Keep up with the Welsh music scene

Spacemen: Not just a band

Words and pictures by Meg Ellis Jordan Timms, Liam Dean and Max Smith are a trio of songwriters and producers known as Spacemen. Together they work out of Numen Studios in Addlestone, Surrey, which was set up in 2017 and have produced, written, mixed and worked with many up and coming artists as well as […]

Libertino Showcase with Gruff Owen at the University of South Wales

Words Gareth Rees The University of South Wales hosted an event in the Atrium Cardiff Campus on the 10th of November 2021. It was a showcase with award winning record label Libertino to celebrate the University’s partnership with them. The MA Songwriting & Production Programme is new to the campus and the label owner Gruff Owen […]

Sŵn shines brighter than ever

by Gareth Rees The iconic Sŵn festival made a welcome return to Cardiff this year and it was legendary. The festival spanned three days, from Friday the 15th of October to Sunday the 17th of October and featured 77 different artists including two secret sets. It was a special weekend in which independent artists and […]

18-year-old releases own song during lockdown

18-year-old Ruby Kelly from Newport has written and produced her own single called Sublime. During the first national lockdown, the teenager expressed her feelings through music, and put together a positive personal song for herself, family and friends to enjoy. Ruby told Alaw John how she made her dream a reality. Ruby Kelly singing another […]

For the love of vinyl

Words and images by Dali Poulsom for underthemoon. Despite streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer offering a huge variety of music at your fingertips, the sale of vinyl records has continued to rise. Fans of vinyl argue that not only are the records warmer in tone, but they actual physicality of placing the […]

National Get Out Your Guitar Day 2021

National Get Out Your Guitar Day, is celebrated every year on the 11th of February. It encourages people to learn a new skill or song on guitar, share what they have learnt to friends and family and to support local artists. Listening and playing music is one thing that makes a lot of people relax […]

IMMERSED2021! Introducing ELLICE

With the countdown to Immersed festival well on its way, get to know one of the many talented performers coming up, ELLICE. Listen as she tells us about the importance of music to her and how she has grown as an artist throughout her journey. Introducing, ELLICE… 

South Wales: Survival of the live arts

The Covid-19 pandemic has  had a detrimental  effect  on  the  future  of  the  live arts industry.  The  arts  makes a huge annual  contribution  to the Welsh economy. We spoke to some individuals, from the grassroots of Cardiff that who are known for working within the sector. Emily Kocan. Bassist – Clwb Fuzz ‘‘From the beginning […]

The Music That Makes Us

Everyone has a favourite song or album we go back to time and time again. Music has an emotional impact on us, it can trigger memories of childhood, life-changing experiences and moments of sadness. Such songs can inspire or empower through lyrics, beats or notes. They can improve our happiness and sense of peace, they […]

Cardiff tribute to Green Day

Documentary about what its like being in Green Haze, a four piece Green Day tribute band. GREEN HAZE are the ultimate tribute to one of the most popular rock bands the world has ever seen – Green Day. Being inducted into the Rock’n’Roll hall of fame in their first year of eligibility, joining just a […]

Foxy Roxies – the city’s new musical platform

Foxy Roxie’s sessions is a new musical platform offering a space for the recording of live sessions and production of professional videos for artists across Cardiff. The platform is run by an army of talented volunteers from various professions including; videographers, sound engineers, artists and photographers. The vision of the collective is to promote artists […]

CoppaFeel’s GiggaFeel!2020

Fresh from their first headliner gig at Cardiff’s Porter’s Bar, local post-punk grunge / garage-rock influenced quartet Clwb Fuzz are playing at CoppaFeel’s GiggaFeel!2020 this Thursday. The event at Y Plas has been organised by Cardiff Uni Boob Team in aid of CoppaFeel! a breast cancer awareness charity, so by coming along and dancing the […]

Immersed! Festival in pictures

Some of our students were lucky enough to photograph the Immersed! Festival last night, a USW initiative in collaboration with the Music Managers Forum in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. This awesome event held at the Tramshed in Cardiff, was headlined by Richard Ashcroft.Pics by: Lucy North, Karoline Krol, Dali Polsom and Lily Watts.

USW Popular Music Student records at famous Monnow Valley studio

MONNOW VALLEY STUDIO, ROCKFIELD, MONMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM, JANUARY 27th 2020. Carlen Williams, age 20. Carlen Williams is a creative music student from the University of South Wales. Carlen was awarded a two day recording session with a night stay over at the famous recording studio Monnow Valley. The award was given as Carlen produced the […]

Immersed Festival

Cardiif, UK, 30th Jan 2020, Music Conference at Immersed festival in Cardiff, Tramshed. Rhiannon Moore is invited on stage to freestyle to a piece of music created by David Coker from scratch on stage. Credit:Natalie Ball/Alamy. Words and Pictures by Natalie Ball

The Last Rave

Words and Pictures by Alfie Reddy