Swn – Way on High
SWN look set to be hosting a night at this year’s Hay-on Wye literary festival which runs from 27th May – 6th June. Artists pencilled in for their event, which takes place on Saturday 5th June, include King Creosote, Sweet Baboo and Muchu.
Pet Shop Boys? Absolutely!
Pet Shop Boys will be making a rare appearance in Wales when they play Cardiff Arena as part of their critically acclaimed ‘Pandemonium’ tour on Wednesday 21st July. Having sold over 100 million records and had over 40 top 30 hits since 1986 Pet Shop Boys are one of the UK’s most successful and long lasting recording artists.
Legendary former Soft Boy, who invariably writes songs about death, sex and eating, plays the Globe in Cardiff 17th April.
Cardiff’s leading live venue has asked the public for help with raising the £25,000 required to complete the soundproofing work that needs to be done if they are to win their appeal over noise complaints from local residents. If you would like to donate you can send cheques payable to A.D.Jones to The Globe, 125 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3NS or donate online at paypal using the email email@example.com
After the triumph of last year's performance of 'Paris 1919' at the Cardiff Coal Exchange, John Cale will be performing the piece again with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London on Friday 5th March.
Canada's leading indie band The hidden Cameras have announced a UK tour including a date at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff 22nd March. With their reputation for live performance and 2009's stunning album 'Origin:Orphan' this looks set to be one of the live highlights of the year.
Beirut & Bragg Go Green
Beirut and Billy Bragg wil be appearing at this year’s Green Man Festival taking place 20th – 22nd August. They will be appearijng alongside Field Music & The Flaming Lips.
Here Comes The Son
James McCartney, son of Sir Paul, will be appearing at Cardiff’s Barfly 20th March. Playing songs from his new album inspired by – surprise surprise - the Beatles, but also Nirvana, the Cure and Radiohead. James McCartney’s album is due out later this year.
Kate McGarrigle has died at the age of 63 from clear cell sarcoma. Kate was best known for the singing partnership with her sister Anna. She was married to Loudon Wainwright and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Since being diagnosed with cancer she helped raise awareness of the illness and funds for research. She made her last appearance alongside her family at the Albert Hall in December at the 'Not So Silent Night' concert which raised $55,000 for the fund. Newsoundwales was lucky enough to see this perfromance, one of our highlights of 2009, and you can read our review in the live review 2009 archive.
Cerys Matthews heads out on a UK tour in April. She wil also releases a new single "Into the Blue" 22nd February. Welsh dates on the tour are:
7th April Wrexham, Glendwr University
12th April Cardiff, Glee Club
13th April Newport, Riverfront Theatre
14th April Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
16th April Llanelli, Elli Theatr
18th April Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Sterophonics kick off live music at
Wales' premier league rock band the Stereophincs will become the first band to play at the Cardiff's news football stadium on Saturday June 5th. Tickets cost 35 pounds and go on sale 22nd January.
Cate le Bon has announced a short Welsh tour taking in 4 dates around the country beginning at the end of Febraury. These are:
* Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 27th February
Our breakthrough Act of 2009, Jimi Alexander & the Satellites, have been invited to appear at this year’s prestigious SXSW (South by South West) festival in March. This annual event held in Texas attracts over 1400 performers and is considered one of the most prestigious of its kind. SXSW attracts world wide attention and in the past has seen the likes of Fleet Foxes take off. In the meantime the band will be playing Buffalo in Cardiff January 11th with Country Mile label mates The Ash & the Oak.
Storys reach the final chapter
Swansea band The Storys have decided to call it a day after 6 years together. The band featured vocalist Steve Balsamo and their debut album released in 2006 received critical acclaim and international sales. They were also heavily played by the likes of Bob Harris who became one of the band’s most vocal supporters. Disappointingly the follow up ‘Town Beyond the Trees’ in 2008 failed to harness the band’s reputation or sales and the band have decided now is the right time to end the story. However, the band is going out in style with a farewell gig at the Swansea Grand 19th June
St David’s Day joy for Richmond Fontaine
Richmond Fontaine the leading alternative country band from Portland Oregon have announced a gig at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach. The gig takes place on St David’s Day 1st March and we can think of no better way to celebrate being Welsh!
The Globe in Cardiff will be completing soundproofing work in January which will hopefully secure their future. The venue is planning some cracking gigs to celebrate. These include a return visit for Johnny Winter (22/3), Courtney Pine (22/2), Judy Collins (2/2) and British Blues guitar legend Peter Green (24/2). For more information: