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Simply Red | Mick Hucknall

Simply Red Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘Stars’
11 Date November UK Tour Announced

Simply Red take their classic album ‘Stars’ on the road this November in what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the year. The first half of this special show will feature hits and classic Simply Red songs with the second half featuring the entire ‘Stars’ album in its original running order.

What are your thoughts on Stars being 25 years old? For an album to have that kind of longevity you obviously did something right in the studio back then? ‘After the success of ‘A New Flame’ I set myself the challenge of composing a whole album of original songs. I could never have imagined that Stars would have the impact it did. It’s always about the music. I have this abiding faith in the music and that will shine through when I’m dead and gone. I don’t really care about the contemporary side of it because I’m always trying to make music that will last a long time.’
How has it felt to be back on the road…

Rhydian Roberts | Little Shop Of Horrors

Rhydian Roberts on Little Shop of Horrors
Rhydian plays the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors. Rhydian rose to fame as a runaway success on ITV’s X Factor and has sold in excess of a million albums worldwide. He has released 6 albums and duetted and performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger. Rhydian’s many theatre credits include Grease, We Will Rock You, The War Of The Worlds, Jesus Christ Superstar and the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. Rhydian has just completed his third solo UK tour and is a Classical Brit Award nominee. 
When did you first realise you could sing? 
“I was born and bred in Wales, the land of song. Growing up, we were always encouraged to compete in singing competitions, which were a big part of the culture in Wales. Essentially, you perform a song for a panel and I learnt very quickly to stand up and sing in front …

Bastille Interview | Wyburn & Wayne

Bastille are back with a great new album Wild World and a tour that brings them to Cardiff on 31/10/16 at The Motorpoint Arena.
Will Farguarson tells us all about the new album and the upcoming tour..

W&W: Hi Will, is this your first time in Cardiff?

Will: No we have been before but I think maybe this is the first time we are headlining. My family are Welsh, my mum is Welsh. I once got stopped in a street in London and a complete stranger told me I had a welsh looking face! Haha such a strange thing.

W&W: And... big show at The Motorpoint Arena this October, what can we expect?

Will: Its gonna be a whole new production, lots of songs off the new album plus all the songs you'd expect from the previous album. People expect the songs they are familiar with but I'm really looking forward to playing the new material live.

W&W: And the new album, can we expect big anthems like Pompeii?

Will: We never set out to make a big anthem with Pompeii, we just went into the studio…

BAFTA Cymru Nominations 2016

SIÂN GRIGG AND TERRY JONES TO BE HONOURED AT 25TH BRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS

BAFTA-winning make-up artist Siân Grigg and BAFTA-nominated Monty Python member Terry Jones revealed as recipients at tonight’s official Nominees Party, held at the Sherman Cymru
Cardiff, 22 September 2016: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced that Siân Grigg, the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist will become the 12th recipient of the Siân Phillips Award at the British Academy Cymru Awards on 2 October 2016, as announced at last night’s BAFTA Cymru Nominees Party.
Grigg is being honoured with the award – sponsored by Ken Picton – as a Welsh person who has made a significant contribution to international feature filmmaking. 
The Siân Phillips Award, selected by the BAFTA Cymru Committee, has previously been awarded to director Euros Lyn, actor Rhys Ifans, writer Russel T Davies, actor Michael Sheen, actor Ioan Gruffudd, writer/actress/producer…

Bernard Poyser | A Great Cardiffian

Just like everyone that knew Bernard Poyser we was devastated to hear of his sudden passing this month. Bernard was a great supporter of any event we was involved in, along with his wife Sandra and daughter Mel he volunteered every year at The Great Roath Bake Off and attended every RoathRocks gig. It was only a month ago he attended Nathan's  exhibition in the city centre, causing chaos as he manoeuvred his mobility scooter in the small exhibition area. Bernie was the life and soul of the party, always telling jokes and always laughing. We will miss the laughs, we will miss the jokes and the singing, your tales of the swinging sixties often had us in shock but always hysterics. This month we honour our friend The Cardiff Times Cardiffian Of The Month.

Bernard married Sandra in 1967 and they had Melanie and Christian in the early 70s. They lived in Roath for 44 years. (He grew up in Llanishen).
Bernard was a motor mechanic by trade.  He started working at J Sherlock and Son, Roath…

Louis Smith Interview

As the New Theatre welcomes Louis Smith, Robin Windsor and a full cast of talented dancers in 'KEEP DANCING" - We caught up with the Gymnast, Olympic medalist & Strictly 2012 winner, Louis Smith just ahead of the Cardiff shows!

W&W - Hi Louis, welcome to Cardiff and our amazing New Theatre - tell us a little about your show Keep Dancing...

Louis - It's non stop!! It's a lot of Ballroom & Latin dancing with a mix of Contemporary, Jazz and Street too! It also has full live music and singing - it's fantastic.

W&W - You're a 4x Olympic medalist and 5x world medalist in gymnastics - what made you want to be a gymnast and when did you first think, yeah I'm pretty good at this?

Louis - As a child I was always into sports, football, basketball etc but I had such a short attention span I guess I'd lose interest quickly. When I discovered gymnastics it was like a revaluation for me I was just like WOW! I was about 12 years old and got entered in …

Shakin Stevens Interview

Platinum-selling Shakin’ Stevens will release his twelfth studio album, Echoes Of Our Times, on September 16. Known as an entertainer and performer, with 33 hit singles and 4 UK number 1's to his name, this new record clearly marks Shakin’ Stevens out as an artist, songwriter and storyteller.Echoes Of Our Times grew from Shaky’s realization that, like most of us, he knew so very little about the background of his family, the stories of his ancestors’ loves and lives lost, and their struggles to survive. Research revealed tales of poverty and strife in the Cornish copper mines, of bravery and loss in war, of philanthropic preachers and stoic Salvationists, of children suffering and of family secrets and feuds.

W&W: Hi Shaky, how are you?

Shaky: I'm good, really good. Been very busy with the album release. Doing lots of press and very excited to see it get released.

W&W: So tell us, what was the inspiration behind your new album Echoes Of Our Time? Probably the most auto…

Christina Bianco Review : Sherman Theatre Cardiff

The incredibly talented singer, actress & impressionist Christina Bianco, brought her 'Me myself and everyone else' tour to the Sherman Cymru theatre, and we were lucky enough to be there! Not only that, but we had the pleasure of meeting the lady herself as Nathan presented her with a portrait made with pizza! After greeting with a big hug, the pizza was unveiled Her reaction was priceless!

Christina - WHAT IN THE WORLD! You've combined my two favourite things, Italian food and ME!

Nathan - wow thank you I'm so pleased you like it!

Christina - is it really to tomato purée?

Nathan - Yep all edible!

Christina - what I really love also is the composition of the pepperoni and the veg around the edges it's adds so much depth!  I draw and doodle too but nothing like this, what an honour!

*lots of photos taken*

Wayne - So Christina, have you been about in Cardiff?

Christina - Yes oh my god you have such a beautiful city! I wanted to go to be bay but didn't have …

Melanie C Meets Wyburn & Wayne

Today we met up with former Spice Girl girl, Melanie C AKA Sporty Spice - who's currently doing a whistle stop tour of the UK radio stations, promoting her new album 'Version Of Me' and performing acoustic versions of the amazing new single 'Anymore'.

Mel C - Hi Guys how're you?

Wayne - Amazing thanks, huge fans! Nathan here has done a portrait of you today!

Wyburn - yes this is for you! I've been a fan for 20 years!!

Mel C - oh my god! You are amazing!! Thank you is it really for me?

Wyburn - Yes of course, it's an absolute honour!

*lots of photos and Mel even took a selfie on Nath's phone*

W&W - So Mel, how're you finding the radio tour? Tiring?

Mel C - Yeah it's great, it's just a lot of car journeys! It's great to be out there singing the new song!

W&W - We love it! And we have our tickets for your intimate evening show in London!

Mel C - Yes that's so exciting, I can't wait for everyone to hear the album! We'…