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THE XX | LIVE REVIEW

THE XX | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Fri 17 Mar Four and a half years ago, just a day after releasing their sophomore album Coexist, The xx played to a sold-out Coal Exchange prior to embarking on a huge European tour. Whilst their appearance in the Welsh capital may have been a surprise […]

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MEILYR JONES | LIVE REVIEW

MEILYR JONES | LIVE REVIEW   The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, Fri 3 Mar 2013 wasn’t a particularly special year for me. I was two years out of university and still bolloxed without a clue of how to make any intelligible use of this so-called ‘degree’ thing. Meilyr Jones found himself in a similar but […]

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WILEY | LIVE REVIEW

WILEY | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Sun 5 Feb A rare Cardiff appearance from an artist who was present at the founding of the genre he performs in. Grime sprang from garage and dancehall origins and Wiley, arguably more than any other figure, helped transform the scene into what it […]

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LOW | LIVE REVIEW

LOW | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 2 Aug Low have spent upwards of 20 years demonstrating that ‘extremity’ in music, such as it is, needn’t be the preserve of loud or offensive or wilfully outrageous artists. Their extremity is one of minimalism: their songs, two dozen of which are played this evening, exist […]