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Kane hosts the Local Music Show every Thursday from 7pm and is the voice behind local music and unsigned talent here at Bro Radio. If you're making music in South Wales, email your tracks to music@broradio.fm

Despite the recent hardships faced by the music industry in Wales, Forté Project, an artist development scheme for emerging musicians, recently announced the next nine musicians to take part in their 2021 programme, with five coming from South Wales.


Those five being:


KINGKHAN: A Cardiff based singer-songwriter who exemplifies what it means to have a DIY work ethic by producing his own tracks to filming his own videos. His music ranges from dance-pop to old school rap so there's a little bit of something for everyone.


Hemes: Based in Pontypridd, Hemes has been making her name known throughout the South Wales scene since she released her debut single last October. Her music is inspired by the likes of Grace Carter and Khalid, and infuses Arabian scales with modern day dark pop.


Mojo JNR: Mojo JNR provides a unique spin on indie pop, with his summer soundscapes and husky vocal musings. He takes inspiration from personal experiences and his emotions and makes it clear in his music.


The Honest Poet: Using raw power and emotion in every track he creates, THP writes  lyrical stories from a completely honest view point. He uses poetry and spoken word to enhance the tales he's telling and combines a range of acoustic sounds with hip hop and soul to create an absolute treat for your ears.

Mari Mathias: Mari is a young Welsh folk/indie singer-songwriter that brings a fresh sound to traditional folk songs as well as her own material. She's been with multiple bands throughout the Welsh music scene, making her name known and leaving a mark on the Welsh folk scene. She's now ready to take the next step in her career and create some amazing music.


Thanks to funding secured by Arts Council of Wales and PRS Foundation, the Forte Project was able to expand for the first time across Wales and the chosen artists, aged between 16-25, will be given professional industry support designed to progress their early careers, during a six-month mentorship programme.

They will receive masterclasses from top names in the industry such as Romesh Dodaganda (Grammy-nominated producer: Bring Me The Horizons), Corey Sanders (Songwriter for Katy Perry), Warp Records (home to Brian Eno and Aphex Twin), Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales), and Davey Newington (Boy Azooga).


Forté Project’s Lead Officer, Spike Griffiths says:“Even though the past 12 months have been crushing for the music industry, it feels great to finally say that something good has emerged from such challenging times.

“It’s important that we adapt our ways of working to be relevant right now which is why we’ve introduced live streaming, home recording and mental health support packages for each artist.

“The new way of working has allowed us to expand outside of South Wales and discover the incredible quality of music emerging from Wales. Obviously, this all made things very difficult for the panel in the final selection process.”


Former acts who have previously benefited from Forté support include Welsh producer EÄDYTH, pop act HANA2K and singer-songwriter Otto, who signed to Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart’s record label in 2020.

Colours of One are due to release their latest single, "Haunts" next week and I was lucky enough to listen to the single early. Here's what I think of it.


When I first got hold of the single, I was expecting the hard rock punch that Colours of One usually have, so I was surprised when I heard a multitude of new synth-like tones on the track. They really have gone down a different route with this single and it works really well.


The overall tune captures your ears, letting you hear every instrument and synth, while also having a signature tone. The lyrics compliment the song, with the vocals sitting comfortably over the music but not too loud or quiet.

Whether you're a new fan of the band or one who's been following them since the beginning, this song is perfect for all. The song appeals to everybody and I definitely recommend it.

I really think Colours of One have hit the ball out of the park with this track and I think this new sound they have could work well in their favour.


Haunts is out on the 26th of October on Spotify.

Cardiff Altrock band, WYNT, are set to release their new single, "BLOOM" this weekend.

I managed to get a sneak peek of the single and let me tell you, it’s extremely good! From the way they incorporate the gritty lead vocals with the hard hitting guitar, to the fact that every instrument can be heard throughout the entirety of the song.

The track isn’t very “in your face” but I like that. I love how it still provides a punch but doesn’t leave you sore afterwards.

Personally, I’d recommend this track to anybody who’s looking at listening to the South Wales rock scene, or anyone who’s just looking for a new band to listen to.

WYNT’s new single titled “BLOOM” can be heard on all streaming platforms from the 4th of September.

Check for updates on WYNT's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wyntband

A virtual music festival celebrating local musicians and raising money for charity is happening this weekend.

"Not The Main Stage" celebrates local and independent artists from across Wales, as well as other parts of the world, while also raising money for victims and organisations effected by the Beirut explosions.

The event will be broadcast on YouTube and will feature artists from Wales, including Cardiff based bands, such as POV & COLUMBIA, as well as artists from other parts of the world, including other parts of the UK.

Organiser of the festival, Honey told Bro Radio:

"I'm so pleased with the response we've got so far, especially since things have felt pretty dire for musicians and performers this year! I've seen so many performers and artists step up and say "okay, what can we do to keep people entertained/optimistic right now, how can we keep our industry alive" and I think Not The Main Stage was born out of that same mix of potential and frustration. In some ways the limitations we're facing right now are forcing new ways to be creative, though I hope if nothing else the "people in charge" will wake up to how important the arts are, especially in times of crisis like this.To me, growing up Welsh means live music and performance absolutely saturates the culture, from Eisteddfodau in school to the Newport rock scene and major festivals like Green Man and Festival No 6 in Portmeirion. While this literally is "not the main stage", I think the musical talent I've gathered together is worthy of any main stage, and I'm really excited to see the lineup perform myself!
On top of that, I wanted to raise money for Beirut after seeing the footage from the explosion earlier this month, especially since the people of Lebanon have been facing a particularly harsh few months of financial crisis and COVID-19 hitting them hard. The festival seemed like the ideal way to do that and I encourage everyone to donate whatever they can spare (especially since this will be free to watch) even if it's just the price of the pint you would've bought at a festival bar this summer... or even a half pint!"

The event will be streamed on YouTube here and will also be available to watch afterwards.

"Not The Main Stage" takes place this weekend on the 29th and 30th of August from 4pm both days.

Three groups in Barry and Cardiff are urgently seeking support to help them win a share of a £1million prize pot – with just two weeks until voting closes.

The Intersensory Club in Barry, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the YMCA Barry gymnastics club are representing Persimmon Home East Wales through its building futures campaign and could receive £100,000 each.

The three organisations have been shortlisted to compete against groups from across the UK in categories targeting grassroots sports groups, health organisations and arts & education projects.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000, decided on the highest number of public votes. There will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while the remaining 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Members of the public are being urged to vote daily for the East Wales groups to help them secure the top prize. Voting closes at midnight on Friday, September 27.

The Intersensory Club provide specialist equipment and facilities for disabled children and young people allowing them to part take in sport and leisure activities. The club are nominated for Persimmon’s top prize in the health category. The donation would be used to purchase a wheelchair accessible minibus.

The YMCA Barry gymnastics club are in the running for the building futures sports top prize. The sports club is very popular in the local area and caters for all abilities in Men’s and Women’s gymnastics. The club would use the money to buy new gymnastics apparatus, as well as setting up a satellite club in the rural Vale of Glamorgan.

The Wales Millennium Centre will represent the arts and education category at the national final. The centre has staged many acclaimed touring productions from musical theatre and comedy to dance, cabaret and an international festival. If chosen, the money from the top prize would be used to cover the cost of the work it does with children across Wales.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport.

Martin Smith, managing director of Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “Building Futures aims to create a long-lasting legacy on young people and the groups that support them.

“The deadline is fast approaching, so we urge the public to get voting for these fantastic East Wales groups.”

Votes can be placed by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Tuesday, October 8.

The Rotary Club of Llantwit Major, in consultation with  Transport for Wales, have adopted the town’s train station, the club plan to bring a new light into the station with a checklist of improvements.

Their checklist will include lighting, waiting areas, seating, signage, litter bins, shelters, information screens and graffiti. With data being sent to Transport for Wales when necessary.

The original station opened in 1897, but closed for most passengers in 1964 with one exception occurring in 1965 when the royal train carrying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh stopped at the station for them to visit Atlantic College. The line remained open for freight and through traffic.

In 2005 the expansion of the town led to the rebuilding and reopening of the station to all passengers.

Since then, the number of people using the station have increased, and so have the frequency of trains.

Jeff Robinson of the club told the GEM that following a meeting with managers from Transport for Wales, club members will monitor the station every week to review its facilities.

Club President Anthony Pugh also told the GEM  that the station had become an integral transportation link for the people of Llantwit Major, and that the club was pleased to help maintain this important asset to a high standard for the benefit of its users.

 

Cardiff’s largest music event, Hub Festival is happening this weekend.

Hub Festival is a multi-venue, multi-genre weekender that includes live music, comedy, art, spoken word, poetry and much more.  With 150+ live music acts spread across the whole of Womanby Street, Kane McMahon has put together his guide of 20 acts that you should see over the weekend.

#20 – Godspeed you! Peter Andre

The gothic duo from Salford brings a very unique sound to Hub. With an awesome name, you can only catch the duo at gigs so make sure they’re on your schedule for this weekend.

#19 – False Advertising

False Advertising are a young band from Manchester that are known for their chaotic live shows and self made releases. As one of the bands that stood out at 2000 trees last month, you can catch these playing for free in the Moon Club on the Friday.

#18 – Sybs

Sybs are a welsh speaking band from Cardiff that bring a slacker indie sound to Hub Festival. With a strong live reputation behind them and their debut single being released in April, you can expect them to have the entire room dancing this weekend.

#17 – PhoxJaw

The Bristol based band provides a grunge sound to this weekend. With a new single out a few dates left in the UK before touring Germany with Black Peaks, you can guarantee that Phoxjaw will be making waves in Cardiff.

#16 – Lazy Machine

Another band that you can only catch at gigs, this band only formed this year and is already making waves within the Cardiff music scene. You can catch them playing on the Sunday.

#15 – Comfort State

Coming off their latest release, Comfort State will be looking to make you dance as they play Hub this weekend. The indie rock band are ones to watch if you enjoy peaceful vibes.

#14 – Hunter From Fremonte

Recently being described as “Sadboi Pop” this band really does provide a different sound to this weekend’s hub. Blending real instruments with samples and other techno – like sounds, Hunter From Fremonte will leave you looking at music from a different point of view. Catch them performing their latest EP on Sunday evening.

#13 – Kizzy Crawford

The Bilingual sensation that is Kizzy Crawford joins the line-up for this year’s Hub fest, stunning everyone that she performs for, Kizzy will leave you wanting more. Coming off the release of her latest single ‘Twenty Years’, make sure you don’t miss Kizzy on the Sunday.

#12 – BLACK3LVIS

Another band that has a huge reputation for putting on stellar gigs, BLACK3LVIS blend in every genre possible to create a sound that not many musicians can replicate.  As one of Cardiff’s fast up and comers, catch these playing on the Sunday.

#11 – Rainbow Maniac

Inspired by the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Libertines, these are ones you shouldn’t miss. Rainbow Maniac brings old fashioned rock and roll into the new world and amplifies it to the max. For fans of proper rock and roll, be sure to catch this band. You can see them playing on the Saturday.

#10 – Laura Power

One of the many acoustic artists joining the line-up for this year’s Hub festival, Laura Power brings a beautiful range of acoustic sounds to the festival.  Releasing her debut single titled ‘Heart on Fire’ this year and teasing something new in the works, you can guarantee to hear some wonderful sounds coming from this weekend’s festival.  You can see her playing on the Saturday.

#9 – TELGATE

Putting the Glam into Glamorgan, TELGATE bring some psychedelic sounds to this year’s Hub. One of South Wales most talked about acts, TELGATE will make you want to jump about and move your head to their psychedelic rock sound. Recently announcing a new single that’s got a release date of November, it’s possible we could hear a taster this weekend. Catch them playing on Sunday.

#8 – Parish

Another up and comer in the Cardiff music scene, Parish bring a great sound to this weekend. With their last release being a year ago, could we hear some new music this weekend? Catch them playing on Saturday.

#7 – Red Telephone

Another band that bring psychedelic sounds to this weekend’s Hub Festival, Red Telephone have been making their name known since they formed in 2018. Their latest release called “I’m Always Thinking About You” is a melodic masterpiece and is something you need to hear live. They’re playing this Sunday.

#6 – Carolines

Recently playing Isle of Wight Festival this year, Carolines are a band you shouldn’t sleep on. Releasing a new track a few months ago and playing all over the UK since. Don’t miss Carolines when they play this Sunday.

#5 - The Honest Poet

Fusing acoustic soul, R&B and Poetry together, The Honest Poet creates a beautiful sound that he takes with him to every gig. Releasing his latest single in May, THP will leave you feeling warm and down to earth about everything.

#4 – Stay Voiceless

Stay Voiceless are a brutal welsh indie band from the South Wales Valleys that have a heavy sound behind them. If you’re looking for some hard rock coated in 90’s nostalgia then these are your pick. Coming off the release of their latest single “Where’s Our Revolution Summer?” this band will be looking to tear the roof off on Saturday.

#3 – Owain Felstead

Providing some beautiful pop music to this weekend’s festival, Owain Felstead is one to put on the watch list. Owain Felstead has a brilliant sound which would appeal to fans of Shawn Mendes. He’s definitely someone who will make you wanting more of his music. You can catch him playing on Saturday.

#2 - Jack Perrett

Another act that played Isle of Wight Festival this year. Jack Perrett has been making his name known within the South Wales music scene for a while. Channelling the golden age of Britpop in all of his tracks, Jack would appeal to fans of Oasis and Blur as he has that sort of sound behind him. Having just released a new single and preparing for a big hometown show in Newport, we can expect big things from Jack when he plays Hub Festival this Saturday.

#1 – Otto

Formally known as Christian Punter, Otto has made his name known in the South Wales music scene lately with the release of his single “Boxer” which has received positive feedback since its release. With more new music to come ahead of the release of his EP called “Post”, we’ll probably be hearing nothing but new music coming from Otto this weekend as he plays Hub Festival this Sunday.

Tickets are still available for Hub Festival 2019 which starts this Friday at the Moon Club in Cardiff before many more clubs open their doors on Saturday from 1:30pm.

Tickets are available to purchase from The Moon, Diverse Vinyl, Pop’n’Hops, and via  http://www.hubfestcardiff.co.uk/


Cardiff council has called on the fund to divest the money it has tied up with oil and gas companies linked to fossil fuel extraction.

An estimated £110m has been invested by the pension fund into the oil and gas sector into companies such as BP and Shell, many of which are linked with fossil fuel extraction, and the Councillor at the head of the pension fund says it would be possible to withdraw the investments in fossil fuel companies within the next five years.

It was estimated last year that Cardiff and Vale Pension fund had invested £45m in companies linked to fracking.

Cardiff council, the biggest employer in the pension fund, backed a motion on July 18 to call on the fund to withdraw investments from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction within the next five years.

Bleddyn Lake, spokesman for Friends of the Earth Cymru, said it’s “fantastic” to see Cardiff Councillors vow to stop supporting fossil fuel companies. He said: “Now it’s time for all the local authority pension funds in Wales to follow Cardiff’s lead. Too many have been hiding away from taking meaningful action, preferring to hide behind so called ‘engagement’ with these companies but if a climate emergency is to mean anything then we simply cannot afford to be investing money in the very companies which are driving climate change.

“Research has shown that divesting from fossil fuel companies is actually better financially too and will minimise future financial risks for those with pensions in these funds.
“Climate change is the challenge of our age. We can’t afford to push action further down the road all the time or expect others to be the ones to sort out this mess.”

The motion also called on Cardiff and Vale Pension Fund to transfer about £200m into low-carbon investment funds.

There are about 40 employers involved in the pension fund, with Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan councils being the biggest.

The UN has warned there are only 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, and has called for the end of taxpayers’ subsidies for fossil fuels.

Councillor Ed Stubbs, who proposed the motion, said it is important to convince other employers in the fund to disinvest from fossil fuel companies. He said: “When you know you’re in such a stark situation and the dangers are real, this is obviously the right thing to do. The climate emergency has to be something we look at in everything we do.”

The pensions committee, which controls the fund, supported the principle of divesting from fossil fuel companies earlier this year.

Councillor Chris Weaver, chair of the committee, said it will take very seriously its legal obligation to keep paying people’s pensions, but said the five-year target is achievable. He said: “I think it is achievable – it’s what we’re working towards.  As a pensions committee every decision we make will be based on the evidence in front of us at the time. As the evidence continues to stack up about the risks of climate chaos this will become ever higher on everyone’s agenda.”

Firefighters attended incident an where a magpie was caught in netting on Kendrick road in Barry. The RSPCA were also at the scene as firefighters climbed onto the building to help release the magpie.
The magpie was released safely and has flown away with no injuries could be seen.
Wayne, one of the firefighters explained "We are here to release the magpie from under the netting, two colleagues are up there trying to release the bird now. He's just flown off and is now free"
An RSCPA spokesperson has confirmed that the bird was "not injured"
The incident happened on top of the old post office building at approximately 13:50 this afternoon (14th June) where five firefighters and one RSCPA officer attended the scene.

South wales police appealing for information following a robbery at a convenience store in Barry on Tuesday night (March 19).

Detectives are investigating a robbery at Coldbrook Stores, Coldbrook Road East, Barry, which took place at around 7 pm.

Two men who concealed their faces made off with a quantity of cash from the till and assaulted a lone shopkeeper.

Enquiries are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Acting Detective Inspector Chris Warner said: “The shopkeeper has been left shaken by this assault. I urge anyone with any information or who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 1900098369 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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