words: WILLIAM KNOWLES
It’s a good week for fringe festivals. Edinburgh has kicked off in style, Brecon Fringe begins on Thursday and Newport hosts its very own with the 3rd Annual Barnabas Fringe Festival (Mon 6-Sat 11 Aug, tickets: prices vary). Highlights include the Watercolour Workshop and Make Your Own Upcycled Cushion.
You’ll laugh until you’re sick, apparently. Cardiff’s coolest little hipster joint, Gwdihw, promises another night of chuckle-induced chundering this Tuesday in their regular comedy evening, Vagabond Comedy (Tues 7th Aug, 8pm, admission: free).
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an audio aficionado, Chapter Arts Centre might have just the thing. Music Geek Monthly (Tues 9 & Sat 11 Aug, 8:00pm/3:30pm, admission: free) is an outlet for all your melodic musings, with an album discussion on Tuesday and listening event on Saturday.
Classical Brit Award-winning Only Men Aloud (Wed 8-Fri 10 Aug, Sun 12, 7.30pm/8pm, tickets: £25/£22.50) continue their summer tour with performances at Aberdare, Porthcawl and Port Talbot. Expect an eclectic set as their repertoire moves from Welsh folksong to opera, barbershop, swing and pop.
The bard gets a 24-hour-news revamp this week in National Theatre Wales’ latest Shakespeare production, Coriolan/Us (Wed 8-Sat 11 Aug, 7.30pm, tickets: £15/£7). Performed in Hangar 858 of RAF St. Athan, this promises to be an eerie, atmospheric and thoroughly unmissable adaptation.
Forget Derren, the biggest names in magic this week are Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. The Disney stars take to the stage at The Wales Millennium Centre for Mickey’s Magic Show (Wed 8th-Sun 12th Aug, times vary, tickets £16.50-£20.50).
It’s always the way, you wait ages for a big Welsh band to come to Cardiff and then three arrive at once. Well, kind of. The Earth (Thurs 9th Aug, 7.30pm, tickets: £6 adv) combines the talents of Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals), Mark Roberts (Catatonia) and Dionne Bennett (The Peth).
This weekend sees some of the biggest names in contemporary Jazz finding their way to mid-Wales for the Brecon Jazz Ferstival, but it’s not all about the big stages. The Brecon Fringe Festival (Thurs 9-Sun 12 Aug, admission: mostly free) runs alongside the more established jazz festival and promises a host of great live music.
Who says the Olympics stop at the Millennium Stadium? Adain Avion (Sat 4-Sun 12 Aug, admission: free to ticket holders for the National Eisteddfod) is an Olympic art commission created from the fuselage of a DC-9 airplane. It’s been touring Wales and now sits in Llandow until Sunday.
Foodies can take a little more time to digest this year’s Cardigan River And Food Festival (Sat 11-Sun 12 Aug, admission: Sat: £2.50/£1, Sun: £1/£0.50), which will be open for two days, instead of its usual one. As well as food, there’s drink, crafts and other entertainment too.
And if you can only do one thing…
Check out Coriolan/Us. If the last play directed by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes is anything to go on, it’ll be an electrifying adaptation in an incredible theatrical venue.