127 posts about South Wales on this blog
Wednesday 23 June 2010, 17:22
Cardiff's Spillers Records is to move to a new premises for the first time in 60 years.
Said to be the oldest record shop in the world, Spillers will close its doors in The Hayes for a final time this Saturday before moving to new premises elsewhere in the city.
Spillers was opened by Henry Spiller...
Thursday 27 May 2010, 12:29
Cult American indie singer songwriter John Grant has had his bizarre new video filmed in various south Wales locations.
I Want To Go To Marz has had a video clip created which takes a surreal journey through Taff's Well, Barry and Pontypridd.
It was created by Cardiff film-makers Casey Raymond and...
Thursday 27 May 2010, 12:16
This Tuesday saw the relaunch of the long-established and important Grassroots youth project, which has seen tens of thousands of young people access its music and media opportunities.
Grassroots' Charles Street HQ in Cardiff has been refurbished and their music studio (in which Manic Street Preachers...
Monday 17 May 2010, 09:20
I really don't go to as many gigs as I should do these days, but having spent the last couple of weeks writing about Start Something: The Story of South Wales Rock, Bethan Elfyn's Radio One documentary, I felt I really had to go to Cardiff Barfly on Saturday.
Friday 14 May 2010, 11:26
Only Men Aloud, the all-male choir which won the BBC's Last Choir Standing competition in 2008, last night solidified their place in the upper echelon of popular classical music by winning the top prize at the Classical Brits.
The Album of the Year prize went to the choir for their album Band Of Brothers...
Thursday 13 May 2010, 10:52
At this time of year, every other Tweet, Facebook message and e-mail that gets flung in my direction is from a band asking me to vote for them to play one festival or another over the coming summer.
The UK's exhaustive (exhausting is probably a better word) array of festivals provides important opportunities...
Thursday 13 May 2010, 09:14
Another new release on the cards for June is a new EP from Cardiff three piece Kutosis, We Are The Animal, You Are The City. The band have gone the extra mile with this release, as not only is it a limited edition CD featuring a poster pullout of fan submitted artwork, but it's accompanied by a video...
Tuesday 11 May 2010, 09:23
Last night saw the broadcast of Start Something: The Story of South Wales Rock, Bethan Elfyn's examination of the South Wales rock scene and its origins in the economically-depressed Valleys areas.
You can listen again to Start Something for the next seven days.
Monday 10 May 2010, 12:34
Tonight Radio 1 delves headfirst into the world of Welsh rock. Bethan Elfyn examines why the South Wales valleys have provided Wales' biggest bands of the last 15 years and talks to many of the leading lights, including Lostprophets, The Blackout and Kids In Glass Houses.
Find out more about the programme...
Wednesday 5 May 2010, 14:41
A couple of weeks back our colleagues at BBC Wales News brought the news of Abercarn guitarist Chris Buck being proclaimed the "best up-and-coming guitarist" in the World by none other than ex-Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven.
Wednesday 5 May 2010, 10:46
I'm going to lay my cards on the table here: I've seen Lostprophets about 20 times, starting at a sold-out Cardiff Barfly show in 2001 and culminating in this last weekend's headlining Cardiff International Arena.
Friday 30 April 2010, 12:58
Friday 23 April 2010, 16:14
BBC Radio Wales recently made a trip to Stuart Cable's rock star retreat, deep in the Welsh hills, for a chat.
Friday 23 April 2010, 11:33
It's no secret that male voice choirs, the musical tradition of many towns across Wales, are suffering as their members age and the younger generation become less likely to join.
But now a scheme designed to encourage young boys and men between the ages of 14 and 19 to become involved with the genre...
Wednesday 21 April 2010, 15:18
Best remembered for being one of the very few films starring Hammer horror staples Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (oh, and also a pre-Last Of The Summer Wine Peter Sallis), the 1970 film Scream And Scream Again is notable for the appearance in the film and soundtrack of Cardiff's Amen...
Tuesday 20 April 2010, 11:08
With the Ryder Cup taking place at Newport's Celtic Manor resort this year, Goldie Lookin' Chain have hooked up with some film students to record a video for a song titled Golf Is Coming.
Friday 16 April 2010, 09:59
"He does not want shift work but I believe the reason for his not liking shifts is because he is a member of a vocal group which is supposedly an amateur affair." So said a dole officer of Sir Tom Jones as he started his life as a singer. But this unemployment record card and five more failed to meet...
Thursday 15 April 2010, 10:01
Sir Tom Jones has had a ban from the village of Fochriw, near Caerphilly, lifted after 47 years.
Thursday 15 April 2010, 09:27
When I was about 11, I and my like-minded mates used to debate regularly as to who was the best guitarist in the world. Was it Steve Vai? Joe Satriani? Brian May? Eric Clapton? Nuno Bettencourt? Or maybe Slash?
Wednesday 14 April 2010, 12:05
For the release of their new single, For He's A Jolly Good Felon, on Visible Noise this week, Lostprophets have filmed a special, extended promo clip which features gangsters and 'felons' engaged in nefarious activities in an inner-city area.
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