Chris Williams

FELIX AND SAM PRESENT THE DRESS REHEARSAL | LIVE REVIEW

FELIX AND SAM PRESENT THE DRESS REHEARSAL | LIVE REVIEW

FELIX AND SAM PRESENT THE DRESS REHEARSAL | LIVE REVIEW **** The Big Top, Cardiff, Thurs 26 Oct A year in the planning, and a lot of that must have been costume design, Cardiff’s enigmatic, bearded drag queen, Felix Love (and partner Sam), brought their full cabaret show, The Dress Rehearsal, to The Big Top […]

 Kevin McGrath

HOYFEST 2017 | LIVE REVIEW

HOYFEST 2017 | LIVE REVIEW

HOYFEST 2017 | LIVE REVIEW The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, 30th September 2017 After week upon week of anticipation, Hoyfest 2017 was somehow over in the blink of an eye. Taking a quick inventory of curator Sam Hoy’s sophomore festival, it’s probably fair to say that although there were some bravura performances among the sixteen […]

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BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW

BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW

The Garage, Swansea, Fri 9 Dec   Beans On Toast, real name Jay McAllister, returned to The Garage for his annual Swansea gig. I had barely stepped into the venue when I was greeted by Beans’ side man Bobby Banjo. A precedent to exactly how intimate this gig was going to be. The Garage itself […]

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FLAMINGODS | LIVE REVIEW

FLAMINGODS | LIVE REVIEW

Clwb Ifor Bach, Fri 19 Nov   Flamingods are a five-piece band of multi-instrumentalists from Bahrain and Dubai, it says on the Clwb Ifor Bach website; but try as I liked I could only see four of them on the small downstairs stage, so one of us can’t count. On the other hand, the four […]

 Annie Bishop

WE ARE SCIENTISTS | LIVE REVIEW

WE ARE SCIENTISTS | LIVE REVIEW

Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Sat 8th October   It’s been a while since New York indie-rockers We Are Scientists have played in Cardiff, but if Saturday night’s sold-out crowd was anything to go by, they’ve been very sorely missed in the capital. Kicking off a string of UK dates with a show at Clwb Ifor […]

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GERARD WAY | LIVE REVIEW

GERARD WAY | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students’ Union, Sun 9 Nov   Before the gig doors opened there was a large group of 16-year-olds huddled close together trying to keep warm and dry. Most of them had braved the weather and had been waiting in line since 6am. Talking to one […]

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MATT ELLIOTT / RATATOSK / ROKA | LIVE REVIEW

MATT ELLIOTT / RATATOSK / ROKA | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Fri 7 Nov The rain cometh and the rain cometh relentlessly with no mercy. But why would you let soaked shoes and the slowly rising muggy odours (no offence) of your fellow sodden music enthusiasts dampen your spirit for such an […]

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GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. | LIVE REVIEW

GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. | LIVE REVIEW ****   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Mon 8 Sept There are certain bands and artists that everyone seems to know, but no one knows what happened to. After having initial success, they seem to just disappear back into the world of musical obscurity, without announcing a split […]

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OLLY MURS | LIVE REVIEW

Teen heartthrob Olly Murs proves exactly why he’s still pick of the X Factor finalists.