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VIDEO: @JDonOfficial @StDavidsHall #Cardiff 6.5.2016 #TenGoodReasons

Montage of the night from Jason Donovan at St Davids Hall Cardiff 6th May 2016

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Not meant to be a brilliant quality video – far from it, but might bring back some memories of the night.

Please note, this is all I have. There isn’t other footage🙂

VIDEO: @Adele @GentingArena #Birmingham 30.3.16

Montage of the night from Adele on 30th March 2016 at Genting Arena, Birmingham

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Not meant to be a brilliant quality video – far from it, but might bring back some memories of the night if you were there.

Please note, this is all I have. There isn’t other footage🙂

VIDEO: @Will_Young31 @Chepstow_Racing #ChepstowRacecourse 21.5.16

Montage of the night from Will Young at Chepstow Racecourse Saturday 21st May 2016

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Not meant to be a brilliant quality video - far from it, but might bring back some memories of the night.

Please note, this is all I have. There isn't other footage :)

I do not own the copyright to this video or audio herein - it is just for entertainment purposes

VIDEO: @Coldplay @wembleystadium 18th June 2016 #HeadFullOfDreams

Montage of the night from Coldplay at Wembley Stadium 18th June 2016

iPhone 6 footage

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Not meant to be a brilliant quality video – far from it, but might bring back some memories of the night.

Please note, this is all I have. There isn’t other footage🙂

I do not own the copyright to this video or audio herein – it is just for entertainment purposes

VIDEO: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @Colston_Hall @PaulHeatonSolo @atomic_box 22.3.16 #Bristol

 

 

Some bands you can chart your life by, when you started comp (Happy Hour), left school (A little time), did your first radio show (Rotterdam). That band was the Beautiful South and now after a hiatus and a successful “debut” in 2014, Paul and Jacqui return touring their second album, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines.

Having seen them on that debut tour in 2014 and to be honest, I’d class it as a one of the best I’d seen, how would this night in Colston Hall in Bristol fair?

Firstly, let’s not talk about the support. I’m one of those people who come to gigs early just to check out the support – and get my money’s worth. Having seen Wolf Alice, The Killers and Jack Garrett as support bands- well, as I said, let’s not talk about the support. Good boys but you get the feeling it was the wrong crowd

Anyway, to the main act

The first thing you realise is even if you’re not a massive fan, how many songs you’ll know. Back in the late 90s, the album Blue is the colour spawned two of the most played radio airplay songs – Rotterdam and don’t marry her (albeit the clean radio version – not the album version that Ken Bruce once played at 935am). Then here’s also Perfect 10, A little time and Happy Hour. Back catalogue withstanding, the performance of Jacqueline and Paul was faultless. Neither are show ponies in the Buble sense, but both have such distinctive voices you just need to close your eyes and be transported back to a younger age.

Both are very personable on stage, Paul even does Dad dancing – much to his daughters distain (that’s okay Paul, it’s your role in life).

After having seen them a couple of years ago I definitely notice a more confident performance. Now you may think this review is slightly biased since I’ve got a huge love of their back catalogue… Well, maybe. Needless to say if you’re a fan in anyway shape or form you will love them live. If you’re not a fan (having been dragged along by your other half), you might just be a convert by the end of the night.

 

Setlist

  1. Wives 1, 2 & 3
  2. Pretenders to the Throne
  3. (Man Is) The Biggest Bitch of All
  4. Have Fun
  5. The Horse and Groom
  6. Five Get Over Excited
  7. Prettiest Eyes
  8. Sundial In the Shade
  9. The Queen of Soho
  10. Old Red Eyes Is Back
  11. I Don’t See Them
  12. Anxious
  13. Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)
  14. I’ll Sail This Ship Alone
  15. The Austerity of Love
  16. Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud)
  17. I.Y.
  18. Happy Hour
  19. Perfect 10

 

  1. Encore:
  2. A Little Time
  3. Don’t Marry Her

 

  1. Encore 2:
  2. Heatongrad
  3. You Keep It All In

 

 

Review by Patrick Downes  Twitter: @ImPatrickDownes

VIDEO: @Hozier @StDavidsHall #Cardiff 5.2.16

Montage of the night from Hozier at St Davids Hall Cardiff on 5th February 2016

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Not meant to be a brilliant quality video - far from it, but might bring back some memories of the night.

Please note, this is all I have. There isn't other footage :)

I do not own the copyright to this video or audio herein - it is just for entertainment purposes

REVIEW: #MandelaTrilogy @TheCentre @CapeTown_Opera #Wales #WMC

REVIEW: #MandelaTrilogy #WalesMillenniumCentre @TheCentre @CapeTown_Opera – Thu 25th August 2016

It was back in June 2012 that the Mandela Trilogy got its European premiere in Wales Millennium Centre, and in August 2016 it has returned and it feels like it never went away.

slider_three(1)It’s based on Nelson Mandela’s life within three acts. Act One is a very young Mandela, Act Two is when he becomes an integral part of the ANC and the struggle, and Act Three is based around his incarceration and his release in 1994.

Let’s be honest about this review, I’m not the biggest fan of opera. I appreciate it as an art form and understand how people can swept away within an aria – but for me I’m more of a Les Mis than a La Boheme kind of guy. But in saying that, each act of the Mandela Trilogy isn’t your standard opera – it has a definite jazz feel in act two (written by Mike Campbell), and act one and three (written by Peter Louis van Dijk) have definitely modern contemporary feel. My first idea of what it might be like was – and this may show my lack of education – I did expect it to be a bit Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It wasn’t, and I found myself liking that.aMandelaTrilogyMunich7

Although some may say the lack of a South African soundtrack does detract a little, but for me the orchestration was magnificent to say the least. You could feel immersed by the sound of the Cape Town Philarmonics conducted by Alex Fokkens.

The Mandela’s were all vocally brilliant – Aubrey Lodewyk (later life Mandela), Thato Machona (Younger Mandela) and Peace Nzirawa (freedom fighting Mandela). The female leads were fantastic too, with special mention to Candida Mosoma (Dolly), her performance of Meadowlands – wow.

aMandelaTrilogyMunich5You may have seen the films Invictus or the Long walk to freedom, but this opera will give you more of the journey of the man. Sometimes we see things in one way, and it takes something like this to learn a new way – and find out about the man more than the myth – for me anyway.

The performance all round was faultless – and if you want to have an evening of education and culture, you won’t go far wrong