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18th September 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

Welcome to another issue of your weekly music scene news. If you don’t usually peruse this part of the paper and you’re looking for the recruitment pages, flick around a few pages and you’ll be home and dry. Otherwise read on!

Tickets are now on sale for BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens’ annual shindig that is the Sŵn Festival in Cardiff, which takes place on 14th – 16th November. This year amongst the big names; Clinic, Goldie Lookin Chain, James Yuill, Pete & The Pirates and Stephen Fretwell you will find neatly tucked away within the line up two Wrexham bands – the much applauded (by Huw Stephens himself) Gallops! and the self proclaimed ‘electro-miserablists’ Danblagroyd.

The festival takes place at various venues across the city (much like the Londoninium equivalent the ‘Camden Crawl’) and also includes music conferences, talks and workshops. You can buy wristbands that allow entry to all the gigs that comprise the festival. Cash entry to specific gigs will be available, but priority will be given to wristband holders. Go to www.swnfest.com for more details.

Anyone like their Soul music? The Foundations (they did the Build Me Up Buttercup song) are playing Wrexham’s Memorial Hall on November 8th. I’m not too sure if there are any members still in the band from their late 60’s/early 70’s heyday but it’s still a good opportunity to throw some talc down on the dance floor. Tickets are £10.

After a couple of mournful years left in the shadows, the Talbot Bar on Queen Street in Wrexham is ready to regain its status as a live music venue. Dave Morait, ex promoter at the Old Swan, has decided to revive live music at the Talbot under the new guise of ‘Socialist’. He will be hosting nights every Thursday, which will be Indie/Rock night with local bands performing aswell as acts from further a field. Every Friday will there will be rotating nights of different styles of music, with DJ’s on until 3am. The first night is to be held on Friday 26th October. Visit the Socialist myspace for more details and upcoming gigs: myspace.com/socialistmusicevolved.

Here’s some news just in from the depths of the Mother of Six underworld, they are recording their debut EP entitled ‘Pine Dungeon’ at the Tomb of Doom studios (location unknown). Watch this space for the release date.

Some music ‘snobs’ don’t like to give covers bands any credit. The fact is that some of these bands graft harder than the more, as the snobs see it, ‘respectable’ bands. They play more gigs, generally have a better sound and more often than not have more talented musicians. One of the most revered and popular covers bands in North Wales are without doubt The Big Beat. Comprising of member’s Matt Nicholls (Camera), Jamie Owens (ex-Crosbi), Steve Jones (The Roseville Band) and James Edwards (The Rosevilled Band), over the past year they have built up such a reputation that they can now charge MEGA wonga for their appearances and are pretty much booked up through until next year. Talent news travels fast and as a result they are playing an event at the Birmingham NEC next week, the Rugby Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 4th and the king of seafood Rick Stein’s (ask you Mum and Dad) party down at his gaff in March. Take a look at www.thebigbeat.co.uk for more info.

A new rock/metal night is starting tomorrow night. The 8th Sin is taking place at the Club House on Oak Road in Wrexham and for £4 you will get free camping and 2 rooms of DJs playing a mesh of metal, hard rock, punk, thrash and all the other associated genres. Find out more at www.the8thsin.co.uk.

On Saturday night veterans of the music scene Terminal will be playing at the Seven Stars in Wrexham. Supporting them will be the punk peacocks The Eyelashes That Ate Manhattan. It’s free entry and the proceedings begin at 8pm.

The Reads are playing Telfords Warehouse tonight and what’s equally as good is that it’s free entry. I remember when they played one of our wrexhammusic.co.uk nights a couple of years ago on a steaming summer’s night they quickly cooled the venue down with wave upon wave of melodic majesty. Even though the summer seems to be audaciously waving goodbye to us all, I’d still recommend you take yourselves down to Telfords to see them; it’s the equivalent of a radox bath for your ears.

I’m off now. Email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with your news and I’ll make your mum extremely proud by mentioning it here next week. Take care.

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