(review by steve rastin)
We all know that the live music scene on the North Wales coast is dead…………so will someone tell that to the dozens of mad souls rammed into Vegas and spilling out onto the pavement and into the road?
To be realistic for a minute, the scene has been in a very unhealthy state for three or four years now, but there are signs that things maybe just beginning to pick up again.More
(review n pix by neil crud)
When Radio One phoned me last week looking for venues and bands to recommend for a series of warm up gigs across North Wales for their Big Weekend in Bangor next month, it was more Yikes than Yippee. Where once we were awash with talent and completely spoilt for choice, the credit crunching Musical Recession has hit the area harder than others. There’s nowhere to play and no one to play to. Venue4Events is undergoing licence changes in Bleak City and is out of action; although the place did bow out with a bang thanks to the Fudged reunion. I did think of the Morville (also in Rhyl), but why give somewhere a jab in the arm when they don’t support live music normally? So I popped along to Speakers Corner, one of the most unlikely venues, particularly as it used to be a shoe shop.
(review by mwj – pic not from gig)
Dragged the carcass from the pit painfully early to go and recover my car from the Bay, but my mood was brightened by blagging a free train. Then I recuperated the rest of the afternoon to reach the level of professional competence (i.e. ability to stand up) to fulfil my role as second assistant manual handling advisor to Depth Productions who were handling the PA at the Old Hall and coincidentally giving me a lift there.More