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Commander Boom

Stadium rock guitar shreds, bass slaps, female power on the drums and a quirky vocal, reminiscent of those nineties, Seattle sounds.
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Alex Stacey

Alex Stacey is a singer-songwriter from Caerphilly who has independently released his Debut EP ‘Ready For Love’ on iTunes, and received national air play across the UK. Alex’s music is very unique combining powerful lyrics along with a compelli...

Albatross Archive

A chamber-pop 2-piece, their music sees jazz percussion embracing subtly dramatic indie that is all the more evocative in the way it quietly invites you to search amongst its intricacies.

It’s Meat Puppets Week at Velvet Coalmine

The legendary American band Meat Puppets are headlining the Carling Stage on Sunday September 6th which also closes the 2015 Velvet Coalmine Festival in Blackwood, South Wales. To kick off our very special 'Meat Puppets' week,  Velvet Coalmine...
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Jo Mazelis

Jo Mazelis is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Her collection of stories Diving Girls (Parthian, 2002) was short-listed for The Commonwealth Best First Book and Welsh Book of the Year. Her second book, Circle Games (Parthian, 2005) ...

Francesca Rhydderch 

Francesca Rhydderch’s début novel The Rice Paper Diaries won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2014. She was also shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in the same year for The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which was subsequently p...

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, west Wales, in 1975. He is the author of four short novels: The Long Dry, (Betty Trask Award 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach, a New Story from the Mabinogion Bird, Blood, Snow, and most recently The Dig, (J...

Rachel Trezise

Rachel Trezise is a novelist, short story writer and playwright from the Rhondda Valley. Her debut collection of short stories ‘Fresh Apples’ won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008. Her most recent collection of stories ‘Cosmic Latte’ won the Edg...
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Rhian Elizabeth

Rhian Elizabeth was born in 1988 in the South Wales Valleys. She writes mostly fiction and her first novel, set in those valleys, was Six Pounds Eight Ounces, published in 2014 by Seren Books. More recently, her short story "Our Cardboard Binoculars"...

Gee Williams

I was born and brought up in Flintshire in a bilingual family and live on the Welsh border now. I studied English which I also taught in H.E. before becoming a full time writer. I’m a poet and fictioneer that occasionally writes plays and takes oth...
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A real Buzz about Velvet Coalmine

  Check out the August 2015 edition of Buzz Magazine for a feature spread (as well as a front and back page nod) HERE Plus, an interview with Velvet Coalmine Founder - Iain Richards, for Buzz TV. Iain talks about the idea behind the fe...

Gwenno – Friday 4th Sept 2015

See Gwenno on Friday 4 September at Blackwood Miners' Institute on The Carling Stage, with Dub War and The Voyeurs.   Get Tickets More about Gwenno: Winner of Welsh Album of the Year at this year's Eisteddfod for 'Y Dydd Olaf'....


FJORDS play The Carling Stage on Sunday 6 September at Blackwood Miners'  Institute. Supporting Meat Puppets and also featuring The Noses. Get Tickets More about the band: FJORDS are Sonny Dagur - Vocals & guitar, Alex Mann - Bass &am...

The Meat Puppets

The Meat Puppets headline The Carling Stage for their first ever show in Wales on Sunday 6 September. With support from The Noses and Fjords. Very few bands can say they influenced Kurt Cobain. Even fewer bands can say their songs have been cover...