SHOW: @bringnoisenow @broradio Poptart Moments of 2011

Checking then on the best bits of 2011 on today’s show.

It’s been a big year in terms of us seeing live music – Take That in Cardiff, Coldplay in Manchester, The Saturdays (twice), Mcfly, Example, The Wanted in Ponty, Katy Perry (twice), and Scouting for Girls in a forest in Gloucestershire. Plus there was Ponty’s Big Weekend, the Penarth Festival, and switching on the lights in Barry. Not to forget seeing X Factor auditions, and realising that whenever I see a sporting event, my time always seem to lose (Wales V Australia)

So to put together our poptart moments of 2011 was a tall order to say the least. We also managed to sneak in chats with Take That talking about their input into the soundtrack of XMen First Class, and Tom Felton talking about the final installment of Harry Potter.

Here’s the rest;
Pitbull-Give me everything
Litte mix-Cannonball
Kelly Clarkson-Mr Know it all
Amy Winehouse-Our day will come
Adele-Someone like you (live from Royal Albert Hall)
Lady Gaga-Edge of glory(acoustic)
Jessie J-Who’s laughing now(live)
Take That-Love love(live)
Mcfly-Shine a light
Charlene Soraia-Wherever you will go
Tom Baxter-Light me up
Christine Perri-Jar of hearts
Example-Changed the way you kiss me
One Direction-What makes you beautiful
Rihanna-We found love
Katy Perry-Last Friday night
Wanted-Glad you came
Coldplay-Viva la vida(live)
Coldplay-Every teardrop(live)
Scouting for Girls-Love how it hurts
Alexis Jordan-Happiness
Olly Murs-Heart skips a beat
Blake Shelton-Footloose
Straight Lines-Set me on fire and feed me to the wolves

Have a fantastic start to 2012… and I’ll catch you back on the radio next Saturday morning from 8am

Best of 2011 @example @coldplay @straightlines @CharleneSoraia @katyperry

Quite a few big songs out this year, and events to (Pippa Middleton’s arse remind you of a day in April maybe), so here’s some of our favourite tunes of the year.

Example – Changed the way you kiss me
Just something about this tune that makes you just wanna crank the volume right up, and when the bass kicks in on the bridge, you wanna bounce. Simple as.

I know Coldplay are marmite – you either love them, or hate them. I’m in the earlier category and having seen them live this year (gig of the year), it’s cemented my love for the band and this song itself just doesn’t seem to want to go away at the moment – maybe the first number one of 2012?

Charlene Soraira-Wherever you will go
Who’d have thought a cover version of The Calling and an advert for tea would bring us such an amazing song by Charlene. You can listen to this and just chill completely. Her album Moonchild is also just sublime

Katy Perry-Last friday night
It’s been a huge year for Mrs Brand. Twice in Cardiff (lucky girl) and this song/video is just one of the most fun tunes of the year. Watch for cameos from Hanson, Kenny G and Debbie Gibson

Rihanna-We found love
Does this woman actually rest? The video was the one that an Irish farmer stopped the filming of, due to Rihanna being in a state of undress…. The tune is pretty damn awesome, thanks to a certain Calvin Harris

Straight Lines-Set me on fire and feed me to the wolves
A strange choice for best of 2011? I’ve seen them several times, and they are just awesome. This is taken from the album “Persistence in the game”, and is one of those songs that’s best listened/watched live – the crowd conga..not mosh! 🙂

More of my best bits of 2011 on New Year’s Eve at 8am on BRO Radio

ONES TO WATCH 2012: @straightlines @themotiveofficial @4thstreet

Using facebook, twitter and this blog for the links to each band/artist, we thought we’d put together our “TFS” for 2012 (Tips for Fame and Stardom)

Kicking it off is a band from Pontypridd called Straight Lines. We’ve been following them since the early part of 2011 and have seen them live a few times. New material due from them in the early part of 2012 and it’ll be great for them to get the recognition they deserve.

Next up is The Motive. Now without wanting to offend the boys, but they remind me of Busted/Mcfly. They’ve got a pop/rock/punkish sound going on. Still early days but there’s enough groundswell in interest locally to push these boys further.

Away from local bands, keep an ear to the ground for Angels in White. They are basically what Little Mix should be. Harmonies are just outstanding, and their look..well.. Check out our photo and make your own mind up. They’ve not got a presence on Facebook twitter though – but this is their website

Couple of other local bands (South Wales) to keep an eye out for in 2012 will be Red Room Therapy, 4th Street Traffic and Raging Bulls

2012 is certainly looking good

REVIEW and PHOTOS: @merthyrrock #mrock : Saturday 3rd Sep 2011

Location: Cyfartha Park
Saturday 3rd September

Bare in mind I got there quite late so missed a fair bit… it was raining ( Wales? No way) – but the main stage was a massive marquee. There was also a second smaller stage outside, and Radio Wales broadcast from their OB unit at the far end of the site (check the photos and you’ll get an idea of the place).

Cyfartha Castle & Park is home to two big county events every year – The Merthyr Show, and Fete & Gala (Aug & May bank holidays), so Merthyr Rocks is a big new venture for the place. Organised by the same company that does the Hay Festival, it’s a much needed event into the local economy. This is the first year of it, and going by today’s event, I can see it happening next year!

Cyfartha Park was the home of my first ever on stage event – back in the day – well before in fact some of the headlining acts hit the UK chart! 😉 It was nice to be back in the park – on a sunny day it’s pure lush, but it was raining…so that kind of put a dampener on things.

Anyway, who I saw..

Friends Electric
Caught them briefly so can’t really comment – marquee was packed though (and not just because of the rain)

Straight Lines
Third time seeing the boys in the last 12 months – and they get better each time. A definite crowd favourite is Set me on fire and feed me to the wolves. If you see them live, watch for the conga!

Goldie Lookin’ Chain
I wonder whether outside of the Severn Bridge does anyone “get” GLC? Okay, back in 2004 when “Guns don’t kill..rappers do” came out, everyone marveled at their quirky way – and granted they are good at what they do. I like them, but I’m wondering whether if you’re not South Walian, the joke wears a bit thin?

Caesar’s Rome
Caught them briefly while wandering for a wee. Good guitar sound – another one to watch! Check out their site for more!

If I’m honest I only remember Cast as a band of about 2 songs..Walkaway & Guiding Star, mainly because they were the only songs I used to play on Red Dragon FM on overnights. But when they kicked off their set with Finetime I realised they formed part of my musical education that underscored most of my time on Red Dragon. Surprising how many hits they had – took me right back. Biggest moment of their set had to be Walkaway. The good news is that their back on tour shortly too!

Ocean Colour Scene
Same really as above. Didn’t think I knew that many songs – but after their set I’ll be digging out the CD’s from my lockup, ripping them and putting them onto my Ipod touch. Can’t really fault their set – just faultless. From kicking off TGI Friday…no… The Riverboat Song, to The Day we caught the train and their cover of Beatles’ Day Tripper – couldn’t have asked for more.

Tomorrow (Sunday 4th), sees Funeral for a Friend, Attack Attack, Save your breath, Skindred play – more of a local music feel. But going on Saturday’s event, Merthyr Rocks 2012 should be a given!

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Check out GLC meeting the mayor of Merthyr too: