words: BETHAN KELLY
Capturing the “blurring of suburban boundaries,” New Edgelands (Until Sat 8 Sept, admission: free) at Cynon Valley Museum And Gallery, is a fascinating investigation into the creeping dominance of urban development in Wales and Europe.
With BBC Wales Music describing it as “The best collection of Welsh acts that has ever been put together,” need you any more convincing? Head to Merthyr Rock Festival (Fri 31 Aug-2 Sept, £20-£65) this weekend and experience a mix of legendary indie and rock bands.
It’s the last week you’ll be able to catch Hairspray The Musical at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Until Sat 1 Sept, tickets: £19.50-£25). With limited availability, you’ll need to get your tickets fast. The musical has won a raft of awards including four Olivier awards, eight Tony Awards, a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and many more, so don’t miss out!
Head to Sherman Cymru this week as artistic director Errol White showcases some of Wales’ finest young dancers as part of National Youth Dance Wales (Thurs 30 Aug, 8pm, tickets: £10). The production also features the U.Dance Ensemble – a company of young dancers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Pontardawe Arts Centre is hosting a live performance from the famous twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid – more famously known as The Proclaimers (Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm, tickets: £25). With global success and thousands of fans, make sure you get down to Pontardawe to see the legendary pair in action.
Be one of the first to see the latest comeback from Charlotte Church (Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm, tickets: £11.50/£12.50) as she heads to Brecon Guildhall this week. Experience a voice that has sold over 10 million records, a bold new sound, and an opportunity to meet and greet Charlotte after the show.
Singer songwriter Mike Hadreas, also known by his stage name Perfume Genius (Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm, tickets: £10), is an up-and-coming Seattle-based solo artist. For anyone who missed his intimate shows in May, these will be absolutely unmissable.
Join Wales’ Mardi Gras Parade and help support and highlight LGBT rights in Wales. The parade ends with the main event at Coopers Field, Cardiff (Sat 1 Sept, 12.30pm, Tickets: £6/£3) with plenty of live music and entertainment to keep the masses happy.
Head down to The Chattery in Swansea this weekend and enjoy the sounds of the vivacious quartet Hurray For The Riff Raff (Sept 1, 7.30pm, £10). An American country/folk band, this’ll be an intimate gig not to be missed.
The Cardiff Harbour Festival returns to Cardiff Bay this year with a special addition in the form of the Extreme Sailing Series (Fri 31 Aug-Sun 2 Sept, admission: free). Extreme sailing is one of the most prestigious international competitions for sailing professionals, and one of the most exciting for you as a spectator.