Friday, March 12, 2010

Cardiff Comes 2nd in Music Poll

Cardiff has come 2nd in a survey by the PRS (Performing Rights Society) based on membership in each UK town & city taking into the population of each location.The top ten most musical cities in the UK are:

1. Bristol
2. Cardiff
3. Wakefield
4. Glasgow
5. Cheltenham
6. Edinburgh
7. Manchester
8. Paisley
9. Doncaster
10. Londonderry

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ffred Jones EP Launch

South Wales singer songwriter ffred jones is releasing his second EP, ‘Feed the Fire’ on Thursday 25th March at Buffalo Bar, Cardiff.

ffred has looked to explore his Welsh roots through the EP and to combine this with his clean acoustic sound, incorporating vocals from the Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir in the title track ‘Feed the Fire’.

ffred lives in Newport, having returned to his home-town after completing a music degree in Liverpool. ffred is a full-time guitar teacher, teaching in schools across Newport, and regularly gigs around south Wales, Bristol and London. ffred’s biggest musical influences include Radiohead, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson.

The EP will be available to buy from iTunes, with half the profit from all EP sales being donated to Ty Hafan children’s hospice.

Venue: Buffalo Bar Cardiff, 11 Windsor Place, CF10 3BY
Event: Bethan Elfyn and Friends (Spindle and Wit / ffred jones / Samuel H Invisible / Joshua Caole)
Date: Thursday 25 March 2010
Time: 8-12pm

Read our feature on Ffred from last year -

Pipettes Pop In

Indie pop favourites from Brighton will be touring the UK in May including a date at Parc Hall, Cwmparc 22nd May. The band's new album 'Earth vs. Pipettes' will be released later in the year.

Andy McKee Venue Change

Guitar wizard Andy McKee's forthcoming Cardiff gig has switched venues from The Globe which is about to undergo soundproofing work. The event will now take place at Clwb Ifor Bach on Friday 26th March.

Man Guitarist Dies

Mickey Jones guitarist with legendary Welsh rock band Man has died following the effects of a brain tumour. He was 63 years old. Man were formed in 1968and quickly became one of country's most popular progressive rock band combining psychedelia, rock, blues and country. They had a number of top 40 albums such as '2 Ozs of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle'. Jones continued to play with the band until the onset of his ill health in 2004.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Calvin Harris @ Beach Break

Calvin Harris has joined the line up for this year's Beach Break Festival being held in Pembrey Country Park 14-18 June. Alongside Harris are The Futureheads, Plan B, Ellie Goulding and The New Young Pony Club.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Damned Damned Damned

Veteran punk band the Damned will be appearing at the Millennium Music Hall in Cardiff Monday 17th May. The band features original members Dave Vanian & Captain Sensible.

Hassle at the Buffalo

Top Swedish export Erik Hassle will be appearing at the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff with local up and coming singer Pete Lawrie on Wednesday 31st March. Hassle's debut album was released recently and the track Hurtful has been a Europe wide hit. Tickets priced £5 are available through: