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JULIE ANN SHERIDAN: SYMBIOSIS: LICHEN, SMALL BUT CRITICAL | ART PREVIEW

JULIE ANN SHERIDAN: SYMBIOSIS: LICHEN, SMALL BUT CRITICAL | ART PREVIEW

Oriel Yr Add Gallery, National Botanic Gardens, Carmarthenshire Sat 20 Jan -Tue 20 Mar This two-month long exhibition by Julie Ann Sheridan, a painter from Llangadog in Carmarthenshire, is a collection of large acrylic abstracts that were inspired by the lichens within the National Botanic Gardens (where this exhibition is on display). Sheridan’s previous work […]

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THE CRIBS | LIVE PREVIEW

THE CRIBS | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Tue 16 Jan The Cribs have a blue plaque dedicated to them on the Wakefield Walk Of Fame. Why bother touring when you share such an accolade with Barbara Hepworth and perennial cruise-line worrier Jane McDonald? Surely, they might as well just quit whilst they’re ahead? Despite calling their most recent album 24-7 […]

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WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE | ART PREVIEW

WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE | ART PREVIEW

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Sat 20 Jan – Sun 15 Apr 1st July 2016 marked 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, where 20,000 British soldiers died in a single day – the single worst military loss of life for Britain. To commemorate this, 1400 volunteers across the UK spent a day as soldiers in […]

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THE BAND: TAKE THAT | STAGE REVIEW

THE BAND: TAKE THAT | STAGE REVIEW

The Band: Take That | Stage Review ***** Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Tues 9 Jan. After a successful sell-out opening night, it’s safe to assume The Band, written by Tim Firth and featuring songs by Take That, will have a fruitful and exciting time in Cardiff. Breaking a musical is difficult, but if you take […]

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DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Alexander Payne (15 135 mins) Getting small has never had such a giant impact. Writer/director Alexander Payne goes very high-concept after a series of excellent dramas – Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska – with this fable about America and masculinity in microcosm. We follow put-upon occupational therapist Paul (Matt Damon), trapped […]

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BRECON BEACONS WATERSIDE COTTAGES | TRAVEL FEATURE

BRECON BEACONS WATERSIDE COTTAGES | TRAVEL FEATURE

Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons lies Wales’ very own Waterfall Country. Home to challenging walks through rocky gorges, breathtaking views and slow ambling rivers, the Brecon Beacons stage the perfect setting for a cosy holiday adventure. Bursting with an array of majestic waterfalls and cool water lakes, you are never far from […]

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DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER-JANUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ALIEN STADIUM **** Livin’ In Elizabethan Times (Double Six) Steve Mason, who used to be in the Beta Band, and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy have collaborated on this pretty damn fine EP, which sounds like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop colliding with Scott Walker. The concept here seems to be something to do with inviting aliens […]

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CLASSIC ELVIS: PETER PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

CLASSIC ELVIS: PETER PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival has for many years now been a fixture for diehard Elvis fans everywhere, helping bring a much-needed boost to a Welsh seaside town that otherwise often gets overlooked. But festival organiser Peter Phillips certainly can’t be accused of a lack of ambition; in recent years he’s set up a vampire festival in […]

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HOLLY DAVEY: THE CONVERSATION | ART PREVIEW

HOLLY DAVEY: THE CONVERSATION | ART PREVIEW

g39, Cardiff Until Sat 3 Feb Individual aspects of life are considered differently when presented as a whole. While we are living in the present, subconsciously we are always hunting for memories amongst the shifts of reality; the silences can often be just as familiar as the noise. The Conversation is a multimedia, solo show […]

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NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

NEIL SINCLAIR: SECRET SPACES | INTERVIEW

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his book The Tiger Bay Story, one of its favourite sons, author and social historian Neil M.C Sinclair, talks to Chris Andrews about a vital part of Cardiff’s history. What prompted you to want to write your story in the first place? I always thought that people outside of the […]