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The Big Gig semi-final #2

17th March 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Big Gig

Head down to Cathay’s Community Centre on 17th March for the second round of the Big Gig semi-finals!

Bands competing are: 


Jack Ellis is an alternative singer/songwriter from the southernmost point of South Wales who crafts real songs from real stories. Whilst his music takes influence from classic rock its alternative production values and sharp hooks will appeal directly to fans of Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard, Jack Savoretti and Catfish & The Bottlemen.


Established in early 2016, Luna Tides is the creation of lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Thomas James, and drummer and backing vocalist Sion Walsh. With the flip of a coin, the band’s name was decided whilst demoing their first EP, Open Woods, taking influence from the bewitching Welsh coastline. Later in the year, the trio was completed by electric guitarist and bassist, Rhys Plaister. Thomas, Sion and Rhys grew up near Cardiff, South Wales, where their parents’ eclectic collections of folk and rock records helped forge their love for music. As a result of this, influences for the band range from Paul Simon, to Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. Thomas’ love for surfing and the ocean also shaped the band’s direction, creating an acoustic, folk-rock surf vibe, echoing the tones of Mumford & Sons and Newton Faulkner. Combining this sound with foot stomping songs has generated a spirited response to the band’s music.


Laundrette are a gothic-inspired, reverb heavy, folk-esque group. Inspired by Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Cigarettes After Sex and Bon Iver. They have radio play from BBC Radio Cymru and have released an EP titled “Reverberations”. They aim to construct a sonic landscape which focuses not only on songwriting but also a heavy emphasis on creating atmosphere and tonal layers


With a voice described as “fragile, pure and hugely distinctive”, Siobhan McCrudden crafts folk noir inspired melodies that capture the vast landscaped of her homeland and the roots of Americana. Siobhan has had both local and national radio play of her music and will be releasing her debut album ‘Icarus Girl’ in Summer 2018.


The Carolines are an easy-listening indie rock energetic four-piece band gigging around South Wales. 3 of us are university students.

Their notable achievements include BBC Radio Wales Airplay, a sold out first E.P show and being chosen to be part of the Forte Project (currently on their 2018 bands)


Having previously played under many different guises across the globe (from Swansea with Spencer Davis to Singapore with a local rapper), songwriter Luke Kear returned with a bang in 2018, forming Hot Legs. The gimmick? Writing and posting a song a day, while jumping between genres like a musical jackrabbit.

The winner will receive rehearsal time at Musicbox Studios plus recording time with top producer Charlie Francis as well as further prizes to be announced.


17th March
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardif, CF24 4HX
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029 2037 3144