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MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW

MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 7 July This evening will go down in history as the night Grangetown played host to a living legend. Despite gigging for more than 60, years this was Mavis Staples’ first time in Wales, but she made up for it: her colossal voice probably carried to […]

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BLINK 182 | LIVE REVIEW

BLINK 182 | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mon 3 July There are kids here, there are teenagers here and there are middle aged people dressed as teenagers here. That can only mean one thing. Blink 182 are here. It’s not quite California here in Cardiff tonight, but it is pretty warm this evening […]

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THE JACKSONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR | LIVE REVIEW

THE JACKSONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Sun 25 June Who doesn’t love the Jacksons? Whether a diehard fan, or the occasional listener, you cannot deny the influence and popularity of the world’s most successful musical family. Clearly, the absence of the star attraction, younger brother Michael, is a factor […]

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PHOSPHENES / BORIS A BONO / JOHANA HARTWIG | LIVE REVIEW

PHOSPHENES / BORIS A BONO / JOHANA HARTWIG | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Fri 23 June First act of the night, Johana Hartwig, with band in tow, introduced a sense of peppiness to proceedings, delivering wailing vocals whilst switching between command of the xylophone and violin, using both to create eclectic, often […]

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS / ERASURE | LIVE REVIEW

ROBBIE WILLIAMS / ERASURE | LIVE REVIEW   Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wed 21 June It’s lucky that we are not in the middle of a heatwave in Cardiff tonight, as the roof of the Principality Stadium is closed and we all could have been very hot as we eagerly await Robbie Williams and his Heavy […]

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GNOD / MAI MAI MAI / SUNSHINE | LIVE REVIEW

GNOD / MAI MAI MAI / SUNSHINE | LIVE REVIEW   The Moon, Cardiff, Thurs 8 June On an election day marked by downpours of biblical proportions, a few of us do at least get a brief glimpse of sunshine – Sunshine the band, that is. But sadly even that brief glimpse feels like an […]

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MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW

MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 4 June “What are you doing, you prog rocker?” scoffs a smirking DC Gates. His bandmate Graf’s crime? Having the temerity to tune up between songs. Anything with the faintest whiff of prog may be strictly verboten in Gindrinker’s universe, but there’s not much […]

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THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW

THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tue 30 May There’s a point approximately 50 minutes into tonight’s performance when suddenly it all adds up and the penny finally drops. The Besnard Lakes’ frontman Jace Lasek has already mentioned that they will be playing two distinct sets; thus far, material from remarkable […]

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ELROW TOWN CARDIFF SINGER MORNING | LIVE REVIEW

ELROW TOWN CARDIFF SINGER MORNING | LIVE REVIEW   SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, Sun 28 May The Singer Mornings day festival in the SSE SWALEC cricket ground opened its gates to the brightly decorated attendees, all lathered in fake tan, body jewellery and enough cologne/perfume to punch a fresh hole in the ozone layer high above […]

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FROM NOW ON | LIVE REVIEW

FROM NOW ON | LIVE REVIEW   Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Fri 19 + Sat 20 May Into Chapter’s dark spaces and weird corridors for the fourth year running, and From Now On’s 2017 edition, which even in this year’s slightly slimmed-down version is a fine splurge of noise, ideas and music that jumps genres […]

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