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MANU DELAGO | INTERVIEW

MANU DELAGO | INTERVIEW Ben Gallivan talks to the Austrian experimental musician, Hang player and Björk collaborator ahead of his Cardiff date this month.   Buzz: The last time you played in Cardiff was with your touring band, Handmade. This time you’ll be performing with a chamber orchestra. Will this signify a major shift in […]

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THE CRIBS | LIVE REVIEW

THE CRIBS | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 16 Jan It takes something more than a little enticing to get this reviewer out of the house these days; the prospect of catching the brothers Jarman at one of Cardiff’s best venues is one of them. Arriving at the venue, scores of people are standing […]

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THE XX | LIVE REVIEW

THE XX | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Fri 17 Mar Four and a half years ago, just a day after releasing their sophomore album Coexist, The xx played to a sold-out Coal Exchange prior to embarking on a huge European tour. Whilst their appearance in the Welsh capital may have been a surprise […]

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CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES | LIVE REVIEW

CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 9 Dec Cardiff Philharmonic have been promoting this evening with a hastily arranged poster and some cherishably naff photos of conductor (and CPO co-founder) Michael Bell fending off a light sabre-waving Darth Vader with his baton. Such japery. […]

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PANIC! AT THE DISCO | LIVE REVIEW

PANIC! AT THE DISCO | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Fri 18 Nov It takes a die-hard Panic! At The Disco fan to queue up to be slammed against the front barriers today. The weather in Cardiff is biblical to say the very least; the sun is barely able to peep through the clouds […]

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BARENAKED LADIES | LIVE REVIEW

BARENAKED LADIES | LIVE REVIEW Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 6 Sept   The Tramshed is enticing a surprisingly high number of big name acts into the city nowadays, many of whom haven’t played in the city before. In the case of Torontonian quartet Barenaked Ladies, it’s been roughly 17 years since supporting The Beautiful South (what […]

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LOW: ALAN SPARHAWK | MUSIC INTERVIEW

Alan Sparhawk, one of the founder members of Minnesota rock group Low, talks to Ben Gallivan ahead of their debut Cardiff gig, next week at the Tramshed.   Buzz: Hi Alan – whereabouts are you speaking to me from? Are you in Denmark for the Heartland festival yet [editor’s note – the interview was conducted […]

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EMMA POLLOCK | LIVE REVIEW

EMMA POLLOCK | LIVE REVIEW

EMMA POLLOCK | LIVE REVIEW   The Moon Club, Cardiff, Mon 16 May The problem with Womanby Street is that it is either rammed or deserted; there’s no real middle ground where people casually wander up in the hope of discovering some talent playing their hearts out in the half dozen or so venues that […]

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OUGHT / THE JELAS / WALL | LIVE REVIEW

OUGHT / THE JELAS / WALL | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wed 20 Apr On paper, this show promised to be a doozy. Lauded Dischord-influenced locals WaLL and jerky Bristolian trio The Jelas in support of one of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the moment, Ought from Montreal. Clearly, someone had done […]

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OWEN PALLETT | LIVE REVIEW

OWEN PALLETT | LIVE REVIEW

OWEN PALLETT | LIVE REVIEW   Portland House, Cardiff Bay, Wed 3 June It was always going to be a bit of a struggle for a newly-opened venue such as Portland House to get a crowd to fill its 700-person capacity and thus it proved to be true, despite the presence of one of the world’s […]