Blog posts by year and month June 2011

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  1. Details of the Cardiff Big Weekend have been announced, and we can exclusively reveal the line-up for the Friday night (5 August) of the festival, curated by the city's Sŵn Festival. Funeral For A Friend Funeral For A Friend are headliners, on the back of their critically-lauded album...

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  2. This afternoon on BBC Radio Wales, Lisa Bancroft, Development Manager at Llanelly House in Carmarthenshire, joins Roy Noble to chat about the incredible restoration work that this 18th century, Grade I listed Georgian house has undergone. Llanelly House will open in 2012 as a community herit...

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  3. A few pics from our Flickr group that have caught my eye this week.... First up this dreamy landscape shot by Ian Dyer taken at Blaen y Glyn Falls in the Brecon Beacons. Blaen-y-Glyn has a popular walking trail which also takes in Caerfanell Falls, Nant Bwrefwr and Torpantau Falls. Blaen ...

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  4. These days we regularly see helicopters flashing over head and think nothing more about it but in the immediate post-war days, helicopters were a rare sight in the skies above Britain. So, it comes as something of a surprise to find that the world's first scheduled passenger helicopter servi...

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  5. We are delighted to welcome one of our favourite bands of the moment, The Joy Formidable, to the BBC Wales Music fold. They'll be blogging their way round the European festival summer for us; this week they kick off with their Solidays and Glasto weekend. On to Ritzy, Rhydian and Matt: The ...

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  6. This week's show is now available via the iPlayer. Ten thousand apologies for the lateness of this information. I've spent the last three days in bed wrestling my tonsils. I have no idea what day it is. I'm having the kind of dreams that would have given Coleridge inspiration for his fantastical poetry (why is Bethan Elfyn throwing cats at me?), but that just leave me feeling unsettled and brain sore. I haven't eaten a solid piece of food for four days. For the first time ever. I keep seeing bags of Frazzles on the horizon, but when I get close, salivating, they're bags filled with rusty razorblades and the bacon flavouring is unconvincing. Fortunately the music contained in this week's show is a fine tonic and soundtrack to vivid hallucinations and throaty fed-uppitiness. Amongst the more familiar troubadours are début plays for: QRed, Murda, Terror Cell, T T D, The Burning Ferns, Huw Haul, Deep J, Vodsel and Venus De Milo. Please send demos / new releases / gig info and throat lozenges to: themysterytour@gmail.com (high quality .mp3's / download links), or via the BBC Introducing Uploader. I recommend reading the blogs linked to below before submitting music. They offer some insight into what we're listening out for, and will help you avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls: Submitting Music to the Show Dos & Don'ts #1 Submitting Music to the Show Dos & Don'ts #2 Submitting Music to the Show Dos & Don'ts #3 Submitting Music to the Show Dos & Don'ts #4 Given the mind-boggling amount of amazing music that we're received already this year (see stats below), this coming Sunday night's show (live from Bangor), will be a Best of 2011 So Far special. A great way to catch up with anything you may have missed. 894 unique songs, 1067 total, 540 artists in 25 shows since 1 January 2011, average 43 songs per show, average 22 unique artists per show, 94% Welsh music. Tweet me @welshmusic or text me on 81012 (during the show, naturally). Have an excellent week! HOUDINI DAX - 'Tank Man' Cardiff BYZANITE - 'Ring Ting' Dunvant / Swansea GO - X - 'Pi' Llangattock TERRIS - 'Trial By Fire' Newport SWEET BABOO - 'The Day I Lost My Voice' Bangor / Cardiff CUBA CUBA - 'We Rode' Cardiff EVM (EVERMEAN) - 'D. N. A. ( Instrumental )' Mold QRED - 'Cyclopean Vistas' Pembrokeshire MURDA - 'Raindrops ( Featuring Mayhem )' Cwmbran EXOTOPE - 'Dagga' Newport CHLOE LEAVERS - 'Chase The Dawn' Colwyn Bay TRWBADOR - 'Once I Had A Love' Camarthen / Cardiff MASTERS IN FRANCE - 'Control ( Inhale E. P. Version )' Caernarfon HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution' Swansea MIKE HUDSON - 'One Sided Love' Cardiff TERROR CELL - 'Haunting' Cwmbran EXIT INTERNATIONAL - 'Glory Horn ( Alt. Edit )' Cardiff HOWL GRIFF - 'Sunrise' Aberystwyth VVOLVES - 'People' Monmouth / Cardiff T T D - 'I Like Ike' Mynydd - Bach JEN JENIRO - 'Powys' Llanrwst CHANNEL SWIMMER - 'Hold Music' Cardiff JOHN STAMMERS - 'Idle I'm ( Colorama Coloured In Remix )' Manchester SERPENTS - 'No Mask No Cloak Dim Gobaith' Bangor CRACK FOX - 'Minimal Glow' Swansea DAMIR BOJANIC - 'Canine Poetry' Llanfairfechan BURNING FERNS, THE - 'Sand' Newport HUW HAUL - 'Dyn O'r Coed' Llanbrynmair / Clynnog Fawr AL LEWIS - 'Je T'en Prie' Abersoch RUBY SAMBA - 'Unkind' Cardiff DEEP J - 'A Thousand Stars' Carmarthen GALLOPS - 'Eukodol' Wrexham Y NIWL - 'Saith' Gwynedd LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution' Bangor / Cardiff RADIO LUXEMBOURG - 'Pwer Y Fflwer' Aberystwyth BASTIONS - 'In The Shadow Of A Mountain' Angelsey VODSEL - 'Power' Northop VENUS DE MILO - 'Fallen Love' Mold BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution' Ruthin MANDINGO - 'Mandingo' London UNDERPASS - 'Why Can't We Have Nice Things?' Cardiff SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'Living ( Sweeping The Nation Comp Version )' Chester / Llangollen DEFICIT - 'December' Bethesda

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  7. Polish artist Josef Herman will forever be associated with the Welsh mining town of Ystradgynlais and his paintings of industrial Wales and the mining community. To mark his importance on the visual arts world in Wales, the School of Art Gallery at Aberystwyth University is currently holding a...

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  8. Gŵyl Gobaith line-up has begun to be announced, with some of Wales' top classical/crossover stars in the frame. Rhydian Roberts Rhydian Roberts will join The Three Welsh Tenors and Only Men Aloud! at the Deeside festival which takes place 26-28 August. Part of the philosophy of the ...

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  9. Someone on Twitter asked me earlier "what is the dew point temperature?" Well, the dew point is the temperature at which air can no longer hold all of its water vapour and some of the water vapour must condense into liquid water. The dew point is always lower than or equal to the air t...

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  10. In the early summer of 1831, many of the the towns and villages of industrial Wales were marked by political and social unrest. Terrible working conditions in the mines and iron works of the country were made even worse by wage cuts and, in some cases, by the laying off of men as demand for i...

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