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HAPPY MONDAYS | LIVE REVIEW

HAPPY MONDAYS | LIVE REVIEW   Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Fri 17 Nov Celebrating their ‘30th Anniversary 24 hour Party People Tour Greatest Hits’ – just slips off the tongue, that – the Happy Mondays are back in Cardiff. Discovered by the legendary Tony Wilson of Hacienda nightclub fame, they seem to be […]

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN / CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN + CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Tue 3 Oct An unexpected bonus: my first glimpse of Cardiff’s Chain Of Flowers [below], handpicked by The Jesus And Mary Chain [above] to support in Bath last night as well as at tonight’s hometown gig. […]

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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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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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BURNING LANTERN FAYRE | TRAVEL UPDATE

BURNING LANTERN FAYRE | TRAVEL UPDATE

It’s less than a month until the first ever Burning Lantern Fayre comes to St Fagan’s National History Museum. With headliners Tom Odell, Jack Savoretti, The Shires, with support from local lads Into The Ark and many more performing, along with entertainment and fun for all the family, it’s going to be the first of […]

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OCEAN COLOUR SCENE | LIVE REVIEW

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE | LIVE REVIEW   Caerphilly Castle, Sat 17 Sept Britpop veterans Ocean Colour Scene rocked Caerphilly Castle to its very foundations with a storming set of indie classics. And despite nearing their 30th anniversary, the Brummie band prove they haven’t lost an iota of passion by delivering a supremely slick and stylish […]

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NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS | LIVE REVIEW

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS | LIVE REVIEW   Singleton Park, Swansea, Fri 2 Sept The mods may be mainly middle-aged but the paisley is plentiful and there is an air of boozy optimism amongst the 10,000 or so who’ve packed Singleton Park to pay homage to one of the idols of UK rock‘n’roll. Promoters […]

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RIVAL SONS | LIVE REVIEW

RIVAL SONS | LIVE REVIEW   Sin City, Swansea, Mon 29 June   I’ll be honest with you: when I initially saw the announcement for Rival Sons playing in Sin City here on my doorstep, I thought it had been some kind of mistake. But no, it indeed was happening, and what a triumph that was […]

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SUMMER IN SINGLETON | COMPETITION

A midsummer night’s dream line-up is in store for Singleton Park, Swansea on the longest day of the year, Sun 21 June, as international stars Alfie Boe, Rebecca Ferguson, Collabro and Sophie Evans take to the stage with local hero compere Mal Pope for ‘Summer in Singleton.’  Collabro’s second album ‘Act Two’ was released last […]