There are times where you wish they’d strip things back a little, but few bands can rival their furious, no-holds-barred rock.
American comedian Reginald D Hunter has been a regular fixture on British television over the past decade with several appearances on the panel shows such as Have I Got News for You (HIGNFY) and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Billed as a festival ‘unlike any other, in a place like no other’, the organisers of Festival No.6 certainly set their stall high. Nothing wrong with ambition, you might say, but your reputation can be left in tatters when expectations fall short. But despite the bad weather that affected Friday and Sunday, Festival No.6 2013 not only delivered on its promises but extended its burgeoning reputation.
Rock ‘n’ Roll is a young man’s game, right? Someone clearly forgot to tell Blackwood’s most revered sons, Manic Street Preachers, who return with their eleventh studio album, Rewind the Film, this autumn.
A music festival must always be judged fundamentally on its line-up, but a stunning setting can only help those performing on the bill. It doesn’t get more picturesque than Green Man – the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons provide this mid-sized festival with a widescreen, landscape stature.
Over the centuries there have been many versions of the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. From Perrault’s 1697 original, to the Brothers Grimm’s 1812 version and the well-known Disney rendition, the story of a young girl overcoming an evil curse and coming of age has many different outcomes and even more interpretations of what each tale means.
The New Musical Express has an incredible knack of shaping the nation’s musical tastes (rather like a Simon Cowell for the alternative music scene) and in celebration of this, they’ve been putting their favourite cover stars on the road as part of their Awards Tour since 1996.
David Mamet’s award-winning dark comedy about the singles scene in 70s Chicago will be 40 years old next year but its acute observations of the mating game are just as prevalent today in this co-production from Living Pictures and Cegin Productions.
‘It was around this time last year we were at this same venue, Cardiff’ Alex Timble says midway through his band’s set with evident joy to a sweat-soaked crowd. The frontman of Two Door Cinema Club is having a ball, and rightly so.
With the Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals on long-term breaks it seems there is a temporary opening for the position of best band in Wales. Young upstarts, The Joy Formidable, could well be the band to lift the crown.