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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT | MUSIC INTERVIEW

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT | MUSIC INTERVIEW

One of the greatest vocalists of his generation and legendary songwriter Rufus Wainwright speaks with Chris Williams about Shakespeare, the Festival of Voice and creativity. “I think my mother took me to see Richard II when I was four, of course I don’t remember any of it”. Rufus Wainwright is something of a musical renaissance man. […]

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CONSTELLATION STREET | STAGE PREVIEW

CONSTELLATION STREET | STAGE PREVIEW

The Other Room @ Porters, Cardiff Mon 11 Apr-Sat 30 Apr Matthew Bulgo is the next playwright on the list for the INSOMNIA season at The Other Room in Porters. Bulgo, originally from Swansea, wrote his debut, Last Christmas, addressing an emotional journey set in his hometown. A gritty Welsh drama is definitely on the cards once again […]

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SWANSEA GIN FESTIVAL | FOOD FEATURE

SWANSEA GIN FESTIVAL | FOOD FEATURE

The UK’s largest gin festival will be hitting South Wales this month. Over 100 gins will be on offer to sample, with a variety of entertainment also being put on. As you enter the festival, you’re provided with a Gin Festival glass, a brochure, information on each company and suggested garnishes for each gin. On […]

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SIÂN PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

SIÂN PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

The acting queen of Wales Siân Phillips speaks with Chris Williams about the Welsh language, Rufus Wainwright and damehood. “No, in a word” laughs Dame Siân Phillips when asked if she feels any different now that she’s a Dame. “I’ve been very busy ever since, so nothing has changed, no. It certainly hasn’t made any […]

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FLAVA D, SIR SPYRO | CLUBS PREVIEW

FLAVA D, SIR SPYRO | CLUBS PREVIEW

Sink @ Sin City Sat 16 Apr Swansea consistently punches above its weight when it comes to grime and garage lately, even outbooking Cardiff most of the time, and that’s largely down to the work of the Sink promoters. Last year alone they brought down DJs, producers and MCs including Big Narstie, Newham Generals, DJ […]

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A GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR OWN CHEESE | FOOD FEATURE

A GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR OWN CHEESE | FOOD FEATURE

In a time where instant gratification is the norm, Lynda Nash looks into the next great British pastime: cheese making. Readers over a certain age will no doubt remember the big cheese glut of the nineteen-eighties. Catering size blocks of generic yellow cheese were doled out to UK households to diminish the growing cheese mountains […]

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GREEN MAN | LINE UP ANNOUNCED

GREEN MAN | LINE UP ANNOUNCED

With a 2015 line up consisting of Hot Chip, St Vincent and Welsh favourites Super Furry Animals, it was always going to be a tough one to trump. But Green Man Festival’s 2016 offering promises an equally as delightful melange of alternative artists and home-grown indie legends. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues […]

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A FOODIE’S GUIDE TO HOME BREWING | FOOD FEATURE

A FOODIE’S GUIDE TO HOME BREWING | FOOD FEATURE

Home brewing has a 7000-year long history and had a resurgence after rationing in the Second World War led to a shortage in alcohol. After a brief hiatus, people all over the country are now taking up this rewarding hobby in their thousands and joining the homebrew revolution. It’s a lot simpler than you think; […]

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS | STAGE PREVIEW

AN INSPECTOR CALLS | STAGE PREVIEW

The New Theatre, Cardiff Tue 12 – Sat 16 Apr From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated director responsible for Billy Elliot on both the big screen and stage, comes the multi award winning West End production of J.B Priestley’s classic thriller/drama, An Inspector Calls. The play itself has won more awards than any other play in […]

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EPICURE EXPERIENCE | FOOD REVIEW

EPICURE EXPERIENCE | FOOD REVIEW

Celtic Manor, Newport. 01633 413000 www.celtic-manor.com     The latest of Celtic Manor’s fine dining schemes sees Michelin star holder Richard Davies return to Wales to offer up a beautifully flavoured menu. In a typically classy affair, we were sat down in the new restaurant and treated to a cocktail and presented with a taster […]