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Central Asia and were trans- formed into irrigation canals during WWII – their history and the people that live near them. (From Sat 17 July until Sun 22 Aug)


Picking up where the critically acclaimed roots rock of “Raising Sand” - which sold 700,000 in the UK and 3 million worldwide, scooping the Grammy for Album of the Year - left off, “Band Of Joy” was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians. A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller.

KORN – III: Remember Who You Are Korn III (Remember Who You Are) is, as the title sug- gests, a return to Korn’s roots as a band. The group recruited producer Ross Robinson, who produced Korn’s first two records, to record the album, and Korn III was recorded live as a four piece, with much less layering and overdubbing than their recent work. It is also the first record with Ray Luzier as a permanent member of the band.

IRON MAIDEN – The Final Frontier ‘The Final Frontier’ will be Maiden’s 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totalling over 80 million album sales during this period. Reunited with long-time Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, the band recorded ‘The Final Frontier’ and then moved to LA to finish the record- ing and do the mixing.

THE ARCADE FIRE – The Suburbs The Arcade Fire will return in August with their third full-length studio album, ‘The Suburbs’, released on Sonovox. Produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, ‘The Suburbs’ was written, arranged and recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years. The Arcade Fire’s 2004 debut Funeral featured strongly in Album of the Decade Polls; their 2007 follow-up Neon Bible, debuted at #2 in the UK and also the Billboard Hot 100.

SETH LAKEMAN –Hearts And Minds ‘Hearts And Minds’ is the fifth studio album from folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman. Born into a family of musicians, Lakeman has been exposed to music from an early age. Working closely with producer Tchad Blake (Elvis Costello/Crowded House) is a departure from the self-produced, kitchen recorded debut ‘The Punch Bowl’ and is emphasised by textures and added strength in ‘Hard Working Man’.


Enrique Iglesias returns with his eagerly anticipated new album called Euphoria. The perfect name for a collection of songs all about setting your problems aside and hav- ing some fun – it boasts guest appearances from artists such as Usher, Akon, Nicole Scherzinger, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin and Yandel and the legendary Lionel Richie.

JEDWARD – Planet Jedward Lift off to Planet Jedward! The vertically coiffured X-Fac- tor double act will explode into the musical galaxy this summer with their debut album. Set to be one the big- gest pop albums of the year, the album will also include the smash single ‘Under Pressure (Ice, Ice Baby)’.

SIA – We Are Born Following up 2008’s ‘Some People Have Real Problems’, Australian singer Sia releases ‘We Are Born’, which in- cludes some of her most upbeat work to date. Influenced by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, the album was produced by Greg Kurstin (Marina & The Diamonds, Lily Allen) and features the 1980s bounce of single ‘Clap Your Hands’.

MIA - Maya

Born in London, the enigmatic songwriter, producer, singer and rapper M.I.A. has wowed music fans all over the world with her blend of electro, hip hop and world music ever since her 2005 debut ‘Arular’. Featuring the ferocious battle cry of ‘Born Free’, ‘Maya’ was co-written and produced by Blaqstarr and continues to highlight M.I.A.’s political beliefs relating to her Sri Lankan roots, as well as the musical style.

10 Feet Tall 11a + 12 Church Street, Cardiff. 029 2022 8883 / Mondays Late Night Live DJs 9pm-4am, free. Post-punk, garage rock, contemporary indie, hip-hop, electro etc in the bar downstairs. Tuesdays 10 Feet In Session / The Hop 9pm-4am, free. New music, old garage rock, classic hip-


Velindre Hospital Whitchurch, Cardiff. Open 24/7. Free. 029 2075 2251. South Wales Art Society – Permanent Rolling Exhibition Members’ works are available to view in the corridors and restaurant of the hospital at any any given time. 20% of all sales go to the hospital.

Victoria Fearn Gallery 6B Heol y Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff. Mon-Sat 9.30am- 5.30pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Free. 029 2052 0884. Summer Exhibition Paintings to inspire you this summer by Helen Elliott, Hilary Nicholas, Maggie Davies, Julia Harris, Philipa Sibert and many others. (Until Sun 29 Aug)

Wales Millennium Centre Bute Place, Cardiff. Free. 08700 402000 / www.wmc. Makers Guild In Wales Craft Retail Centre This is Craft In The Bay’s new venture (they’re based just over the road) which lasts until August, is open every day from 11am-6pm and features makers selling textiles, jewellery, ceramics and works in glass and leather. (Until Sun 1 Aug) Cardiff School Of Art And Design 2010 The cream of the work produced by this year’s graduates. (Until Thurs 22 July)

Washington Gallery Stanwell Rd, Penarth. Daily 10am-6pm. Free. 029 2071 2100 / www. Chris Griffin New work from local painter. (Until Mon 5 July) Richard O’Connell ‘Islands & Horizons’ New paintings in the Lower Gallery. (Until Mon 5 July) George Ormerod Handmade pottery in colourful stoneware and delicate porce- lain, comprising ceramic bowls, jugs, vases, teapots, figures and more (Throughout July) Stan Jones Retrospective exhibition celebrating this painter’s 80th birthday. (From Sun 4 until Sun 25 July) Charlotte Flemming Silkscreen designs on tea towels, cushions and napkins. (From Mon 5 until Sun 25 July)

Waterloo Gardens

Teahouse Waterloo Gardens, Penylan, Cardiff. Free. 029 2045 6073. Belonging: Football Is The Only Sport Pictorial exhibi- tion from photographer Glenn Edwards and radio producer Steve Groves; a small selection from the related exhibition run- ning in the Old Library at the moment. (Until Wed 7 July)


hop etc. *Tue 13 Signature 10.30pm-3am. Bullion, a London producer best known for a J Dilla/Beach Boys mashup thingy, headlines the second instalment of this new night. Wednesdays Boom Boom Boutique 10pm-4am, free. The baddest bass-blowin’ booty- shakin’ party beats is what is supposed to be played here. Thursdays On The Rocks 9pm-3am, free b4 11. Several hours of classic rock and indie. Fridays Hustle 6pm-4am, £5/£4/free b4 10. Classic funk, future jazz, roots, Motown and disco. Saturdays The Me And You Club 6pm- 4am, £5/£4/free b4 10. Indie rock, pop, new music and clas- sic alternative tunes.

2 Eze Paget Road, Barry. 01446 420613. Fri 2 Time Flies Beside The Sea 10pm- 4am, £5. Big Al and Dave Eaves are joined by Barry locals Che and Tony Blitz.

210 Club 10 High Street, Swansea. 01792 655622. Fridays DJ Shappers 10pm-4am. Electro and house. Drink promos and cheap entry before midnight. Saturdays DJ Stevie D 10pm-4am. More electro and house. Drink promos and cheap entry before midnight.

411 Bar And Nightclub 3-6 St Mary Street, Cardiff. Open Thurs 9pm-3am, Fri + Sat 10pm-4am. 029 2066 7996.

Blowout In The Park Coopers Field, Cardiff. www. Sat 17 Blowout In The Park 2010 2pm-1am, £25 adv/free under-12s. Sublive present this inaugural multi-stage festival with live music stages which are listed in Live Music; here, meanwhile, are the dance line- ups. Aperture/Neuropol Bass Arena: Hezit b2b Warcharm, Linus & Danny C, Benny Blonko b2b Tribe, Bridgewater Reggae Soundsystem, Dan Marshall b2b Sovex, Kallista b2b Ransom, Magenta b2b

Ital Tek is a geezer

from Brighton called Alan. He has made a couple of albums of pretty fine dubstep-

meets-electronica and is playing Cardiff Arts Institute on Fri 30.

Curtamos, Kasra, Ben UFO, Spectrasoul, Alleycat b2b Lung and Speedo b2b Tolerance. Dirty Knees Arena: Shades Of Rhythm, Lomas, Stu Grady v Rob Davies, Synergy, The King Regards, Random, Last Of The Mohicans v Burn & Ajaay with MC Turbo, Dan Waite b2b Lady Electra, Intox b2b Xile, Nite-E b2b Hywel Matthews and Brap FM. Supacell Arena: Gary Beck, Antony Williams, Zuul, JustJake, Doyley, Stretch, Leigh Parry, Dan Voyce, Asha, Fattman & Jamie B and Mogz-E (live showcase).

Fridays Night Shift Hip-hop, r’n’b, dancehall/bashment, reg- gae, UK garage, dubstep and reggaeton, presentsed by Ace Ents. Saturdays So Funked R’n’b, hip-hop and “smooth grooves” matching old classics with new smashes.

The Angel Inn 57-59 Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth. 01970 617 878. Fri 2 Subsessions 9pm-4am, £3. Breaks/dubstep up-and- comers Rural headline a bill which also includes System6, Rob G, Teknikol, Deadlock and Nephtali.

Backroom @ The Vaults The Old Natwest Bank, 113- 116 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay. *Sat 3 Backroom 10pm-5am, £10 adv. Mobilee Records’ Anja Schneider is the Berlin-based headliner. Great booking. Dave Little and Clare James also feature. *Sat 31 Backroom 10pm-5am, £8 adv. This is the first time Backroom have had two bashes in a month, Ed Davenport (Poker Flat Records) is the headliner. See Clubs.

Barfly Kingsway, Cardiff. 029 2066 7658 / Tuesdays Hammertime 10.30pm, £3/£2 flyer. Nineties nostalgia night. Drinks offers. Thursdays Discord 10.30pm, £4/£3 b4 11.30. Rock, alterna- tive, metal, punk and beats with DJs Itboy and Alex. Drinks offers. Fri 9 What’s My Age Again? 10.30pm, £4/£3 flyer. New monthly night playing pop- punk, melodic hardcore and whatnot. Fri 23 Hell’s Bent 10.30pm-3am, £4. Monthly alternative gay night. Fri 30 Swn Big Weekend Afterparty 11pm. With acts TBC.

Buffalo 11 Windsor Place, Cardiff. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-3am, Fri + Sat 11am-4am, Sun until 4am. 029 2031 0312 / Tuesdays Sugar Drop 8pm- 3am, £3/free b4 11. Dubstep, electro, drum’n’bass, hip- hop and sweet party beats. Wednesdays The Blender 10.30pm-3am, free. Pop culture, fashion, music, national tour- ing bands and one-off parties. Thursdays Bethan Elfyn Presents 8pm-3am. New bands every week, plus Bethan herself DJing in the corner downstairs. Upstairs features cutting edge tunes from an all-female lineup of DJs. Fridays Bump! 9pm- 4am, £4/£3/free b4 11. Blurring the lines between beat-driven party anthems to the best in dance music. Saturdays The Beatbox Ballroom 8pm-4am, £4/free b4 11. Electro, party anthems, fidget house etc from Killer Tomato, Kaptain, The Infamous Len, Astrosnooze, Max Looker and James (Size?). Sat 10 Sneaker Party 7pm- 4am, £4/£3/free b4 11.To cel- ebrate four years of Size?, the Cardiff trainer shop, they are having a bash with a B-boy/old skool hip-hop theme. Sundays House Party! 8pm-4am, free b4 11. Up and coming bands, DJs and Cardiff promoters to host something different every week. This isn’t anything to do with the House Party night that used to be in Undertone, they’ve just decided to use the same name.

Cardiff Arts Institute Park Place, Cardiff. 029 2923 1252 / www. Thurs 1 Roxe Jam 8pm, £4. Top local MCs and DJs, including Metabeats, Jaffa

and Beatbox Fozzy, join forces for this hip-hop night. Thurs 8 Candela 10pm, £5/£4 b4 10.30. Soul and funk etc night has a special vocals-and-keys type set from Ayro, aka Jeremy Ellis from Detroit. Fridays Chrome Kids 10pm-4am, prices vary. New promo schedule, looks like this so far: Fri 2 Linton Brown (London dubstep/breaks sort, not the unheralded former Swansea player); Fri 9 Moneyshot and Louis Boston (live); Fri 16 Dead Residents, Hannah P, Paul B and Adam Corner; Fri 23 Last Japan, KingThing and more; Fri 30 Ital Tek (get in) and George Lenton. Saturdays Chrome Kids 10pm-3am, prices vary. So far: Sat 3 Gas Station Bop’s 50s dancefloor hits featuring Bristol’s Hi Class Joes; Sat 10 is an aftershow for The Harder They Come; Sat 17 features live sets from Babyhead and Dirty Revolution plus a big beat set (it had to happen) from Obi Wan; Sat 24 is Ghislain Porier & MC Face T (good booking) and Sat 31 is Ba Ba Boom featur- ing a live set of afrobeat from Helele. Sundays Records And Roasts Alltime Top 100 Free. Self-descriptive afternoon/ evening of hangover-curing sounds, food and the papers, now with added Top 100 fun, where a guest DJ plays their favourite 100 songs of all time each week (only two this month though). Sun 4: Dan Strange; Sun 11: The Miniature Music Press.


Northampton Lane, Swansea. Wednesdays Quids In Room 1: Marc Dillon (anything goes); room 2: Big Al (big tunes all night long). Saturdays 10pm, £10. The team behind Escape reopen under a differ- ent name. Sat 3 is headlined by Richard Durand (Magik Muzik). Residents: Big Al, CN Williams, Neil Navarra, DJ Kai, Gareth Siddell, K-Lo, Greg P, Martin Dibble, Jonny Griffiths, Alistar, Ben Joseph and Wayne Hannigan.

Club Eden / Bar Creation High Street, Swansea. Gay venue. 01792 410964 / www. Wednesdays Pink Wednesday 10pm-2am, £10. Commercial pop and dance. All inclusive price. Thursdays 10pm-2am, £2/free b4 10.30. With DJ Corey plus live enter- tainment. Fridays, Saturdays + Sundays (in Bar Creation) Pre-Club Party Cheap drinks from 7-10pm. Fridays 10pm-4am, £5/free b4 10.30. DJ Aleksei plays house and funky grooves. Saturdays 10pm-4am, £5/free b4 10.30. Commercial house and funk with DJ Steve at the controls. Sundays Weekend Wind Down 9pm-2am, £3/free b4 10.30. Commercial dance every Sunday from DJ Gezz.

Club X 35-39 Charles Street, Cardiff. Polysexual venue gay/mixed. 029 2040 0876 / www. Wednesdays Student Night 10pm-4am, £2/£5 with three free drinks/£10 with six free drinks. Chart pop and party tunes from DJ Craig. Fridays Get The Party Started 10pm- 6am, £4/£10 with seven free drinks. DJ Craig and Madame Twisted play hard house and commercial dance (room 1); Jamie, Craig and Nick Louros play chart, commercial, funky house and electro (room 2). The upstairs bar is also the

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