Pwer Festival release first lineup – Junior, Outta Peak!, False Advertising & more.

Pwer Festival has released their first announcement of bands set to take the stage at the festival in May of 2018. Taking place in Cardiff’s Gwdihw Bar, Pwer Festival has a huge lineup of bands that will not disappoint. With names such as Junior, Outta Peak! and False Advertising, the festival has already sold a majority of their early tickets that you can buy here.

It’s already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events of 2018 to hit the streets of Cardiff. With more bands to be announced over the coming months, Gwdihw is going to see a massive amount of people walking through their doors to enjoy this. There’s a huge variety of bands including Cassels, These Five Years, Penny Rich and Sienna that are storming the pop punk and rock scene with relentless energy with lively shows across South Wales and England. It’s an exciting time for the Cardiff scene – and an even better one for gig-goers and music lovers to really thrive on the exploration of local bands.

Follow Pwer Festival on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their announcements, and be sure to buy their tickets from here to enjoy the first ever Pwer Festival event!


Rise Against @ Birmingham O2 Academy: Compassion & Unity


Recently dropping their latest album Wolves, Rise Against kicked off their tour in Abbotsford on the 14th of September and has ever since been on the road with their music. Their first UK show of 2017 started with Birmingham’s O2 Academy, and it was an unforgettable crowd of energy and love, ram packed to every corner of the room. The support acts on stage (Pears & Sleeping With Sirens) and everyone making their way over to merch tables to spend their cash, it’s getting hard to find a spot. But, as the final note plays for Sleeping With Sirens, fans make their way outside to get their last bit of fresh air before the venue would turn a hundred degrees up in heat – and it did. Looking back, I regret not taking that final cold breath, but with the crowd slightly parted, I managed to get a nice view from in front of the sound desk. Now the wait.

Now, one thing I will say was that the wait between support band Sleeping With Sirens and main act Rise Against was a little drawn out and long-winded. There is, I understand, a lot of setting up to do and that does take a fair while, but there was a good while where nothing was happening and the crowd entertained themselves with the music playing over the speaker – but, once the long awaited band started their introduction, the wait was worth it. Maybe I’m selfishly critiquing because I wanted a longer set and they could have fit in another two or three songs from Black Masks and Gasoline if they came on earlier.

In all honesty, though, there isn’t much I can write about a live Rise Against show that hasn’t been said before. They’re a band that’s always been known for the level of entertainment and their brilliant performances, and the amount of time they had been absent from the UK shores was a guarantee that the show was going to be perfect. With every person that arrived, the venue got tighter and tighter – to the point that the crowd stretched as far back to the bar and some having their view cut off by the fabric screen behind the sound desk. But, the entire night, the sound was on point and for my first visit to the Birmingham O2 Academy, I was very much impressed.


The chosen setlist by Rise Against was again, on point. There were hits thrown into the mix such as ‘Prayer Of The Refugee’ and ‘Give It All’ that had such a great reception by the crowd, that massive pits opened up in front of me. Even tracks from the new album, Wolves had such a great reception. It was a crowd that only felt love for Rise Against, showing their long-term support for a band that has developed with us and this generation over the years of our upbringings. The band, who appeal to people from all walks of life, is a live performance that connects everyone in the room. Before they came on stage, there are people moaning and pushing because of how close everyone is, but by the time the band enters into the first song, there is nothing but love and compassion for everyone around. With new generations entering the scene, it’s easy to forget some of the massive rules of pitting that has seen us all through, but at Rise Against, with fans new and old, the compassion was still there among the crowd and it’s a refreshing and wonderful sight to see at a rock show.

Split up into three different sets, one of the most intimate moments the show had was the acoustic set that had the crowd singing louder than the band. A selection of songs, ‘Swing Life Away,’, ‘People Live Here’ and ‘Hero Of War’ really proves that Rise Against stick by their word, and while some people might leave the show to live a completely different life – the unity that presented itself in that crowd was huge. The band have seen through the years promoting their utopian view of the world, fighting discrimination, poverty and for total equality – and the 1st of November, inside Birmingham’s O2 Academy, each and every person was doing the same.


Upcoming UK Shows that can’t be missed!


Mon 27 November – Southampton Guildhall

Tue 28 November – Nottingham Rock City

Thu 30 November – Glasgow Barrowland

Fri 01 December – Birmingham O2 Academy

Sat 02 December – Manchester Academy

Sun 03 December – London O2 Academy Brixton



Wed 20 September – Cardiff Tramshed

Thu 21 September – Oxford O2 Academy

Fri 22 September – Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA

Sat 23 September – London O2 Forum Kentish Town

Mon 25 September – Portmouth Pyramids

Wed 27 September – Glasgow O2 ABC

Thu 28 September – Newcastle O2 Academy

Fri 29 September – Manchester Academy

Sat 30 September – Birmingham O2 Academy

Mon 02 October – Leeds O2 Academy

Tue 03 October – Nottingham Rock City

Thu 05 October – Bristol O2 Academy

Fri 06 October – London O2 Forum Kentish Town

Sat 07 October – London Electric Ballroom

Sun 08 October – London Underworld Cinema



Fri 01 September – Kingston upon Thames Hippodrome

Wed 04 October – Belfast Mandela Hall

Sat 07 October – Newcastle O2 Academy Newcastle

Sun 08 October – Glasgow O2 Academy

Mon 09 October – Nottingham Rock City

Wed 11 October – Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA

Thu 12 October – Cardiff University Students Union

Fri 13 October – London O2 Academy Brixton

Sat 14 October – Manchester O2 Apollo



Mon 23 October – Leeds O2 Academy

Tue 24 October – Glasgow O2 Academy

Wed 25 October – Manchester O2 Apollo

Fri 27 October – Birmingham O2 Academy

Sat 28 October – London SSE Arena, Wembley


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Fri 18 August – Southampton Joiners

Sat 19 August – Brighton Haunt

Sun 20 August – London Garage

Tue 22 August – Glasgow Stereo

Wed 23 August – Manchester Deaf Institute

Thu 24 August – Cardiff Globe



Tue 03 October – Manchester Deaf Institute

Wed 04 October – Nottingham Bodega Social Club

Thu 05 October – London Bush Hall




Pwer Festival, Cardiff 2018

PwerFESTPwer Festival is a brand new festival set to take place on the 6th of May, 2018, and with a name translated into English as Power, there’s a good chance you’re not going to want to miss this.

Started by two Cardiff based students with a variety of musical experience such as Beers Over Tears, Young Promoters Network and even DJ’ing the most chaotic Wednesday nightclub, Metros. The festival is decidedly taking place at the Gwdihw Cafe Bar. Known for their brightly coloured walls, they’re prominently known for their wide and diverse range of alternative, funk, hip hop and jazz, Gwdihw will be the host for a festival designed to give the youth a voice through music.

Pwer Festival is an exciting event offering student discount and with line-up confirmations coming later this year, it’s a chance to have a good time socialising and discovering music along with like-minded, creative individuals.

Keep up to date with Pwer Festival by following their Facebook and Twitter and save the date!

“Giving a voice to the youth through music.”


Save Womanby Street, Cardiff.

To save Womanby St, sign the petition here. Feel free to continue reading if you need any more persuading.

This week, J D Wetherspoons revealed plans to turn three of its vacant floors above The Gatekeeper, located in Womanby St, Cardiff into hotel rooms. The plans revealed that no additional construction will be needed, besides two extra windows.

Every Cardiff goer will know of Womanby St, whether it be for The Full Moon, Clwb Ifor Bach or Fuel. Each of these venues bring something brilliant to the Cardiff night life and is especially vital to the Cardiff music scene. Regular visitors to any or all of these venues will know the sheer amount of local bands that start their musical journey from these clubs. Clwb Ifor Bach especially has existed since 1983 and has always been a major role in the music scene. Independent artists such as Jay Brannan or bands such as Senses Fail and InMe have appeared in Clwb Ifor, and frequently has sold-out shows. If that doesn’t say much for it’s popularity, I don’t know what will.

Fuel Rock Club, a bar and venue known for it’s adoration of metal music has even been big in the news recently. Bruce Dickenson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, visited Fuel and spent time behind the bar pulling pints of The Trooper for fans. Not only did Fuel have the singer of a world famous heavy metal band visit, but it is a venue that consistently puts on events and supports growing acts. Eradication festival held at Fuel Rock Club brings in bands from all over the UK – many of which has complimented the music scene that Cardiff has.

The Full Moon Club has had it’s fair share of events too. The Rum Festival brings people from everywhere to the depths of Womanby St, and with the Full Moon’s interactive, friendly and brilliant staff, the club is one of the best places to socialise. With their calendar constantly full up with events and shows that are at affordable prices that garners a lot of attention. It’s a place where people can find new music, have their creativity inspired or just fill up a night with some fun.

These three venues has a lot of loyal customers, regularly draws a crowd and makes a lot of noise. Womanby St is the best place for it, because it’s mostly away from sleeping ears.

The Gatekeeper, next door to the Full Moon, is where the hotel will be opening. It’s already a popular pub, even to those who visit any of the three venues mentioned previously. The pub has food and plenty of places to sit and during sports days, the pubs near packed. With people sleeping above the pub, especially during peak hours of activity, there will be complaints flying left, right and center. Putting a hotel in one of the busiest and most vital areas of Cardiff is not only silly, but downright cruel.

The development plan says that it will not affect any of the immediate commercial area, but how long can that be guaranteed for? It’s unfair to assume that because, well, people are going to want to sleep and the club-goers are going to want to party.

There are plenty of places for J D Wetherspoons, especially in Cardiff, to build their hotel. There is no need for it to potentially sabotage something special within Cardiff center. An argument for is that the hotel will bring “tourism and commerce,” but do they not understand that this small music community that has thrived for years, has brought “travel and commerce”? It’s rare that bands or artists will announce Cardiff shows these days, and Womanby St at least gives us the chance to offer those bands and artists a place to play. It gives local bands a start in their musical journeys. It gives regular people that love music, or just love a good time, the chance to be a part of every thing that comes and goes through these streets.

A petition has been started to save Womanby St from this only-for-profit hotel and you can sign it here. If you’re not from Cardiff or have never heard about Womanby St, please consider the points mentioned in this post. Would you want your cities local music scene destroyed by something that is unneeded?

Check out the facebook pages of the venues by clicking the links below to see just how many events they hold and attention they garner.

The Full Moon | Clwb Ifor BachClwb Ifor Bach | Fuel Rock Club