Life just got mental. Festival Season is here again! Hereford Festival, Inside Out and Lots of Disco!

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Hey!

I do realise I’ve been a bit quiet lately.. however its because fezzy season is well and truly here.

Firstly I have to give a huge shout out to Hereford Festival. I played and hosted the Stadium Festival last week, for the rewind stage and I must say what a wonderful day. The weather was perfect, the beer was cold and the music was great.

Playing was the beautiful Leanne from Sweet Female Attitude, Gareth Gates, Dappy and some great local talent too. The tempo changed halfway through, to get the crowd ready for the Clubland day the next day, with an absolutely banging set from DJ Ironik, Amazing vocals from JX Live and to finish it off, N Trance left everyone on a massive high with one of the best sets I’ve heard in a long time.

This weekend was the brilliant Inside Out festival in Cardiff …. This time I was a guest and made the most of it!!!!

In past years Inside Out has been later in the year in September, so I was interested to see how this would change the vibe.

Well what can I say? The sun was blazing, the arena was packed to the seams and the artists were on FIRE!

Sean Paul headlined, and what a show. He’s one of those artists where you just forget how many ridiculously huge tunes he’s had! It was such a good festival and I’m very happy to see they’ve announced their dates already for next year. The festival is an asset to the city and I can’t wait for next year.

I’ve also been discovering lots of new music, and last week featured the Brothers Johnson on Studio 54 my disco show, every week on Radio Cardiff. All my shows are available on mixcloud, and if you fancy a boogie …. You can have a listen here

https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioCardiff/studio-54-kelly-rb-26052019/

Enjoy the sunshine!

Kel

The Untold Story of Berry Gordy – Motown the Musical

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When I was 12, as most teenagers did, I had to do the dishes after dinner every night., not in a dishwasher (as I keep telling you I’m old), but stand there and wash them for half an hour by hand . I used to have a tape player to listen to music to keep me quiet, and one of my discoveries at that age was an album by Smokey Robinson. That was probably my first actual love of Motown, and after that it hit me square between the eyes… The Supremes, Stevie, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye…. the list just keeps going on.

However, Berry Gordy….. hmm  ….. I heard he was a bit hard on the artists, but didn’t really know much about him, so was really interested in what the musical was going to bring to the table, as this musical was actually produced by Berry Gordy to set the record straight.motown.large

The story starts backstage before the 25th anniversary concert, in 1983, with Berry Gordy refusing to go to his own anniversary.

We then get taken on a musical journey form the beginning, explaining how he got his first hit with Reet Petite, when he met his best friend Smokey Robinson, when the Supremes entered Motown, how the Jackson 5 got involved and lots more. It tackles the problem of racism which was encountered by all the artists at the time, and how they overcame the divide with their music to bring us hits that we know today as classics. It also tells you about how Berry and Diana fell in love, and ultimately his fascination with Diana, led to a lot of disgruntled bands in Motown, and eventually the demise of the label.

 

As a musical it is packed with more hits than I’ve ever experienced, and despite them not physically able to fit more in, you know they have missed some out! Its visually stunning, and the costumes and dancing fill the stage at every opportunity.

Without a shadow of a doubt though the two things that shone through this amazing show are the two stars of the evening, Edward Baruwa who plays Berry Gordy, and Karis Anderson who plays Diana. Karis literally has so many songs to sing, and she does it outstandingly. She doesn’t miss a note, and plays Diana, with a tinge of crazy….. which we all know is what we love about Diana Ross. Edward Baruwa’s tone to his voice is on another level. He barely needs the orchestra or a microphone, and can fill the WMC with his booming vocals with one note. Expect those hairs to stand on end. They will.

All in all guys, expect a visual and acoustic wonder. The artists do Berry Gordy, his story, and his stars more than justice. Expect audience participation, singing and dancing.

Expect an amazing night out.

 

Motown the Musical is running in the Wales Millenium Centre from 26th March –  6th April. Running time approx. 2 hours 40 mins.

 

 

Cardiff Eats. The Something Different Supper Club

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I was invited to my very first supper club the other day….

Not being a particular foodie, I wasn’t really sure what this entailed, so off I went to 10 Maryport in Roath Cardiff for their once a month evening venture. Now apparently supper clubs are all about the surprise set menu, and I do love a surprise.

Every month is themed, March being a Taste of Italy. Its a creation put together by Dave Rowlands, the chef of the evening, and with 4 courses for only £25, its a bargain to say the least!

We started off with a gorgeous Tuscan Bean Soup, next was bruschetta, with the mains being a fresh pasta dish with Italian sausage, finished off with a stunning Sicilian Lemon Tiramisu.

All of the courses were tasty and fresh, with my personal favourites being a close competition between the smokeyness of the Tuscan soup, and the spicy strong Italian flavours of the Nduja sausage.

Guys, this is a little gem that not many people know about. For the money its more than a bargain as I rolled out of there full as an egg!!

The flavours are moreish, and I just love the surprise too. There are vegan and veggie options available on request when booking. Its BYOB, so take a bottle of wine and enjoy this little hidden gem in Roath…

Next one we are off to France (see below) …. See ya there ❤️

When one of Cardiff’s Oldest Buildings has a £900k refurb…. Can the New Slug and Lettuce Cardiff Central, take this old school place into a new era?

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Let’s face it kids I’ve been around the Cardiff scene for more years than I care to remember… So when I was invited to the launch of the Slug and Lettuce Central, I was intrigued to see what might happen?

Why? Well, anyone whose been around St Mary’s Street for a while will realise its location has changed names and hands quite a few times. Each time its had a lick of paint, but always felt a bit tired. Its trouble has always been that its size means its a big old building to fill, and trying to get that balance so it doesn’t feel empty and cold has been a challenge.

Stonegate, the new proprietor, has spent a small fortune, nearly £900k, and it shows. As you walk in you are greeted with a beautiful cocktail making area, perfect for private sessions and parties.

Gone are the black uninviting walls, as they’ve gone with a a floral theme throughout the building. It feels clean and fresh, and not dark and dingy. The whole place has been worked out in areas, breaking down the vast expanse of the building which I think previous owners have struggled with. This feels intimate, despite the venue’s size.

You’ll also notice the lighting as soon as you go in. Decorative lighting and neon flashes are everywhere creating a great ambience.

A full beer, cocktail and spirits menu are available, with offers depending on the day. Personally I bought a bottle of the premium Sauvignon Blanc, which set me back a very reasonable £20.

The bar is being headed up by Mark Seaton. Mark has been part of the Cardiff nightlife scene for a while now and its great to see a friendly familiar face at a new venue, it gives you a sense that this bar is here to stay.

So to summarise, its beautiful, and think there’s room for it in Cardiff. The venue ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for the whole package when organising a special night out or celebration, or you can just pop in, grab a flowery booth and have a catch up. But don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourselves 🌸

For more information the bar can be contacted on all the usual social media channels or by emailing

SlugandLettuce.CardiffCentral@stonegatepubs.com

Can the Giant Slayers do it again? We speak to Newport County’s Striker ahead of the game tomorrow…

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Preparations are well underway at Rodney Parade for the biggest game to happen to the Exiles in 70 years.

Over 2000 extra seats have been added for the clash tomorrow, round the clock groundwork, and metres of bunting being put up adround the clock.

Kelly caught up with striker Padraig Amond ahead of this week’s mammoth FA Cup Clash for Newport county, exclusively for Radio Cardiff… Where they talk preparation, pitches and free pints. Catch the interview here by clicking on the link

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eYJshYv7aePeGXzuXkUxkoHSgKbJX1OP

The Jersey Boys; a Story as Unique Their Sound

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http://When the WMC invited me to the Jersey Boys, it was one of those musicals I’d heard of but knew nothing at all about.

I’d heard of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but only from Grease the film, so as my new year’s resolution was to expand my horizons ….I went along.

And what a treat! I love a true story, and this is one is about four guys who came from a tough part of New Jersey. They didn’t pretend to be angels, but what they did have was a angelic unique harmonious sound. With hits such as: Cherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin and lots lots more.

As a musical, its funny, vibrant and throughout you just keep forgetting how many amazing hits they had, until the next one pops along that keeps you bopping in your chair. By the end everyone was on their feet for a well deserved standing ovation. Go see the Jersey Boys. Take your Nan your Grampy, your Mother, and Niece because there is something in it for all.

A new bar takes flight in the heart of Cardiff – and it doesn’t break the bank 🍷

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Last night a brand new bar opened in the heart of the city in the Castle Quarter.

Fly by Night is Cardiff’s latest edition to the new signature drinking area in Cardiff. Brought to you by Formerly Bars, the interior is plush and decadent, with a twist.

Upstairs is decorated with flowers and subtle lighting, with velvet covered chairs.

Downstairs has a contrasting metal theme, but decorated beautifully with hand painted geishas and swallows.

All this decadence you may think is a reflection on how much a as drink may cost …. But not at Fly by Night. They have an extensive wine list and back bar, but a glass of wine here starts at just £3.00 for 125mls, massively cutting the price of drinking in this area of Cardiff.

Well known David ‘Fitz’ Adams heads up the team there, bringing years of knowledge and interest in everything served. Booking is recommended, as space is limited.

So for me guys its a big huge yes. You get all the superb service and choice expected in the bars in that area of Cardiff, without you having to break the bank to get it.

Go visit. Its great.

Catch up with Studio 54… With featured artist Odyssey…. Getting you ready for Party in the Park this Month!

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Radio Cardiff has been moving to a brand new location, so we haven’t been shouting as much as we usually would…. However the can catch up with a little disco that you may have missed right here!

Here’s a whole hour of disco for you, getting us excited for the up and coming Party in the Park in Cardiff with Earth Wind and Fire Headlining and the wonderful Odyssey supporting! Tickets are still available but selling out fast!

Click here to catch up with some essential disco 😍 and get ready for the weekend 😃👌🏼

https://m.mixcloud.com/RadioCardiff/studio-54-with-kelly-rb-150718/

She loves you yeah yeah yeah…..Beatles fan? Then read this…

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Yep I certainly do. Went to Let it Be the tour on Tuesday and what a glorious surprise…. I turned up with my brother (a huuuuge Beatles fan) to the Wales Millennium Centre, expecting a musical style show…but no! It’s basically the best tribute show you’ll ever see! There’s no talking; and the only acting is the band acting in characters as part of the Fab four on stage.

The songs take you from the first Beatles songs, to the St Pepper era, finished by “imagining” they all stayed together as mates, and all perform each other’s solo hits together, including amazing classics like “Imagine” , “Live and Let Die” and many more.

The music is performed completely live on stage by the artists and is a true treat. If you hate musicals but love the Beatles …. This is the one for you.

For more information and tickets visit http://www.wmc.org.uk

Logs, Blogs, Fingers and Bestival…..

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Well hello! Its been a while, but I really do have a good excuse. While doing my disco show on the 21st July, I managed to have a cracking little accident, locking up the station, resulting in my left index finger being severed off at the first knuckle…. Yep bet you weren’t expecting that! 3 operations later and It’s looking like a still have a finger. This is good. Its going to be a painful and long process, but hey ho, at least I’m not gonna be called stumpy for the rest of my life eh?

To celebrate the ok from the docs I decided to venture to Bestival. Now, I hadn’t heard the most positive things about last year, as mother nature was definitely not on their side, and everyone seemed to sulk that it had moved…. but the whole point of reviews is to see what you think, so off  I went.

This is the bit where I’d usually start the review. I’d go on about the layout, programme etc, but something happened to me that made me see this festival in a whole different light. 3 hours into the journey, and literally turning off to Bestival, something rather scary happened. A huge log fell out of the tree, while we were driving, smashing completely through my windscreen. We screamed, pulled over and literally couldn’t believe our eyes.

Now this is where I start my review. I always believe an event can be judged on how they deal with their curveballs, and hand on heart, Bestival really were the best. Within seconds we has 2 stewards with us, directing traffic around us to keep us safe. 4 police turned up within 2 minutes of it happening, asking us if we needed assistance. We were understandably shaken, so the stewards offered us water. The sheer quickness of their response left us feeling reassured and a little less shaken. The car wasn’t really driveable, so the stewards radio’d ahead so we could park in the first available car park, which just happened to be artists camping and parking. Now, the security was high for this area as expected, but honestly nothing was too much trouble. We pulled in to the car park to be greeted by Rhys the steward, who was exceptional. He arranged for us to not only park there, but camp in the artists area (with the permission of the wonderful Box Office manager Jess) so we could be near the car. They also arranged for us to get our accreditation at that box office and not the other side….. we were so grateful in our shaken state. I made a few phone calls, and the window could only be fixed on the Monday – but that was fine. We could stay in the area all weekend, and was told by Jess to “get gone and have some fun” as they would look after the car for the weekend.

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Boom! Oh how we jumped!!!!

What a first impression. But there’s more….

After setting up and having a few beers at the camp we ventured into the site. Set in the stunning Lulworth Castle, the rest of the festival really did not disappoint. One thing that I’ve never experienced in a festival before, is that Bestival allows you to take your own alcohol in. Yep, no sucking you dry on the bars, Bestival allows you to take in 6 cans per person, which I think sets the bar for what this festival is about. Having fun, not making money. The main Castle Stage was accessible to all, with good views all around so all could see. Stage right of the Castle stage is the Lucky Cat bar… or VIP area. You are able to purchase tickets for this area, or its included with any hospitality or boutique camping you may book. If you don’t like too many crowds, or need a quick pee, then this is your area and worth the upgrade. You can see the main stage really well, pee and get a drink at the bar. The prices are the same as the main arena, so for me its a thumbs (not fingers obvs!) up from me for paying for that upgrade.

As we were partying in the Lucky Cat Bar we spotted a local celeb to Cardiff and Newport; namely the one and only Iffy Harris. Iffy was with his partner in crime Ron and looked amazing in their costumes!!!! Iffy travels to Bestival every year and wanted to show us his favourite place in Bestival: Caravanserai.

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Mister Ifster, Jay Fab Page and Big Ron rocking it

Now there are many incredible stages and nooks and crannies in Bestival, so many, there’s no way I could write about them all, but Iffy’s choice has to be written about. Its situated right in the middle of the festival and as you approach it you join a small queue to what looks like a waltzers ride in a fairground. Once you get past the doors, you soon realise all is not what it seems. The area opens up like a TARDIS, with another “fairground ride” style stage. Theres lots of live music, trapeze artists above you, cut up caravans and old waltzers seats for you to sit in, and lots lots more, so much, you have no idea where to look first. The time and effort and thought that has gone into this area is incredible and can only be described as a festival in a festival – you could stay there all night! But we knew there was more so off we went in search of HMS Bestival.

So HMS Bestival eh? We were thinking nautical themed stage…. you know fishes, blue and white stripes, anchors, that kind of thing……but no… that’s not the Bestival style. Guys….. THERES A BIG FREAKING SHIP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD!!!!!! Yep you read that right… the stage is a ship. It’s totally incredible and visually stunning. Over the weekend there was a mixture from East 17’s early Xmas party, to Shola Ama to Faithless on this stage, and was certainly a favourite of mine for the weekend.

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HMS Bestival

I haven’t even started on the music. Grace Jones was ridiculous and over the top and everything I hoped she’d be. She moved on that stage at 70 better than I’ve seen some 20 year olds move and banged out those tunes, even including a classic Bowie track. Rudimental did what they do best, playing classic tunage and mixing it in with a D’n’B style on the Temple Stage, creating enormous energy with the 25k people watching on. The surprise for me was Plan B. He, by far, blew the stage off its foundations with one of the most powerful voices I’ve heard live in a long time. The crowd were thrown hit after hit, and I can safely say he should have easily been the Sunday headliner for me.

All in all for me, Bestival is brilliant…. I love music, I’m a DJ after all, however, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this…. The acts were incredible, but not the best bit. The atmosphere, the visuals, the whole entire place attacks all of your sense, beats you up and smacks you in the face, and guys, you have to experience it. Go to Bestival. you wont regret it!!!

Thanks to Jay Page my wingman for the weekend and Iffy for the pics.