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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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FEEDER | LIVE REVIEW

FEEDER | LIVE REVIEW   Chepstow Racecourse, Fri 25 Aug Feeder! Feeder! Feeder! Never has an audience been so pleased to see a band and never has a band been so pleased to be playing for that audience. Twenty-five years and this is the first time Feeder has played in Grant Nicholas’ hometown of Chepstow. […]

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WOLF ALICE | LIVE REVIEW

WOLF ALICE | LIVE REVIEW   Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Mon 21 Aug The Muni Arts Centre is a venue where intimacy is key; a hub for entertainment in Pontypridd, where the community saved the venue in 2015. The gothic architecture of the building is typical of any Welsh town, but what made this seemingly […]

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DEATH ANGEL / WARBRINGER | LIVE REVIEW

DEATH ANGEL / WARBRINGER | LIVE REVIEW   Hobos, Bridgend, Thurs 10 Aug After the success of the gig by fellow 80s thrashers Acid Reign last year, Hobos in Bridgend once again welcomes a legendary band from that scene with an appearance by California’s Death Angel. One of its best exports, but inexplicably unable to […]

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STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL 2017 | LIVE REVIEW

STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL 2017 | LIVE REVIEW   Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm, nr Ebbw Vale, Sat 29 + Sun 20 July “Just drop me here, I can walk the rest of the way – it’s only up a bit further,” I say to the taxi driver, who has graciously driven me halfway up a mountain to get me […]

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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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