The BBC 6 Music Festival has provided Cardiff with a long weekend fuelled by a variety of outstanding acts. To finish it all off, St David’s Hall gave the stage to big names bisecting alternative, indie and folk, providing a perfect laidback end to the festival. Kicking off the show was Wales’ own Gruff Rhys, followed by a brace of Americans in Cat Power and Father John Misty.
Gruff put on yet another excellent show in Cardiff. Sporting his classic beanie attire, he let his music (and innovative placards) do the talking, making for the usual artistically casual, endearing presence. Gruff didn’t disappoint with his setlist, either, a rendition of Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru being a crowdpleaser and personal favourite.
Following Gruff was Chan Marshall aka Cat Power: an American indie rock mainstay with a pronounced folk and blues influence. Her simple, stripped-back performance allowed all focus to be on her soothing voice. Encountering her for the first time, Marshall’s unique style and musical direction has made me a convert.
However, it was Father John Misty’s performance, a brilliant collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, that stole the show. With every song seamlessly complemented by a variety of instruments, adding another dimension to his beautiful songs, FJM’s casual and charming stage presence – combined with some fine dance moves! – further enhanced an outstanding headline set.
To be able to hear Father John’s old classics, from Chateau Lobby to Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings and I Love You, Honeybear, live alongside an entire orchestra was such an exceptional experience. Being further treated to songs from his Chloë And The Next 20th Century album, released this week, made the gig all the more special.
St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Sun 3 Apr
words CHLOE BLISSETT photos TIM ALBAN
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