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Guest blog: When it comes to the crunch

By Wood Ingham In the last few years, people with a passion for the creative are taking control and creating their own venues to inspire and support each other. This month, two of these grass-roots arts events in Wales, The Unemployed Daytime Disco in Cardiff, and Swansea’s The Crunch, celebrate anniversaries. They’re glowing examples of … Continue reading

“I don’t want to expand my audience. I want to refine it!” – an interview with Kristin Hersh

It’s hard to think of another band quite like Throwing Muses. Fronted by guitarist/singer Kristin Hersh, the Boston quartet released a series of brilliantly mercurial albums from 1986 onwards. The lineup went through a few changes, most notably with guitarist Tanya Donelly leaving in 1991. Today, the Muses remain a trio, with the band’s former roadie, Bernard … Continue reading

Salem, songwriting and learning to sing – an interview with Art Brut frontman, Eddie Argos

It’s always a pleasure to watch Art Brut perform. Once described as “Stephen Fry fronting Guns N’ Roses”, the band is touring in support of their latest album ‘Brilliant Tragic!’, which saw them team up with Pixies legend Frank Black on production duties. There’s a lot to like about the songs, but Argos’ sardonic, heart on sleeve … Continue reading

“You can be angry and have fun!” – Pris interview

With perfect pop, DIY videos, and a wonderfully brash Twitter account to their name, Pris have already picked up quite a following. Formed little over a year ago, they’re no strangers to Wales, playing one of their earliest shows supporting the Manic Street Preachers in Newport last year. The foyer of their hotel is shabby as … Continue reading

Guest blog: “Welsh fans are a good breed!” – an interview with Dallas Green

By Beth Edwards Beth Edwards met Canadian musician Dallas Green, prior to his sold out show at St David’s Hall. For those that are familiar with him, I am sure we would all agree that 2011 has been quite the year for Dallas Green. Prior to his sold-out gig at St David’s Hall on Thursday, … Continue reading

Photo fortnight: Autumn Colours

A few of our favourites from the photos that you’ve been posting on our Flickr group… We’re always interested to see more of your snaps.  To share your images, upload them to Flickr and post them in the ITV Wales Your Pictures group. Remember to make the photos downloadable if you’d like them to appear in our Photo … Continue reading

Michael Jackson Cardiff tribute – a review

By Dafydd Jones Michael Forever was a concert to celebrate the life and music of the world’s biggest pop star. Featuring world-class artists, it was an opportunity for Jacko fans to relive some of the star’s greatest hits. The show was undoubtedly hindered by problems from the get-go. Some members of the Jackson family didn’t … Continue reading

Guest blog: Leading LGBT film festival Iris Prize prepares for fifth year

Berwyn Rowlands Director and Founder, Iris Prize Festival The Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest lesbian and gay short film prize valued at £25,000 offering a talented film maker the chance to make a new short film. Thirty shorts compete for the Iris Prize, 18 are nominated by our partner festivals from 11 … Continue reading

Guest blog: A harpist’s tale – September in New York

Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr has left home to study at Julliard. She’s chronicling her adventures in New York here. By Gwenllian Llyr  After a non-stop day of classes, lessons, work and practise, I realised that I have been in New York for almost a month. That quite startled me – why does time do such … Continue reading

Theatr Colwyn re-opens

According to one Haiku writer, you only live twice: but not if you’re an impressive lump of red brick, portico and sandstone which stands as a landmark in the middle of Colwyn Bay you don’t. Theatr Colwyn’s just the latest name: it was once known as the Public Hall – as the old Rialto – … Continue reading

Formula One drivers take over Cardiff Bay

Yesterday afternoon saw an influx of high octane sports to Cardiff Bay as the first ever RedBull Speed Jam rolled into town. Flying aces Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones kicked off the event when they took to the skies for an awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics show. Formula One drivers Mark Webber and Daniel Riccardo put a … Continue reading

Photo fortnight: Butterflies, birds and beaches

It’s Photo Fortnight time again and it seems many of you have been busy snapping over the summer holidays. We’ve cherry-picked a selection of your best snaps from around Wales, including a particularly striking sunset in Dyffryn and a crystal-clear shot of the Common Blue butterfly captured at Burry Port. We’re always keen to see … Continue reading

Guest blog: Hurricanes and harpists

By Gwenllian Llyr After months of planning, weeks of preparing and a fair few days of panicking… my flight to JFK was cancelled. I couldn’t believe it! Ok, so I had been warned about the hurricane, but the whole thing just felt so surreal. We don’t really get weather like that in Wales! Maybe a … Continue reading

The Sound of Music hits Wales Millennium Centre

By Dafydd Jones The hills are alive with the sound of music and the walls of the Wales Millennium Centre are currently ringing with just that. The hit show has made its way back into Cardiff and is making quite an impact. The Sound of Music tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s journey … Continue reading

Guest blog: The road to Julliard

By Gwenllian Llyr April 4th, August 28th – two important dates that seem quite a way apart. Well they did seem like that on April 4th, when I accepted my scholarship to study at the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York. Yet (as my mother could have easily predicted), here I am, six days to … Continue reading

Pobol Y Cwm actor Huw Ceredig dies aged 69

Actor Huw Ceredig who played the part of Reg Harries in Welsh language soap Pobol Y Cwm for 29 years has died at the age of 69. Mr. Ceredig also starred in off-beat film comedy Twin Town. In a statement on the BBC Wales website Keith Jones, Director of BBC Wales, which makes Pobol y … Continue reading

Photo fortnight: Sand, surf and super animals!

A slightly belated photo fortnight this week… Some great pictures from all of you sent to us over the past few weeks. Take a look at the wide range of images, from events like the Rhyl Air Show, to animals in Gelli Aur Country Park and surfers in Newgale. Join in and upload your images … Continue reading

Line-up for Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff announced

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson will all sing in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 8 October as a tribute to the King of Pop — Michael Jackson. The line up to this one-off tribute concert also includes Cee Lo Green,  Leona Lewis, JLS, Alien Ant Farm and Craig David – with other acts expected … Continue reading

Is 91-year-old Norman Lancefield the UK’s oldest scuba diver?

Could this be the UK’s oldest scuba diver? Norman Lancefield is still taking the plunge at the age of 91 and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Grandfather-of-two Norman, from the Vale of Glamorgan, is an active member of the Barry branch of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and still regularly dives … Continue reading

Swansea City fan paints house in team colours

Is this Swansea City’s biggest fan? Footie fanatic Michael Rees loves the Swans so much that he painted the front of his Carmarthenshire terraced house in the team’s colours.

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