Annie Bishop

SPRING KING | LIVE REVIEW

SPRING KING | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wed 15 Feb Injecting an early dose of summer into Cardiff in the dead of winter is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what post-punk foursome Spring King did on a drizzly Wednesday night at Clwb Ifor Bach, with an impressive arsenal of nostalgic tunes […]

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BUSTED | LIVE REVIEW

BUSTED | LIVE REVIEW   Newport Centre, Thurs 9 Feb Noughties pop-rock trio James, Matt and Charlie announced early in 2016 that they were reuniting, to the delight of the inner teenager inside all of us late-20s/early-30s fan girls. A packed Newport Centre welcomed in an old and new generation of excited fans. Not to […]

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KRS-ONE | LIVE REVIEW

KRS-ONE | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thurs 9 Feb A hugely anticipated hip-hop event took place in Cardiff last week as KRS-One – aka The Blastmaster or Teacha – found himself in Wales for the first time. It became evident by the demographic of the crowd that KRS-One’s performance had been awaited […]

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GALACTIC EMPIRE | LIVE REVIEW

GALACTIC EMPIRE | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tue 7 Feb Bored of the same tired-looking tribute acts? This empire is striking back. Galactic Empire, a Star Wars-themed metal band paying homage to the scores of John Williams, are the band you’re looking for. Fully garbed in authentic costumes, the five-piece proved destructive capabilities […]

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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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THE FALL / BO NINGEN | LIVE REVIEW

THE FALL / BO NINGEN | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 3 Feb “It’s nice for The Fall to have a decent support band for once,” comments one gig-goer on entering the venue. True enough – but ‘decent’ rather undersells Bo Ningen. Inviting the Japanese foursome, who formed in London, to open proceedings is […]

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HOME FREE | LIVE REVIEW

HOME FREE | LIVE REVIEW   Glee Club, Cardiff Bay, Wed 25 Jan This little corner of Cardiff became downtown Nashville for a night as popular, first-ever country a cappella vocal band Home Free rode in and lassoed everyone’s hearts. Ooo-eee! They’re as fine as frog’s hair. Austin Brown (first/high tenor), Adam Chance (baritone), Tim […]

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JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND | LIVE REVIEW

JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thurs 26 Jan Jim Jones doesn’t like to let the grass grow under his feet. His musical career to date has consisted of several incarnations including Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Having released three banging albums as The Jim Jones Revue, […]

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KING CREOSOTE | LIVE REVIEW

KING CREOSOTE | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 24 Jan  Fife’s Kenny Anderson and his eight-piece band (including cello, double bass, bagpipes, accordion and synth) brought some much needed warmth and cheer to Riverside. During these tough times I’ve been living by the mantra “when life gets shitter add more glitter,” and it seems […]

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MARTHA WAINWRIGHT | LIVE REVIEW

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 26 Jan Touring excellent new album Goodnight City, Martha Wainwright and her band, Toronto’s Bernice, who also serve as tour support and whose subdued electro-pop meets with warm approval, provide a packed-out Tramshed with a rousing set of old and (predominantly) new material. It’s these newer […]

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