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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.

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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.

(Lead image: Parr Hall)

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Kaiser Chiefs to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse in Carmarthenshire

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Kaiser Chiefs are set to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse near Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire on Thursday 2 June 2022.

The special ‘Live After Racing’ show will invite audiences to enjoy an entire day of horse racing, with the added bonus of a full live set by the indie titans late into the evening.

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Established as one of the best loved guitar bands to emerge this century, the Kaiser Chiefs will be heading to the races with a winning set-list of bona fide indie belters in their arsenal.

Over the last 15 years the Kaisers have become a real household name, from their seven critically acclaimed and Top 10 charting albums selling multi-millions worldwide, to making memorable performances at some of the biggest events in recent history including Live 8 and the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and winning innumerable awards including ‘Best Live Act’ at both the Brit Awards and Q Awards. 

With top 10 hits like ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Ruby’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Never Miss A Beat’, and ‘Everyday I Love You Less & Less’ all cementing the band’s penchant for penning contemporary pop classics like few of their peers, the many highlights to be found on their acclaimed #3 charting 2019 album ‘Duck’, illustrate a band that have no intention of slowing down soon.

With a reputation as one of the best live acts in the biz, if there’s one safe bet to place all day, put it on a hit-packed set from the Kaisers…

The event, rescheduled from 27 August last year, is priced at £35 advance, £25 for under 18s, with under 5s admitted free of charge.

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Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

(Lead image: Kaiser Chiefs)

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Swansea unites in song with pop-up Christmas concert

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The Quadrant Shopping Centre Swansea is urging the people of Swansea to join them for a Christmas Carol pop-up service between 6pm – 7pm on Wednesday, December 15th.

The hour-long carol service is part of a UK-wide Doorstep Carols initiative, which saw 150,000 people participate in across the UK, in 2020.

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Led by local choir, The Voices Choir, the service will be located outdoors, near the New Look entrance to The Quadrant. People are being encouraged to come along, warm up their vocal cords and unite in Christmas song.

Other areas across the UK taking part, include Trafalgar Square, Great Ormand Street Hospital, Winchester Cathedral and so many more. Participant numbers are expected to reach the one million mark this year, as even more people come together to unite in song.

Commenting on the Centre’s involvement is Quadrant Shopping Centre Manager, Lisa Hartley: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be part of such a powerful UK-wide initiative, which is more important now than ever. We have been through so much the past 20 months that initiatives like this, where people come together safely, is vital in boosting morale and igniting a true sense of Christmas and community spirit.

“We hope that our customers stay in town a little longer to embrace the Christmas carols which The Voices Choir will so beautifully lead on. Just turn up near New Look at 6pm on Wednesday the 15th of December to join us, whether you can sing or not, it’s about embracing the true spirit of Christmas.”

As well as encouraging people to join in in their streets and community spaces, Doorstep Carols has engaged with children’s hospitals who will be streaming the music on wards so that children can join in song with parents they are separated from.  Hundreds of care homes are doing the same.  The military are streaming to overseas soldiers to enable them to sing with their loved ones back at home, hospices, schools, individuals shielding in their homes, this is an opportunity for music to connect even the most isolated this Christmas.  

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Elvis Costello and Level 42 among arena tickets now on sale

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Swansea Arena’s programme for 2022 continues to grow with tickets now on sale for Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Australian Pink Floyd, Level 42 and Steve Hackett.

They’re the latest shows to be announced by the venue, with many more announcements due in the coming weeks and months.

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters will be taking to the stage at Swansea Arena on Monday June 20, Australian Pink Floyd on Friday October 28, and Level 42 on Wednesday November 9.

Former Genesis lead guitarist Steve Hackett will perform at the arena on September 9.

Swansea Arena, to be run by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), is part of the £135m Copr Bay phase one district being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development managers RivingtonHark.

Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is leading on Copr Bay phase one’s construction, with the development set to be worth £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy.

Other acts already announced for Swansea Arena include Royal Blood, Jersey Boys, Alice Cooper and The Cult, Alan Carr and John Bishop.

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Head to www.swansea-arena.co.uk to buy tickets and see the line-up for 2022 so far.

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