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HORACE ANDY | LIVE REVIEW

HORACE ANDY | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thurs 31 Aug It’s pay day, football transfer deadline day and a week when Bake Off re-emerges on a different channel. Though some things in life do change, it’s always reassuring that seasoned performers like Horace Andy gradually reinvent themselves, giving you more of the […]

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COCK SPARRER | LIVE REVIEW

COCK SPARRER | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Fri 1 Sept   Tricky to put this delicately, but by all good sense a capacity crowd for Cock Sparrer ought to be lower in number than, say, one of those teen-favoured YouTube sensations who occasionally play at this venue. Befitting the appearance of one of Oi! and […]

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TRICOT / FALSE HOPE FOR THE SAVAGE | LIVE REVIEW

TRICOT / FALSE HOPE FOR THE SAVAGE | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Tue 29 Aug Twinkly guitar passages shouldered aside by pure brute force; vocals conspicuous only by their absence; solemn on-stage demeanours; the appearance of a violin bow; an earnest and portentous band name, and song titles cut from the same […]

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SKATING POLLY | LIVE REVIEW

SKATING POLLY | LIVE REVIEW The Moon, Cardiff, Thurs 27 July Being old enough to remember grunge in its first incarnation, I find myself in comfortable territory tonight at a packed and sweaty Moon Club, where the masses have gathered to witness its re-emergence. At the forefront of the grunge revival are Skating Polly and […]

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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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