The Coalition has ravaged the arts in Wales. Cuts were staggered in a lot of places, but Wales has been hit worst of all. I live in Newport and in the last few years I've never seen such a fucking wholesale hammering and demolition of culture. The Chartist mural has been knocked down, the Art Gallery’s Temporary Exhibitions Programme has been axed, and now the Welsh Music Foundation, which supports the local music scene, is being forced to close.
It's been quite a few weeks for The Libertines, from their spectacular warm-up shows in Glasgow to their triumphant return at London's Hyde Park.
It's one thing leaving a gig early because the band are simply having an off night. After all, life's too short to stick around for the encore when the band you just shelled out £15 to see are wailing so hideously out of tune you walk out actually hoping your tinitus kicks in soon. But what about all the other stuff at shows that has you headed for the venue door? Here's 10 non-musical irritants ruining gigs for everybody in 2014. Rubbish attempts at political speeches "I was at a Black Eyed Peas show.
Martyn's new album is called 'The Air Between Words' but it could easily be called 'The Air Between Genres'. Though often billed as a techno or dubstep artist, the Dutch producer hovers between a myriad of styles, more so now than ever before. His drum 'n' bass DJing days have long since passed and recent work, including 2011's 'Ghost People', sees him engaging with sounds on a larger scale, without committing to one in particular. The result is impressive and consequently it's been a regularly played album on the NME stereo this year. It's unpredictable, too.
If you thought all this nonsense about ‘British values’ was whack, then you ought to try living in Russia. Not content to just repress anyone’s sexuality that isn’t the common or garden variety according to the gospel of Vladimir Putin, now the prez is taking his new puritanism to vertiginous heights by banning profanity from the arts.