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Gig Review: Patti rocked by Scouting for Girls and aliensdontringdoorbells

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Last week, live music returned with a bang, as Scouting For Girls took to the Patti Pavilion in Swansea on their Easy Covers tour.

Supported by rising rock band, aliensdontringdoorbells, it was truly a night to remember, with energy at an all time high after two years of sitting on our couches.

The first taste of rock ‘n’ roll to bless our ears after the two-year drought is the opening bars of aliensdontringdoorbells’ ‘Slipping Away’, a rollicking number which instantly got the crowd on its feet. It became clear from the off why Roy Stride of Scouting For Girls himself chose this band as their primary support.

The piano-driven, retro-tinged rock ‘n’ roll of aliensdontringdoorbells is the perfect complement to Scouting For Girls’ pop-rock, bookending the night nicely with two bands who know exactly how to have, and share in, a very good time.

Frontman Adam’s talents as an entertainer and MC-equivalent for the band were put to the test with an audience of new fans, but he rose to the challenge with ease. The crowd were driven up into an energetic frenzy, as a perfect support act should do. Equally, Dorian on guitar was a stately figure whose riffage and soloing really helped to nail the band’s sound down to a T.

Rising rock band ‘aliensdontringdoorbells (Image: Parr Hall)

When Scouting For Girls took to the stage, the energy was electric. The trio have clearly lost none of their energy since the days of ‘I Wish I Was James Bond’, and the crowd loved it. We felt sorry for anyone without standing tickets on this tour – it was impossible to keep still as the band made their way through a mixture of well-loved classics and cover versions.

Making each second their own with a mixture of piano and guitar licks, Scouting For Girls was truly the gig of the year so far.

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Gerry Cinnamon announced for Singleton Park in June 2022

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Scottish Singer Gerry Cinnamon has announced a huge outdoor show in Swansea’s Singleton Park on Saturday 4 June 2022 over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

Following Gerry’s triumphant penultimate slot at Reading and Leeds Festival attracting one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, the show in Swansea will be one of only a handful of shows his fans will be able to see him outdoors in the UK in Summer of 2022 with the tour also taking in a sold-out hometown show in Glasgow’s Hampden Park national stadium.

The Swansea show takes place in Singleton Park, one of the UK’s most beautiful city centre parks with its famous walled botanical garden and woodland walks and follows recent huge shows by The Stereophonics and Catfish and The Bottlemen. The supporting line-up on this show will be announced soon.

The continuing ascent of Gerry Cinnamon is one of contemporary music’s most outstanding stories. Rising from a self-released debut album, Gerry has become a stadium and arena-filling headliner. And as an artist whose revealing and honest songs naturally connect with a huge and devoted audience, he’s achieved it all entirely independently.

In April 2020, Gerry’s second album ‘The Bonny’ shot straight to Number 1 in the Official Album Charts in the UK. Now certified gold, the album went on to become the third biggest selling UK album released that year.

Having organically built up a huge following over the past 4 years, Gerry has become the UK ‘s biggest independent artist and his last tour was second largest in 2019 UK tickets sales.

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His previously announced Welsh show in Cardiff Castle, sold out in minutes.

Tickets on sale from Friday 24 September at 10am from GIGANTIC.COM EVENTIM.CO.UK

(Lead image: Gerry Cinnamon / Swansea Council)

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Live music returns to Swansea’s Grand Theatre with ‘A Beautiful Noise’

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The hit stage show ‘A Beautiful Noise’, named after Neil Diamond’s million-selling 1976 single, is one of the shows welcoming back live music to the Swansea Grand Theatre as the venue bounces back out of lockdown.  

The show is a joyful celebration of the music and a tribute to Neil Diamond. Having starred at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End in 2019, the production is embarking on a nationwide tour. 

Promoters Flying Music describe the performance of award-winning Fisher Stevens – the star of the critically-acclaimed production – as encompassing “the assured virtuosity that the standard and scale of the timeless songs featured deserve”. 

Fisher Stevens himself says that he is looking forward to welcoming live music back to the theatre’s stage. 

“We were fortunate enough to be the first concert show to play the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, last month,” he says. “And the crowd reaction is something that I will never forget. 

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“The past 17 months have been incredibly tough for this country – no one has escaped the consequences of the unprecedented circumstances we have faced together. 

“People have lost loved-ones, workers have risked their lives. . . and jobs and livelihoods have been affected. 

“It was great to have the opportunity of thanking theatregoers for their continued support at the Southampton show.”  

“And we get the chance to do it all over again at the Grand Theatre on November 4.” 

Fisher says that he is overwhelmed that, despite the original performance being postponed, ticket purchasers have retained their tickets for the show. 

“They’ve stuck with us and the theatre and patiently waited for the moment live music can return to their favourite venue. They’re in for a great night which promises to be a really emotional evening.”  

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Fisher takes great pride in recreating the songs of an artist who has sold more than 100 million albums since his first hit single recorded over half a century ago. 

“Though he has declared his touring days over,” says Fisher, “Neil Diamond’s star will burn forever.” With a fully live band, including brass and strings, backing singers and dancers, A Beautiful Noise boasts it is the best way for UK audiences to enjoy the singer/songwriter’s wonderful songs in a live setting.  

“Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans,” continues Fisher, “these are the songs that sound-tracked our lives – the teenage dream – and remain fixtures of personal and radio playlists everywhere.” 

Fisher promises theatregoers heartfelt renditions of all the biggest hits, including those featuring appearances from Lula and Barbra Streisand. 

“A Beautiful Noise has been awesome, the reviews have been fantastic,” he says, “and performing the show in London’s West End, was a dream come true, an amazing experience.” 

A lifelong lover of Neil Diamond, Fisher has toured the world as a performer and is supported by an experienced band and backing singers who are all as passionate about Neil Diamond as himself.  

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Assisting the tribute show to achieve the high standards of Diamond’s songbook has been the responsibility of musical director David Mackay, who himself has created hits for some of the biggest names in the music industry including Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, The Bee Gees and Eric Clapton. David has been the MD for many West End successes including 125th Street and Jailhouse Rock. 

As Fisher Stevens says: “It is my privilege to celebrate Neil Diamond’s talent and take the audience on a musical journey. 

“A Beautiful Noise is packed with all the classic hits and aims to do just that, and in some style!” 

* Please note this is a tribute show and is no way affiliated or endorsed by Neil Diamond. 

This show comes to Swansea Grand Theatre on Thursday, November 4. Tickets available from the box office: 01792 475715.

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Covid pass for events & nightclubs announced

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People will have to show a NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month, the First Minister announced today.

The measure is being introduced to help control the spread of coronavirus – cases are currently very high in Wales but the alert level will remain at zero for the next three weeks.

Announcing the outcome of the latest three-week review of the coronavirus regulations, the First Minister today encouraged everyone to work from home whenever possible and to make sure they are fully vaccinated.

Awareness and enforcement of other key Covid protection measures, including face coverings in indoor public places and on public transport, will be increased.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Across Wales, coronavirus cases have risen to very high levels over the summer as more people have been gathering and meeting. Tragically, more people are dying from this terrible virus.

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“The very strong advice we have from our scientific advisers is to take early action to prevent infections increasing further.

“The last thing we want is further lockdowns and for businesses to have to close their doors once again. That’s why we must take small but meaningful action now to control the spread of the virus and reduce the need for tougher measures later.”

The requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass will come into force from 11 October. It will mean all over-18s will need to have a NHS COVID Pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions
  • Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people
  • Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance

People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can already download the NHS COVID Pass to securely show and share their vaccine status. It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced COVID passports for nightclubs in Wales.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: My message to you today is a simple but serious one – the pandemic is not over and we all need to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“We have high levels of the virus in our communities and while our fantastic vaccination programme has helped stop thousands more people from becoming seriously ill or dying, the pressure on the NHS is increasing.

“We hope introducing the requirement to show a COVID pass will help keep venues and events – many of which have only recently started trading again – open.

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“Showing a COVID Pass is already part of our collective effort to keep businesses open with some major events, such as the successful Green Man Festival, using it. We will continue to work closely with all businesses affected to ensure a smooth introduction and operation of this system.

“We want to do everything we can to Keep Wales Safe as we head into the autumn.” 

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