On a sweltering night at The Moon Club in Cardiff, the hottest property was local singer-songwriter Maddie Jones, who together with her backing group The Men, triumphed in the final of The Big Gig.
Cardiff Council’s annual band competition saw the feisty chanteuse see off the challenge of five other acts and wowed the crowd and judges alike, with a brilliant set of songs including the wistful Don’t Sit Still and the rousing No, No, No.
Maddie, who has been working tirelessly on the South Wales scene over recent months, will now get an array of brilliant prizes including the chance to work with legendary South Wales music producer Charlie Francis.
“I have always wanted to work with Charlie” said Maddie, “but I couldn’t afford it before. Now that won’t be a problem!”
When asked about her future Maddie said: “I don’t need to be famous or have money, but I want to make a living from my music and continue to have great experiences. Oh and I’d love to appear on Jools Holland some day.”
Two phenomenally talented teenage bands were second and third with Swansea’s bilingual rockers Fast Fuse, winners of Wednesday’s youth final turning in another rousing show to grab second place and post-hardcore outfit A Line Too Late, whose stage antics rocked The Moon Club, finishing third. Completing the line up were worthy finalists Ardie Collins, The Broadcasts and The Undivided.
As well as the recording time with Charlie Francis at Music Box Studios, Maddie will also record a session for Nation Radio, and appear at Cardiff’s Hub Festival in August.