIDAY 5 JANUARY

Acoustic Sinners Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Bon Giovi Mecca Bingo, Cwmbran. 8pm, £15. Info 01633 868239. Bon Jovi tribute band play a Cwmbran bingo hall. Some things are just too perfect for this world.

Chris Kelly Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Islands In The Stream St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £27. Info 029 2087 8444. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers tribute. In Swansea on Thurs 25.

James Kennedy Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Larger Than Life! Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Open Night Glais Rugby Football Club, nr Clydach, Swansea. 8pm, £3. Info 01792 425231. A Valley Folk Club night.

Paul Ashton The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Punchline The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

We’re No Heroes + Phalcons + Hoult The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

SATURDAY 6 JANUARY

ACAB Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5 adv. Info 029 2062 6015.

Aubrey Parsons The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Bear Essentials Blinkin Owl, Cwmbran. 9pm, free. Info 01633 484749. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Grace Hartrey Band + Asha Jane Band + Amey St Cyr The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

James Kennedy Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Peter Jagger The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Ragsy The Mariners, Laugharne. 8.30pm, free. Info 01994 427688. In sibling venue Browns tomorrow.

Recrock Alldayer The Moon, Cardiff. 2-7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Sonic Highway The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

The Brandy Thieves + Crazy Cowboy The Dolls House, Abertillery. 7.30pm. Info 01495 213300.

The Flying Spider Revival + Among The Dead + LineRunners + King Goon The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, free. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. With a buffet. Book in advance please.

Wizards Of Oz Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 682388. Ozzy Osbourne tribute.

SUNDAY 7 JANUARY

A Night In Vienna Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 4pm, £15/£13.50. Info 01686 614555. The Welsh National Opera Orchestra perform works by Weber, Mozart, Strauss and more. In Cardiff on Tue 9 Jan; Newport on Sun 21 Jan.

Forté Project Alldayer The Moon, Cardiff. 2-10pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Featuring the acts chosen to get a helping hand this year (see Music News Extra for slightly more on that).

Ragsy Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

The Sunday Sessions: Rare Events Octavo’s Wine Bar, Cardiff Bay. 2-4.30pm, free. Info 029 2049 1220.

MONDAY 8 JANUARY

Only The Reign + The Honest Poet + Sam Griffiths + Shiny Tiger The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

TUESDAY 9 JANUARY

A Night In Vienna Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £16.50/£14.50. Info 029 2039 1391.

*Beatbox Hann + Dead Method + Chew + Lemfreck + Minas + Project + Niterooms + Tetrahex + Scythe The Moon, Cardiff. 6-11.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY

Monday Night Side Project + Eleri Angharad + To Bear Sir + Emmét Mcgonagle + Rebecca Hurn + Emy Lou Robbins The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Vrï Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club night.

THURSDAY 11 JANUARY

Chris Kelly The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Create To Inspire + Canvas + Skywalker Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £5. Info 07970 063107.

Debs Hancock & Dave Jones Trio The Muse, Brecon. 8pm, £10/£8 members. Info 07791 654799. Presented by Brecon Jazz.

Newport Jazz & Swing Band with Ian Phillips Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Nuclear Lullaby + The Hangmen + The Marks Cartel + Birdcage + Rhys Davis Band The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Open Mic Night The Unicorn, Pontypool. 7.30pm, £3. Info 01495 751304. Upstairs At The Unicorn folk night.

Paramore Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, £29.50-£42.50. Info 029 2022 4488. Sold out.

FRIDAY 12 JANUARY

Acoustic Sinners Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Big Sky Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 9pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

Chris Kelly The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Chroma Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £5/£4 adv. Info 01685 879491. Presented by Blowout, more bands TBC.

RHuw Watkins Curates Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £11-£13. Info 029 2063 6464. Also here on Wed 31 Jan.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddy Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £17 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Buddy Holly tribute.

Martyn Joseph Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 7.30pm, £16/£15. Info 01239 621200.

Surfing Magazines + Buzzard + John Mouse The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Headliners feature people from Slow Club and The Wave Pictures.

Visible Touch The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Genesis tribute.

Wonderbrass Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY

Cherry Rebels The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Children Of The Gravy Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 682388. Black Sabbath tribute band. In Ebbw Vale on Sat 27.

Chinese Burn + The Lon Chaney 5 + Ill Fate Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm. Info 07970 063107.

Chris Kelly Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Classic Elvis St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £27/£9 under-19s. Info 029 2087 8444. Featuring two Elvis tribute acts and the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.

Godbomber + Vails + Salt Bath The Moon, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Martyn Joseph Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 7.30pm, £16/£15. Info 01982 552555. Welsh folk-rocker. In Cardiff on Tue 16.

Paige Kenzie The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Steve Page The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

The Smyths The Globe, Cardiff. 7pm, £13 adv. Info 07590 471888. Smiths tribute.

SUNDAY 14 JANUARY

Team Beard Records Halfdayer The Moon, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Band TBC but expect them to be pop-punk/melodic punk kinda stuff.

Verity White Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. UK rock soloist who someone has described as “Stevie Nicks turned up to 11, fronting Foo Fighters meets Royal Blood.” Wonder if anyone has done a “more like Very White har har” type joke yet.

WNO Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £5-£49.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Tomáš Hanus conducts a programme of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

MONDAY 15 JANUARY

*Chokehold + Rancour + Swan Song Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £7. Info 07970 063107. Unlikely but intriguing booking by Down For Life, in the form of the headliners – a gnarly 90s straight edge hardcore band from Canada who’ve reformed. One of them stayed at my house once.

Glass Jackets + Ofelia + Bryony Sier + Georgia Paterson Band + The Devil In Virginia The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY

Elkie Brooks Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £23.50-£27.50. Info 01792 475715.

Hed PE Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 01792 468892.

Martyn Joseph St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £19/£17/£5 under-16s. Info 029 2087 8444. Presented by Roots Unearthed.

Rufus Mufasa + Eric Ngalle Charles + Beatbox Tangent + Dope Biscuits + Wounded Healers + Bel Blue The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

The Cribs Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £20. Info 029 2023 5555. Leeds indie bois back on the road. This is presented by Clwb Ifor Bach but too big for their venue, at least they will have hoped so.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY

Billy Taylor Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm. Info 07970 063107.

Bridgend Big Band Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Reality Attack + Clusterfuck The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Hosted by Surplus and featuring more bands and DJs TBC.

RTalon Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 7.30pm. Info 01646 695267. Eagles tribute band. On tomorrow also.

THURSDAY 18 JANUARY

Acoustic Sinners The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Moreton Roadshow Crindau Constitutional Club, Newport. 8pm, £8/£5. Info 01633 858636. A Lyceum Folk Club night.

Pi & Hash Showcase The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

The Dukes And The Duchess Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth. 7.30pm, £5-£10. Info 01834 869323. Spanjazz night with a band of Duke Ellington specialists.

The Roy Orbison Story Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £23. Info 01792 475715. With Barry Steele (great name) as Roy.

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Acoustic Sinners The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

BBC NOW: Beethoven 9 St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5-£40. Info 029 2087 8444. Conducted by Xian Zhang and also featuring new work by Huw Watkins. In Swansea tomorrow.

Big Girls Don’t Cry Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £13.50-£25. Info 01792 475715. Frankie Valli tribute.

Captain Cat & The Sailors Glais Rugby Football Club, nr Clydach, Swansea. 8pm, £7. Info 01792 425231. A Valley Folk Club night.

Carolines + Fire Fences + Hunter The Big Top, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info 029 2022 8883. EP launch gig for headliners.

Chris Kelly Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Dirt + Flew Fighters The Patriot, Crumlin. 8pm, £7/£5 adv. Info 01495 247178. Tributes to Alice In Chain and Foo Fighters respectively.

Fleetwood Bac The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Fleetwood Mac tribute.

Mike Dennis The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Paul Ashton Ty Newydd, Barry. 9pm, free. Info 01446 407767. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Fordsons The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Old timey music.

The One Night Stand Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 9pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

SATURDAY 20 JANUARY

Aubrey Parsons Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Back To Bacharach St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £24/£21.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Tribute show.

BBC NOW: Beethoven 9 Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7.30pm, £15-£20. Info 01792 475715.

Cardiff Sinfonietta: Cello Extravaganza Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13.50-£18.50. Info 029 2039 1391.

James Kennedy Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Presented by Nailed It Events.

One Of These Days Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £16 adv. Info 029 2089 0862. Pink Floyd tribute.

Rhys Jones The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Showaddywaddy Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £19.50. Info 01792 475715.

The Echo And The Always + Kidsmoke + Burning Ferns + Cult Of Hands + Saccharyn + Eädyth The Moon, Cardiff. 3pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

The Immediate Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2023 2199.

The Jokers The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

The Quireboys Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £22. Info 0300 0040444. Enduring UK hard rockers.

The Satellites Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £4 adv. Info 01443 682388. Punk covers.

SUNDAY 21 JANUARY

6foot7 + The Crashmats The Moon, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

A Night In Vienna The Riverfront, Newport. 4pm, £17/£14. Info 01633 656757.

Bloodshot Dawn + Reprisal + Vile Inscription + Democratus Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 07970 063107. Death metal.

Charlie Dore Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2089 0862.

Piers Lane Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 11am, £16-£20. Info 029 2039 1391. Piano recital which will be finished in time for a Sunday roast, which you can get in the cafe here.

MONDAY 22 JANUARY

Royal Sounds + Codewalkers + Levi+ + Paul Divers The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

TUESDAY 23 JANUARY

Alan Barnes. Jim Barber, Clive Morton & Martin Fisher The Open Hearth, Pontypool. 8.30pm. Info martin.fisher1944@hotmail.co.uk. On sax/clarinet, piano, bass and drums respectively. A Jazz At The Open Hearth night.

Capital City Jazz Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £14/£5 under-16s. Info 029 2087 8444.

*Duds + Gindrinker + Head Noise + Mute Group(s) The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. This is the pick of The Moon’s month of free entry gigs in Listings’ opinion, thanks to a debut Cardiff gig by Manchester no wave band Duds.

The Cann Twins St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, pay by donation. Info 029 2087 8444. Piano duo who are identical twins, meaning that reviewers have taken the opportunity to imply “telepathic coordination” etc.

Vivaldi By Candlelight Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £15.50-£20.50. Info 01792 475715. Performed by the Locrian Ensemble.

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY

Cassie & Maggie McDonald Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club night.

Flash Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20/£18. Info 01792 475715. Queen tribute.

Jack Jones Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £35. Info 0300 0040444.

Kids Road Social + Handsome Ape + Violent Hearts The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Matt Ford & Mark Porter Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Michale Graves Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 8pm, £10 adv. Info 07970 063107. The guy who sang for The Misfits after Danzig left, and was also some sort of Republican activist at one point.

Welsh National Opera Orchestra & BBC National Orchestra Of Wales Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £5-£15. Info 029 2063 6464.

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY

Florilegium St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5-£49.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Period instrument ensemble perform Bach’s complete Brandenburg concertos.

Ian Poole Quartet The Pear Tree, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2025 2042. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Islands In The Stream Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £23.50. Info 01792 475715.

Stay Voiceless + The Splash + Tie Fighter Pilot + Eva Bartok The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY

Aubrey Parsons The Duke Of Wellington, Cowbridge. 9.30pm, free. Info 01446 773592. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Everyday Heroes + Revenbreed Creature Sound, Swansea. 6pm. Info 01792 301178.

Islands In The Stream Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 7.30pm, £20 adv. Info 01600 772467. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers tribute.

Ivory Fire + Epsilon + Conflicts UK + Eclipse Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £5/£3 adv. Info 07970 063107.

Johnny Cash Roadshow The Riverfront, Newport. 7.30pm, £23.50/£22. Info 01633 656757. Tribute show starring Clive John.

Like A Lion The Vivian Arms, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 516194. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Oye Santana The Globe, Cardiff. 7pm, £12 adv. Info 07590 471888. Santana tribute.

Sean Maloney Cockett Inn, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 588748. Meat Loaf tribute. Presented by Nailed It Events.

The Classic Rock Show St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £26.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Tribute to “the world’s greatest guitarists”.

The Counterfeit 60s Mecca Bingo, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £17/£15. Info 01633 868239. Decade-specific tribute show.

The ELO Experience Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £22.50. Info 01792 475715. Tribute band.

RThe Missing West End Club, Barry. 7.30pm, £5/£10 both nights. Info 01446 735739. Local rock band of a late-80s vintage reform to play two gigs, the other one on tomorrow.

SATURDAY 27 JANUARY

Children Of The Gravy Ebbw Vale Institute. 7pm, £7 adv. Info 01495 708022.

Crosstown Traffic The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £7/£5 adv. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. Jimi Hendrix tribute.

Deadbeat Deluxe + The Lon Chaney 5 Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 8pm. Info 07745 059936.

Elisabeth Webb The Waterfront, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1-3pm, free. Info 01874 611622.

Forever Jackson Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7.30pm, £21/£20. Info 0845 2263510. Jacko tribute.

Hells Bells The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. AC/DC tribute.

Juice with Dave Parsons CMC Sports And Leisure Club, UHW campus, Cardiff. 8-11.30pm, £10/£8 adv/£5 kids. Info 029 2039 4207. A RUFF Ceilidh night, also featuring an interval performance by Idris and friends from Cardiff Morris.

Livestock Davies & The Lowdown Snakes The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Madassa Soul Band Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2089 0862.

Paige Kennedy Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. Presented by Nailed It Events.

*Skinny Girl Diet + Bob Vylan + Milk + The D Teez + Blood Slugs The Moon, Cardiff. 3pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. More bands TBC. Been meaning to see Skinny Girl Diet for a while.

Upbeat Sneakers + Carolines + Adam Ovens + Ellen Coombe Abergavenny Labour Club. 7.30pm. Info 01873 853291.

SUNDAY 28 JANUARY

Steve Aoki Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £20 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. American rave-rock bigwig who founded the Dim Mak label as a DIY punk/emo dude in the 90s and pivoted to truly howling lowest common denominator EDM. That, I assume, is what he will be playing here.

The Murderburgers + Revenege Of The Psychotronic Man + Question The Mark The Moon, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Half-dayer presented by Team Beard, with more bands TBC.

MONDAY 29 JANUARY

Carolines + Discount Colombo + Loralie + Tusk The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30-10pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY

Minguet Quartet Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9.15pm, £10/£8/free NUS. Info 029 2087 4816.

Trueheights + The Overcast + Pushing Daisies The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY

Capital City Jazz Orchestra with Paul Shepherd’s Soundtrak Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Martin Carr + Gintis + Burning Ferns Le Public Space, Newport. 7.30pm, £8 adv. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Rapsquillion Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £3. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club night.

Think Pretty + No Violet + Charlie Says + Salt Bath + Drunk Tourist The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

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