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wednesday 1

Acoustic Open Mic Night Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7-11pm, free. Info 01685 384111.

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 Fri 17.

RBella & Gareth Blues Duo Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2038 7026. Also on Wed 15 and Wed 29.

Chris Reardon + Rosey Cale + Emmet McGonagle Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. A Folk In The Owl’s Nest night.

Chuggaboom The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Ensemble Cymru Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 7pm, £3-£10. Info 029 2030 4400.

James Keelaghan & Hugh McMillan Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01443 226892. A Llantrisant Folk Club night.

Jazz Club Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7pm. Info 01443 491424. Featuring a workshop at 7.30pm and a residents’ gig at 8.30.

John Foley’s All That Jazz Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig.

Laurence Cottle Quartet Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £12. Info 07802 912789.

RMike Peters Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2087 7959. Singer out of The Alarm plays five consecutive dates in a small/cute venue, up close and personal etc. Fri 3 and Sat 4 are sold out but as I write the other dates are not. (Until Sun 5)

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.

Royal Welsh College Wind Orchestra: From Russia To Rome Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6 adv. Info 029 2039 1391.

*Saz’iso Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12/£10 adv. Info 029 2039 1391. Folk ensemble from southern Albania. Did an album on the Glitterbeat label recently.

Spinning Coin + Buzzard + Los Blancos + Perfect Body Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £7. Info 029 2023 2199. Scottish indie sorts headline. Enjoyed them when they played Cardiff at the start of the year.

Swing 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 Wed 15, with a different live band.

The Hallé St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10-£41. Info 029 2087 8444. Mark Elder conducts a programme of Ravel, Debussy and Mussorgsky.

The World’s Wife Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £14/£12. Info 01970 623232. Modern opera (solo soprano, string quartet and loop pedals) based on Carol Ann Duffy’s poems written from the POV of famous historical men’s wives. In Milford Haven on Sat 3.

thursday 2

Afternoon Concert Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 2pm, £13/£11. Info 029 2063 6464. Otto Tausk conducts a programme of music inspired by European rivers.

Black Aces + Skam Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 8pm, £6 adv. Info 07970 063107. Australian hard rock band. Got an email about them half an hour ago as it happens. “Raw unadulterated Aussie pub rock” it said. I sure hope so!

Emerson Quartet Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.45pm, £22/£20. Info 029 2039 1391. Performing works by Purcell, Britten and Beethoven.

From The Jam Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £20 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Bruce Foxton’s Jam covers band. Sorry but that’s what it is as far as I’m concerned. Not that I’m protective of The Jam’s legacy or anything.

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

Harp Recital National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, Llandysul. 11am-3pm, free Info 029 2057 3070.

Jo Harman Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, £15.50. Info 01656 815995. Singer-songwriter.

*Mutation + Deadcuts The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Mutation is a gnarly noise/punk/metal band formed by Ginger Wildheart and also featuring Scott from Exit_International etc in its lineup. Support feature two of early 90s indie punks Senseless Things, would you believe.

Peter Harris & Hamish Brown Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £3-£12. Info 01970 623232. Tenor and pianist.

Pilgrims’ Way Crindau Constitutional Club, Newport. 8pm, £8/£5. Info 01633 858636. A Lyceum Folk Club night.

Pop Divas – Live! Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 6.30pm, £15/£12.50 adv. Info 01446 738622. Tributes to Little Mix, Adele, Meghan Trainor, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

Stereophonics Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7.30pm, £34.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Charity gig for Global Make Some Noise, which is run by Radio X and is a sort of loudspeaker for other smaller charities. Gig already sold out as you’d imagine.

Trampolene + Dead! + Local Enemy + Parish The Moon, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7/£6 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Swansea-birthed indie band headline.

We Are Scientists Ebbw Vale Institute. 7-10pm, £16.50 adv. Info 01495 708022. Swn present a gig headlined by quirky American indie band.

Wildwood Kin Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £11. Info 0871 4720400. Folky vocal harmony trio.

friday 3

Adam Kay: The Remains Of Tom Lehrer Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 9pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. Tom Lehrer is a comedy genius who wrote some incredibly funny songs in the 50s and 60s. Adam Kay was in the Amateur Transplants and wrote a moronic uber-Tory song about wanting to shoot striking Tube drivers. Suffice to say he isn’t fit to lace Tom Lehrer’s boots, much less perform his music.

Akon & Konvict Kartel Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £26 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. US rapper, played the Motorpoint a while back I believe. Downscaling notwithstanding, this gig is sold out.

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.

Anthony Moulton Three Horse Shoes, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2069 4630. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Aubrey Parsons Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Bernard Kane Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01834 869323. Classical composer and violinist.

Bigfoot + Theia + Those Damn Crows + Florence Black Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10/£8 adv. Info 07970 063107. This gig is sold out. Looks like hard rock all the way FWIW.

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

Darts The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £20 adv. Info 07590 471888. Not the pub sport, but the 70s UK pop band.

Dead Memory + Ortario The Duke, Neath. 8pm. Info 01639 643892.

Elaine Paige + John G Smith Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £20-£75. Info 01970 623232. Diva scenes. Support act is headed by Paige’s musical director, who is also in her band.

Forever Amy Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Amy Winehouse tribute show.

Gary Stewart’s Graceland Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £17.50. Info 029 2089 0862. Covering Paul Simon’s Graceland album in full.

Halloween Party Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff. 5-10.45pm, £4/£2 in fancy dress. Info 029 2037 3144. Fundraising gig (I assume for the centre itself) featuring live bands from 8.30-10.30pm.

John Illsley Pontardawe Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £21.50. Info 01792 863722. AKA Dire Straits’ bass player. In Porthcawl on Wed 8.

Letz Zep Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 01792 468892. Led Zeppelin tribute band. In Ebbw Vale tomorrow.

Live Acoustic Night The Pilot, Penarth. Free. Info 029 2071 0615. On the first Friday of each month.

Malija Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.15pm, £12/£10. Info 029 2039 1391. Jazz trio with a new album on the Edition label.

Modifi Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 9.30pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

Mr Tea & The Minions Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £6/£4 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Also featuring DJ F-Block.

Omaloma + Cpt. Smith + OSHH Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £7. Info 029 2023 2199.

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

Owen Money & The Travelling Wrinklies Memorial Hall, Newbridge. 7pm, £12/£10 adv. Info 01495 243252.

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

Psychic Lemon + Flowers For Freaks The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

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

The Bonfire Blowout Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161. With OxbowLake and The Amigos plus more TBC.

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

The Soul Strutters Warehouse54, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

The World Famous Elvis Show St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £25.50-£37.50. Info 029 2087 8444. With Chris Connor as Elvis plus a 12-piece band.

The World’s Wife Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 7.30pm, £15/£14. Info 01646 695267.

RTremor Fest The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 6pm. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. Charity two-dayer in aid of Parkinsons UK. Today: Chapel Row, Vespertine, JACDO and Hippodrone (main stage); Rob Pennington and Ash Loakes (acoustic corner). Sat 4: Rhys Davis Band, False Flags, The Caged Bird Sings and Fuck Yeah (main stage); Brightr (acoustic corner).

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

Young Americans The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

saturday 4

A Night With The Stars Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm. Info 0845 2263510. Gala concert showcasing up and coming vocalists and musicians from the Loud Applause Rising Stars stable.

Asomvel + Stiletto Farm Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 07970 063107. NWOBHM revival band plus glammier support act with a slightly unsettling bio.

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

Chains Of Fleetwood Mac The Dolls House, Abertillery. 8pm, £6/£5 adv. Info 01495 213300. Tribute band.

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

Dame Shirley Bassey: This Is Me The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £22 adv. Info 01633 533666. Tribute show with Rachel Roberts.

Dodgy Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £13.50 adv. Info 01792 468892. Chirpy psych-gone-Britpop band play an acoustic set.

El Goodo Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 8pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199. South Wales indie-psych heads. Their new album is good if you like that kinda Love/Zombies thing. In Carmarthen on Fri 17.

Emily Barker + Pete Roe Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13. Info 029 2023 2199.

Farm Hand Spillers Records, Cardiff. 5pm, free. Info 029 2022 4905. Album launch instore gig for the new solo project of Mark Thomas, also of Islet and who also plays in the Printhaus later today.

Father John Misty + Weyes Blood Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £22.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Previewed in the October issue. Looks to be sold out though.

Fireworks And Fanfares Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 5pm, £13/£8 kids. Info 029 2039 1391. With the Royal Welsh College Brass Band, and some fireworks. There’s a special viewing terrace to watch them from, but tickets for it are sold out.

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

Grant Sharkey The Moon, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Hullaballoo Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 682388. Muse tribute.

Huw Warren & Friends Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9.15pm, £10/£8/free NUS. Info 029 2087 4816. Welsh jazz fave.

Ivan Ilic Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 8pm, £12.50. Info 01239 841387. Pianist performing works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. In Cardiff on Mon 6.

Jackson Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £17.50-£21.50. Info 01792 475715. Michael Jackson tribute concert.

RJon Crespo Quartet Café Jazz, Cardiff. 9pm, £2 after 11. Info 029 2038 7026. Also on Sat 18, accompanied by saxophonist Carlo Fraccalvieri (tonight) and vocalist Sarah Meek (Sat 18).

Larger Than Life! The Red Dragon, Bridgend. 9pm, free. Info 01656 654753. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Letz Zep Ebbw Vale Institute. 8.30pm, £13.50 adv. Info 01495 708022.

Pop Divas – Live! Grand Theatre, Swansea. 1pm, £14. Info 01792 475715. Tribute show.

Quodega + Farm Hand + Yo No Se The Printhaus, Canton, Cardiff. 7pm, £7/£5 adv. Info 029 2022 0349. Album launch gig for headliners, who feature Tom Raybould aka Zwolf and Kliph Scurlock aka the ex-drummer of The Flaming Lips.

Secret Affair The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07590 471888. Mod revival band.

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

Sons Of Liberty The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

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

Talking Bird Music Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

The Giles Robson Band Cwmbran RFC, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01633 483238. Borough Blues Club gig.

The Police Academy Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £16. Info 029 2089 0862. Police tribute band.

The Royal British Legion Wales Festival Of Remembrance 2017 St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £12-£22. Info 029 2087 8444.

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

Voodoo Room Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £15.50. Info 01495 227206. Cream tribute band.

Wild Ponies Small World Theatre, Cardigan. 8pm, £10. Info 01239 615952. Old timey music duo from Nashville.

sunday 5

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

Conflict & Creativity: Commemorating World War I Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 3pm, £5 adv. Info 01792 475715. Live orchestral accompaniment to the 1917 silent film The Battle Of The Ancre And Advance Of The Tanks.

Cory Band Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 3pm, £14. Info 029 2039 1391.

Ensemble Cymru Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 3pm, £3-£8. Info 01970 623232.

Festival Of Remembrance Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 7pm, £6. Info 0300 0040444. Presented by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC in association with The Royal British Legion.

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

Jake Bugg St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £24.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Remember this guy?

Junior Hacksaw Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 6pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Pangolin Octavo’s Wine Bar, Cardiff Bay. 2-4.30pm, free. Info 029 2049 1220. Acoustic duo.

Robyn Hitchcock The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13 adv. Info 07590 471888. Whimsical UK psych-popper

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

RSteve Tarner Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events. Every Sunday this month.

The Cann Twins The Riverfront, Newport. 3pm, £6. Info 01633 656757. Classical piano duo.

RThe Great Unknown The Windsor, Penarth. 9pm, free. Info 029 2070 8675. Open mic night presented by Nailed It Events. Every Sunday this month.

The Hold Up Sunday Cypher Sessions Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm, £3. Info 029 2039 7933. Monthly open mic hip-hop night with a live house band.

monday 6

Concert & Cakes The Riverfront, Newport. 2pm, £6. Info 01633 656757. Recitals of works by Mozart and Krommer.

Eureka California + Guide Dog + Pink Grapefruit + Multitap The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, £5. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Headliners are from Athens, GA and play indiepop.

Hawklords Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 01792 468892. Hawkwind spinoff who initially formed because that band had taken a break. These days Hawkwind are somehow still active and this lineup’s connection to them is fairly tenuous.

Legends Of American Country Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 7.30pm, £19.50. Info 01600 772467. Tribute show.

RLive Jazz Noah’s Yard, Swansea. 8pm. Info 01792 447360. Here every Monday.

Mark Eitzel + Mull Historical Society Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15. Info 029 2023 2199. Lugubrious American songwriter headlines over a band who I saw play this venue in 2001 – opening for The Strokes! – and are somehow still pressing on.

The Sound Monkeys + Louise And The Feathers The Angel Inn, Aberystwyth. 8pm, £4.50. Info 01970 617878. German garage punk band headline. Both these bands are in Cardiff tomorrow.

The Summer Of Love Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £22.50/£20.50. Info 01792 475715. A tribute to the music of 1967.

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

tuesday 7

Acoustic Tuesday South Riverside Community Development Centre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2030 4400. Regular event led by pioneering local musicians and singers.

Blank Atlas + The Charmers + Cult Of Hands Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2039 7933.

Brass & Voices Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 7.15pm, £12/£10. Info 0300 0040444. Gala concert in aid of Rhondda Tunnel Society.

RChamber Tuesdays Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 6-7pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391. Every Tuesday in the foyer until Tue 28 Nov.

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

Lunchtime 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. On once or twice a month until March.

Ivan Ilic St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, pay by donation. Info 029 2087 8444.

Lenore Raphael Wayne Wilkinson, Chris Hodgkins & Alison Rayner Neuadd Theatr Christ College, Brecon. 7.30pm, £10/£8 members. Info 07791 654799. Presented by Brecon Jazz.

Nordic Giants The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 07590 471888. Slightly windy postrock/prog type band whose album we reviewed in the last issue.

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.

*Rakta + Haram + Asid + Peril Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7.30pm, £7. Info 029 2023 3658. This is an excellent lineup of weird punk and hardcore featuring Brazilians, Americans with Arabic lyrics, and two new Welsh bands.

The Prince Regent’s Band: Russian Revolutions Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6. Info 029 2039 1391.

The Starling Radicals + The Sound Monkeys + Garin Fitter + Louise And The Feathers The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

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

wednesday 8

Bury Tomorrow Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7pm, £16 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com. Metalcore band play slightly smaller venue than usual.

Cardboard Fox Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 01646 651725.

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

Cymbals + Fine Creatures Porter’s, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info info@porterscardiff.com. A Swn New Friends gig, with three bands (two more TBC) for free.

Doug MacLeod The Angel, Llandeilo. 9pm. Info 01558 822765. A Llandeilo Acoustic Club night.

Emmure + Deez Nuts + Chelsea Grin + Sworn In + Kublai Khan + Polaris + Lorna Shore Tramshed, Cardiff. 5pm, £14 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. This is called the Never Say Die! Tour and features a load of metalcore bands. I can’t claim much knowledge of most of them but Emmure are very definitely a bunch of thick misogynistic edgelords.

Gary Potter with Dave Cottle Trio Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

John Illsley Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, £20.50. Info 01656 815995.

Left Lane Cruiser + Bottlekids + Cruel Prank Le Public Space, Newport. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Headliners are a punk blues kinda band from Indiana.

*Manitoba NYC Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 8pm, £17 adv. Info 07970 063107. This band feature two members of The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba and Ross The Boss. Indeed they were previously trading as The Dictators but now aren’t for some silly legal reason. They feature the two main guys though.

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £20. Info 01970 623232. Cuban pianist and Senegalese kora player team up, as on their album from this year Transparent Water. Or as one reviewer puts it, “where world music meets world jazz”. In Swansea on Sat 11; Cardiff on Tue 14.

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

Rum Puppets + The Head + The Brwmys Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm, £4. Info 029 2039 7933.

RThe Bay Rum Hounds Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2038 7026. Blues. Also on Wed 22.

Tyhai Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £10/£8. Info 0845 2263510. Indo-Celtic folk trio featuring Rajesh David, Pete Stacey and Dylan Fowler.

Vesta Trio Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 1pm, £5.50. Info 01656 815995.

Wire The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Seminal eggheads, as it were, of early UK punk.

thursday 9

25 And Live Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £12.50 adv/£8.50 under-16s. Info 029 2023 5555. Gig celebrating 25 years of Community Music Wales.

Backroads UK + Mate’s Fate The Moon, Cardiff. 9pm. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Chris Wood + Twelfth Day Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 7.30pm, £13.50/£13.50/£3 under-18s. Info 01239 621200. UK folk favourite. See Music. In Builth Wells tomorrow.

Fern Brady Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £10. Info 029 2023 2199.

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

Jazzland House Trio Hyst, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 07802 912789. A Pop-Up Jazzland open mic gig.

Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson, Chris Hodgkins & Alison Rayner Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £8/£6. Info 029 2038 7026.

Llyr Williams Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.45pm, £20-£24. Info 029 2039 1391. Esteemed concert pianist performs works by Schubert and Liszt.

Nasty + Cold Hard Truth + Realm Of Torment + Full Contact Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 07970 063107. Down For Life present some burly hardcore from Europe and the UK.

Parallaxis + Defeatist + I Fight Bears + Into The Depths The Parrot, Carmarthen. 7.30pm, £5. Info 01267 231012.

Platform 1 The Unicorn, Pontypool. 7.30pm, £3. Info 01495 751304. Upstairs At The Unicorn folk night.

*Shopping + Gauche + Lawndale High Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. See Music for more on the headliners, who have an album out in January and are generally great.

Showaddywaddy Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £21.50. Info 01656 733269.

friday 10

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

Alex Davies Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

Back 2 The 80s Margam Park, nr Port Talbot. 6.30pm, £28. Info 01639 881635. Live entertainment celebrating the 1980s, apparently.

BBC NOW: Verdi & Respighi St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15-£40. Info 029 2087 8444. Xian Zhang conducts a programme of the two named composrers.

Blondie Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, £60/£50. Info 029 2022 4488. See Upfront.

Caerphilly Ladies Choir Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly. 7pm, £5. Info 07512 237983. Fundraising concert for the renovation of this hall.

Children Of The Gravy District Club, Pontypridd. 8pm. Info 01443 402550. Black Sabbath tribute band. In Abertillery on Sat 18.

Chris Wood + Twelfth Day Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 7.30pm, £13.50/£12.50. Info 01982 552555.

Chroma + Salt Bath + Penny Rich Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm,. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

*Cuncrete Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £7.50. Info 01970 623232. See Music for more on this theatrical gig which could as easily go in Stage, but I’ve put it in this section so THERE.

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

ELO Again Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7pm, £17/£16. Info 01633 868239.

Everyone Sang Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6 adv. Info 029 2039 1391. Songs by WWI-era composers/lyricists about the impact of that era.

Festival Of Remembrance Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £16. Info 01970 623232.

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 7.30pm, £24. Info 01686 614555. These guys used to just be called the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain so either there’s been a split in the ranks of George has got a big head.

Heg & The Wolf Chorus The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Folk band from Bristol.

Henry Marten’s Ghost Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny. 9pm, free. Info 01873 853613. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Jay Johnson The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm, £3. Info 01495 247178.

John Adams + Emi McDade Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 6.30pm, £10 adv. Info 029 2087 7959. Sold out.

Maniac Street Preachers + Stereophonish The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 07590 471888. Two Welsh tribute bands.

Max De Bernardi And Veronica Sbergia West End Club, Barry. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 01446 735739. Old timey music duo. A Roots N All gig.

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

Multi Story Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 682388. Hard rockers.

Panic Station The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

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

Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 8pm. Info 01685 387925.

Rusty Shackle Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2089 0862.

Sham 69 The Pit, Swansea. 7pm, £12/£10. Info facebook.com/thepitswansea. This version has someone called Tim V on vocals rather than Jimmy Pursey. Ain’t nobody got time for that, as they say.

Stonehouse Warehouse54, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

Syd Arthur + Ffug Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199.

The Featherz + The D Teez The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

The Magic Of The Beatles Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 7.30pm, £18/£15. Info 0300 0040444. Tribute show.

The Quo Experience Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £20/£18. Info 0300 0040444. Status Quo tribute band.

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

The Soap Girls + Trigger McPoopshute + One Mark And A Frank The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £5. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

The Undertones Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £20. Info 029 2023 5555. Punk-pop pioneers from Belfast. Feargal Sharkey isn’t in them now though.

Thingumijigs St Donats Art Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan. 7.30pm, £2.50-£8.50. Info 01446 799100. Caelidh band.

Tits Up The Parrot, Carmarthen. 8pm, £5. Info 01267 231012.

Wonderbrass Gwdihw, Cardiff. 9pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Playing as part of the Gwdihw Brass Takeover night.

saturday 11

Barrabus + Wolfbastard + Kong Lives + Made Of Teeth Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, £5 adv. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Doom, sludge etc. Headline band are fronted by Paul Catten who’s been in lots of heavy bands.

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £16/£14. Info 01495 227206. Tribute act.

Children Of The Gravy Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7pm, free. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com. Black Sabbath tribute.

Chris Kelly Three Horse Shoes, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2069 4630. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Ellen Peres And Community Choir St John’s Church, Canton, Cardiff. Info 029 2056 2022. In aid of the Care and Repair Cymru Charity.

Festival Of Remembrance Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7pm. Info 01792 475715.

Final Demand The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195. Final Demand is a classic Area Band name.

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

Gordon Giltrap Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £16.50. Info 029 2089 0862. UK folk-rocker. All I really know about him is he has an album that I keep noticing in second-hand racks because his name is written a bit like the Iron Maiden logo.

Holy Diver UK Ebbw Vale Institute. 7pm, £7 adv. Info 01495 708022. Dio tribute band.

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

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

Li Harding Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. Cardiff Bay jazz singer.

Message In A Bottle Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7.30pm, £20.50. Info 01874 611622. Police tribute band.

Motorheadache UK The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 9pm, £7/£6 adv. Info 01685 387925.

Noble Jacks The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £7. Info 01497 821762.

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £17/£15. Info 01792 602060.

Out Of The Black The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178.

Pete Mathison Band The Mariners, Laugharne. 8.30pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

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

Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £18.50/£15.50. Info 029 2039 1391. Popular Japanese pianist.

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

Strawberry Blondes + Funke + The Two Tone Baby + 8.4% + The Setbacks The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 6.30pm, £5. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Super Sonic 70s Show Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £18. Info 0845 2263510. Tribute show.

The Blockheads The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £17.50 adv. Info 07590 471888. Ian Dury & The, but without Ian.

The DB Big Band Armistice Day Poppy Dance District Club, Pontypridd. 8pm, £5 adv. Info 01443 402550.

The Hindenbergs Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015. Led Zep tribute band

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

Tomorrow Calling Today Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7.30pm, £5 adv. Info 0845 2263510. Acoustic singer-songwriter showcase.

Welsh Floyd Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 8pm, £15 adv. Info 01685 384111. Tribute band.

X-SLF + Poetic Justice + Tenplusone + Not The Sex Pistols The Duke, Neath. 4pm, £12/£10 adv. Info 01639 643892. Punk gig headlined by a band with Stiff Little Fingers members.

sunday 12

Amigos Café Jazz, Cardiff. 6.30-9pm, £5. Info 029 2038 7026. Playing the monthly Hot Club Swing night.

Brooke Bentham Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm, £7.50 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Geordie singer-songwriter now based in London.

Counterparts + Polar + Napoleon Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £16/£14. Info 029 2023 2199.

RFolk Music & Song Session Arvon Ale House, Llandrindod Wells. 4pm. Info 07477 627267. Every second and fourth Sunday of the month (also on Sun 26 in June), with an extra acoustic session now on the third Sunday (Sun 19) too.

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

John Joseph Brill Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £6. Info 029 2023 2199.

ROld Strafford The Brunswick, Swansea. 8.30pm, free. Info 01792 465676. Also here on Sun 19.

Seafoal + Apollo + Parcs The Moon, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £8/£6 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com. See One To Watch for a bit more on Seafoal.

Sepulchre + Incursion + Voluntas + Black Of Night + Second Sons + Two Lane Black Top The Office, Swansea. 7pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Steve Payne/Miskiman/Hobday The Queens Head, Monmouth. 8.45pm, free. Info 01600 712767.

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

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

The Cadillac Three Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £18.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Newish Southern rock band.

The Undercover Hippy Sin City, Swansea. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 01792 468892. The quotes from reviews etc that appear in the venue’s website re: this band are an absolute state. There are some seriously untalented people writing about music out there. In Cardiff on Thurs 16.

monday 13

Royal Blood + At The Drive-In + Black Honey Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £20. Info 029 2022 4488. Sold out.

The Burning Hell + Quiet Marauder Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £9. Info 029 2023 2199. Wordy singer-songwriter bloke from Canada.

Will Black The Big Top, Cardiff. 6.30pm, £20. Info 029 2022 8883. This guy is Canadian and will be a playing a two-and-a-half-hour set tonight. From a brief look at his Facebook page, he seems to (a) mainly do classic rock covers and (b) have a fanbase consisting of middle-aged women.

tuesday 14

Chris Holmes Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 8pm, £10 adv. Info 07970 063107. Lead guitarist from W.A.S.P. Probably best known for shouting at his mum while pissed up in a metal documentary, something which the venue blurb for this gig is swift to acknowledge.

Collabro + Carly Paoli St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £19.50-£99. Info 029 2087 8444. Pop classical stuff. Top price is for VIP stuff.

*Landing Mané Cardiff University Concert Hall. 7-9pm, £10/£8/free NUS. Info 029 2087 4816. Mané is a Senegalese musician and dancer who performs here with a West African band.

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £17/£15. Info 029 2039 1391.

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

Scouting For Girls Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50/£59 VIP. Info 029 2023 5555. Sold out. Even the VIP package. Wonder who the VIP you get to meet is, and why it’s taking place at a Scouting For Girls gig.

Sleeptalking Buffalo, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5. Info 029 2031 0312. Indie.

The LaFontaines Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7. Info 029 2023 2199.

The Lost Will And Testament Of Jake Thackray + Rudolf Rocker Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £18. Info 029 2064 6900. This is a tribute show dedicated to English folk singer Jake Thackray, who apparently played the Sherman’s opening night in 1973.

The Stray Birds St Donats Art Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan. 7.30pm, £14. Info 01446 799100. Pennsylvanian folk band.

The Temperance Movement Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £15. Info 029 2023 2199. Retro hard rockers.

wednesday 15

Dave O’Higgins Quartet Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

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

Martin Simpson Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £15/£13. Info 01873 850805. UK folkie.

Moirai Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01443 226892. Folk trio who have been in groups including Blowzabella, Token Women and, er, All Blacked Up. A Llantrisant Folk Club night.

Royal Welsh College Pianists: Bel Canto Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6 adv. Info 029 2039 1391.

Sally Barker + Vicki Genfan Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 029 2087 7959.

Suggested Friends + Wolf Girl + Sock + Shiny Tiger Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5/£4 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. UK indiepop jamz presented by All My Friends.

Swing Time Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Penarth. 8.30pm, £5/£4.40 adv. Info donnie@donniejoemusic.com. Swing and lindy hop night with live band Paper Moon plus The Medicine Man DJing.

The Flatmates + Lonely Tourist Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Bristolian indiepop band who formed in the mid-80s.

thursday 16

Acoustic Sinners Bar 44, Cardiff. 4.30pm, free. Info 0333 3444049. Presented by Nailed It Events.

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

BBC NOW Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £5-£20. Info 01970 623232. Xian Zhang conducts Beethoven’s seventh symphony.

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £6/£5 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. This guy used to be guitarist in Catfish & The Bottlemen but has eschewed that world of jangly laddism and grudging three-star album reviews in favour of fronting a band “with their signature style of rock”.

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

Euros Childs Cardiff Bus Transport Club. 7.30pm, £12. Info 029 2023 3658. Euros has a new album out tomorrow and today starts a tour which runs until Sat 9 Dec. Indeed he actually plays this venue twice on it, the later date being Wed 6 Dec.

Fahran Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm. Info 07970 063107.

Gwenllian Llyr Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 029 2087 7959. Harpist.

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

Lau Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 7.30pm, £16/£15. Info 01982 552555. UK folk faves. In Cardigan tomorrow; Cardiff on Tue 21.

Lavinia Meijer Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.15pm, £16/£14. Info 029 2039 1391. Harpist performs works by Glass, Debussy, Satie and Hirose.

NC Sessions Nolton Corner, Bridgend. 7.30pm, free. Info 01656 655015. Live acoustic acts, every third Thursday of the month.

Oysterband Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £20. Info 029 2023 5555. UK folk faves.

Pi & Hash Showcase The Moon, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

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

Steve Tilston Newport Fugitives Athletic Club, Rogerstone, Newport. 8pm. Info 01633 897923. A Newport Folk Club night.

The Fused + The Johnstown Flood + The Irascibles NosDa, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info 029 2037 8866. Presented by Bywyd Records.

The Undercover Hippy The Globe, Cardiff. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 07590 471888.

friday 17

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Americana band from Norwich. In Cardigan on Sat 25.

Armed For Apocalypse + Tides Of Sulfur + Knæk Cardiff Speaker Hire, Cardiff. 7pm. Info 029 2009 5590. American sludge metal band headline.

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

Dire Streets Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £16.50. Info 029 2089 0862.

El Goodo The Parrot, Carmarthen. 8pm. Info 01267 231012.

Enter Shikari + Lower Than Atlantis + Astroid Boys Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £27.50. Info 029 2022 4488. See Upfront.

Fidelio Trio Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6. Info 029 2039 1391. Chamber group.

Gilad Hekselman Quartet Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 029 2039 1391. Jazz guitarist.

Guto Dafis & Danny Kilbride Glais Rugby Football Club, nr Clydach, Swansea. 8pm, £7. Info 01792 425231. A Valley Folk Club night.

Happy Mondays Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7.30pm, £29.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. This is billed as a greatest hits tour, which I assume to mean ‘we don’t have a new album but need some money’.

Hunter & The Bear Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199.

Jack Perrett + Pastel + Bute Meze Lounge, Newport. 7.30pm, £5. Info 01633 259144.

Junction 47 The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Kantref Rhys Pritchard Hall, Llandovery. 7.30pm, £8/£6. Info huwpudner@ntlworld.com. Playing the monthly Llandovery Folk Dancing night.

Lau Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 7.30pm, £3-£12. Info 01239 621200.

Local Enemy + Al Moses + The Carolines Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £5 adv. Info 01685 384111. Single launch for the headliners.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £20/£18. Info 0845 2263510.

Purple Rain Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50. Info 029 2023 5555. Eight-piece Prince tribute band.

Rat Trap Cathays Conservative Club, Cardiff. 6pm-12am, £5/£3 adv. Info 029 2022 0902. Multimedia event featuring live music from Rainbow Maniac, Chroma, Sock, Buzzard, Nicey, Jemma Roper, Bad Dancers and The CVC; art, in forms unspecified, from Carlota Nóbrega, Joel Hurst, Gweni Llwyd, Daniel Pritchard, Mark Hicken, Anna Rogers, James Green, Ronnie Cook, George Manson, Rebecca Davies, Danielle Adair, Georgina Peach, Felicity Lockyear, Natasha Mitchell, Janet Blackman and Jon Wall.

Sœur + Kiss Me, Killer + The Dole Age + The Pitchforks + Blood Slugs Jac’s, Aberdare. 7.30pm, £5/£4 adv. Info 01685 879491. Blowout present five indie/rock bands.

Soul In Motion Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 7.30pm, £15. Info 01600 772467. Soul covers band.

SoulJam Warehouse54, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

Surreal Panther Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £6 adv. Info 01443 682388. Steel Panther tribute.

The Adam Winslet Band Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

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

The Magic Of Motown St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £26.50. Info 029 2087 8444.

Think Floyd Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £21.50/£20.50. Info 01656 733269. Pink Floyd tribute.

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

Toriah Fontaine Band Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

UK Subs + Knock Off + Tenplusone Ebbw Vale Institute. 8pm, £12 adv. Info 01495 708022.

Upbeat Sneakers The Moon, Cardiff. 6.30-10.30pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Whiskey Lies + Death By Disco Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7.30-10.30pm, free. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com.

Whole Lotta Led The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £14 adv. Info 07590 471888. Led Zeppelin tribute band. In Narberth tomorrow.

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

saturday 18

Alison Moyet + Hannah Peel St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £26.50-£51.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Essex siren sires on. Based on what I’ve heard of Hannah Peel’s new music – like Tangerine Dream with a brass band – she should sound mint in this venue. Sold out though.

A Night Of Hendrix & Cream Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £18. Info 0845 2263510. Tribute show.

As Lions + Greyhaven Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7-10pm, £10/£8. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com.

Beyond The Barricade The Riverfront, Newport. 7.30pm, £24/£22.50. Info 01633 656757. Songs from the musicals.

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

Celtic Mosh Festival 2017 Ebbw Vale Institute. 12pm, £8 adv. Info 01495 708022. Alldayer featuring Fractions, Shadows Into Light, Calling Apollo. Drifted, Giving Into Ghosts, Teacher, Democratus, Good Morning Vietnam and Black Of Night.

Children Of The Gravy The Dolls House, Abertillery. 8pm, £6/£5 adv. Info 01495 213300.

Dicky Heart & The Murmurs Hen Dderwen, Sketty, Swansea. 9pm, free. Info 01792 203631. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Explosive Light Orchestra The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £10 adv. Info 01633 533666. ELO tribute.

Folk Club Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7pm. Info 01443 491424. Informal acoustic session.

Go Primitive + Esuna + Cobalt Sons Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm, free. Info sam@lepub.co.uk.

Hackney Colliery Band Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 8pm, £17. Info 029 2023 2199. Brass band who do rock/hip-hop covers.

I Am Drug + Penny Rich The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Jigfoot The Heath, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10/£8 adv/£5 kids. Info 029 2039 4207. A RUFF Ceilidh night, also featuring Ian Nichols calling.

Joe Brown + Henry Gross Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 7.30pm, £29. Info 01639 763214. UK blues-rock veteran supported by a member of Sha Na Na, would you believe.

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

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

Lucy Rose Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

Making A Song And Dance Of It Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £12. Info 01239 841387. Amnesty International benefit featuring Calan, Jean Paul Louis And His Gypsy Jazz Band, The JukeBox Collective and Adam Gilbert.

Nelly + Sir The Baptist Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. St Louis rapper who was arrested in October, which has not seemingly affected this tour at the time of writing. Gig’s sold out either way.

No Direction The Office, Swansea. 10pm, free. Info 07535 256195.

Panic Station Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Peggy Seeger Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01970 623232. Folk legend. In Pembrokeshire tomorrow.

Rocky Road The Kinsale, Mumbles, Swansea. 7.30pm, £22 adv. Info terrygriff187@gmail.com.

Second Sons + The Nexus Divide + Polka Dot Socks The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £2. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Sounds Of Harlowe + Turquoise Llama The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762.

Sounds Of Simon St Donats Art Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan. 7.30pm, £12. Info 01446 799100. Simon & Garfunkel tribute.

Taffy Was A Thief Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

The Atlantics The Globe, Cardiff. 8pm, £6-£10. Info 07590 471888. Covering the songs from the movie Quadrophenia. The night also features DJ Drew Stansall.

The Big What?! Band Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

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

The Chicago Blues Brothers Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 7.30pm, £22 adv. Info 01446 738622. Tribute show.

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

The Inexplicables + Ramnastax Gwdihw, Cardiff. 8pm-4am, £3-£5. Info 029 2039 7933. Playing as part of the ninth (ninth!) birthday celebrations for this venue.

The Jukes – Down At The Diner Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £19/£18. Info 01633 868239. Musical-meets-gig claiming to offer a “King Sized Portion of American Music from the 50’s & 60’s the Boo Wop days”. That’s right sir, they’re saying ‘boo wop’. It’s what they call this music.

Think Floyd Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £21. Info 01873 850805. Pink Floyd tribute.

Violent Hearts Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 8pm. Info 01443 491424.

Whole Lotta Led Queens Hall, Narberth. 7.30pm, £15. Info 01834 869323.

Yolanda Brown Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £17.50. Info 029 2089 0862. Jazz-soul sax player. She seems cool.

sunday 19

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

Albino Frogs Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 6pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

Billy Bragg + Seán Mcgowan Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. This tour is called Bridges Not Walls. If I was a tedious dullard posting underneath a Guardian music article I would now attempt to make a joke about the moat that Billy Bragg has round his house, except he probably doesn’t really.

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

*Efialtis + The Snivellers Undertone, Cardiff. 7.30pm. Info 029 2022 8883. Two rad UK punk bands. Efialtis are from London but primarily Greek and The Snivellers are from Brighton and include Joanna Gruesome personnel.

Elfair Grug Dyer Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 2pm, £7-£10. Info 01970 623232. Welsh harpist.

Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Barry. 6.30pm, £12 adv. Info www.hangfiresouthernkitchen.com. Blues duo. A Roots N All gig.

Jack Lukeman Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £12. Info 029 2089 0862. Irish singer-songwriter with silly Guy Fawkes facial hair.

Peggy Seeger & Family Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £12.50. Info 01239 841387.

Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £14/£6 under-25s. Info 029 2087 8444.

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

The Infernal Sea + Aklash + Agrona + Absinthropy + Crimson Throne Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £8 adv. Info 07970 063107. UK black metal bands galore.

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

monday 20

*Chuck Prophet Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £18.50. Info 029 2023 2199. See Music. I like this guy!

Deep Purple + Europe + Cats In Space Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £49.50. Info 029 2022 4488. Last ever tour for the headliners, or so they claim.

Newton Faulkner Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £22 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Newton Faulkner dreadlocks update: press photo on the venue website shows them tied up into a kind of topknot, a move likely to be called “worse than when he just wore them down around his shoulders”.

Van Morrison St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £46.50-£76.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Sold out.

Yungen Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £12.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

tuesday 21

Emma & The Professor Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 7.30pm, £2.50. Info 01686 614555. Acoustic pop.

Frigg St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £16/£15/£5 kids. Info 029 2087 8444. A Roots Unearthed concert.

Glen Crooks Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 12.45pm, free. Info 01792 475715. Lunchtime organ recital.

Indigo Brass Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 1pm, £5/£7.50 with tea and cake. Info 01874 611622.. Lunchtime recital.

Jaws + Nelson Can + Trash The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 07590 471888.

Jose Zalba Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, pay by donation. Info 029 2087 8444. Flautist and pianist.

Lau Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £18.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

Students Of Atlantic College St Donats Art Centre, Vale Of Glamorgan. 3pm, £6.50. Info 01446 799100. Cafe concert.

The Keith Little Band Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4.50/£4/£2 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

Tomos Power The Big Top, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5/£4 adv. Info 029 2022 8883. EP launch gig.

wednesday 22

Afro-Celt Sound System + The Dhol Foundation + Fun^Da^Mental Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £25 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. See Upfront.

Band Of The Welsh Guards Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info 029 2039 1391.

Blackhawk Big Band & Mark Nightingale Whiteheads Sports & Social Club, Bassaleg, Newport. 8pm, £8. Info malc@dancebands.plus.com. South Wales Big Band Society gig, paying tribute to the late Mark Tilley.

Blind Boy Paxton The Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny. 7pm, £17 adv. Info 01873 736430. Blues/Americana man. He makes a cameo appearance in a book I just finished reading about the headers who collect rare 78rpm records. Do Not Sell At Any Price it’s called, good read actually.

Dave Jones Quartet Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

Her’s Porter’s, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info info@porterscardiff.com. A Swn New Friends gig. Hate this band’s name.

Mike Dennis Gwdihw, Cardiff. 8pm, £5/£3 adv. Info 029 2039 7933.

Open Mic Night Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7.30pm. Info 01443 491424.

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

Talisk The Welfare, Ystradgynlais. 8pm, £11/£9. Info 01639 843163. Rising British folk trio. In Cardigan on Wed 29 and Builth Wells on Thurs 30. Everything in the Mwldan in Cardigan this month also goes to Builth Wells. If they love each other so much why don’t they marry?

The Telescopes + Clay Statues + Aaronson The Moon, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7/£5.50 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com. Headliners are psych/shoegaze oldies from the late 80s, who reformed about 15 years ago and have gone proper noisy since then. Also features DJing by Trev from Odd Box Records.

Tom Russell St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 8pm, £21.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Venerable US singer-songwriter. Never listened to him, should I? I like a bunch of stuff in what I think is his ballpark.

William The Conqueror Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199.

thursday 23

Amanda Whiting Trio Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £6/£5. Info 029 2038 7026.

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 7.30pm, £21.50. Info 01639 763214.

Betsy National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. 8pm, £8. Info 029 2057 3600. Pembrokeshire pop hope.

Christopher Rees Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 8pm, £9.50. Info 01656 815995.

Courtesans + Bulleet Height + Digital Criminals The Moon, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £11/£9 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

*Dele Sosimi Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30-10pm, £10/£8. Info 029 2023 2199. UK-based Nigerian Afrobeat dude. Played here at the start of this year and sold it out I believe.

Ffi Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £10. Info 029 2089 0862. Welsh singer-songwriter. In Pembrokeshire tomorrow.

James Arthur Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £29.50. Info 029 2022 4488. Don’t know a single thing about this dude.

James Kirby Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 029 2087 7959. UK singer-songwriter.

Pete Oxley & Niccolas Meier Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth. 7.30pm, £10/£9. Info 01834 869323. Spanjazz night.

Single Mothers + Cassels + Lady Bird Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8.50. Info 029 2023 2199. Presented by Fuelled By Jealous Lovers.

The Courtesans The Moon, Cardiff. 7pm. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

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

WNO Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10-£41. Info 029 2087 8444. Tomáš Hanus conducts a programme of Mahler and Shostakovich.

Yossarian + Young Black Americans + Perfect Body + Lull Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £5/£3. Info 029 2039 7933. It will have been deemed unlikely that Lull are any relation to the ambient solo project of that name by Mick Harris of Napalm Death.

friday 24

Alvor Ensemble Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 1.15pm, £8/£6 adv. Info 029 2039 1391. Harp/flute/viola trio.

Ben Evans & The Valli Boys Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly. 7pm, £10/£7 adv. Info 07512 237983. Frankie Valli tribute.

Billy Liar Le Public Space, Newport. 7pm. Info sam@lepub.co.uk. Some sort of solo punk guy from Scotland.

Bowie Starman Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £19.50. Info 01495 227206. Tribute act.

RBrain Freeze Festival Ebbw Vale Institute. £20 weekend/£12.50 per day. Info 01495 708022. The third year of this two-day hard rock/stoner/psych type festival. Today has sets from Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Louise Distras, Nicotine Pretty, The Bastard Joe Kelly, Aled Clifford, The Black Triangle and Tight Muff. Tomorrow features Church Of The Cosmic Skull, Ulysses, Dead Shed Jokers, Stay Voiceless, When Worlds Collide, Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters, Dysphoria and Clay Statues. Plus record stalls and decent ale.

Caradog Jones & Geraint Roberts + Andy Tamlyn-Jones Glais Rugby Football Club, nr Clydach, Swansea. 8pm, £5. Info 01792 425231. A Valley Folk Club night.

Conners & The Conmen + Paul Divers Warehouse54 Roof Terrace, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161.

Cotton Wolf + Carcharorion Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £6. Info 029 2023 2199.

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

Deaf Havana + Black Foxxes + Decade Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £16.50 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Trio of UK rock bands.

Dizzy Lizzy Rhondda Hotel, Porth. 7pm, £6 adv. Info 01443 682388. Thin Lizzy tribute.

Ffi Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £10. Info 01239 841387.

Gareth Bonello Ty Tawe, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 456856.

Henry Marten’s Ghost Beaufort Arms, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 01792 234447. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Higher South Wales Launch St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7.50/£6 adv. Info 029 2087 8444. This features bands including Amongst Wolves, SoulBox and Vital Signs, and has some sort of Jesus-y element also.

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £20 adv. Info 07590 471888. Top rated UK folkie.

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

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

Michael Roberts Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 8pm, £12. Info 01792 475715.

Octave Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 029 2087 7959. Annual Christmas concert.

Organ Recital National Museum Cardiff. 1pm, free. Info 029 2039 7951.

*Partisan + Rope The Moon, Cardiff. 10pm-12am, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com. This, presented by Lesson No.1, is a free gig that starts after another gig. Partisan are gothic postpunk from Belgium and are top. Rope are from Bridgend and also top!

Risca Male Choir Christmas Concert Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7pm, £8/£7. Info 01633 868239.

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

Shalamar Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. A 35th anniversary tour would you believe.

Soul Stripper The Patriot, Crumlin. 7pm. Info 01495 247178. AC/DC tribute.

The Royal Valentines Slipping Jimmy’s, Newport. 9pm, free. Info 07745 059936.

Toby Hay + Harri Davies Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 8pm, £10. Info 029 2030 4400. Two Welsh folk soloists play a show for promoters Newsoundwales.

Volosi Pontardawe Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £10 adv. Info 01792 863722. Polish mountain folkies. We previewed them a while back.

Wake Up Scott The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 6pm. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com. This isn’t a band name but a charity gig for someone called Scott who is currently in a coma with life-changing injuries.

Warrior Soul + The Black Bullets + Reece Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07970 063107. Is this Kory Clarke’s dude ranch?

White Lies Warehouse54, Newport. 8pm, £3-£5. Info 01633 213161. Presumably not the very well known and currently active glossy indie/pop band White Lies.

Wynne Evans & Friends Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7.30pm, £20. Info 0845 2263510.

saturday 25

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood Cellar Bar, Cardigan. 8pm. Info 07818 056599.

Big Country The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £20 adv. Info 07590 471888.

Capra Mamei The Moon, Cardiff. 10pm, free. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Cash Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £12 adv. Info 01685 384111. Johnny Cash tribute.

Dave O’Higgins Quartet with Iain McKenzie Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 8pm, £15. Info 01239 841387. Jazz.

Excellent Skeleton The Andrew Buchan, Cardiff. 8.30pm, free. Info 029 2021 2509.

*Hark + Prosperina + Hot Mass + Last Balloon Sin City, Swansea. 7.30pm, £7 adv. Info 01792 468892. Hometown gig for sterling hard rock/metallers Hark, as part of a UK tour.

Henry Marten’s Ghost Birchgrove, Cardiff. 9pm, free. Info 029 2031 1319. 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.

In Place The Tabernacle, Talgarth. 7.30pm, £5. Info info@thetabernacle.co.uk. A song cycle for voice and ensemble, written by Colin Riley. Owen Sheers also guests on this date of the tour.

Insuna + Scarsun + Prophecy The Dragonffli, Pontypool. 7pm, £2. Info gigs@thedragonffli.com.

Johnny Trashed The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 9pm, £4/£3 adv. Info 01685 387925. Johnny Cash tribute.

Jumpin’ Jimmy & The Nice Guys Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

Magenta Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm, £17.50. Info 029 2089 0862. Welsh trad prog band.

Mammut + Broen Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. 7pm, £8. Info 029 2023 2199.

Motown’s Greatest Hits The Riverfront, Newport. 7.30pm, £23/£21. Info 01633 656757. Tribute show.

Pontarddulais Male Choir Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. 7pm, £15/£10 adv. Info 01792 475715.

Secrets + Shields Hobo’s, Bridgend. 7pm, £10 adv. Info www.hobosmusicvenue.com. Headliners are a ‘post-hardcore’ band from the States.

Showaddywaddy Ebbw Vale Sports Centre. 7.30pm, £19.50. Info 01495 357777. Showaddywaddy have their own category, ‘Rock & Roll Music’, in the venue’s listings, and fair play to them both.

The Divine Comedy Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. 7pm, £30 adv. Info 029 2078 1458. Neil Hannon and whoever is in his band now. Played the Tramshed just over a year ago so are presumably on the up slightly.

Sonic Boom Six The Pit, Swansea. 7pm, £7 adv. Info facebook.com/thepitswansea. Ska-punk, frankly.

The Baghdaddies Queens Hall, Narberth. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01834 869323. Upbeat klezmer/jazz band.

The Marc Davies Band Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2062 6015.

The Roy Orbison Story Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £19.50. Info 01633 868239. Tribute show.

The Sarah Meek & Guy Shotton Duo The Globe At Hay, Hay-On-Wye. 8pm, £5. Info 01497 821762. Jazz vocalist/pianist.

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

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show The Neon, Newport. 7pm, £18 adv. Info 01633 533666. Tribute band.

Wonk Unit + Aerial Salad + Trigger McPoopshute + Drunken Markman + Social Ex The Dolls House, Abertillery. 7pm Info 01495 213300. Punk bands.

sunday 26

Ben Thomas / Jim Bloomfield Quartet Melville Theatre, Abergavenny. 8pm, £10/£8/£3 NUS. Info 01873 853167. Black Mountain Jazz gig.

Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 3pm, £8. Info 029 2087 8444.

Emily Sun & Luka Okros Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 3pm, £7.50-£15. Info 01873 850805. Violin/piano duo.

Floacist + Natalie Stewart The Globe, Cardiff. 7pm, £15 adv/£30 VIP. Info 07590 471888. Headliner is in the jazzy soul ensemble Floetry.

Lilit Grigoriyan Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 11am, £16-£20. Info 029 2039 1391. Pre-Sunday lunch (available in the venue) piano recital.

Lisa Kwei Browns, Laugharne. 3pm, free. Info 01994 427688.

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

Seren Wind Quintet Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 3pm, £3-£12. Info 01970 623232.

Seven Sins Festival – Winter Wrath 2 Sin City, Swansea. 2pm, £8 adv. Info 01792 468892. Metal alldayer with sets from Fury, Pythia, Chasing Dragons, Scarsun, JOANovARC, Häxan, StarStorm, Jenovese, Prophecy and Paraskenia.

Steeleye Span Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2089 0862. Sold out. In Aberystwyth on Thurs 30.

The Andrews Sisters Show Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 2.30pm, £14. Info 01656 815995. Tribute show.

The Chamber Orchestra Of Wales: Christmas By Candlelight Rhos Y Gilwen, Pembrokeshire. 7.30pm, £12.50. Info 01239 841387.

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

The Kooks + DMAs Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 6.30pm, from £27.50. Info 029 2022 4488. Landfill indie, they called The Kooks. Well it looks like… they had a lot of trash to take out.

Whitchurch Jam Session Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff. 5.30-8.30pm, free. Info 029 2062 6015.

monday 27

Aubray Parsons The Woodman, Swansea. 1-4pm, free. Info 01792 402700. Presented by Nailed It Events.

Bananarama St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £41-£71.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Everyone loves Bananarama don’t they, which is why this gig is sold out. Although they just released a few more tickets today (as I type), but they’ll probably be gone (as you read).

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

Gwd Mondays Open Mic Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info 029 2039 7933.

Jacob Collier Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £18. Info 029 2039 1391. New young jazz hotshot.

Kerri Wat + Naomi Rae The Moon, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £8/£6.50 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

tuesday 28

Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 1pm, £5-£7. Info 029 2087 8444.

Caves Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7pm. Info 029 2039 7933. Punky indie band presented by DIY Cardiff.

Jazz Jam Session Jazzland, Swansea. 8pm, free. Info 07802 912789.

Roger Wells Hot Shots Café Jazz, Cardiff. 8pm, £4.50/£4/£2 NUS. Info 029 2038 7026.

Steeleye Span Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £21.50. Info 01873 850805. Sold out.

wednesday 29

Alaw + Gwilym Bowen Rhys Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7pm. Info 029 2087 7959. Album launch gig for headliners. In Abergavenny tomorrow.

*Boy Harsher Buffalo, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7 adv. Info 029 2031 0312. Swine Language presents a noisy synth/beats-based American duo in the headline slot.

Blues Night Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 7pm, free. Info 01443 491424. Informal acoustic session.

Cardiff University Symphony Chorus & Chamber Orchestra St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8. Info 029 2087 8444.

Gethin Liddington Quintet Jazzland, Swansea. 8.30pm, £10. Info 07802 912789.

Howard Jones + Men Without Hats Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £27.50 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Two acts indelibly associated with the 1980s tour together.

Mutant Monster The Moon, Cardiff. 7-10pm, £6/£5 adv. Info info@themooncardiff.com.

Natty The Globe, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info 07590 471888. Reggae geezer.

Pat Smith + Think Pretty + Sydney Fate The New Crown Inn, Merthyr Tydfil. 8.30-10.30pm. Info 01685 387925. A U&I Radio gig.

Pretty Addicted Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 6.30pm, free. Info 07970 063107. “There are currently no support acts for this event, however there will be hoop dancing by Geo.” Fairly warned be thee.

Royal Welsh College Big Band Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Info 01970 623232. Performing Duke Ellington.

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

Shop Girls + Flowers For Freaks Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £4/£3. Info 029 2039 7933.

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

Status Quo St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £56.50/£46.50. Info 029 2087 8444. I really can’t keep up with Quo’s changing plans and the rationale for doing so but can confirm that (a) this is a full electric show; (b) Rick Parfitt is still dead and (c) I own a Status Quo t-shirt now, ask me about it.

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. They’re also playing here on Sun 10 Dec.

Talisk Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 7.30pm, £3-£12. Info 01239 621200.

Tenors Unlimited Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £15.50-£20. Info 01792 475715.

thursday 30

Alaw + Gwilym Bowen Rhys The Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny. 7.30pm. Info 01873 736430.

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7.30pm, £20.50. Info 01495 227206.

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

Hazel O’Connor Tramshed, Cardiff. 7pm, £25 adv. Info 029 2023 5555.

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

John Wilson & The John Wilson Orchestra And Chorus St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £22.50-£44. Info 029 2087 8444.

Lionheart + Airrace Fuel Bar, Cardiff. 7pm, £14 adv. Info 07970 063107. Two UK hard rock/NWOBHM bands who formed in the 80s.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 7.30pm, from £35. Info 029 2022 4488. Classical pop double dose which looks to be sold out.

Rews + We’re No Heroes + Saccharyn +Telgate Gwdihw, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £6 adv. Info 029 2039 7933. Presented by All My Friends and Minty’s Gig Guide.

Someone Like You Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20. Info 01792 475715. Adele tribute.

Steeleye Span Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £20. Info 01970 623232.

Talisk Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01982 552555.

Tobias Robertson’s Jam Night Porter’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info info@porterscardiff.com.

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