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Wakestock: Tom Odell and John Newman headline sand, sea and sounds extravaganza

Wakestock 2014 is drawing the big guns from the music world this year with the announcement that Tom Odell, John Newman and Frank Turner are the headline acts for this year’s festival. Singer-songwriter Odell has already won a Brit Award and seen his debut album Long Way Down reached the top spot in the charts. Soul singer John Newman’s Love …

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Review: Joanna Young’s Recall at The Riverfront, Newport

Joanna Young

I could not helping feeling that if I had seen a previous manifestation of this intricate work by choreographer Joanna Young my enjoyment, appreciation and understanding would have been enhanced. However, all performances have to stand on their own feet and on this basis Recall works as an extremely detailed dance-theatre work with some imaginative and beautiful moments of movement. …

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Movie review: Only Lovers Left Alive (15)

There’s regrettably little room for imagination or humour in today’s failing breed of ‘found footage’ horror films. But don’t despair. Veteran writer-director Jim Jarmusch has an old-fashioned antidote – a lovingly-constructed vampire saga set against a backdrop of Detroit’s decay. Two chaps are gently discussing a guitar, but could one of them really have seen Eddie Cochrane play? The answer …

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How the music of Wales and Egypt’s Nubian musicians will collide during a new tour

Wales and Nubia. Two lands. One shared legacy. Now a new music tour will be shining a light on it… The Dammed Nations project emerged from a conversation between Graham Breakwell, from Shrewsbury-based world music agency Access All Areas, and Michael Whitewood, from 30ips, both of whom had been working together with Nubian frame drummers Nuba Nour for some time. …

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Military Wives and Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor on his St David’s Day composition

The last few years have been something of a whirlwind for composer Paul Mealor. When we last spoke it was 24 hours before the very high-profile premiere of his motet, Ubi Caritas et Amor – performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since then, he’s teamed up with everyone’s favourite choir master, Gareth Malone, and penned …

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Review: Sinfonia Newydd, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

There’s nothing terribly cutting-edge about the music of Prokofiev – is there? This concert proved otherwise as it featured the work of the English grandson of the late Soviet virtuoso. Sinfonia Newydd hosted a Welsh premiere of work by Gabriel Prokofiev, who is well-known on the London DJ scene. It was performed alongside four world premiere commissions by young Welsh …

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Movie review: Tinker Bell and the Private Fairy 3D (U)

As both a spin-off of and prequel to Peter Pan and its sequel, Return to Never Land, this is Disney Toon Studios’ fifth Tinker Bell movie drawing on the characters created by JM Barrie. Sweet and simplistic, it won’t offer you the bells and whistles of Frozen, nor will the very young-sters it’s aimed at have any concept of the …

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Review: Evita, New Theatre, Cardiff

Don’t cry for me Argentina, the truth is I never left you…. how I remember the powerful voice of Julie Covington belting out the powerful lyrics to Evita’s best known song. So much so that in 1976 I recall shelling out what must then have been a few pennies for the hit single. And almost four decades later, I finally …

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Review: Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Under Milk Wood

There will be many Dylan Thomas anniversary celebrations this year, but if you can only see one, make it this one. Director Terry Hands and a fine ensemble company of Welsh actors at Clwyd Theatr Cymru have taken Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece and brought it to life with power and tenderness. Under Milk Wood is between poetry and prose – sonorous …

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Movie Review: Mr Peabody and Sherman 3D (U)

Dreamworks delivers two characters from a 1960s’ TV series and thrusts them into the 21st century digital spotlight. And what’s not to like for children… when the world’s most accomplished dog in a bow-tie has legally adopted a boy? Ty Burrell voices Mr Peabody, a bespectacled Nobel prize-winning scientist, world-renowned explorer and double Olympic gold medal winning athlete. Ten-year-old Max …

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