Chris Williams

CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN | LIVE REVIEW

CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Thurs 23 Apr You really don’t know what to expect when seeing Camille O’Sullivan live (unless you’ve seen her before, obviously); I definitely didn’t expect to hear an Oasis cover when I attended O’Sullivan’s gig. I was joined in the audience by a mainly middle-aged […]

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JAMES ARTHUR | LIVE REVIEW

JAMES ARTHUR | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Sat 18 Mar The Phoenix that is James Arthur has most definitely risen from the ashes that became of his career in 2014. Performing in Cardiff last Saturday, he proved that he is flying higher than before, to an audience that clearly loved and understood […]

 Lucy Menon

LORD OF THE DANCE | STAGE REVIEW

LORD OF THE DANCE | STAGE REVIEW

  St David’s Hall, Cardiff Friday 27th January 2017 To start the show there was a video of Michael Flatley explaining how the company have made it against the odds and the importance of following dreams. Flatley also states that Lord of the Dance is the biggest selling dance show of all time and, after […]

 Lucy Menon

BBC NOW: MAHLER | LIVE REVIEW

BBC NOW: MAHLER | LIVE REVIEW

  St David’s Hall, Cardiff Fri 20 Jan To start the concert, we were treated to three unaccompanied choral pieces by Anton Bruckner comprised of Moetets: Locus iste; Os justi; Christus factus est; Ave Maria. There were about a hundred members of the choir and the sound they produced was incredible and deeply moving. The second part, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony […]

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CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES | LIVE REVIEW

CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 9 Dec Cardiff Philharmonic have been promoting this evening with a hastily arranged poster and some cherishably naff photos of conductor (and CPO co-founder) Michael Bell fending off a light sabre-waving Darth Vader with his baton. Such japery. […]

 John-Paul Davies

BLACK STONE CHERRY | LIVE REVIEW

BLACK STONE CHERRY | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 18 Nov St David’s Hall was packed out by leather-clad lovers of rock‘n’roll for the opening night of Black Stone Cherry’s Experience Kentucky tour. The band were nervous taking to the well-lit stage, complete with stools and firefly lamps, for their opening acoustic set. […]

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DEACON BLUE | LIVE REVIEW

DEACON BLUE | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Tue 22 Nov Say what you will about the quality of some of the acts that pass through the doors of Cardiff St David’s Hall (a few inexplicably popular ‘blue’ comedians spring to mind), the setup and sound for tonight’s show is just right for […]

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REBECCA FERGUSON | LIVE REVIEW

REBECCA FERGUSON | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Mon 14 Nov Go on, admit it. You arrive just before the headline act so you don’t have to sit through the openers. We’ve all done it. I was all set to be bored by the whippersnapper Max Restaino. How wrong I was! His music […]

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THE HOLLIES | LIVE REVIEW

THE HOLLIES | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wed 19 Oct How groovy! I was finally going to experience the fab Hollies – live! Not arriving in the 1950s hindered my ability to fully participate in the British Invasion, and that was a real drag. Since I couldn’t switch bodies with my older […]

 Sophie Rees

LYNCHED | MUSIC PREVIEW

LYNCHED | MUSIC PREVIEW

The Irish and Welsh have not only had a deep musical vein that pumped passion through the hearts of their countrymen, but have had the luck of being steeped in harmonious tradition to boot. When the Celts came to Ireland, they brought what would eventually be encapsulated by the Gaelic as folk music. Two thousand […]

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