NEWS: New stage for @TheCentre #Wales #Cardiff #WMC

A new stage for the Centre

Wales Millennium Centre is making cultural waves as it releases a whole season of sensational sounds from their iconic building in the Bay.  

Less than six months since Festival of Voice, the Centre is launching a season of live music hosted in their newly refurbished cabaret style space – truly keeping the spirit of their inaugural city wide festival alive.  A creatively engineered programme of jazz, contemporary music and entertainment will further unlock Cardiff’s access to international vocalists and performers.

“The response from the ten day festival in June was incredible and we recognised an appetite to submerge the city in an enriching and eclectic season of entertainment,” says Graeme Farrow – Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre.  “We brought the likes of John Cale, Van Morrison and Laura Mvula to venues across our city and we are delighted to launch our own in-house programme with the sensational sultry tones of Ala.Ni – an incredibly talented performer who supported Rufus Wainwright during our Festival.”

Recognised as one of Wales’ top visitor attractions, the Centre has a vision to deliver inspirational experiences to new and existing audiences, showcasing the talents of Wales and bringing world class quality entertainment to the stage.  This new programme is sure to offer the city something unique and is a great way to bridge the gap between each biennial Festival of Voice.

Every Friday and Saturday night throughout November and December, the Centre’s bar and dining area will be transformed for each performance – recreating a slice of Soho and New York on our doorstep.  The programme, which runs Nov-Dec 2016 and returns Feb-Apr 2017 includes performances from La Voix, Hello Cabaret, The Tootsie Rollers and winner of the Yamaha Jazz Scholars Prize from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: Huw V Williams.

The Centre’s Managing Director Mathew Milsom says “We have incredible ambition here at the Centre and feel passionately about giving both new and existing audiences access to unique, quality art and culture.  Our live music programme will serve up a new dynamic in entertainment which we know there is demand for and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of visitors as well as familiar friends into this new space.”

To book tickets visit the Centre’s website


VIDEO: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @Colston_Hall @PaulHeatonSolo @atomic_box 22.3.16 #Bristol



Some bands you can chart your life by, when you started comp (Happy Hour), left school (A little time), did your first radio show (Rotterdam). That band was the Beautiful South and now after a hiatus and a successful “debut” in 2014, Paul and Jacqui return touring their second album, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines.

Having seen them on that debut tour in 2014 and to be honest, I’d class it as a one of the best I’d seen, how would this night in Colston Hall in Bristol fair?

Firstly, let’s not talk about the support. I’m one of those people who come to gigs early just to check out the support – and get my money’s worth. Having seen Wolf Alice, The Killers and Jack Garrett as support bands- well, as I said, let’s not talk about the support. Good boys but you get the feeling it was the wrong crowd

Anyway, to the main act

The first thing you realise is even if you’re not a massive fan, how many songs you’ll know. Back in the late 90s, the album Blue is the colour spawned two of the most played radio airplay songs – Rotterdam and don’t marry her (albeit the clean radio version – not the album version that Ken Bruce once played at 935am). Then here’s also Perfect 10, A little time and Happy Hour. Back catalogue withstanding, the performance of Jacqueline and Paul was faultless. Neither are show ponies in the Buble sense, but both have such distinctive voices you just need to close your eyes and be transported back to a younger age.

Both are very personable on stage, Paul even does Dad dancing – much to his daughters distain (that’s okay Paul, it’s your role in life).

After having seen them a couple of years ago I definitely notice a more confident performance. Now you may think this review is slightly biased since I’ve got a huge love of their back catalogue… Well, maybe. Needless to say if you’re a fan in anyway shape or form you will love them live. If you’re not a fan (having been dragged along by your other half), you might just be a convert by the end of the night.



  1. Wives 1, 2 & 3
  2. Pretenders to the Throne
  3. (Man Is) The Biggest Bitch of All
  4. Have Fun
  5. The Horse and Groom
  6. Five Get Over Excited
  7. Prettiest Eyes
  8. Sundial In the Shade
  9. The Queen of Soho
  10. Old Red Eyes Is Back
  11. I Don’t See Them
  12. Anxious
  13. Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)
  14. I’ll Sail This Ship Alone
  15. The Austerity of Love
  16. Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud)
  17. I.Y.
  18. Happy Hour
  19. Perfect 10


  1. Encore:
  2. A Little Time
  3. Don’t Marry Her


  1. Encore 2:
  2. Heatongrad
  3. You Keep It All In



Review by Patrick Downes  Twitter: @ImPatrickDownes