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CARO EMERALD | LIVE REVIEW

CARO EMERALD | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Tue 4 Apr The glamorous Ms Caro Emerald and her impressive seven-piece band of extremely talented musicians transported St David’s Hall into a smoky jazz club – this show being part of her Emerald Island Tour, named after her brand new EP of the same […]

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CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN | LIVE REVIEW

CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Thurs 23 Apr You really don’t know what to expect when seeing Camille O’Sullivan live (unless you’ve seen her before, obviously); I definitely didn’t expect to hear an Oasis cover when I attended O’Sullivan’s gig. I was joined in the audience by a mainly middle-aged […]

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JAMES ARTHUR | LIVE REVIEW

JAMES ARTHUR | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Sat 18 Mar The Phoenix that is James Arthur has most definitely risen from the ashes that became of his career in 2014. Performing in Cardiff last Saturday, he proved that he is flying higher than before, to an audience that clearly loved and understood […]

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DEACON BLUE | LIVE REVIEW

DEACON BLUE | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Tue 22 Nov Say what you will about the quality of some of the acts that pass through the doors of Cardiff St David’s Hall (a few inexplicably popular ‘blue’ comedians spring to mind), the setup and sound for tonight’s show is just right for […]

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REBECCA FERGUSON | LIVE REVIEW

REBECCA FERGUSON | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Mon 14 Nov Go on, admit it. You arrive just before the headline act so you don’t have to sit through the openers. We’ve all done it. I was all set to be bored by the whippersnapper Max Restaino. How wrong I was! His music […]

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THE HOLLIES | LIVE REVIEW

THE HOLLIES | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wed 19 Oct How groovy! I was finally going to experience the fab Hollies – live! Not arriving in the 1950s hindered my ability to fully participate in the British Invasion, and that was a real drag. Since I couldn’t switch bodies with my older […]

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RICHARD THOMPSON | LIVE REVIEW

RICHARD THOMPSON | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Tue 15 Sept With his black beret and grey beard, as Richard Thompson launches into another guitar solo it’s as though fellow 66-year-old Jeremy Corbyn has paused from delivering one of his rousing talks about grain production in western Siberia to entertain the apparatchiks with […]

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SEASICK STEVE | LIVE REVIEW

SEASICK STEVE | LIVE REVIEW

SEASICK STEVE | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Tue 28 Apr Some say a pyramid has mystical, magical properties: since Seasick Steve appeared in the one at Glastonbury some years ago, helped on his way by Jools Holland and his Later… show, there must be something in it, because his magic has spread all […]

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FIRST AID KIT | LIVE REVIEW

FIRST AID KIT | LIVE REVIEW

FIRST AID KIT | LIVE REVIEW   St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Thurs 15 Jan   The phenomenon of depressing pop joy is still growing strong with First Aid Kit. Picking up the mantel from the likes of Morrissey and Leonard Cohen, the melancholy Stockholm sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg belt out the most unique, blues-inflected […]