Following the release of their singles compilation, Glasgow-bred Primal Scream are set to bring a wave of music nostalgia to Cardiff University this November. Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll is the band’s two-volume compilation, featuring classic tracks from their standout album Screamadelica and the band’s earlier days.
Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Sat 23 Nov. Tickets: £27.50. Info: 029 2078 1400 / www.cardiffstudents.com
AN EVENING WITH LENNY HENRY
Over 40 years since his career started on the New Faces talent show, Lenny Henry brings his heartwarming show Who Am I Again? to Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. Enlisting the help of the audience and trusted friend Jon Canter, the actor, writer and presenter looks back on his life, delving into lighthearted and funny memories as well as some more poignant issues.
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Sat 16 Nov. Tickets: £33-£36. Info: 029 2063 6464 / www.wmc.org.uk
Returning for its 14th year, Wales’ premier horror festival Abertoir is a six-day spectacle in all things terrifying. Located in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the festival promises to thrill audiences with a selection of the latest big-budget and independent horror films. The festival also offers concerts, theatre shows and talks from professionals in the horror industry.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Tue 19-Sun 24 Nov. Tickets: £60 full pass; tickets for individual screenings available closer to the day. Info: 01970 623232 / www.abertoir.co.uk
Since rising to fame a decade ago, Emeli Sandé has been a mainstay on UK album charts, earning herself four Brit awards and an MBE. This winter, the songwriter brings her mix of soulful r’n’b and pop back to the Welsh capital, promising to serenade audiences with tracks from her latest album Real Life.
St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 22 Nov. Tickets: £38-£68 (sold out). Info: 029 2087 8444 / www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
One of the most successful British guitar bands of the 00s are back with a new UK tour, alongside the imminent release of their new Reworked album. The band will take the audience back with some of their greatest hits, so expect tracks like Chasing Cars and Take Back The City to get you on your feet.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Wed 13 Nov. Tickets: £75/£55. Info: 029 2022 4488 / www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk
Adam Ant is reprising his 1982 album Friend Or Foe for his latest UK tour. The new wave icon is will stand and deliver his landmark debut solo album in its entirety for loyal fans, with tracks such as Goody Two Shoes expected, along with a selection of hits from both his solo days and as head honcho of Adam And The Ants.
St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Sat 30 Nov. Tickets: £41/£37.50. Info: 029 2087 8444 / www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is coming to Cardiff just in time for Christmas, and stars Cardiff-born actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones, alongside Edward Baker-Duly and X-Factor winner Matt Terry. The hit Broadway musical takes the audience on a whimsical ride through Whoville, and follows the Grinch and his plans to steal Christmas – but will he succeed?
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Wed 20-Sun 24 November. Tickets: £17.75-£48. Info: 029 2022 4488 / www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk
The grounds of Margam Country Park will be transformed into a magical spectacle of light, and guests will have the chance to walk a mile-long after-dark trail, curving its way around the beautifully lit castle. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks to cosy up with beside the fire, and the warm glow of the enchanted grounds will be sure to get you in the festive mood.
Margam Country Park, nr Port Talbot, Fri 22 Nov-Mon 23 Dec. Tickets: £8-£12/free under-3s. Info: 01925 450640 / www.luminatewales.com
One of the masterminds behind the Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell will be gracing Sin City on his UK tour following the release of his new album Monster. The gig promises to serve up two full sets, with Cornwell expected to play songs from the latest album along with some acoustic oldies from the Stranglers’ glory days.
Sin City, Swansea, Sat 30 Nov. Tickets: £25. Info: 01792 468892 / www.sincityclub.co.uk
The last year or so have been pretty solid for old ravers in Cardiff, with Fatboy Slim and, prior to Keith Flint’s tragic death, The Prodigy arriving at the Motorpoint. The holy trinity of block-rocking beats is due to be completed, with The Chemical Brothers arriving at the same venue. Arguably the most introspective and psychedelic of the three, they’ve long since established themselves as being at the forefront of electronic dance music.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Thu 28 Nov. Tickets: £44-£50. Info: motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk