*Peter Blake 'Alphabet' Legend Tue 7 until Wed 31 Oct) Jon Bevan watercolour and acrylic. This exhibi- Belt Jones. There's also a chillout like it used to be... Fri + Fri 7 thecalcuttaclub.com
of British 'pop art' with a Hayward ‘I Shoot Pictures Not People’ tion also features bronze sculpture by bar and LED visuals provided by The Nov Dancehall Daze 10pm-3am, Fridays 9.30pm-3am. Sweet, soul-
Touring exhibition showing a set of Swansea-born photojournalist James Matthews, hand-blown glass Pictureworks. I listed this last month £6 b4 11. Chris Goldfinger off the ful grooves to start the weekend.
silkscreen prints, one for each letter presents the fruits of his work with by Martin Andrews and contemporary and brilliantly forgot to note that it radio is the resident at this new Saturdays 9.30pm-3am. Funky,
of the alphabet. (Until Sat 18 Oct) the army, which has already been jewellery by Justin Duence. (Until was in October (although it was pre- monthly night, playing hip-hop, electro house to rock you through
Steve Messam ‘Hung‘ New instal- widely published in various media. Sat 18 Oct) viewed on the clubs page so hey). bassline and dancehall. Raheem and to Sunday.
lation work specially created for this (From Tue 28 Oct until Sat 15 Nov)
Wales Millennium Centre Apollo 2
the Dijital Pimp can also be found
venue, recalling its previous incarna-
Y Tabernacl, MOMA Bute Place, Cardiff. Free. 08700 Aberrhondda Road, Porth. 01443
herein. Sundays Halo R'n'b. With
tion as an abbatoir. (From Sat 25 Oct
DJ Raheem on the decks.
until Sat 6 Dec)
Wales Park Place, Cardiff. All listings
The Bigger Picture As a cel- Sat 11 Time Flies 10pm-3am, £10 Bar Sigma
Museum of Modern Art, Heol apply to term time only. 029 2078
ebration of their 17th birthday, this adv. Lisa Lashes is the old faithful 2-4 The Kingsway, Swansea. 07782
Church Lane, Carmarthen. 01267
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Free. 01654
exhibition of photos taken by Big brought in for headline purposes 506828.
222775 / www.orielmyrddingal-
703355 / http://home2.btconnect.
Issue photographers includes well tonight, with Dave Eaves and Martin Fridays Slamonthebreaks Nrw
Mondays Fun Factory 9pm-1am,
known personalities such as Jarvis Dibble also appearing in the main venue for former monkey Bar stal-
£3/£2 NUS/free b4 11. Hip-hop,
Drawing Together From The
Brenda Chamberlain Bangor-born
Cocker, Mo Mowlam, Owen Wilson, room. Dibble & Dai, Dev Da Funk and warts. Fri 3 has Beatbox Fozzy and
breaks, drum'n'bass, indie and metal
Everyday Artist residency with Pip
artists exhibits coloured prints, figu-
Bjork, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Ifans and Nick White feature in room 2. Lisa, if Jaffa doing a night of classic and
across three rooms with guest DJs.
Woolf during The Big Draw month,
rative work and monochrome works
the Super Furry Animals. Imagining you're reading this I'm sorry I called golden era hip-hop with funk and b-
Fridays Fat Friday 9pm-2am,
exploring the power of individual
created in Greece. (Until Sat 25 Oct)
the closing night being rather like Mr you old. Sat 18 Biohazard 10pm- boy breaks; Fri 10 features a set from
£3. Latino-themed night. Sat 4
mark-making as a fundamental
Watercolour Society Of Wales
Burns' garden party with John Bird 3am, £10. "Infectious hard dance", Hint (Tru Thoughts/Ninja Tune); Fri
Aperture presents Hospitality
human activity. A collaborative proc-
Venerable art society present a
firing a rifle into the air and giving they claim. Alex Kidd, Big Al, Brian 24 is a Latin special and Fri 31 is a
10pm-4am, £15 adv. Drum'n'bass
ess creating an exhibition with local
handpicked selection of work. (Until
everyone two minutes to vacate the M v McBunn, Swankie DJ & Kashie Halloween special.
helmed by Hospital, one of the top
students and schools that explores
Sat 25 Oct)
premises. (Until Tue 4 Nov) Cardiff and Martin Dibble are yr dudes.
The Borough Arms labels of the 00s for This Kind Of
the everyday. (From Mon 13 Oct until
Aqua High Street, Barry. 01446 735067. Thing. Room 1: Marky, High Contrast,
Sat 1 Nov)
TactileBOSCH / More
Design Festival Ffres Awards
Finalists 2008 The Design Wales
St Mary Street, Cardiff. 0870 Fridays Salty Dog Experience London Elektricity, Logistics, Dan
The Queens Hall
Front Studios Ffres Awards are open to second and
3501099 / www.aquabars.com
9.30pm. Info iamthefly@ntlworld. Mashall and MCs Wrec, Stamina
High Street, Narberth. Admission
St. Andrews Rd, Llandaff North. third year undergraduate students;
Tuesdays Student Night 9pm- com. Newly weekly night curated by and Script. Room 2: old skool jungle
free. 01834 869454 / www.
Mon-Fri 10am-3pm; Sat 10am- this exhibition showcases the very
3am, £3. Wednesdays Desilicious Rob who promises "a mix of indie, from Randall, JFB, Jordan Vee and
5pm. Free. 07951 256255 / kim@ best design work by Welsh companies
9pm-3am, £3. Bhangra and Bollywood funk, rock, disco, reggae from every MCs Truth, Dread, Reuben, Redeye
Robert Lawton Paintings. Plus
and features work by this year’s Ffres
sounds brought to you by TopSpec decade and some brilliant new tunes and Krisp. Visuals by Widelode.
ceramics from UWIC students. (Until
Track & Field Contemporary Award finalists and winners. (From
Entertainment and featuring that I have found on Myspace that *Sat 11 Stusparty & Cool House
Sat 4 Oct) Guy Manning & Warren
sculpture, mixed media and live art Wed 8 until Wed 29 Oct)
TemptAsians DJs plus live dhol play- will perk peoples ears up for sure." 9pm-4am.See Clubs for more on
Heaton Paintings. Also this month:
combine here. Their press release
Washington Gallery ers and MCs. Fridays Free (after
this housey electro-y night. Main
works from Jan Hagen Bossom in
warns, "please note there will be a
Stanwell Rd, Penarth. Daily 10am- payment of membership). Indulge
Womanby Street, Cardiff. 029
room: Annie Mac, Fake Blood, Rico
Oriel Fach. (From Sat 11 Oct until
live ******* in the studio after 8".
6pm. Free. 029 2071 2100 / www. yourself in the oversized sofas
Tubbs, the Mutoid Waste Company
Sat 15 Nov)
Leopard? Fingers crossed for leopard.
while DJs play classy club tracks
Sundays 8pm, £5. Chilled out
(not DJs – those guys who you find
Rhondda Heritage Park
(Until Sun 19 Oct)
Reworked 2 An exhibition involv- on the Denon/Bose soundsystem.
lounge music from DJ Intex. Door
at Glastonbury building decor out
Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Taliesin Arts Centre ing recycled materials featuring 47 Saturdays Brown Sugar Some sort
price includes a complimentary hot
of rubbish), Max Looker, the Skinny
Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.
Singleton Park, Swansea. Mon-Fri selected artists from all around the of urban night I assume. Sundays
meal and there are various drinks
White Boys and Che. Room 2: Cool
Admission free. 01443 682036 /
10am-6pm, Sat 12pm-6pm and UK. (Until Tue 7 Oct) Mel Gape Beautiful “Seduction, Obsession,
House residents. Saturdays Come
performance evenings 6pm- New body of work depicting postal Passion, Sexy... Beautiful”. What kind Play 9pm-2am, £3. R'n'b, commer-
Matisse: Drawing With Scissors
8.15pm. Free. 01792 295526 / scenes of Penarth and West Wales. of music is it? They don’t tell you.
cial and dance classics in room 1;
Works on paper from 1950-54. A
(Until Wed 15 Oct) Shirley Anne
11 Windsor Place, Cardiff. Open
hip-hop, beats and breaks in room 2.
Hayward Gallery touring exhibi-
Tony Goble ‘Passionate Pilgrim’ Owen & Becky Foster Exhibition of
Mon-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri + Sat
Kingsway, Cardiff. 029 2066 7658 / City Canteen & Bar
tion from the Southbank Centre in
A Welsh artist who died last year, 14 large-scale paintings and over 60
11am-3am, Sun until 1am. 029
Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay.
London. (Until Sun 19 Oct)
Goble is honoured here in an exhibi- drawings – the result of a six-week
Tuesdays Hammertime 10.30pm- 029 2033 1020.
tion that takes us on a visual journey period of research along the Welsh
Mondays Sad Songs For Dirty
2am, free. New 90s-themed club Sat 4 + Sat 1 Nov SoulFreedom
through his vivid paintings, drawings coastline. (Throughout October)
Lovers 8pm-3am, £3/£2. A mouth-
Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport.
night. Wednesdays Skinny Gene 8.30pm, free. The finest soul,
and prints. (From Sat 4 Oct until Phillip Watkins Recent work by this
watering array of the best new bands
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-
10.30pm, £4/£3. New night offering Northern soul, Jamaican rhythms,
Sat 8 Nov) painter. (Throughout October)
handpicked by Buffalo's favourite
6pm. Free. 01633 656757.
indie, alternative and dance beatz
local DJs and journalists. Hopefully
funk and jazz from KGB and Mike
Ghosts In Armour Multi-discipli-
Theatr Brycheiniog (not my words). Lots of drinks offers.
Dan O'Neill will finally get the chance
Ashley, every first Saturday of the
nary artistic response to the decline
Canal Wharf, Brecon. Open Mon- Thursdays Discord 10.30pm,
to blast his Rolo Tomassi and Gang
of Welsh industry, based around
Fri 10am-5pm. Free. 01874 611622 £4/£3 b4 11.30. Rock, alternative,
Gang Dance CDs to an unsuspecting Cleopatra's
a now defunct steelworks site in
/ metal, punk and beats with DJs Itboy
Hanbury Road, Bargoed. 01443
Newport. Presented by Punctum
Photographic. (Until Sat 18 Oct)
Dean Warburton 'Curiosity'
public. Tuesdays The Showcase
and Alex. Drinks offers. Fridays
8pm-3am, £3/£2. Live music and DJ’s
Mad4It! 10.30pm-2am, £5/£4 NUS.
every week mixed with a showcase Sat 10 Nightbreed 9.30pm-4am,
Stephanie Roberts & Dan Romer
Prolific artist using wood, paper and Indie, alternative and so forth, with
for new time based media, film and £10. Hardstyle from Cally & Juice,
'Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You'
recycled materials to make his sculp-
10 Feet Tall
DJ Phuqit. Saturdays Fly Swatter
animation. Tue 14, 21 and 28 feature Frisky, Chuck-E, Estee, Mogz-E and
Romer uses screen and digital prints
tures. This exhibition is presented by 10.30pm-2am, £5/£4 NUS. Popular
11a + 12 Church Street, Cardiff.
The Decks Factor, an open DJ com- MC Shocker. A tenner for six local
to reflect the city's organic chaos;
Celf O Gwmpas. (Until Thurs 9 Oct) night with all sorts of rock and indie
029 2022 8883 / thisis10feettall@
petition. Wednesdays Tastemaker DJs in one room. Great going guys.
Roberts employs mosaic and ceramic
Ruth Hargest ‘Moods & Moments hits from the ages.
Society 8pm-3am, £3/£2. Fresh
Club Eden / Bar Creation
art to depict Newport's hiden beauty.
Of the Weather’ Portrayal of the
Wednesdays Weird Science 11pm-
Bar Que Pasa new bands/DJs/acts that Buffalo
High Street, Swansea. Gay venue.
(Until Sat 25 Oct)
changing weather and how it affects
3am, free. Indie and alternative.
Trinity Street, Cardiff. 029 2066 recommends. Fridays We Trash
01792 410964 / www.gayswansea.
St David’s Hall
the Welsh landscape, conveyed via
photography, acrylics, watercolour
Fridays Marmalade 8pm-4am,
6566. Parties 9pm-4am, £4/£3/free b4
The Hayes, Cardiff. 10am-4pm.
and comment. (From Sat 11 Oct until
£5/£4/free b4 10.30. Classic funk,
Fridays Fabulous 9pm-2am, free. 11. Indie-disco, cool classics, trash
Wednesdays Pink Wednesday
Free. 029 2087 8706.
Sat 1 Nov)
future jazz, roots, Motown and disco.
Live DJ all night with crowdpleas- gold, new wave, guilty pleasures, post
10pm-2am, £10. Commercial pop
Wales Portrait Award Biennial Saturdays The Me And You Club
ing tunes. Saturdays Chavless punk, electro-pop. Saturdays Pick
and dance. All inclusive price.
award focusing on portraiture, a
11pm-4am, £5/£4/free b4 10.30. Indie
9pm-2am, free. Live DJ all night with A Mix 8pm-4am, £4/free b4 11. Good
Thursdays 10pm-2am, £2/free
underlooked artform in Wales accord-
Whitchurch, Cardiff. Open 24/7.
rock, pop, new music and classic
an across the board crowdpleasing time weekend music. Sat 4 is part of
b4 10.30. With DJ Corey plus live
ing to the organisers of this award.
Free. 029 2075 2251.
music policy and “the right people the Oktoberfest week and thus has
entertainment. Fridays, Saturdays
(Uuntil Sat 25 Oct)
South Wales Art Society
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
guaranteed”. Dress up. a German theme. Sat 25 is Buffalo's
+ Sundays (in Bar Creation)
Swansea Grand Theatre
– Permanent Rolling Exhibition third birthday and features the return
Pre-Club Party Cheap drinks from
Members’ works are available to view
University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
of the Masquerade Ball. Sundays
Singleton St, Swansea. Mon-Sat
7-10pm. Fridays 10pm-4am, £5/free
in the corridoors and restaurant of
01970 621903 / www.aber.ac.uk/
Millennium Plaza, Wood Street,
Sunday Service 8pm-3am, free.
10am-5pm. Free. 01792 475715 /
b4 10.30. DJ Aleksei plays house and
the hospital at any any given time.
Cardiff. 029 2037 7184.
Fun and silliness mixed with serious-
funky grooves. Saturdays 10pm-
20% of all sales go to the hospital.
Sat 4 The Rare One Returns 9pm-
Thursdays Barrio Beats 8pm,
ly good music. Look out for special
Swansea Embroiderers Exhibition 3am, £12.50 adv. Sporadic promoters
£6/£5 NUS/after 10pm £3/£2 NUS. 4am, £5/free b4 10.30. Commercial
events. *Sundays (downstairs)
demonstrating a variety of techniques
Victoria Fearn Gallery
of raves up this way come back
Salsa classes 8-10pm, followed by a house and funk with DJ Steve at the
Dig 8pm-3am, free. Carl Forecast
used by said group: traditional and
6B Heol y Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
with big room house crew X-Press
mashup of salsaton, reggaeton, Latin controls. Sundays Weekend Wind
and Huw Evans play soul, psych,
modern, hand and machine stitching.
Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun
2 headlining. The Mighty FUOD,
chart and tarty tunes (I love how Down 9pm-2am, £3/free b4 10.30.
disco and funk from the crates.
(From Tue 7 until Thurs 25 Oct) The
(in Dec) 10am-3pm. Free. 029
Sicknote and The Anomalies play live
this is a proper description) from Commercial dance every Sunday
Palette Club The results of work
in the main room, while room 2 has
DJ El D. Fridays + Saturdays Calcutta Club from DJ Gezz.
produced by this local group arising
Anne Bossett Crickhowell-based
Original Sin, Deadlock, Neil & David
£5/£3 b4 11.30/free b4 9.30 (add £1 Womanby Street, Cardiff. 029 2023
from their weekly meetings. (From
landscape painter who works in
Soul, Eddy Scissorhands and Black
to all of these for a Sat). Party night 5533 / www.
35-39 Charles Street, Cardiff.
Barfly, Cardiff. Mon 2 Sept
words: RYAN HEEGER pics: MISSIONPHOTOGRAPHIC.COM
I used to relish ripping the piss out of my older brother’s taste in music during his student days, circa the mid-80s.
His Bauhaus/Siouxsie/Cocteau Twins t-shirts, winklepickers and bouffant hairdo were a constant source of amuse-
ment to me, a 13-year-old Beastie Boys fan. Now, as I find myself shoulder-to-shoulder in a sold-out Barfly with
fellow thirtysomethings tentatively awaiting new gloomsters on the block, Glasvegas, I wonder if I’ll finally get the
The sharp shoes and big hair may be absent from the audience, but as Glaswegians James Allen and co amble
onto the stage in black to a deafening hum of muted feedback and build into Flowers And Football Tops, you’d
be hard pressed to find a more iconic tribute to dark romanticism on a Monday night.
You’d also be forgiven for sneering that Glasvegas’s image is the result of blending the most successful conglom-
erate of said genre, and indeed the boxes are ticked in terms of fuzzy samples, soaring guitars and thin, barely
audible beats, but the haunting result capped with sunglass-donning frontman Allen’s monotone chants is
something to behold.
Most of the tracks from their debut album get a deserved airing, against blinding, pulsing lights and terrace
pogoing. It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry and Geraldine are obvious highlights, but after
some minor PA trouble is sorted and a few pissed punters get dealt with, set closer Daddy’s Gone sums up the
Glasvegas experience: stories from street level told with utter believability and inviting you – yes, you – to sing
as if it’s your last night on Earth.
My apologies, big brother, it appears you may have been on to something.
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