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Interview: Race Horses

Wales’ favourite analgoue loving psych-popsters

Man Without Country Finest purveyors of dark electronica

The Blackout Wales’ new nights of rock

Interview: Dr Paul Carr Glamorgan University’s Head of Music

Oxjam Cardiff Takeover Cardiff’s best loved charity festival

Plus Music News | Reviews | FREE Downloads | Gig/Club Guide


The Blackout _10 Man Without Country _08

Race Horses _06

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Jennifer Allan, Max Barrett, Jonathan Day, Emma Gould, Max Hicks, Jamie Neasom, Joe O’Connell, Matthew Pasternakiewicz.

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SEPTEMBER 2011 CONTENTS 04 MUSIC NEWS News and round up of all the musical happenings in and around Cardiff 06 EXPOSURE Meet this month’s featured artists! 12 industry interview Interview with music industry linchpins, in association with We Are Cardiff. 14 LISTINGS All the goings on from Cardiff’s music venues this month 26 reviews The month’s new albums, singles and demos. 28 mmp extra Get yourselves to themmp. tv for even more reviews, competitions and news! 28 DOWNLOADS Join our Download Society and enjoy free downloads! 28 COMPETITION Win free stuff! 30 spotlight Monthly column highlighting issues affecting music in Wales.

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reetings! Thank you for picking up the MMP again, what a lovely friend you are. September has rolled around quickly hasn’t it? While the month may have changed the musical output remains the same: outstanding. This month Race Horses, Man Without Country and The Blackout are the torch bearers of local talent and a fine bunch of rogues they are too.

There are many strands to the multicoloured, trans-dimensional flying carpet that is Cardiff. Some of you will have noticed a large chunk of it has been missing and this month marks the return of our beloved student population. Welcome home you crazy young fiends. Although the return of the country’s future MPs, DJs and political refugees is great news there is much more to Cardiff than just the bright eyed and fancy free. We hope that grizzled rockers, seasoned jazz fans and everyone in between will find this pocket-sized guide extremely helpful in tracking down their preferred brand of musical bliss. It’s all going on... Our mandate has always been to be inclusive not exclusive. Considering the bizarre and wonderful mixture of music being produced in and around Cardiff, we’d be crazy not to. So jump in good people, the water’s lovely... Love & hugs,

The MMP xxx

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04 | NEWSSEPTEMBER 11

Music News Welsh Music Prize : Platform for best and brightest in Wales We’re pleased to announce the details of the inaugural Welsh Music Prize which celebrates Welsh music across a wide variety of genres. The prize, an initiative of SWN Festival co-founders Huw Stephens and John Rostron, will be selected and judged by a panel of industry figures and music experts. A shortlist of 12 albums released between 1 August 2010 and 31 July 2011 will be announced very soon with the winner to be announced at SWN Festival 2011. Huw Stephens, Radio 1 DJ said: “The Welsh Music Prize is a chance to highlight incredible albums made by Welsh musicians, and bring their music to a wider attention. By inviting a panel who love, make or work with music to judge this award, it will be a chance to celebrate the wealth of recording talent that exists in Wales, and shine a light on some exciting, diverse and excellent albums.” John Rostron, SWN Festival organiser said: “We’ve long thought Wales should have a critically judged music prize which celebrates the great diversity in genre and language which comes from this country. I’ve watched developments such as the Nordic Music Prize and the Polaris Music in Canada and how they’ve been great platforms to discover new bands from those countries. We hope the Welsh Music Prize does the same for bands in Wales.” welshmusicprize.com

Jets to Zurich

CIWDOD Receive Another Three Years Of Funding Community Music Wales happily announced a further three years of funding for CIWDOD. This is a partnership between CMW and The Welsh Language Board, encouraging activity in Welsh language music since 2004. Artists to have benefited from the work of these wonderful people include the likes of Radio Luxembourg, Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, Plant Duw, and Yr Ods. Following a relaunch in August, Ciwdod are now involved with Radio Cymru’s C2 School Tour taking place in over 20 schools as well as African Drumming, beatbox and songwriting workshops for grassroots Welsh language acts. Here’s to another three years of securing the well-being of the mother-tongue in music. community musicwales. co.uk

What We’ve Been Listening To AIMEE

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BLEEDING KNEES CLUB HAVE FUN

Amy Winehouse - You Know That I’m No Good

Jay Jay Pistolet Vintage Red

Raucous, reverbant punk mayhem courtesy of Australian two-piece, BKC. Think thrashy getaway music for today’s misguided youth and you’re not far off. myspace.com/thebleedingkneesclub

An artist’s death can be a marketing man’s dream. This morbid fact cannot detract from the unmistakable talent Winehouse left behind in her brief time on planet Earth. amywinehouse.com

Though The Vaccines are taking all the plaudits now, there was a time when lead singer Justin HaywardYoung was putting out all manner of sweet acoustica. This is the top pick with a timeworn guitar strummed alongside smartly heartfelt lyrics. myspace.com/jayjaypistolet

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Oxjam Cardiff – The Sound of Something Happening

Two Brand Spanking New Venues in Cardiff We’re delighted to report that a gorgeous new venue has opened to the public in the heart of town. Nestled amongst a sea of chain bars and pubs on St Mary Street, The Bunk House is a spacious, independently-owned hostel / bar / venue with a stunningly quirky interior (courtesy of Bar Manager Mikey). Owners Jason and Jess genuinely seem to want to preserve the intimate ambience and friendly atmosphere despite their high-octane dance club neighbours. Get down for some excellent live music every Thursday / Friday! To add to the good news, Kama Lounge has opened up a branch in Cardiff. This lovely hangout is located on Woodville Road in the heart of studentville. Come September, Kama will start their regular Kamacoustic nights, for all you chilled-out musicians to go and flaunt your skills. How wonderful it is to see two cracking venues come to Cardiff despite these difficult times. bunkhousecardiff.co.uk kamalounge.co.uk

Oxjam Cardiff are back planning a feast of musical fundraisers this summer in the lead up to their annual Oxjam Cardiff Takeover event, all with one aim: making music and raising money for Oxfam. On Sunday 2nd October, the Oxjam Cardiff volunteer team will be taking over Womanby Street for the third year running, to bring Cardiff citizens a festival of the best new local talent, whilst also making a difference globally. The Oxjam Cardiff Takeover will be an all day extravaganza across multiple venues with live music, comedy, dance, art auctions and much, much more, for only £6 (advance price). The event is organised by local volunteers and involves local acts, with all of the profits going towards Oxfam’s work to help others to overcome poverty and suffering around the world. Local music, global impact. Please be kind enough to show some support, this promises to be an amazing event. oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

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Broadcast and the Focus Group – Familiar shapes and noises A fantastical display of psychedelic, cut ‘n’ paste, sci-fi. Broadcast’s final release draws from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s eccentric 60’s experimentalism in a cacophony of colour. myspace.com/broadcastuk

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The Globe Reopens The Cardiff music scene was dealt a curious blow by the sudden closure of The Globe at the start of August. Initial concerns were that the place would be closed for God knows how long, especially in the context of the noise reduction issues which plagued it in 2010 for several months, but since then the new management have come forward with reassurances. At the time of going to press, Globe is set to reemerge on 28 August with fresh refurbishments, air-conditioning, a fully stocked and better ranged bar, as well as an upstairs lounge. New Managing Director, David Matthews, has stated that the refreshed Globe will be hosting single nights, karaoke, discos and cover artists. But alongside this, there is hope for the more conventional live music nights with Owen Bowley, involved in bookings and promising plenty of emphasis on the local scene. The plan appears to be 7 nights a week opening, meaning that there is scope for a quality and varied calendar of events. Time will tell how this all pans out but, at the very least, Cardiff will be once more the beneficiary of a plush mid-sized venue in a city crying out for it. Thank Geoffrey for that! theglobecardiff.com

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Old Time Relijun Cold Water

Wugazi - Sleep Rules Everything Around Me

A twenty-first century Sister Ray for the crestfallen. Jumping octave double bass underlines Arrington De Dionyso’s frenzied, furious vocal delivery and waves of noisy, bending fretwork. myspace.com/theoldtimerelijun

A head on collision between uber rap collective Wu - Tang Clan and post hardcore legends Fugazi gives birth to a disarmingly moving mash up of two of their tracks. Whoever thought to cram these guys together, I salute thee. wugazi.com


06 | EXPOSURE INTERVIEW

After spending the last year promoting debut album Goodbye Falkenburg, touring with British Sea Power and getting touted by mainstream music journalists in Mojo, Q Magazine and NME, Race Horses are back in the studio. MMP caught up with Dylan Hughes to ask what the future holds for Aberystwyth’s finest…. Interviewed by Matthew Pasternakiewicz myspace.com/racehorsesmusic

Race Horses MMP: Good afternoon Dylan, how are you? RH: I’m fine thanks, it’s very sunny in Cardiff today. MMP:Race Horses are originally from Aberystwyth, what was the local music scene like at the time you were starting out? RH:The scene was basically a lot of school bands, and there were great gigs in The Cŵps (Coopers Arms). We’d put on gigs ourselves and have strobe lighting and smoke machines – even though we were a school band playing in a local pub. There were really cool Aberystwyth based bands (Hot Puppies, Murry The Hump/The Keys, Crocketts/The Crimea), and I remember being blown away when I saw The Crimea, but we were a bit young at the time so we’d often get turned away by the bouncers at their gigs. MMP:Your debut record as Race Horses; Goodbye Falkenburg, was a critical success - did the popularity of the album match your expectations? RH: We didn’t have any specific expectations, I’m really glad that people liked it and went out and bought it. I’m really proud of Goodbye Falkenburg but our sound and songs SEPTEMBER 2011 | www.themmp.tv

have changed a bit since then so we’re really excited about releasing some new stuff.

MMP:Is a second album waiting in the wings? RH: There is a 2nd album waiting in the wings for its cue! We recorded it a month ago in Miloco Studios in South London – it’s an old swimming pool and a great place to record. We did it in eight days and it’s probably the most enjoyable experience I’ve had with the band. We’re in the middle of mixing and mastering the record now. I can’t wait for people to hear it. MMP:For a band with such eclectic influences – the sound on Goodbye Falkenburg is very distinctive. Did you plan to develop on your sound, or were you keen to make a vastly different record? RH: Yes, the new record is more direct – it’s got a certain sound and vibe to it. It sounds like an album, whereas Goodbye was more of a collage of songs and ideas. There are a lot of beats and percussion on this record – there’s less smooth overdubs and more key lines and sounds. I think this album is more forward looking and less retro than Goodbye – we were listening to M.I.A a lot, also trying to get the energy of bands like Dexy’s and


Soft Cell, but still with pop songs at the heart of it all. MMP:How did your relationship with Dave Wrench (Producer) come about, and did you work with him again on this record? RH: We mixed this new record with Dave – he’s brilliant at bringing sounds and songs to life. We met him when we went to Bryn Derwen Studios to do a radio session for Radio Crymu. We were into Zabrinski and British Sea Power who he’d recently worked with – we were only 16 or something when we met, so a lot of our music education has come from him. MMP: It was mentioned in the press release of your debut album that you wanted to make your fifth album first – which album is this? RH:I guess this one will be our first! We wrote and recorded it quite quickly so it’s really fresh and exciting. With

Goodbye it was done over months and had songs we had written a year or so earlier. It’s quite an energetic album, youthful – so yes this will be our debut. MMP: We love the video for Man In My Mind, what was the idea behind puppets, space and death? RH: Ben Reed was the director and visionary behind the video. I think it was about 4 directors in the 60s filming a stop motion film with puppets and finally the pressure gets too much for one of them and he brutally kills the others. MMP: You have recently been on tour with British Sea Power, how was the experience and were there any particular highlights? RH: It was brilliant – one of my favorite tours. The crowds were great and it was amazing to see BSP every night and get to know them. I think my highlight was hanging out and having a drink with

BSP and getting to play to such a great audience every night MMP: What does the future hold for Race Horses? RH: We’ve had a bit of a line-up change recently – Alun Gaffey has left and Mali and Dan have come in. Our live set up has changed vastly – it’s quite a big set-up now (so mid slots at Barflys will be very difficult). The immediate future is all about gigging and putting up versions of our new songs on our website. Making the live shows an exciting experience and trying to create something exciting and creative online as well. The new album will be out after the summer – and after that we’ll never look back.


08 | EXPOSURE fEaTuRE

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M Man Without Country The earnest figure cut by Phillip Nolan as he renounces his US citizenship under trial of treason, is symbolic not just for its wider countercultural position but also for the defiance in standing for an individual’s rights. Words by Matthew Pasternakiewicz manwithoutcountry.com

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an Without Country are named as such to symbolise their lack of belonging; but it could just as easily reflect their lack of allegiance to the scene, lack of allegiance to genre and society-atlarge. The duo of Ryan Owen and Tomas Greenhalf do not belong, they don’t feel like they belong and this feeling was shared by Phillip Nolan in Edward Everett Hale’s, The Man Without A Country. For their forthcoming album Foe, Owen and Thomas have spent years in isolation, three to be precise – the duo hibernated and perfected their sound, each track has been lovingly crafted and tweaked to unfathomable detail until ready for consumption, all this despite having been on the radar of Radio One for some years – performing on the Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2009. But Man Without Country’s story does not stop there, last year the band signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chapell (no mean feat for any musician hoping to license their tracks to a wider audience) and it is through film and television where one can predict Man Without Country gaining success, their music is paradoxically soft yet brash, epic and yet humble, which is partially due to the involvement of Ken Thomas, producer-at-

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large on M83’s Saturdays=Youth, Clinic’s Winchester Cathedral and Y Psychic TV’s Dreams Less Sweet. Thomas’ trademark vocal CM production seeps over Inflammable Heart, Ryan Owen’s voice sounding MY likes a cross between Genesis CY P-Orridge and Neil Tennent. Incidentally, the dark, dramatic and CMY highly recommended video could be mistaken for an M83 effort K and perfectly illustrates the last third to Man Without Country’s sound; one part experimental, one part pop and one part post-rock. However the band are by no means futurists, their sound (although contemporary) is underlined with eighties electronica – modified and widened for the 2010’s, indeed in the same way that Saturday’s=Youth was unabashedly revivalist, a similar 80’s aesthetic can be heard in not only Owen’s vocals but in Thomas’ choice of synthesizer, opting for Moog moods and Italo disco leads – albeit in a more picturesque manner. It is a concoction that works, and an insight to a future direction for dance music. Man Without Country released their first single, King Complex on the 15th August.


010 | EXPOSURE FEATURE

Words by Max Barrett myspace.com/theblackout

The Blackout

Following a largely sold out UK headline tour in support of their critically acclaimed third album, The Blackout continue to take 2011 by the balls. The MMP grabbed a few words with frontman Gavin Butler to discuss recently released album, Hope, and the festival season.

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merging in 2003, the Merthyr Tydfil post-hardcore crew have enjoyed a continual rise since the release of their debut full-length some four years ago. Now, Hope epitomizes the recognition that these local lads deserve. “It’s the best thing that The Blackout has ever done,” says Butler. “We stepped it up with this record and not to sound too cliché, but it’s a very grown up record compared to the last two.” The newest record deals with a variation of different sounds and emotions. There are distinctive, heavy pop songs with toing-and-froing between Butler and co-vocalist Sean Smith to straight-up power ballads, but the album title sums up the feel of the album. “I think the one running theme is the title, Hope. It’s why we chose the name,” Butler states. Last month, the ballads stayed at home when The Blackout tore up the Reading and Leeds main stages; an opportunity Butler explains the band were hugely grateful for. “It’s a festival we’ve gone to as punters since we were 16, so to be asked to play the main stage for the second time was amazing”. The Blackout thrive in these live settings – catch them at Merthyr Rock Festival on September 4th to witness this for yourselves. In typical form, Butler assures us that fans can expect “blood, sweat and beers!” One big party, that’s how a festival should be, though the charismatic Welshman didn’t shy away from offering a key survival tip. “Take wet wipes and cologne, just in case you get lucky with the opposite sex. If you’re going with your other half this rule still applies, I don’t care how long you’ve been together, no-one wants smelly bits!” he warned. The Blackout may have taken a mature step when it comes to writing and recording, as Hope has demonstrated, but after hitting the festival stages this year, all hell has broken loose. myspace.com/theblackout The Latest Fashion is out now on Hassle Records.

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012 | INDUSTRY INTERVIEW

Interviewed by: Jennifer Allan

Dr Paul Carr is principal lecturer in popular music at The Atrium, University of Glamorgan. As a musician he has recordedwithsomeofthebiggestnames in the music industry,such as the James Taylor Quartet, saxophonist Bob Berg and The Jazz Renegades. Since moving into full-time academia,Paul’s research interests have focused on a huge variety of themes, but his recent work has focused on the live music scene in Wales. Read on for some wonderful insights from the man himself. MMP: Recently, you conducted Assembly-funded research into the live music scene in Wales. What kind of conclusions did you draw on the back of that work? DPC: Firstly, I have to say that there are so many great musical initiatives going on in Wales, not only in terms of the music, but also with support organisations such as the Welsh Music Foundation, Community Music Wales, Trac etc. What came out of the report is that Wales currently constitutes around 4% of the UK live music industry – which equates to around £60 million per year. Much of this income comes from Popular music ventures, and the purpose of the report was to suggest ways in which Wales can set strategies in place to improve this income stream. I feel there is a lot we can learn from other nations such as Scotland for example, which has an 11% cut of live music industry profits. It is also good to see that the Arts Council of Wales has now set small grant funding streams in place to assist small music business to grow. Other key themes coming out of the report include the importance of the industry working collegially with local councils and the tourist industry; the need to inform industry practitioners of funding that is available and how to complete application forms; the need for the development of new business models that exploit how the industry has changed and the need to continue developing training initiatives that serve the music industry well. These are general points, if anyone would like a synopsis of the report I gave to the SEPTEMBER 2011 | www.themmp.tv

Dr Paul Carr Institute of Welsh Affairs in July, you can access it via my blog – Paul Carr Musings. The Welsh Music Foundation will be releasing the full findings at some point in the next few weeks

MMP: Aside from your work in University of Glamorgan, you are also an esteemed musician – who have you most enjoyed working with and why? DPC: During my time living and working in London, I was lucky enough to work with so many great musicians in lots of different situations. I think my proudest moment is getting to record a track for Polydor records with the late great Bob Berg. Bob played with Miles Davies for many years, and was one of the most influential sax players to emerge during the 1980’s. To get to record with one of my heroes with ‘The Paul Carr Quartet’ was way beyond anything I ever expected as a musician. My time as a member of the James Taylor Quartet runs a close second. Looking back, this band had a big impact on the Acid Jazz scene of the early 1990’s, and provided me with an opportunity to travel and play in lots of venues and festivals throughout Europe MMP: Are you currently involved in any music projects? If so could you tell us a bit about them? DPC: My big project at the moment is setting up a new Foundation Degree in Music Industry Entrepreneurship that is offering 75 Bursaries to music industry practitioners over the next three years. It is aimed at anyone working in the music industry, ranging from musicians, to journalists, to engineers, etc. It is funded by the European Social Fund, and providing you live or work in a Convergence Area of Wales, there is an opportunity to get all of the fees paid. This means that providing you meet the criteria, it is possible to get the first two years of a degree for free. What is unique about the programme is it allows people working in the music industry to obtain academic credit for the experience they have and the work they are currently doing. It is delivered

mainly by distance learning, and the first cohort starts in September this year. The funding lasts for three years, so if anyone is interested, I encourage them to get in touch. As you can tell, I am very excited about it. MMP: In your opinion, what makes a great musician? DPC: It really depends on what area of the music industry you are involved in. If we consider the working musician, I think the most important attribute a musician can have is reliability and versatility. Firstly, no one will employ anyone who is not reliable. You can be the greatest musician in the world, but if you don’t deliver on time, there is no way you will get continued work. Regarding versatility, the vast majority of the working players I know on the London scene are all versatile to some degree. This can range from simply being able to play many different styles of music, to the concept of the portfolio musician, which is how most people make a living these days. It is not uncommon for someone making a living as an instrumentalist in the popular music industry, to also get work in areas such as computer games and jingle writing, music transcription, music production and engineering, and wait for it – teaching. The ability to do all of these things well can also arguably be an indicator of a ‘great’ musician. MMP: Can you tell us something about yourself that, perhaps, your students don’t know? DPC: Most of my students probably don’t know a great deal about my background, so this interview may give them an insight they have not heard before. Life as an academic sometimes provides a stereotypical view of who a person is. I would say that probably the biggest surprise for students is that I used to play in a heavy metal band in Newcastle as a teenager that recently released their first album. My long hair made me look very different in those days!


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Event Listings Live Events

Thu 1st September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Morley sets himself for another miraculous month of gigs Stephen Wheel @ Glanfa Stage, WMC, 6:15pm, FREE * The super-talented Stephen Wheel takes to the Glanfa stage with a string quartet. Enjoy! Open Mic w/ Huwie Price @ The Royal Exchange, 7:00pm, FREE * Mr Price hosts an evening of glorious open micery for all to join in. Get there early to guarantee a spot! The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * These lovely lads are sure to entertain the punters at Live Lounge this evening. Miles Davis Tribute Quintet @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £6/£5 * The excellent Miles Davis tribute act trace Davis’ work throughout his long and diverse career. Slow Down @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £4 * Brilliant night in store for all at 10 feet – the brilliant Slow Down featuring support from Molasses and Albatross Archive. The Sound of Music @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:30pm, £17.50-£42.50 * Starring Jason Donovan and Verity Rushworth, don your lederhosen and nun masks and make your way down to the WMC! The Jazz Revhŵ @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * The famous Jazz Revhŵ is back, this time with the excellent Miles Behind. Wormrot @ Undertone, 8:00pm, £TBC * This Singapore-based band play their blend of old-school grindcore for all at Undertone tonight. TBC (Live Band) @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Live covers outfit at big O’Neills tonight. S&M @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * S&M bring mayhem to the Lounge tonight! Unfortunately, no whips or ballgags, but the lads’ll make up for that. Fri 2nd September The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Fronted by maestro Tony Morley himself, The Little Giants play their Friday residency at Live lounge today! Rachel K Collier @ Peppermint, 6:00pm, FREE * The lovely Rachel performs a set for all to enjoy at Peppermint this evening. Fire Season EP Launch @ Buffalo Bar, 7:00pm, £TBC * Fire Season launch their new EP at Buffalo, expect great things people!

The Italics @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * The Italics take to the stage at Live Lounge to entertain this evening. Blues Central @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * Blues Central at Cafe Jazz tonight. The Dirt – The Leading Motley Crue Tribute @ Bogiez, 7:30pm, £7 * The original and most definitely leading tribute to Motley Crue in the United Kingdom. The Sound of Music @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:30pm, £17.50-£42.50 * Starring Jason Donovan and Verity Rushworth, it’s like an adaptation of Neighbours based in the holocaust, with more songs Electro Punk Discothèque with Sicknote @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * An eclectic and heady fusion of music and dancing with like-minded folk in the cosy grasps of their Gwdihŵ home. Acoustic Roots @ The Blue Dragon Hotel, 9:00pm, FREE * Acoustic Roots perform at the Blue Dragon, tastefully blending country, blues, folk and jazz styles. With open mic. Beavers @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Beavers entertain the crowds! Crimes Against Folk @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Will anyone ever stop Crimes Against Folk? Hopefully not til after their gig in O’Neills tonight… Rocking Johnny @ Old Orleans, 9:00pm, FREE * Join the weekly mashup at Old Orleans, with entertainment provided by the great Rocking Johnny. Ruby Samba @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * The gorgeous Ruby Samba will melt your heart with her jazzy tones tonight! Graffiti @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * Seasoned outfit Graffiti show all how it’s done at the Live Lounge tonight. Sat 3rd September The Sound of Music @ Wales Millennium Centre, 2:30pm, £17.50£42.50 * This glorious production of Sound of Music also takes place during the day at the WMC. Get your tickets asap! Split Atom & STHC Halfdayer : No Choice @ Buffalo Bar, 4:30pm, £5 * No Choice, Solutions, A Victory at Sea, Half a Chicken, Not Since the Accident, Same Four Walls at Buffalo today! Honey Fungus @ Live Lounge, 6:00pm, FREE * Gorgeous duo from West Wales grace us today with great harmonies and good tunes.

Dolly Parton – Better Day World Tour @ Motorpoint Arena , 7:30pm, £56-£75 * Seems a little steep you say? Get a life, it’s bloomin’ Dolly Parton! GRAB Promotions presents The New Regime @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £6 * GRAB Promotions presents The New Regime, who look destined to wow all at Clwb tonight. The Flora @ The Flora, 7:30pm, FREE * Saturdays at The Flora – live music followed by DJs. The Plums @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £5 * Legendary 90s outfit, The Plums, come to dazzle at Undertone. The Sound of Music @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:30pm, £17.50-£42.50 * Starring Jason Donovan and Verity Rushworth, massage your larrynx and come prepared to singalong - not too loud, or they’ll chuck you out The Special Collective @ Pen and Wig, 8:00pm, FREE * The Special Collective ignite the cozily huddled audiences at the Pen & Wig tonight! Sion Russell Jones @ Nos Da, 8:30pm, FREE * The delightful Mr Jones takes to the cosy atmosphere and friendly ambience of Nos Da tonight. 2 Tickets 2 The Gun Show @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * 2 Tickets flaunt their colossal guns to an overwhelmed audience at small O’Neills tonight. Graffiti @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Graffiti paint the town red tonight! Leighton Jones @ The Vulcan Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * The wonderful Leighton kicks off September’s gigs at The Vulcan Lounge. Rollin Sundays @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Rollin Sundays on a Saturday? Are you bloody mental? Bless you, you are… Tropical Boogie @ Gwdihw, 9:00pm, £3 * Tropical Boogie is a brand new and juicy Gwdihŵ night filled to the brim with hot, sunshiney global beats. The Big What? Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The Big What? Band do what they do best at the Lounge tonight. Sun 4th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Sunday is not a day of rest for Tony Morley. Morley never rests. Open Mic Afternoon w/ John Godwin @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * The open mic equivalent of Moses, John Godwin

gets it on at the Lounge this afternoon. Marie @ Live Lounge, 6:30pm, FREE * The lovely Marie will charm you first, then blow you away with stunning vocals. We promise… Public Enemy @ The Great Hall, 7:00pm, £25 * The SU are spoiling you rotten. First DJ Shadow, then Public Enemy, in one weekend! Get your tickets asap! Alexander Tucker @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £7/£6adv. * Alexander Tucker astonishes with his multi-instrumental wizardry. With Ratatosk/Failed NASA Experiment and Zoo Pop DJs. Dolly Parton – Better Day World Tour @ Motorpoint Arena, 7:30pm, £56-£75 * Dolly returns for the second night in a row to spread good will through her legendary tunes. Colum Regan @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Colum’s Sunday sets are the stuff of legends. Now, time to live the legend, at the Live Lounge. S&M Acoustic Duo @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * S&M acoustic duo play a chilled set for the punters at large O’Neills. Mon 5th September Smokin Aces Duo @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * This lovely pair will get your toes a-tappin’ during this lunchtime set at the Lounge. Honey Fungus @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, * This fantastic duo will dazzle all with their tight-as-Steptoe harmonies and wonderful charm. Ukulele Nights Cabaret @ Gwdihw, 7:00pm, FREE * Grab your surfboards and your knotted hankies … it’s time for the Cardiff Ukulele Cabaret! Open Mic @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 7:30pm, FREE * Open mic for all to enjoy at O’Neill’s. SWN presents Rainbow Arabia + Cate Le Bon @ Buffalo Bar, 7:30pm, £7adv * The exquisite sounds of Rainbow Arabia, with support from Cate le Bon, This Frontier Needs Heroes and Zachary Cale The Bluetones (Farewell Tour) @ The Glee Club, 7:30pm, £16 * Legendary band play one of their last shows on this farwell tour. Platicons @ Undertone, 8:00pm, £3 * Garage / surf night at Undertone, featuring the best Welsh talents in these genres. Weekly Welsh Traditional Session @ The Cayo Arms, 8:30pm, FREE * Come and hear, sing and play Welsh tunes in an informal, friendly

atmosphere. Honey Fungus Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * By day, merely Honey Fungus, but come nightfall they mutate into the devastatingly amazing Honey Fungus Band. Tue 6th September Rob Cross @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Rob Cross is so good, you come dangerously close to adopting him every Tuesday at his great Live Lounge sessions. Live Music Night @ Old Orleans, 7:00pm, FREE * Live music every Tuesday at Old Orleans! Enjoy great grub with a good tune! Jazz @ Dempseys : Alex Garnett Trio @ Dempseys, 7:30pm, £5 * Music from Alex’s album, Serpent, expect brilliance and laughter all round! The Dick Williams Six @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * The great Dick Williams leads this excellent sextet tonight. United Fruit @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £4 * Glasgow’s United Fruit show Cardiff what they’re made of.

GigsoftheMonth Willy Mason @ THE GATE 6th September

Rambling-man acoustica from New York word wizard Willy Mason, who makes his way to the serene surroundings in The Gate to perform his distinctive lo-fi anti-anthems. We can’t wait. Leighton Jones @ Mocka Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * As much soul as he has hair, the hirsute Leighton Jones takes to Mocka L.M.S Presents Kickback @ The Old Library, 8:00pm, FREE * With the amount of talent wishing to perform we suggest that you get your name down soon! Smokin Aces Duo @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * This lovely duo get the crowd going with great renditions of classic tunes. Face Value @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * We all wish we could sleep with at least one Face Value member per day. For now, make do with this L.L residency. Wed 7th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Not to be confused with Bob Marley, this is Tony Morley. Tony Morley Duo @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Morley and co serenade in rich and passionate harmony - a mutliple Morley mecca

Rob Cross Duo @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * As if it weren’t difficult enough to focus with just Rob on stage, now there’s a lovely someone joining him every Wednesday. Adele @ Motorpoint Arena, 7:30pm, £29.50 * The lovely Adele comes to Cardiff to grace audiences with her sultry vocals. Capital City Jazz Orchestra @ Dempseys, 7:30pm, £5 * Capital City Jazz Orchestra - great band, great music, on Wednesday this time. Open Mic @ The North Star, 7:30pm, FREE * Spend your evening singing and strumming away at North Star’s glorious open mic. Open Mic w/ Singing Huw @ Nos Da, 7:30pm, FREE * Bring your instruments, brandish your vocal chords for all to worship at this lovely open mic. Organic @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £5/£4 * John Paul-Gard leads this organ-led outfit at Cafe Jazz tonight. Atlantic @ Chapter Arts Centre, 8:00pm, £6/£5/£4 * An evening of song, dance, discussion and story from the Vancouverbased theatre company, Urban Ink. Folk Against Fascism @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £2 * Folk against Fascism present the High Priest + support. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Colum Regan plays his lovely tunes to the crowds at O’Neills. Live Wire @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The excellent Live Wire tear it up at the Live Lounge tonight. Thu 8th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Thursday is when Morley plots his acoustic revolution, come listen to his plans Gathered in Song presents I’m Kingfisher @ Buffalo Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Amazing, emotive, experimental music from I’m Kingfisher; support from MMP favourite, Meilir. Open Mic w/ Huwie Price @ The Royal Exchange, 7:00pm, FREE * Mr Price hosts an evening of glorious open micery for all to join in. Get there early to guarantee a spot! The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * These lovely lads are sure to entertain the punters at Live Lounge this evening. Kelvin Christiane with the John Gibbon Trio @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £7/£5 * Esteemed band leader, Kelvin Christiane takes to the stage at Cafe Jazz. Marius Neset’s Golden Explosion @ Dempseys, 7:30pm, £5 * Marius Neset’s Golden Explosion Marius Neset (saxes) Jasper Hoiby (bass) Anton Eger (drums ) and Nick Ramm (piano). The River @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * The River flood O’Neills (clever) with great tunes tonight. 2 Tickets 2 The Gun Show @ Live Lounge,


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10:00pm, FREE * This cracking covers outfit take to the stage to crazy-up crowd at the Live Lounge tonight. Fri 9th September The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Fronted by maestro Tony Morley himself, The Little Giants play their Friday residency at Live Lounge. Under The Driftwood Tree @ Peppermint, 6:00pm, FREE * Cardiff’s favourite musical surfers, UTDT make their way to Peppermint. Crash Club Records Night : Radio City @ Buffalo, 7:00pm, £5 * Radio City at Buffalo tonight, with great tunes and cracking support from The New Objects and My Pet Monster. Joe Driscoll + Sekou @ Cardiff Arts Institute, 7:00pm, £5 * New York multi-instrumentalist teams up with the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’ for this glorious collaboration. NL XL @ RWCMD, 7:00pm, £12/£10/£5 >16s + students * Glorious ensemble, rife with pianos, synthesisers, percussion, toy pianos and samplers. TesseracT @ CF10, SU, 7:00pm, £9 * UK metallers, TesseracT will have torn students a new Union by the end of the show. Live Music Night @ St David’s Hall, 7:30pm, £15 * Live Music Night at St David’s Hall featuring Paul Child, Boyd Clack and Jamie Pugh with the Welsh Television Orchestra. Ted Crook and the Blues Highway @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * Ted Crook dazzles all at Cafe Jazz this evening. The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * The Spokes provide some great entertainment for all this evening. Wake the President @ Buffalo Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Wake the President, The Red Age & support at Buffalo Lounge tonight! RAMMLIED @ Bogiez, 8:30pm, £7 * The self professed “Number 1 Rammstein tribute act” in the UK at Bogiez tonight. Acoustic Roots @ The Blue Dragon Hotel, 9:00pm, FREE * Acoustic Roots show with open mic involved as well. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * The wonderful Mr Regan takes to the stage to entertain the boisterous audience at O’Neills tonight. Rocking Johnny @ Old Orleans, 9:00pm, FREE * Join the weekly mashup at Old Orleans, with entertainment provided by the great Rocking Johnny. Great he is, as well. Smokin Aces (Full Band) @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Smokin Aces manifest with full band for great times tonight. Thoby Davis @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Thoby Davis is amazing. If you don’t believe us, get down to The North Star you coward! No seriously, go.

Bob Funkhouse @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The superbly-named Bob Funkhouse play their funk/ soul/rock set at the Lounge till midnight. Sat 10th September Visit Wales Micro Festival feat. Johnny Cage & The Voodoo Groove @ Gwdihw, 4:00pm, FREE before 9pm * This is a one-off Gwdihŵ special hosted by Visit Wales, with Johnny Cage & The Voodoo Groove on headline duty. Jon Yardley @ Glanfa Stage, WMC, 6:00pm, FREE * Cardiff University graduate and pianist extraordinaire takes to the stage this evening. Anglo Welsh Festival of Male Choirs @ St David’s Hall, 7:00pm, £30 * A huge male voice choir extravaganza! 500 majestic voices grace St David’s Hall this evening. Colum Regan @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Colum wakes up the city with a blinding set of brilliantly-interpreted covers. Daniel Martin Moore @ Buffalo Bar, 7:00pm, £8/£7adv * Excellent Sub Pop Records artist makes his way to Cardiff for an evening of amazing songsmithery. Hells Bells @ Bogiez, 7:30pm, £7 * The biggest and arguably most recognised AC/DC tribute in the land. Junip feat. Jose Gonzalez @ The Gate, 7:30pm, £10 * Following an unfortunate cancellation at the beginning of the year, Jose returns for all to enjoy. The Flora @ The Flora, 7:30pm, FREE * Saturdays at The Flora – live music followed by DJs. Bespoke Acoustic Duo @ Pen and Wig, 8:00pm, FREE * Cracking duo enliven a busy Saturday audience at the Pen & Wig tonight! The Vanities @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 8:00pm, £4 * Following a 4-year hiatus, Cardiff’s sons of electro are back with support from Robot Safari and The Samba Lucas Band. General Jumbo @ Nos Da, 8:30pm, FREE * 3-piece swing pop band sound like your thing? Of course it bloody is! Free Beer @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Free Beer with free entry at O’Neills tonight! Joe 90 @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Great renditions of classic tunes from the great Joe 90. Kymo @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Lovely evening to be had tonight, courtesy of Kymo! The Seratones @ The Vulcan Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * Great music from The Seratones this evening at The Vulcan Lounge. Jester @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * These cheeky pranksters show all how to carry off a good cover tonight at the Live Lounge. One Drop Reggae Night feat. The Steppers @ Cardiff Arts Institute, 10:00pm, £2 * For all reggae-lovers! Features live music from The Steppers

and Broken Nose Sun 11th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Eat lunch while Morley serenades with lush abandon, he has no need of food, just music. The Canola Trio @ Glanfa Stage, WMC, 4:00pm, FREE * The stupendous Canola Trio wow audiences at the WMC this afternoon. Open Mic Afternoon w/ John Godwin @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * John’s great vocals and floods of charm should entice the best to the open mic at the Lounge this afternoon.

GigsoftheMonth Zeitgeist Media Festival @ CAI 11th September

Fantastic event to highlight major issues, featuring some amazing acts – Killa Kela, Ami Carmine, Jugganote, Ming, Turna Phrase, One Look Hooked and Little Eris, to name but a few. Marie @ Live Lounge, 6:30pm, FREE * The beautiful, charming Marie is set to wow all at the Live Lounge today! Open Mic @ Buffalo Lounge, 7:30pm, FREE * Cracking open mic at Buffalo Lounge, get your instruments, drop your inhibitions and get down there! Poppy and Friends @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £3 * Expect troughs of folky loveliness from Poppy and Friends this evening, with support from the ubertalented Eugene Capper. Colum Regan @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * The great Colum Regan dazzles all at the Lounge tonight with his diverse repertoire and exciting delivery. Dead Betas @ Undertone, 8:00pm, £4 * The great Dead Betas tear Undertone apart with their wild shenanigans!

GigsoftheMonth Otis Gibbs @ THE POT 12th September

Compared to the likes of Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen, the wonderful Otis Gibbs performs in the intimate atmosphere of The Pot this evening, get there early for a comfy spot! Smokin Aces (Acoustic Duo) @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Lovely vocals and great fretwork – it’s the Smokin Aces duo! Mon 12th September Smokin Aces Duo @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Thie Aces are back, pouring their souls into some astute covers.

Honey Fungus @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, * This fantastic duo will dazzle all with their tight-as-Steptoe harmonies and wonderful charm. A New Old-Fashioned Jazz Band @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £3/£2.50conc. * Classic jazz and swing, light-hearted songs, and original writing, in the style of 1930s New York. Gathered in Song / 10 Feet Tall present Laura Stevenson & The Cans @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £6/£5adv. * Glorious psych-informed pop from Laura Stevenson tonight, with support from James Neill & The Autumn Waltz / Personal Best. Open Mic @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 7:30pm, FREE * Open mic for all to enjoy at O’Neill’s. Weekly Welsh Traditional Session @ The Cayo Arms, 8:30pm, FREE * Come and hear, sing and play Welsh tunes in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Honey Fungus Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * Once more Honey Fungus make the transfer from catterpillar to butterfly as they become a full on band. Tue 13th September Aled Powys Williams, Peter Horton and Katy Treharne @ Glanfa Stage, WMC, 1:00pm, FREE * Aled, Peter and Katy warm everyone’s cockles with their gorgeous tones at WMC. Rob Cross @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Rob Cross is so good, you want to take him home for a candlelit meal after every song. Live Music Night @ Old Orleans, 7:00pm, FREE * Live music every Tuesday at Old Orleans! Enjoy great grub with a good tune! Erin Lang @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £3 * Canadian songstress Erin Lang at 10 Feet Tall tonight! Norman Thatcher’s Ragtime Band @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * Norman Thatcher brings the best of ragtime to Cafe Jazz this evening. SWN presents Wise Blood @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £7adv * Brilliant night in store for all – Wise Blood at Undertone! The Mark Lawrence Organ Trio @ Dempseys, 7:30pm, £TBC * This phenomenal ensemble features Mark Lawrence (guitar), John-Paul Gard (organ) and Trevor Davies (kit). L.M.S Presents Kickback @ The Old Library, 8:00pm, FREE * With the amount of talent wishing to perform we suggest that you get your name down soon! Roots Unearthed : Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall, 8:00pm, £10/£12 * Jamie Smith’s Mabon, the magnificent all-star Inter Celtic troupe take to the L3 stage at St David’s. BeSpoke Acoustic Duo @ Mocka Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Acoustic bliss on Mill Lane this evening Smokin Aces (Acoustic

Duo) @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Smokin Aces return to perform an acoustic set at O’Neill’s tonight. Goose @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The brilliant Goose. Need we say any more? We probably should. But couldn’t even if we tried. Wed 14th September

GigsoftheMonth Toots & The Maytals@ THE CREAT HALL 14th September

Ska / reggae / dancehall legend Toots & The Maytals provided a soundtrack to a backdrop of political unrest during the 80s. Relive the wonders at The Great Hall tonight. You’d be a fool to miss this one. Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Morley does another of his infamous double header Live Lounge Wednesdays. Tony Morley Duo @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Morley, refreshed after lunch, and friend bang out their sweet, sweet covers Timothy Nelson @ Glanfa Stage, WMC, 6:00pm, FREE * Bass-bartione, Timothy Nelson dazzles the punters at the WMC on this glorious evening. GRAB Promotions presents Rise to Remain @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:00pm, £8/£10 * Following tours with the likes of Funeral For A Friend and Shadows Fall, RTR will tear up Clwb tonight. Rob Cross Duo @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * As if it weren’t difficult enough to focus with just Rob on stage, now there’s a lovely someone joining him every Wednesday. Stuart Power @ Dempsey’s, 7:30pm, £5 * The great institution that is Jazz at Dempsey’s presents Stuart Power, a fine guitarist with excellent band. The Jazz Attic @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, FREE * This session has been home to many of South Wales’s finest musicians and enthusiastic amateurs for over sixteen years. Punky Galore presents Joint Pop @ Undertone, 8:00pm, £TBC * Get to Undertone to enjoy a cracking night. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Colum performs acoustic renditions of great tunes tonight! Face Value @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * Not to be taken by first appearance, Face Value rock the Lounge. Thu 15th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * With more gigs under his belt than the universe has molecules, Morley notches up another GRAB Promotions presents Wheatus @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:00pm, £11/£14 * Teen-poppunking dirtbags Wheatus

return to Cardiff to grace all at Clwb Ifor Bach. Open Mic w/ Huwie Price @ The Royal Exchange, 7:00pm, FREE * Mr Price hosts an evening of glorious open miciness for all to join in. Get there early to guarantee a spot! The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Without these guys, the wheel would be less robust, show them your appreciation. Blue Gillespie @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £3 * Great Deftones-style riffery from Blue Gillespie at Undertone tonight. Cardiff Music Festival : Cardiff Sinfonietta with Sophie Cashell @ The Gate, 7:30pm, £12/10 * Jonathan Mann leads Cardiff Sinfonietta in an evening of Mozart / Dvorak, with pianist Sophie Cashell. Joe Northwood Trio @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £6/£5 * Tenor saxophonist Joe Northwood brings his trio with their latest music to Cafe Jazz. On the Rocks presents My First Tooth @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, FREE * Great night, featuring My First Tooth, Fjords and On the Rocks DJs (indie, alternative, etc.) Eruption Button 1st Birthday Celebration @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Gwdihŵ celebrates with No Thee No Ess, Asha K, Tour De Josh and Eruption Button DJs. Goose @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * All-star line-up play great tunes at O’Neill’s tonight. The Dean Heslop Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The great Heslop and his troupe make their way to the Live Lounge limelight tonight! Fri 16th September Rumney Folk Festival @ Rumney Folk Club, 12:00pm, £TBA * Come down to Rumney to enjoy the Folk Club’s annual two day festival! Cardiff Music Festival Presents : Young Welsh Artist Recital @ Y Tabernacl Church, 1:15pm, FREE * Former Texaco Young Musician of Wales winner, Steffan Morris, performs an evening of cello music. The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Having a solo gig list the size of the equator isn’t enough for Morley, here he’s back with his Little Giants Salvation @ Peppermint, 6:00pm, FREE * Expect glorious funk / soul / rock from this wonderful bunch tonight! Traditional/Folk Session @ Rumney Folk Club, 6:00pm, £Donation * Session for budding trad virtuosi at St Augustine’s Church, Rumney. Come down to join in on the fun! Bespoke @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Bespoke do their sweet, sweet thing at the Live Lounge this wonderful night. Among Brothers @ Buffalo 7:30pm, £5/£4adv * MMP favourites, Among Brothers, bring their emotive multi-instrumentalism to


018 | LISTINGS LIVE EVENTS Buffalo tonight. BBC NOW-French Heatwave @ St David’s Hall, 7:30pm, £10/£16.50/£26 * Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen, all performed to a stratospheric standard by the BBC NOW. Cardiff Music Festival Presents : A Night At The Musicals @ The Gate, 7:30pm, £15/£12conc. * A whole host of performers recite songs from all the great musicals. Don Giovanni @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:30pm, £39.50 * With David Kempster as Don Giovanni, this promises to be an excellent evening, a production rife with talent. Johnny Ned Band @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £5 * The great Johnny Ned at Cafe Jazz tonight. Paper Aeroplanes @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £7 * The folkin’ lovely bunch that are Paper Aeroplanes take to the stage at Clwb, with support from Jake Morley. Cheviot Hill + Cakehole Presley @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Great night to be had with Cheviot and Cakehole at Gwdihŵ tonight! Acoustic Roots @ The Blue Dragon Hotel, 9:00pm, FREE * Acoustic Roots perform at the Blue Dragon, tastefully blending country, blues, folk and jazz styles. With open mic. The Big What? Band @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Brilliant soul tunes from The Big What? Band tonight. Rob Cross @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Easy ladies, it’s Rob Cross. Expect a pile of fainting women on entering O’Neills this evening. Rocking Johnny @ Old Orleans, 9:00pm, FREE * Join the weekly mashup at Old Orleans, with entertainment provided by the great Rocking Johnny. Great he is, as well. The Tristan Mortys @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Amazing things will happen at the hands of the Tristan Mortys tonight. Just you wait and see… Mini’s Chuff @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * With a name like Mini’s Chuff, we don’t know whether to be turned on or disgusted. Great band, either way. Sat 17th September Rumney Folk Festival @ Rumney Folk Club, 12:00pm, £TBA * Rumney Folk Club’s annual two-day festival. Make your way down for some diddleyidle-day! Cardiff Music Festival Presents : Young Welsh Artist Recital @ Y Tabernacl Church, 1:15pm, FREE * Harpist Anne Denholm, a BBC Young Musician finalist takes to the stage to dazzle all! Rob Cross Duo @ Live Lounge, 6:00pm, FREE * The lovely Mr Cross performs for the punters at the Lounge this evening. A Tribute Concert for Japan @ St David’s Hall, 7:00pm, £20 * The UK’s best tribute acts unite

in a night dedicated to the horrors Japan has faced this past year. Gan Bwyll! Don Pascwale @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:00pm, £9/£6conc. * A chamber version in Welsh of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece by OPRA Cymru. Monkjack @ Rockin Chair, 7:30pm, £TBC * All-star funk outfit, Monkjack take to the stage at the Rockin Chair tonight! Cardiff Music Festival Presents : Manchester Chamber Orchesta @ Y Tabernacl Church, 7:30pm, £5 * This wonderful chamber orchestra will play a mixture of Bartok, Vaughan Williams and Grieg for all to enjoy. Oxjam 2011 Battle of the Bands Final @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £5 * Band-battling caffufflery at Clwb, courtesy of the Oxjam Cardiff Takeover family. The Flora @ The Flora, 7:30pm, FREE * Saturdays at The Flora – live music followed by DJs. India Dance Wales : Navarasa @ Chapter Arts Centre, 8:00pm, £10/£8 * Performance from one of the UK’s foremost Indian dance companies, followed by post-show talk. The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * The lovely Spokes give it their all for the crowd tonight, expect great music and a great atmosphere. Kymo @ The Vulcan Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * Kymo do their brilliant thing at The Vulcan tonight. Polar Bears @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Polar Bears take to the stage at O’Neills. Run for your lives! No seriously, they’re good. Salvation @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Salvation will deliver everyone from evil tonight at The North Star. TBC @ Pen and Wig, 9:00pm, FREE * Whatever it is, whoever it may be, you’re guaranteed a great bout of live music tonight! Tom Lewis @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Let’s face it, we’d all love to have a Tom Lewis in our homes. For now, go enjoy his set this evening! The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 10:30pm, FREE * Fronted by Cardiff’s lord of covers circuits, Mr Tony Morley, Little Giants perform for everyone’s pleasure. Sun 18th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * While God was taking a break, Morley ploughs onward with resilience. Open Mic Afternoon w/ John Godwin @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * John’s great vocals and floods of charm should entice the best to the open mic at the Lounge this afternoon. Attack! Attack! @ Solus, 5:00pm, £8 * The brilliant Attack! Attack! in all their glory at the Solus, Cardiff University Students’ Union tonight! Marie @ Live Lounge, 6:30pm, FREE * The

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beautiful, charming Marie is set to wow all at the Live Lounge today! Here Lies the Enemy @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £TBC * This Sunday prom-

GigsoftheMonth Maria & The Mirrors @ UNDERTONE 18th September

Raging post-punk with visceral intelligence underlining the tribal digitalism of this London act. Support comes from local legends Gindrinker who offer more uncompromising wisdom. ises to be a good one – Here Lies the Enemy plan to take the place apart tonight! Open Mic @ Buffalo Lounge, 7:30pm, FREE * Cracking open mic at Buffalo Lounge, get your instruments, drop your inhibitions and get down there! Cardiff Music Festival Presents : Opera Gala with Dennis O’Neill @ Wales Millennium Centre, 8:00pm, £15/12conc. * Bringing some of Wales’ finest singers to Hoddinott Hall this evening. Colum Regan @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * The great Colum Regan dazzles all at the Lounge tonight with his diverse repertoir and exciting delivery. S&M Acoustic Duo @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Great vibes and cracking tunes from Smokin Aces tonight. Mon 19th September Smokin Aces Duo @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * They are aces. And they are smokin’ - what more do you want? Honey Fungus @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, * Harmonies tighter than a badger’s blowtorch at Live Lounge. Open Mic @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 7:30pm, FREE * Open mic for all to

GigsoftheMonth The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band @ Wales Millennium CENTRE 20th September

You’re guaranteed total amazement, both at the musicality and sheer spectacle of this Indian Brass Band. Coming to Wales for a very special visit, this should be a proper cultural truffle for you to sniff out enjoy at O’Neill’s. At Your Own Risk Presents Joshua Caole @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * The magnificent Caole takes to the stage at Gwdihŵ tonight. Zoo Pop presents Milk Maid @ Undertone, 8:00pm, £4 * Great music in a great atmosphere

tonight. Support from Yaje, My Pet Monster & Spillers DJs. Weekly Welsh Traditional Session @ The Cayo Arms, 8:30pm, FREE * Come and hear, sing and play Welsh tunes in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

GigsoftheMonth Mark McNight Organ Trio @ DEMPSEYS 20th September

Phenomenal trio, consisting of Mark McNight on guitar, James Maddren on kit and Ross Stanley on organ. Performing as part of Jazz at Dempseys, stopping ground for all lovers of jazz. Honey Fungus Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * By day, merely Honey Fungus, but come nightfall they mutate into the devastatingly amazing Honey Fungus Band. Tue 20th September Sion Russell Jones @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Mr Russell Jones takes his impressive acoustic presence to the Lounge Rob Cross @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Rob Cross is so good, you want to help any of his elderly relatives across roads. Live Music Night @ Old Orleans, 7:00pm, FREE * Live music every Tuesday at Old Orleans! Enjoy great grub with a good tune! Emily & The Faves @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £4 * Lovely Emily and The Faves at 10 Feet Tall tonight, get yourselves down there! GRAB Promotions presents Breathe Carolina @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £10 * GRAB Promotions present crowd-pleasing pop/rock and electronica from the stunning duo. Phil Wall’s Jazz Cardinals @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * The great Phil Wall performs for all to enjoy tonight. Rollin Sundays @ Mocka Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Mill Lane’s Mocka Lounge gets the benefits of Rollin Sundays Bass’d In Skadiff Presents Goat Cheese @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Bass’d In Skadiff bring energetic French punks ‘Goat Cheese’ to Gwdihŵ for a night of pure skanking. L.M.S Presents Kickback @ The Old Library, 8:00pm, FREE * With the amount of talent wishing to perform we suggest that you get your name down soon! Paper Factory @ Buffalo, 8:00pm, £4 * Three-piece Llanelli outfit, Paper Factory entertain all at Buffalo tonight. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Cardiff favourite, Colum Regan returns to O’Neills for some acoustic loveliness tonight. Face Value @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * We all wish we could

sleep with at least one Face Value member per day. For now, make do with this L.L residency. Wed 21st September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Morley starts the day with a dignified air, before returning later with some buddies Memories are Made of This @ St David’s Hall, 2:00pm, £10 * A trip down memory lane, with some of those great tunes from the 40s, 50s, 60s and onwards. Tony Morley Duo @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * And he’s back - chalk another line on the old gig post Rob Cross Duo @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Rob enlists the help of one of his loyal compadres for a shindig. Alexander Douglas @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £3/£2conc. * Come witness the wonderful Alexander Douglas at Cafe Jazz tonight! Flux = Rad presents Fever Fever @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £TBC * Ohio knights of atmospheric alt. rock come to Undertone. Open Mic w/ Singing Huw @ Nos Da, 7:30pm, FREE * Bring your instruments, brandish your vocal chords for all to worship at this lovely open mic. Scott Matthews @ The Glee Club, 7:30pm, £12.50 * Fantastic songmaestro, Scott Matthews stuns all with his awesome tunery at The Glee tonight! SPC Live presents Is

GigsoftheMonth Kill It Kid @ CLWB IFOR BACH

22nd September

Clwb hosts a night with four-piece Americana / Blues / Rock outfit, KIK. Signed to renowned label, One Little Indian (Björk, Skunk Anansie among others), be sure to get to Clwb for this one. Tropical @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £6/£7 * Youthful, veiled-faced London trio Is Tropical bring bass heavy, beat driven, pop influenced lo-fi dance music to Clwb. The Shallow Souls @ Buffalo, 7:30pm, £3 *

GigsoftheMonth Ghostpoet @ CAI

22nd September

Obaro Ejimiwe a.k.a Ghostpoet brings his eccentric brand of skippy, bitty, glitchy dance / electronica / hip-hop to Cardiff Arts Institute. A sure-fire standout gig to round up the month! Buffalo Bar hosts an evening with the great Shallow Souls. The Wombats @ The Great Hall, 7:30pm, £18 * One of the UK’s favourite indie pop acts comes to the Students’ Union!

At Your Own Risk Presents presents Call The Doctor @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Another night from AYOR, we welcome Call The Doctor, Love The Judge + Support. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Colum returns for the second day in a row for your pleasure!… Musical pleasure… Sugar Drop presents Omega 66 @ 10 Feet Tall, 9:00pm, FREE * Get down to 10 Feet for some mother funkin Omega y’all! Live Wire @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The excellent Livewire tear it up at the Live Lounge tonight. Thu 22nd September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Morley launches another gig bomb into the atmosphere Open Mic w/ Huwie Price @ The Royal Exchange, 7:00pm, FREE * Open mic with the fantastic Huwie Price as compere The Barber of Seville @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:00pm, £39.50 * A Rossini masterpiece , featuring the talents of Anna Grevelius, Andrew Kennedy and Jaques Imbrailo. The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * These lovely lads are sure to entertain the punters at Live Lounge this evening. Glenn Manby Quartet @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £7/£5 * Glenn’s quartet embraces a wealth of musical complexity, amazing all at Cafe Jazz tonight. Henry’s Funeral Shoe @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, FREE * The legends that are Henry’s Funeral Shoe come back to Cardiff for your pleasure at 10 Feet. Face Value @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Three-piece virtuoso outfit play the best covers this side of the border tonight. Super Natural @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * The amazing Super Natural perform excellently arranged covers tonight at the Lounge. Fri 23rd September The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Morley deviates from solo strategy to become a Little Giant Jazz Time @ RWCMD, 5:30pm, FREE * Every Friday start your weekend listening to the brightest jazz talent in the country. The Sweet Spots @ Peppermint, 6:00pm, FREE * Smooth, sweet classy soul from the best traditions of the genre Don Giovanni @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:00pm, £39.50 * With David Kempster as Don Giovanni, this promises to be an excellent evening, a production rife with talent. Sigiriya @ Buffalo, 7:00pm, £5 * Heavy-ashell riffery from Sigiriya tonight, featuring support from Ironbird and Thorun. The Wonders Duo @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * Expect great tunes and great laughs from this bunch, followed by a fullband set later tonight.


September Listings Friday 2nd  | Ruby Samba Saturday 3rd  | Rollin Sundays Wednesday 7th  | Open Mic Friday 9th | Thoby Davis Saturday 10th | Kymo Wednesday  14th | Open Mic Friday 16th  | The Tristan Mortys Saturday 17th | Salvation Wednesday 21th | Open Mic Friday 23rd | Under The Driftwood Tree Saturday 24th  | The Seratones Sunday 25th - 2pm | Thoby Davis Wednesday 28th | Open Mic Friday 30th | Leighton Jones

VULCAN LOUNGE Saturday 3rd | Leighton Jones Saturday 10th | The Seratones Saturday 17th | Kymo Saturday 24th | Under The Driftwood Tree


020 | LISTINGS LIVE EVENTS Built for Comfort @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * Built for Comfort cushion all in lovely jazzy comfiness. Occupation Horse @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £4 * The brilliantly named Occupation Horse take to the stage at Clwb tonight. Van Morrison In Concert @ St David’s Hall, 7:45pm, £65-£100 * The legendary Van Morrison performs an electrifying concert for Cardiff to enjoy tonight. Asere : Collisions @ RWCMD, 8:00pm, £15/£13conc. * Enjoy the musical stars of Havana at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Vertigo presents The Method @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Art Gallery Single Launch Party with support from The Melody, plus Art Gallery London DJs. Acoustic Roots @ The Blue Dragon Hotel, 9:00pm, FREE * Acoustic Roots perform at the Blue Dragon, tastefully blending country, blues, folk and jazz styles. With open mic. Goose @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Goose get the dancefloor going tonight in big O’Neills. Paradigm Shift @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Sounding like a spinoff of Quantum Leap, Paradigm Shift take to the stage to entertain all! Rocking Johnny @ Old Orleans, 9:00pm, FREE * Join the weekly mashup at Old Orleans, with entertainment provided by the great Rocking Johnny. Great he is, as well. The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * The Spokes play an assortment of tunes for all to enjoy. Under The Driftwood Tree @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * UTDT are the best band in the world. Find that out for yourselves at The North Star. The Wonders @ Live Lounge, 11:00pm, FREE * The Wonders take to the stage to dazzle all with their fantastically-delivered covers at the Lounge tonight. Sat 24th September The 49 Giraffes Duo @ Live Lounge, 6:30pm, FREE * The 49 Giraffes Duo… We don’t know how it works, mathematically, but musically it’s all buzzing. Cakehole Presley @ Rockin Chair, 7:00pm, £TBC * These talented rogues make a night of it at the Rockin Chair! Michael Bennett @ The Norwegian Church, 7:00pm, £7/£6.50adv * Barry-born singer, Michael Bennett sings musical numbers for audiences at the Norwegian Church. The Barber of Seville @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:00pm, £39.50 * A stunning production of Rossini’s world-famous opera. With a great cast, director and conductor, this promises to be special. The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ St David’s Hall, 7:00pm, £18.50/£16.50 * Prepare

yourself for a fantastic trip down memory lane with the stunning Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Flora @ The Flora, 7:30pm, FREE * Saturdays at The Flora – live music followed by DJs. Ped & Joe Show @ Pen and Wig, 8:00pm, FREE * The marvellous Ped & Joe Show wow all with stunning harmonies and heartfelt tunes tonight. Mise en bouche with NEoN – DJ support by Owain K @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Mise en Bouche with NEoN – DJ support by Owain K. Das-Tidy : Tylwyth Teg @ Nos Da, 8:30pm, FREE * With the run up to Oktoberfest, Nos Da saw it fit to get a head start on the drinking. Featuring Tylwyth Teg. 2 Tickets 2 The Gun Show @ Live Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * 2 Tickets show their goods onstage tonight! Johnny Trashed @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * Johnny Trashed tears it all up in O’Neills tonight. Supernatural @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Supernatural do what they do naturally… supernaturally… The Seratones @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Lovely music to be had thanks to the Seratones tonight. Under The Driftwood Tree @ The Vulcan Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * UTDT perform every genre under the sun at The Vulcan Lounge tonight. Live Wire @ Live Lounge, 11:30pm, FREE * A late one from Livewire, but in typical form, full of high-octane energy, cracking covers, the lot… Sun 25th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * The lovely Tony Morley serenades all during this Sunday lunch session. Thoby Davies @ The North Star, 2:00pm, FREE * Thoby Davies wows all with his Sunday lunchtime set today at North Star. Don Giovanni @ Wales Millennium Centre, 4:00pm, £39.50 * With David Kempster as Don Giovanni, this promises to be an excellent production, littered with quality. Nepstock (Charity event for Nepal) @ Gwdihw, 4:00pm, £3 * Charity evening featuring Nepalese dance trio, Amber Hour, Meirion Boudier and many more. Open Mic Afternoon w/ John Godwin @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * John’s great vocals and floods of charm should entice the best to the open mic at the Lounge this afternoon. Marie @ Live Lounge, 6:30pm, FREE * The beautiful, charming Marie is set to wow all at the Live Lounge today! Dead Till Friday @ Buffalo Bar, 7:30pm, £TBC * Dead Till Friday are very much alive for all to enjoy this Sunday at Buffalo Bar. Luke Leighfield @

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Undertone, 7:30pm, £5/£4adv * The awesome Luke Leighfield makes his way to the stage at Undertone tonight. Open Mic @ Buffalo Lounge, 7:30pm, FREE * Cracking open mic at Buffalo Lounge, get your instruments, drop your inhibitions and get down there! Colum Regan @ Live Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * The great Colum Regan dazzles all at the Lounge tonight with his diverse repertoire and exciting delivery. S&M Acoustic Duo @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * This great duo enchant all with this laid back Sunday set. Mon 26th September Smokin Aces Duo @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Toe tapping acoustic covers from those crazy smoking aces. Bock-a-da-Bock Jazz Jam Night @ Dempseys, 7:00pm, £TBC * The famous Bock-a-da-Bock jam sessions feature the finest jazz heads around. Honey Fungus @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, * This fantastic duo will dazzle all with their tight-as-Steptoe harmonies and wonderful charm. Open Mic @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 7:30pm, FREE * Open mic for all to enjoy at O’Neill’s. Sophie Barker @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £8/£7adv * Sophie Barker of Zero 7 and Groove Armada fame comes to 10 Feet tonight. The Lobster Boat (David & Franic Wave Pictures) @ Buffalo, 8:00pm, £5/£4adv * Great things will happen tonight, some astoundingly good music from headliners + H.Hawkline, Spectres and Dancers. Weekly Welsh Traditional Session @ The Cayo Arms, 8:30pm, FREE * Come and hear, sing and play Welsh tunes in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Honey Fungus Band @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * By day, merely Honey Fungus, but come nightfall they mutate into the devastatingly amazing Honey Fungus Band. Tue 27th September Rob Cross @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Rob Cross is so good, you want to buy him a chihuahua and move in straight away. Live Music Night @ Old Orleans, 7:00pm, FREE * Live music every Tuesday at Old Orleans! Enjoy great grub with a good tune! Lunchtime Concert : The Mavron Quartet @ St David’s Hall, 7:00pm, £5.50/£4.50conc. * This stunning quartet dazzles all lucky enough to catch a seat in this lunchtime recital. Blow Goat @ Buffalo Bar, 7:30pm, £4 * The excellently named Blow Goat do their thing at Buffalo tonight. David Smith Four @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £4 * The phenomenal David Smith heads this great quartet at Cafe Jazz. GRAB Promotions

presents Between the Buried and Me @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £12/£15 * Calling all prog-loving metalheads, time to get yourselves down to this glorious feast at Clwb tonight. Painting Bus Stops @ Undertone, 7:30pm, £TBC * Great night courtesy of Painting Bus Stops at Undertone. Robert Mitchell @ Dempseys, 7:30pm, £5 * The sublime Robert Mitchell works wonders on the piano for the Dempseys audience this evening. Young Rebel Set @ 10 Feet Tall, 7:30pm, £6/£5adv * Watch your backs you lot, it’s the Young Rebel Set at 10 Feet Tall. The Tristan Mortys @ Mocka Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Lovely night of music on Mill Lane Jazz Cafe @ The Gate, 8:00pm, £3/£2conc. * The Gate hosts a night of jazz on every last Tuesday of the month. Head down and enjoy! L.M.S Presents Kickback @ The Old Library, 8:00pm, FREE * With the amount of talent wishing to perform we suggest that you get your name down soon! Smokin Aces (Acoustic Duo) @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Great duo perform fantastic renditions for everyone’s pleasure tonight. Goose @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * All-star lineup provide excellent quality music for excellent quality value. Wed 28th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 12:00pm, FREE * Morley tires as the month reaches its close, still enough stamina for a few more. Tony Morley Duo @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Tony Morley’s forearm must be made of adamantium to withstand this amount of strumming. Rob Cross Duo @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * As if it weren’t difficult enough to focus with just Rob on stage, now there’s a lovely someone joining him every Wednesday. OK Single Launch @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £TBC * Cardiff indie popsters ‘OK’ release new single at this 14+ show Open Mic w/ Singing Huw @ Nos Da, 7:30pm, FREE * Bring your instruments, brandish your vocal chords for all to worship at this lovely open mic. Sarah Ellen Hughes @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £5/£4conc. * This awardwinning vocalist wows all at Cafe Jazz tonight. Ballet Nimba @ Chapter Arts Centre, 8:00pm, FREE * An evening of West African culture, mythology, dance and music from Wales’ new African dance-theatre company. Take the Industry: Round 3 @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * Record Label Take the Industry are back with yet another impressive line-up. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Colum’s great tones and cracking fretwork

impress all at O’Neill’s. No Sweat presents Zervas and Pepper @ Cardiff Arts Institute, 9:00pm, FREE * A nicer pair of people there never was. Go enjoy their lovely music at CAI tonight! Face Value @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * There’s depth hidden here, so don’t be quick to judge. Thu 29th September Tony Morley @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * The soon-to-be mythological Morley, pushes onwards in his Herculean quest for gigs. Open Mic w/ Huwie Price @ The Royal Exchange, 7:00pm, FREE * Mr Price hosts an evening of glorious open micery for all to join in. Get there early to guarantee a spot! Sylosis @ CF10, SU, 7:00pm, £9 * The superb talents of Sylosis come to Cardiff, ready to blow minds and eardrums. The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 7:00pm, FREE * These lovely lads are sure to entertain the punters at Live Lounge this evening. Huw Williams Quartet @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £6/£5 * Huw brings his quartet featuring Zoot Warren to Cafe Jazz at the start of a short tour. Uprising Reggae Sessions @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * A weekly riotous reggae jam, playing the best vintage reggae classics as well as brand new hits from Jamaica. Fast Back Saloon @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * Fast Back Saloon entertain all at O’Neill’s tonight. On the Rocks presents 4th Street Traffic @ 10 Feet Tall, 9:00pm, FREE * Bargoed boys perform their indie/surf wonders at 10 Feet Tall. S&M @ Live Lounge, 10:00pm, FREE * S&M demonstrate why they’re as highly-regarded as they are at the Lounge tonight. Fri 30th September The Little Giants @ Live Lounge, 4:30pm, FREE * Fronted by maestro Tony Morley himself, The Little Giants play their Friday residency at Live lounge today! Jazz Time @ RWCMD, 5:30pm, FREE * Every Friday start your weekend listening to the brightest jazz talent in the country. Honey Fungus and The Spokes @ Live Lounge, 6:00pm, FREE * This astonishing juxtaposition of two such talented outfits could well cause one hell of a disturbance in the force. Leighton Jones @ Peppermint, 6:00pm, FREE * Leighton’s soulful vocals will enchant all on Mill Lane tonight. Colum Regan and Kerry Sanson @ The Taf, SU, 7:00pm, £TBC * Colum and Kerry, partners in crime, entertain the student populace at The Taf tonight! Don Giovanni @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:00pm, £39.50 * With David Kempster as Don Giovanni, this should be a slobberknocker opera BBC NOW – Ode to

Joy @ St David’s Hall, 7:30pm, £16.50-£26 * This classic Beethoven symphony gets a working-over from the great BBC NOW. Stiff Promotions presents Jazz Morley @ Buffalo, 7:30pm, £7/£6adv. * Astonding music and vocal delivery from this Dorset-born 22 year old wonder. Beatbox Fozzy & Milk Biscuits & Skunkadelic @ Gwdihw, 8:00pm, £3 * One of Wales’ foremost beatboxers and all-round crowd pleasers comes to Gwdihw tonight! Punks in the Beerlight @ Buffalo Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Great night tonight courtesy of Punk in the Beerlight, with DJ sets from Matt (Diverse) and Neil (Los Campesinos). Acoustic Roots @ The Blue Dragon Hotel, 9:00pm, FREE * Acoustic Roots perform at the Blue Dragon, tastefully blending country, blues, folk and jazz styles. With open mic. Colum Regan @ O’Neills (Trinity St), 9:00pm, FREE * The fabulous Colum returns to the stage to round off September’s small O’Neills roster. Leighton Jones @ The North Star, 9:00pm, FREE * Glorious voice, great music. What more could we ask for? Rocking Johnny @ Old Orleans, 9:00pm, FREE * Join the weekly mashup at Old Orleans, with entertainment provided by the great Rocking Johnny. Great he is, as well. The Undecided @ O’Neills (St Mary’s St), 9:00pm, FREE * The Undecided do what they do best at O’Neills tonight! SixOneSeven @ Live Lounge, 9:30pm, FREE * SixOneSeven blow the roof off the Live Lounge tonight, which will be as expensive as it will be impressive. 4th Street Traffic @ Live Lounge, 11:00pm, FREE * 4th Street Traffic round off the Live Lounge’s September roster in great style, bringing down the house, or something of the sort.


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Club nights MondayS Regular Events hangover Cure @ Mocka lounge, 12:00am, fREE * Sort your head out with this chilled out night. Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Madhatter Mondays @ varsity (greyfriars Road), 7:00pm, fREE * The cheapest student night in the city. Enjoy drinks from just £1! late night live @ 10 feet Tall, 8:00pm, fREE * Two floors of entertainment, chart hits and latest favourites at the bar, live music upstairs (door charge). Mondays @ WoW Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Retro music and entertainment throughout the night with DJ Kai! Salsa Classes @ owain glyndwr, 8:00pm, fREE * Get your hips gyrating at these weekly salsa classes. Jagerfest presents The Monday Bomb @ glaM, 9:00pm, fREE before 12am * Well this was always going to get messy. Go crazy for £1.50 Jagerbombs and more insanely cheap drinks. Revolution Sundays @ Revolution, 9:00pm, fREE * A mix of live music and Latin beats played throughout the night. you’re The dJ! @ Bar icon, 9:00pm, £TBC * You choose how you want to groove the night away at ‘Cardiff’s swishest gay bar’. fuzzy logic @ oceana, 10:00pm, £5 * It’s not right but it’s ok! That’s Fuzzy Logic; the UK’s biggest student night! Great prices, great tunes! TuESdayS Regular Events Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, fREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight! desert island discs w/ Bethan Elfyn @ Wales Millennium Centre, 7:30pm, £4/£3 * Taking place in Bar One, Bethan Elfyn discusses her top tunes with writers Joe Dunthorne and Gwyneth Lewis. Motown & northern Soul night @ undertone, 7:30pm, fREE * Expect the best of the genres at Undertone tonight. Come dancing / ElectroSwing hop @ Cardiff arts institute, 8:00pm, £4 * Come Dancing every Tuesday night and learn how to Electro-Swing-Hop. flares Tuesdays @ flares, 8:00pm, fREE * If you’re bored on Tuesdays, be sure to stay away from Flares… Only joking! Get down there and strut your stuff! Metropolis @ Metros,

8:00pm, £TBC * Electro, trance and drum ‘n’ bass with an alternative edge. open Mic night & Karaoke @ WoW Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Your chance to get on stage and show the world what you’ve got! Salsa Classes @ live lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Come and learn some salsa at the Live Lounge, very popular class with a great atmosphere. Relax and unwind @ Mocka lounge, 9:00pm, fREE * Loosen up at Mocka during your working week! fundamental @ Code, 10:00pm, £2 * Student night – foam, cheap drinks and good tunes! Just dance @ Clwb ifor Bach, 10:30pm, £3 * Weekly eclectic mashup for all to dance! SPECial EvEnTS Tuesday 27th feed the dJ @ Buffalo lounge, 7:00pm, fREE * Get your favourite tunes played for all to enjoy at Buffalo Lounge. WEdnESdayS Regular Events Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, fREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight! Blender @ Buffalo Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Fashionable midweek hangout with great tunes and good company. Cheapskates @ Metros, 8:00pm, £6 * Some of the cheapest drinks in town, with some great tunes to boot. i love Wednesday @ Rococo, 8:00pm, fREE * Cracking DJ sets all night in this classy environment. Reps 18-80 @ WoW Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Great night in store for all at one of Cardiff’s favourite gay clubs. Zouklambada @ 10 feet Tall, 8:00pm, £6 * Weekly dance class. Boom Boom Boutique @ 10 feet Tall, 9:00pm, fREE * Bass-booming night littered with cocktails. Cocktail heaven @ Mocka lounge, 9:00pm, fREE * Cocktail-crazy midweek spot! Cookies ‘n’ Cream @ So-lo (formerly Cougar lounge), 9:00pm, £TBC * Great student night featuring colossal discounts with NUS. Get there early, it’s going to get messy. Midweek Mayhem @ Bar icon, 9:00pm, fREE * Midweek Mayhem is exactly that, don your dancing clogs for a great night at Icon. Sub Social @ lava lounge, 9:00pm, fREE * Weekly uni society social. Shotgun Rules @ Revolution, 9:00pm,

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£3 * Weekly student night with the sole aim of getting you wasted. So freaky Wednesdays @ 411, 9:00pm, fREE * Playing the best in commercial R&B, club classics, chart, funk and sexy house, you’d be mad to miss it! listen up! @ Clwb ifor Bach, 10:00pm, £3 * Listen Up! is Cardiff’s longest running indie night. Head down to Clwb to bop and vogue the night away. Put on your Party Pants @ flares, 10:00pm, fREE * Midweek madness! Put on your dancing shoes and your ridiculous trousers and get to Flares! SPECial EvEnTS Wednesday 7th

Clubnights oftheMonth gRand MaSTER flaSh @ ClWB ifoR BaCh 7th September

2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grandmaster Flash has earned his reputation as one of the greatest hip-hop pioneers ever. A no-brainer for all hip-hop enthusiasts. gRaB Promotions presents grandmaster flash @ Clwb ifor Bach, 7:30pm, £17/£20 * Hiphop legend, Grandmaster Flash graces all who are fortunate enough to get a ticket at Clwb tonight. Wednesday 14th Toots & The Maytals afterparty @ Cardiff arts institute, 11:00pm, £2/£3 * Follow up what will definitely be one of the concerts of the year at this glorious afterparty! Wednesday 21st Soul Clap @ Buffalo lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Great night to be had by all in Buffalo Tonight. Wednesday 28th heroes (dJ Tribute night) @ Buffalo lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Tribute to all your favourite DJs at Buffalo Lounge. ThuRSdayS Regular Events Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Karaoke night @ varsity (Roath), 7:00pm, fREE * 1000’s of songs to choose from plus 2-4-1 VK Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, fREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight! armageddon @ The old library, 8:00pm, £3 * Cardiff’s latest and greatest live rock and metal band night. WKd @ WoW Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Amazing shot giveaways and party games at WOW tonight!

Karaoke night @ Poets Corner, 8:30pm, fREE * Get down to Poet’s Corner for a night of karaoke classics! Cocktail night @ Bar icon, 9:00pm, fREE * Bar Icon provides reasonably-priced, great tasting cocktails for all the thirsty dancers tonight. Cocktail night @ flares, 9:00pm, fREE * 70’s music all night long in the most creatively named club in Cardiff. Mocka lounge Thursday @ Mocka lounge, 9:00pm, fREE * Chilled house and R&B gallore! Pink @ Rococo, 9:00pm, £TBC * Rife with great tunes and cracking drinks promotions. ladies night @ lava lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Leave your balls at the door, it’s Ladies Night! Propoganda Cardiff @ glaM, 9:00pm, £3/£4 * One of Cardiff’s best nightclubs plays alternative floor-flooders in two rooms for the punters tonight! Thursdays @ The great Western @ Thursdays s , 9:00pm, fREE * Every Thursday – Saturday, enjoy your favourite pop hits all night long! CynT @ Clwb ifor Bach, 10:00pm, £3/£4 * The original midweek rave in the Capital, CYNT is South Wales’ biggest electronic dance night! The only Way is Thursday @ oceana, 10:00pm, £2 * Thursday night in Oceana brings you all the best commercial chart and R’n’B in Icehouse. Midweek Mayhem @ Bar icon, 9:00pm, fREE * Midweek Mayhem is exactly that, don your dancing clogs for a great night at Icon. SPECial EvEnTS Thursday 1st Signature : City Bass vS obey – free Bass Party! @ Buffalo, 9:00pm, fREE * Brilliant club night at Buffalo Bar, another free bass night courtesy of City Bass and Obey. Thursday 29th

Clubnights oftheMonth Julio BaShMoRE @ Buffalo BaR 29th September

A master of his craft, Julio Bashmore is one of Bristol’s best-loved electronica artists. Constantly experimenting with some of the deepest, fattest bass going, this night is not to be missed. Signature presents Julio Bashmore @ Buffalo, 9:00pm, £TBC * Excellent tunery from Julio Bashmore at Buffalo. Thursday 29th CynT : Mord fustang @ Clwb ifor Bach, 10:00pm, £3/£4 * Upbeat, synth-heavy thumptronica from Estonian

producer, Mord Fustang. fRidayS Regular Events Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! fridays @ Club X, 7:00pm, fREE before 10pm * Pop, funky house and electro – fantastic night ahead! fridays @ varsity (greyfriars Road), 7:00pm, fREE * Party till 1am with DJ John Fisher! Enjoys shots from just £1 and 2 cocktails for £7.50! funky Banana @ varsity (Roath), 7:00pm, fREE * Great music from resident DJ and get an inflatable banana on promotional cocktail deals. Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, fREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight! fridays @ Clwb ifor Bach, 8:00pm, £3.50/£4.50 * Fridays downstairs provides the best hipster music for all you gorgeous, fashionable types! Bumper @ Buffalo Bar, 8:00pm, downstairs £fREE/upstairs £varies * Dance your drunken night away at Buffalo Bar. detonate @ Metros, 8:00pm, £4 * Crazy weekend warmup at Metros tonight. fever friday @ lava lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Great drinks and awesome tunes at Lava. fridays @ Salt Bar, 8:00pm, fREE * Funky house mayhem at Salt Bar. girls Just Wanna have fun @ WoW Bar, 8:00pm, fREE until 11pm * Have fun every Friday Night with the WOW Showgirls Miss Kitty, Marcia, Donna Marie, Fanny Dazzle & Bella Endez. hustle @ 10 feet Tall, 8:00pm, fREE * Motown and disco in 10 Feet tonight! fridays @ Milgi’s, 8:00pm, fREE * World / dance music from an array of DJs. fridays @ Rococo, 8:00pm, £TBC * Dubstep, electro and funky house every Friday / Saturday. The Resurrection @ The old library, 8:00pm, £TBC * Playing a non stop supersonic mix of IndieBritpop-Alternative tunes. us v Them @ Buffalo lounge, 8:00pm, fREE * Alternative music night, expect to hear the likes of Health, Grinderman, Battles and Shit Robot as well as local, unsigned bands. Walkabout friday @ Walkabout, 8:00pm, fREE * 4-hour long happy hour and disco classics. What more do you want? ace of Spades fridays @ 411, 9:00pm, £TBC * All the R&B, hip-hop and dubstep you’ll ever need. Dress well, dance well, be well. Classic fridays @ So-lo (formerly Cougar lounge), 9:00pm, fREE * Friday night at So-Lo brings a mix of classic tracks throughout the years!

flares fridays @ flares, 9:00pm, fREE * Kickstart the weekend at Flares! fridays at Revolution @ Revolution, 9:00pm, £3 * Revolution ushers in your weekend with oodles of offers and guest DJs Mocka lounge fridays @ Mocka lounge, 9:00pm, fREE * Get ready for the weekend with some great tunes and lovely drinks at Mocka! Tropical Boogie (african flavour) @ gwdihw, 9:00pm, £3 * Tropical Boogie is a brand new and juicy Gwdihŵ night filled to the brim with hot, sunshiney global beats. Thursdays @ The great Western, 9:00pm, fREE * Every Thursday – Saturday, enjoy your favourite pop hits all night long! fridays @ Soda Bar, 10:00pm, fREE * One of Cardiff’s classiest joints offers drinks for £2 all night. Free entry. What the Sam heck are you waiting for?! fridays at oceana @ oceana, 10:00pm, £5.50 * Commercial chart + R&B in Icehouse, disco classics in New York Disco. intro @ undertone, 10:00pm, £TBC * Expect things to get very messy and very fun at Intro tonight. Weekend Warm up @ Bar icon, 10:00pm, fREE * Get ready for the weekend with great drinks prices and kitch classics on the jukebox. SPECial EvEnTS friday 2nd

Clubnights oftheMonthhighER lEaRning @ Cai 2nd September

A stunning night in store for all at the Institute tonight, hosted by Dregz with great sets from DJ Jaffa, Kaptin and Diversion Tactics rounding off the night with a live performance. higher learning presents diversion Tactics @ Cardiff arts institute, 8:00pm, £2 before 11pm * Wales’ number one Hip-hop night returns with one of the leading lights of UK hip-hop scene. £4 after 11pm. Jolene dover @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * The delightful Jolene will set your pants on fire if you leave them with her for more than five mins. friday 9th gRaB Promotions presents Silent disco @ Clwb ifor Bach, 9:00pm, £5/£7 * Clwb’s Silent Disco is back! Following a string of sold out dates this year, it’s back to satisfy your lovely selves! Pixie Perez @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * Nicely naughty Pixie Perez entertains punters at Minsky’s tonight. aTT100 90s hip-hop feat. dJ Killer Tomato @ Cardiff arts institute, 11:00pm, £3/£4 * Killer


Saturday 3rd September.

Sun 25th September.

Tues 8th November

in conjunction with Orchard Entertainment

MALE BONDING

GIRLS

The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff

The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff

7.30pm / This is an 18+ show / £17.50adv

7.00pm / This is a 14+ show please bring ID / £8adv

£8 adv / 7.30pm / This is an 18+ show

Monday 5th September.

Sat 1st October 2011

RAINBOW ARABIA CATE LE BON

THE LAST REPUBLIC

DJ SHADOW Great Hall, Cardiff University

THIS FRONTIER NEEDS HEROES ZACHARY CALE Buffalo Bar, Cardiff

8.00pm/First act onstage 8.15pm/£7adv

8th November 2011

TOWN / KILL CASSIDY

in conjunction with End Of The Road Festival

WILLY MASON

THE STAVES / FUTUR PRIMITIF The Gate, Roath, Cardiff

8pm / £5adv

Sun 2nd October.

GRUFF RHYS Y NIWL

Venue Cymru Theatre, Llandudno 7.30pm

Wednesday 5th October

7:30pm / £12.50adv

in conjunction with Metropolis Music

GRUFF RHYS

Sat 10th September.

Y NIWL

JUNIP

7:30pm / £10adv

Thursday 13th October.

Tuesday 13th September.

WISE BLOOD Undertone (Ten Feet Tall’s Basement), Cardiff

EMMY THE GREAT The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff 7.30pm — 11.00pm / £12.50adv This is a 16+ show / please bring ID

8.00pm / £7.00adv

Fri 21st October. SWN FESTIVAL 2011 and BBC INTRODUCING IN WALES WITH JEN LONG presents

THE JOY FORMIDABLE AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR CREATURES OF LOVE Solus, Cardiff University This is a 14+ show / please bring ID / £11.50

BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH Chapter Arts Centre This is a 14+ show / please bring ID / £8adv

Sat 22nd October. SWN FESTIVAL 2011 presents

Wednesday 21st September. in conjunction with Kilimanjaro Live

THE WOMBATS

THE GOOD NATURED / ZEN ARCADE

UGLY DUCKLING

Tues 25th October. in conjunction with newsoundwales

Cardiff Arts Institute

BABY DEE

This is a 14+ show / please bring ID / £5adv

The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff £10 / 7.30pm / This is an 18+ show

Great Hall, Cardiff University Saturday 29th October.

Thursday 22 September.

JULIAN COPE

nd

The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff

GHOSTPOET

£17.50adv / 7.30pm / This is an 18+ show

Cardiff Arts Institute, Cardiff

THE FALL THE NIGHTINGALES TED CHIPPINGTON Great Hall, Cardiff University 6.30pm-10.30pm / 18+ only / please bring ID / £15adv

8pm / £6adv

wegottickets.com seetickets.com ticketlineuk.com cardiffboxoffice.com

Sat 22nd October. SWN FESTIVAL 2011 presents

7.00pm / 14+ show / please bring ID / £16adv

tickets for all our shows available from swnpresents.com

£20adv / 7:30pm

SWN FESTIVAL 2011 presents

7.30pm

The Gate, Roath, Cardiff

SWN FESTIVAL PREORDER SHOWS

Sat 22nd October.

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

WOODPIGEON

The Gate, Roath, Cardiff 7:30pm / £20adv

Sin City, Swansea

in conjunction with Orchard Entertainment

Tuesday 6th September.

THROWING MUSES

Gigantic.com Bristol ticket shop Spillers Records Derrick Records

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Our fifth annual Swn Festival takes place October 20—23rd across Cardiff venues. Go to swnfest.com for line ups, announcements and tickets


024 | LISTINGS CLUBNIGHTS Tomato picks his all time top 100 90’s Hip-hop tunes.

Clubnights oftheMonth Armageddon @ The Old Library 15th September

Thursday at The Old Library is where mayhem comes to Cardiff. Babies turn into goats, poppadoms turn into shortbread – the city goes absolutely insane thanks to this metal / rock-fuelled madness at The Old Library. Friday 16th Pixie Perez @ Minsky’s, 9:30pm, £3 * Pixie’s back, and she wants your cajones! Friday 23rd

Clubnights oftheMonth Drumsound and Bassline Smith @ Clwb Ifor Bach 23rd September

The very best in drum & bass comes to Clwb Ifor Bach tonight, courtesy of Drumsound and Bassline Smith. Expect your favourite thumpers to dance the night away. Global Psych-Funk Night @ Buffalo Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Best of psych and funk to be heard at Buffalo Lounge. Kitty Litter @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * Kitty Litter at Minsky’s. She can fire off more innuendos in a minute than Julian Clary can in a year. Aperture presents Drumsound and Bassline Smith @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 10:00pm, £5/£7 * Supreme drum ‘n’ bass from Aperture tonight, featuring the sublime talents of Drumsound and Bassline Smith. Friday 30th Tina Sparkle @ Minsky’s, 9:30pm, £3 * Tina takes to the stage in Minsky’s to charm, humiliate and re-charm audiences. Delete presents Martinez (Moon Harbour) @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 10:30pm, £10/£12 * Delete bring an awesome club night to Clwb , get ready to thump those calves on the dancefloor. SATURDAYS Regular Events Vanity – It’s All About You! @ GLAM, 12:00am, £4/£5 * GLAM’s famous Vanity nights holds two levels of fantastic R&B, hiphop, dance, everything you need to enjoy the night! Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, FREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight!

Saturdays @ Varsity (Greyfriars Road), 7:00pm, FREE * Party till 2am with DJ Extreme! Bombs for just £2.99 and shots from £1! Saturdays @ Varsity (Roath), 7:00pm, FREE * DJ Dan kicks off the night from 8pm, live sports every weekend. Resident DJ @ Cafe Jazz, 7:30pm, £2 * Resident DJ and great music from the 1950’s up to the present expertly presented with a great atmosphere! Come Play @ Cardiff Students’ Union, 8:00pm, £4.50 * Cracking night for Cardiff University students. Hot ‘n’ Sticky @ WOW Bar, 8:00pm, FREE until 11pm * Join probably the best-named drag queen in the business – Bella Endez, for some naughty frolics this evening! Me and You Club @ 10 Feet Tall, 8:00pm, FREE before 10pm * Feelgood mix of indie to guide you through the weekend. Metros Saturday @ Metros, 8:00pm, £4 * Get your weekend going at Metros every Saturday. Saturdays @ Milgi’s, 8:00pm, FREE * Every Friday + Saturday – world and dance tracks for your enjoyment! Saturdays @ Rococo, 8:00pm, £TBC * Dubstep, electro and funky house every Friday / Saturday. Saturdays @ Salt Bar, 8:00pm, FREE before 10pm * Cheesy pop and chart hits. Not your cup of tea? Don’t go then you grumpy (*^$(&)! Twisted by Design @ Dempseys, 8:00pm, FREE * One of Cardiff’s longest running alternative nights every Saturday. Walkabout Saturday @ Walkabout, 8:00pm, FREE * Enjoy the weekend in style at Walkabout every Saturday. Beatbox Ballroom @ Buffalo, 9:00pm, Downstairs £FREE/Upstairs £Varies * Weekly dose of soul and hip-hop. Buzz / Berlins Returns! / Reggae Night @ So-Lo (formerly Cougar Lounge), 9:00pm, £5 * All the great old school R&B and hip-hop from the 80s and 90s! Alternates with Reggae Night every other week. Koko Gorilaz @ Koko Gorilaz, 9:00pm, FREE * Weekly mashup at Koko! Mocka Lounge Saturdays @ Mocka Lounge, 9:00pm, FREE * Go crazy for the weekend at Mocka every Saturday! Revolution Saturdays @ Revolution, 9:00pm, £3/£5 * Two floors of music ranging from Electro to House to kick off your Saturday night. Saturdays @ Soda Bar, 9:00pm, £TBC * Saturdays at Soda Bar promise to be something spectacular! So Funked Saturdays @ 411, 9:00pm, £TBC * So Funked Saturdays at the 411 brings you all the smooth grooves and urban floorfillers you’ll ever need.

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Saturdays @ The Great Western, 9:00pm, FREE * Every Thursday – Saturday, enjoy your favourite pop hits all night long! Big Night Out @ Oceana, 10:00pm, £8 * Commercial chart and R&B in Icehouse, or classic disco hits in New York Disco – take your pick! Dirty Pop / Vinyl Vendettas / Mr Potter @ Clwb Ifor Bach, 10:00pm, £5 * One of Cardiff’s most revered and longest-running club nights, with resident DJs on rotation every week. Flares Saturday @ Flares, 10:00pm, FREE * Enjoy retro hits and kitsch classics at Flares tonight. Saturdays @ The Old Library, 10:00pm, £4/£5 * Open till 6am, featuring great tunes and cheap drinks. The Big Nite Out! @ Bar Icon, 10:00pm, FREE * That naughty bunch at Bar Icon are doing even more to ensure hangovers all round! SPECIAL EVENTS Saturday 3rd

Clubnights oftheMonth DJ Shadow @ The Great Hall 3rd September

Bound to be one of the gigs of the decade… Legendary producer, DJ Shadow has received more critical acclaim than would seem possible, and he makes his way to our fair city tonight!. DJ Shadow @ The Great Hall, 7:30pm, £17.50 * One of the most celebrated producers of his time, DJ Shadow performs at the Students’ Union tonight, it promises to be mayhem. In Full Swing : DJ Shadow Afterparty @ Cardiff Arts Institute, 10:00pm, £2 before 11pm/£4 after * Big Swing Soundsystem continues revelries post the DJ Shadow gig at the Students’ Union. Tina Sparkle & Mona Lotte @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * Expect a double entendre-fest from this crazily sexy duo. Saturday 10th Citybass @ Undertone, 10:00pm, £TBC * Amazing beats and tunes from Citybass at Undertone tonight, open till 4am. Tina Sparkle & Kitty Litter @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * As gorgeous as they are dangerous, join Tina and Kitty at Minsky’s tonight! Saturday 17th Black Bones @ Nos Da, 8:30pm, FREE * A cracking set from Nos Da’s resident DJ! Candela @ Gwdihw, 9:00pm, £3 * Join resident Candela DJs for Cardiff’s only genre encompassing dance-floor focused night. Pixie Perez plus Guest @ Minsky’s, 9:00pm, £3 * Pixie returns for the second night in a row to bathe everyone in waves of laughter at

Minsky’s tonight. System 909 @ Undertone, 10:00pm, £TBC * Phenomenal time to be had at Undertone tonight! Saturday 24th Tina Sparkle – Hen Night Heaven Show @ Minsky’s, 7:00pm, £3 * We’ve got as much an idea of what a Hen Night Heaven show is as you do, but more the reason to go… We think… Tina Sparkle & Jolene Dover @ Minsky’s, 9:30pm, £3 * Tina and Jolene are the humorous, sexy equivalent of Thelma and Louise, minus the carbon trails. Bass Hertz @ Undertone, 10:00pm, £TBC * Bass Hertz… It certainly does, but do it anyway. Get to Undertone tonight! SUNDAYS Regular Events Private Karaoke @ Tiger Tiger, 6:00pm, £2.50 * Start off the night in style with some private karaoke at Tiger Tiger! Reflex Regulars @ Reflex, 7:00pm, FREE * Nonstop 80s classic floorfillers at Reflex tonight! Sundays @ Lava Lounge, 8:00pm, FREE * Commercial hits galore at Lava Lounge tonight. The Cuckoo Club Sunday Service @ WOW Bar, 8:00pm, FREE * Mischievous shenanigans at Wow Bar every Sunday.  Therapy! @ Varsity (Roath), 7:00pm, FREE * Therapy! The ultimate party night! Sunday Social @ 10 Feet Tall, 8:00pm, FREE * Chill out after a mad weekend at 10 Feet Tall. Soda Sundays @ Soda Bar, 9:00pm, £TBC * Soda Sundays are the perfect way to wave goodbye to the weekend. Sunday Nite Chillax @ Bar Icon, 11:00pm, FREE * Whilst we don’t approve of their spelling of ‘nite’, we can deal with chillaxing aaaaall daaaaaay looooong. Sunday Karaoke @ Varsity (Greyfriars Road), 7:00pm, FREE * Karaoke from 7pm – enjoy 2 cocktails for £7.50, Pitchers of larger for £9 and bottle of wine for just £5.99!


Reviews Albums Chaos Trigger

Sion Russell Jones

Trwbador

Red EP

Be Excellent To Each Other EP

Sun in the Winter EP

Unafraid to reconcile with all of their musical influences, Chaos Trigger’s latest works raise a firm middle finger to genre boundaries as they masterfully blitz their way through a whole host of them. Pummelling opener Robustus packs enough punches to go the rounds with Joe Calzaghe, before the thrash riffs and breakdowns of Faceless leave you, well, faceless. Chaos Trigger include elements of many metal influences in Red, not playing copycat, but creating a powerful and unique sound throughout. Proceedings come to a close with the magnificently crafted Suffering, which showcases the prowess of this South Wales quintet to a tee and gives your aural senses a reprieve from the brutal yet masterful battering they have just received. MB myspace.com/chaostrigger

This brief collection of jaunty, upbeat songs from Sion Russell Jones is bound to keep toes tapping and bring smiles to even the gloomiest of faces. Close harmonies are, at times, Simon and Garfunkel-esque, though there is something about the singing style which may irk after extensive listening. Throughout the EP, Jones combines traditional country-bluesish musicality and form with an impressively fluid voice, giving character to his quick-paced lyrics and a contemporary edge and quirky twist to the songs. The distinctive production isolates each instrument, giving a pleasing, though inexplicably minimalist sound that emphasises Jones’ voice. A particular highlight is the saloon style piano break in the penultimate track. A happy, cheerful release and a solid four out of five. JA myspace.com/chaostrigger

“Onions make me cry so you don’t have to…” Trwbador’s rapid swell in popularity is certainly well-earned and wellfounded. The Sun in the Winter EP showcases everything the Carmarthenshire duo do fantastically. In typical form, the material deals with raspy loops, glitch-ridden grooves and highly appealing linear textures throughout. Owain Gwilym’s sparse instrumentation platforms Angharad Van Rijswijk’s delicate delivery, underpinned by strong sound programming and sample-handling. Standout tracks, Red Handkerchiefs and the eponymous opener demonstrate Trwbador are honing their folktronic avant-pop with great success. However, with this highly distilled aesthetic, how the outfit intend to develop their music remains to be seen. The MMP has never been more eager to observe the growth of such a talented, intriguing outfit. ST trwbador.co.uk

Orcop Orcop While Orcop’s debut long player is undoubtedly an interesting set of electronica, it does beg the question ‘What do I do with it?’ Too dark for daytime listening and too scary for the night, these ten tracks lend themselves more towards soundtracks than chinstroking appreciation. North K, for example, wouldn’t sound out of place on Brad Fiedel’s soundtrack for the first Terminator film: a linear, low synth line presses relentlessly forward while atmospheric samples phase in and out of focus. Opener ‘Trecco’ is probably the most accessible; it’s expansive texture and delayed loops make it, while unsettling, great for chill-out. Central pair Planted and Dancing In My Dark, however, are markedly abstract, bringing the aforementioned terror. A good, if difficult, listen. JOC myspace.com/orcop

Huwie PricE Folds EP Huwie is one of the friendliest, most familiar faces on the Cardiff acoustic circuit. This famous enthusiasm shines through in Folds like sunlit silver. Vocally, Price oscillates between the de-intonated rasps of Clayhill’s Ali Friend and Jack Johnson’s mellower-than-yellow delivery. Highlights include the eponymous opener, weaving ambiguous chord suspensions and major resolutions with immense craft. Shipwreck also displays some wonderfully sensitive vocal harmonies and string countermelodies. Instrumentally, whilst this ’less is more’ aesthetic is ideal for a five-track EP, this reviewer is eager to see how Price would handle arrangements for a larger ensemble - as could be necessary for enough variation in a longer tracklist. Otherwise, a highly enjoyable and really rather relaxing listen. ST huwieprice.com

The Toy Band Knitted Image When surveying the qualities of The Toy Band last year the MMP was struck by their paper-twixt-bumcheek tight musicianship and dexterous songwriting. Both emerge plentifully with this, their debut LP. Starting with office favourite, Are You Knocking Or Making, Knitted Image is immediately characterised by imaginative pace changes, fantastic instrumentation and sharp lyricism. From there Lily brims with hard-indie rock histrionics, Bartholomew Fair echoes Kinks-esque storytelling, Knockin At The Door rasps like Squeeze fondling Billy Bragg’s temples. Each is a highlight and bewilderingly good. Though not always as immediately enchanting (e.g. The Rookeries), the slower moments also often reward, as with Managing Director, simply because of the spontaneous melodies and attentive composition. It’s really, really hard not to like this. SMR myspace.com/thetoyband

Ffred Jones Welsh Whiskey Society In many ways, this album is neatly packaged for the listener by the words ‘Acoustic Music Maker’ that appear on the cover. Ffred Jones is an accomplished guitarist, a fine singer and writer, abilities clearly honed from playing in pubs and festival day stages. While Welsh Whiskey Society’s subdued sonic palette encompasses more than just a man and his guitar, they are always present, letting the smoky notes of the supporting players wrap around and tastefully illuminate the tight songwriting. Mostly, this is painting-by-numbers song production, a guide to ‘what should be done with an acoustic singer songwriter’, though rapping occurs on ‘In This River’ courtesy of Ibo Murinde. It’s definitely tasty, but doesn’t have the finish of a classic. JN myspace.com/ffredjones

Super Cute Voices Camera Shop EP Having gained a reputation for their electro-new-wave live shows, here Super Cute Voices show just how joyous the transfer to record can be. Imagine Kraftwerk chasing Blur and Devo through a Nintendo landscape constructed by the mind of a cyborg. With that, you pretty much have them nailed. And they are, quite simply, brilliant fun. Expertly programmed, composed and with surprising depth of songwriting under all of the frenetics, there are few downspots. RE – Doki Doki is littered with hooks, Camera Shop explodes like a blunderbus firing synths at you unflinchingly, and NEET even seems to have Chun Li from Street Fighter guest-vocalling. Utterly compelling and convincing from beginning to end, we can’t wait to see where they’re going next with this. SMR supercutevoices.com

Telefair I Looked At Bees / It’s A Misery It’s amazing what you can get for free these days. Head on over to Owlet Music’s site and you can lay your eager mits on this rich and excellent two-track EP, or double A side as we used to call them. I Looked At Bees starts with atmospheric acoustica and involved lyricism before exploding into the kind of lo-fi electronica you’d find on Grandaddy’s Sophtware Slump. It’s expansive within its own imaginative aesthetic and lives in the memory much longer than it’s four and a half minutes. Equally as impressive is It’s A Misery which recalls the bittersweet moments of Eels while charting obtuse yet affecting lyrical passages Daniel Johnston would be proud of. Classically composed lo-fi and available for nada. Hoorah. SMR myspace.com/joetelefair


Reviews Singles PoKET TREZ fT. SWCi + MR PhoRMula

ThE undividEd

ThE METhod

Ffati Bwm Bwm

Wasted Time

Art Gallery

a pretty decent slice of anthemic indie-rock from this South Wales four-piece; its roots are in the Feeder school of song writing and it sports an uplifting, sing-along chorus (as you would expect). This is a nice, radio friendly tune which should help things along for them and it’s fun to bop about to, so plenty of scope for the track making it as an indie dance-floor filler. They probably could have got away with shaving a minute or so off the running time, though, as it loses momentum about half way through and with it goes your attention. EG myspace.com/theundividedmusic

Tracks like this ought to be available as an mp1963. The Method deliver an impressively authentic sounding cut of amphetaminefuelled proto-psychedelia. Art Gallery builds around a reverb soaked stomp as a schizophrenic vocal switches from Sunday morning country to Saturday night nastiness. The culmination, a compulsive call-and-response chorus chant, gives way to a melancholic comedown while the lyrics caution “slow down and you’ll suffer”. Elsewhere a delightfully quirky spy catcher solo evaporates into a brief taste of big beat brass. This is the kind of song that wouldn’t be out of place on one of Crypt Records “Back From The Grave” compilations, and it would be one of the better tracks at that. MH themethod.eu

ShadoW of ThE Sun

Why Kill ian

ElliE MaKES MuSiC

Cutting your teeth in the same room you sleep in isn’t the simplest way to catapult yourself onto the first rung of the illustrious ladder that is the music industry. However, Shadow Of The Sun have produced four demos made of pretty stellar stuff, considering they’re fresh from the bedroom. Naturally the sound production can hinder, but plenty of raw quality shines through. With a mix of outright rock ‘n’ roll and a couple of slower, melodic numbers, hopefully more of the former and a stint in the studio will move them out of the shadows and into the limelight. MB shadowofthesun.co.uk

on receiving this demo, i smiled condescendingly while glancing over the band’s press pack - a colourful ransomnote style logo and pixelated profiles of the three-piece from Bridgwater. After hearing the first track, I’d never felt like more of a moron. Rife with excellently executed linear grooves, bellowing but ever-accurate vocals and wonderful bass countermelodies, Why Kill Ian? have clearly pinned their sound and style in this small batch of three-and-a-half minute indie/pop delights. Minor criticism would be that the second track is slightly weaker than the surrounding two, but only as they shine so brightly in the first place. ST youtube.com/user/WhyKillIanOfficial

actually, Ellie makes great music. This demo consists of four incredibly well-conceived, well-judged songs, displaying all the musical, emotional and intellectual depth of a songstress in clear command of her craft. Tracks like the standout Arms Distance and The Calm Before The Storm betray adept, nuanced guitar work and equally accomplished vocal delivery. Ellie shifts from delicate melodies to resounding choruses with great ease, underlining impressions of Laura Marling and Regina Spektor in her songcraft. We’re keen as beans to hear how young Ellie James will deal with a larger line-up in future works. ST soundcloud.com/elliemakesmusic

Poket Trez are a Welsh hip hop troika, augmented on new single “Ffati Bwm Bwm” by sultry vocalist Swci and bilingual beat box Mr Phormula. I was half expecting to hear a re-working of Carl Malcom’s reggae novelty Fatty Bum Bum, but it becomes immediately obvious this loveable wideload is an original work. Poket Trez have made a modular monster here; there is no narrative rapping to drive the track onwards, only repeated snatches from Swci, wrapped around blocks of mob vocal and satisfying bass heft. This is music to drive with, slowly and through the bad parts of town. MH pokettrez.com

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Spillers Pick of the Month SofT hEaRTEd SCiEnTiSTS Wandermoon Escape is something we all dream of from time to time. The desire to just leave everything, tell no-one and disappear to the countryside and lose yourself for a while is potent and nigh-on universal, and Wandermoon is built on this idea. In this case escape is achieved via psychedelic folk-rock, a confection of guitars and mandolins, synthesisers and organs, melodic bass and sky-gazing harmonies wrapping around songs landing somewhere between the pastoral and the parochial. It’s seemingly not possible to make South Wales glamorous or romantic and ultimately this is an escape to the back garden rather than the wild moors, but it’s a very pleasant one for that. After all, we could all benefit from getting out a bit more. JN softheartedscientists.com

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Oxjam is Oxfam’s nationwide volunteer-led music festival and has been running in Cardiff since 2006. Despite not knowing what a ‘backline’ was, having little-to-no experience in events and being a horribly optimistic University graduate, Gemma White decided to get involved with the festival in 2007.

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xjam is Oxfam’s nationwide volunteer-led music festival and has been running in Cardiff since 2006. Despite not knowing what a ‘backline’ was, having little-to-no experience in events and being a horribly optimistic University graduate, I decided to get involved with the festival in 2007. I’ve been volunteering with Oxjam ever since, and now manage the Oxjam Cardiff Team, organising several musical fundraising events each year, including the annual Oxjam Cardiff Takeover. I now know what a backline is. Kind of… When I first started volunteering with Oxjam, we were given free rein over the type of event that we put on. Then in 2008, a man in Nottingham held an all-day multi-venue event, raising £15,000 in one day. From then on, the ‘Oxjam Takeover’ was born and there are now over 40 teams across the UK organising Takeover events that take place throughout October. The first Oxjam Cardiff Takeover in 2009 featured over 50 local acts including headline sets from Race Horses, Dead Residents, Tiger Please and Whistling Biscuits. It was a great day but we took on too much work – Oxjam was still relatively unheard of in Cardiff. And it rained. Let’s just say we were a little shy of raising £15,000! Oxjam Cardiff Takeover 2010 was a great success, raising almost £3000. Most of the volunteer team continued with their roles and we asked local bands and promoters to curate stages, which made our lives a lot easier. We also had a lot of interest from local media which boosted our ticket sales. One of last year’s highlights was Taint curating the upstairs of Clwb Ifor Bach, playing their last ever Cardiff show for us. It’s really humbling when a band of that calibre is willing to not only play for free, but to pick a whole line-up for the festival. Oxjam Cardiff Takeover will be back for its 3rd year on Sunday 2nd October in Clwb Ifor Bach, Dempseys, Revolution and The City Arms, with stages curated by Nation Radio, Spillers Records, The Miniature Music Press, Starving Artists, Associated Minds, No Sweat and more. Once again, all of the acts will be playing for free, we’ve managed to get all of the venues for free or absolute minimum cost, all the stage curators will volunteer their musical expertise and the Oxjam Cardiff volunteer team have already dedicated hours of their time to planning the festival and fundraising to cover any production costs. It really does make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. If you’ve never been to the Oxjam Cardiff Takeover… do it! Tickets are only £6 adv, all of the profits are donated to Oxfam and you’ll see a fine array of some of the best home grown live music that Cardiff has to offer, from rock and indie to funk, folk and hip-hop. One wristband gains entry to all venues so you never know, you might discover some unexpected treats! www.oxjamcardiff.com


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