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Possibly the best concert weekend ever!

Stickmen CardiffLast weekend saw two very different sell out concerts at Acapela Studio Cardiff.

Kicking off with the Stickmen (Tony Levin of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel fame) the Acapela audience were treated to a wonderful collection of Stickmen and King Crimson classics. The amazing Tony Levin on the Chapman Stick showed why he is one of the most impressive bass players on the planet. The high intensity and driving rhythms saw the venue “shaking” with the electronic sounds of the 3 superb musicians present.

On Sunday singing legend – Moya Brennan, the Voice of Clannad- produced another stunning show. Very different to the Stickmen the subtle sounds of the harp, violin, guitar and keyboards mixed with Moya’s incredible voice produced one of the most amazing performances of the year. The sound quality of the concert was truly awesome and as one punter was quoted leaving the venue ” the acoustics were stunning, like listening to a CD in my living room!”Moya Brennan Clannad in concert Cardiff Wales

All in all two concerts, very different but equally memorable. It’s what makes Acapela very special.


Please note the Barb Jungr concert due to take place on Sunday has now also been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Sunday the 8th April.

All tickets will be valid for the new dates.

If you have booked pizzas for any of the above dates these will be transferred to the new events.

We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused but as I am sure you will appreciate our first priority has to be the safety of our audience and artists travelling to the venue.


Please note the following concerts have been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions:

Thursday 1st March – Pizza Night

Friday 2nd March – Lleuwen

Saturday 3rd March – Roxy Magic

We are arranging new dates for the Lleuwen and Roxy Magic concerts which will be informed shortly, all tickets will be valid for the new dates.

The Barb Jungr concert on Sunday is still on, however we will review this on Saturday when we are able to see if the weather has improved.

We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused but as I am sure you will appreciate our first priority has to be the safety of our audience and artists travelling to the venue.



A View From The Back Of The Room: Wilson & Wakeman

Adam Wakeman and Damian WilsonA review of Wilson & Wakeman, Acapela Studios, Pentyrch, Cardiff.

Let it be known that we are an eclectic bunch of musos on this blog. I realise an acoustic two piece probably falls outside of the remit of a rock and metal blog but after I had be subjected to the absolute barrel scraping that was Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox the previous evening, spending a misty Sunday night in a converted church/recording studio with Adam Wakeman pianist/keyboardist/guitarist for Ozzy, Sabbath, Snakecharmer and frequent collaborator with his dad Rick and vocalist/guitarist Damian Wilson who has played in Threshold, Ayreon and Maiden UniteD seemed like a much more appealing way to spend my money. Anyway add to their collective talents that they are both a part of progressive metal act Headspace (who we found out are the most hated act in Cropredy history) and I think their metal credentials speak for themselves.

This however as I said was a tour in support of their second collaboration record as Wilson & Wakeman (not Wakeman & Wilson as was suggested by Adam) the set was an interesting mix of solo material from both, songs from both W&W records and covers, the record that got the most airing was Wilson’s brilliant solo album Built For Fighting as three songs were aired including the Radio 2 listed track Thrill Me. Between the songs was a lot of storytelling from Wilson (and dad jokes from Wakeman) in fact so much story telling that there wasn’t room for an encore but between tales of the first ever Cropredy mosh pit, Wilson’s aunt who may have stolen a cake recipe and rocks out at every gig, the hemp gifting Dutch and a woman who once brought a cake Damian asked her for in a dream we also got so brilliant music.

With Wakeman’s piano playing sounding as grandiose as possible on what exclaimed was the best piano of the tour he was backed by some splendid picking from Wilson. To get a measure of how good these performers are you simply need to see Adam play Black Sabbath’s Iron Man as a jazz piece and Wilson’s show stopping rendition of Bring Him Home from his time as Jean Valjean. The reason for this song being in the set has also quite an emotional story to it which touched even those of us with hearts made of steal. His vocal prowess throughout the night showed why he remains one of my biggest vocal influences long after I’d become another failed rock singer. His passionate acoustic version of Iron Maiden’s The Evil That Men Do displayed why he was interviewed by Maiden after Bruce left and his own songs carry a introspective but optimistic outlook. Both seemed at ease continuing conversations from the car journey onto the stage and we few that were in the audience became part of the family for one night.

The setting was mesmerising and the sound perfect, a cosy, warm inviting place to hold gigs The Acapella has now climbed high onto my list of favourite places. The way the walls shook when the small but boisterous crowd sang back Homegrown and Life On Mars (the original featuring Rick Wakeman on piano fact fans) and we cemented why Wales is the land of song, well done all. The set was paced well with Wilson resting vocals during Adams leads on Tapestries, Iron Man and his solo vocal/guitar song Catch You When You Fall. Due to the curfew the set didn’t feature an encore but with two and a half hours of magnificence no one seemed to mind. After the show Adam was talking about the possibility of doing two shows at the end of the year one W&W and one Headspace on consecutive days both in this venue.

I for one hope that pays off as having seen Headspace play a small venue in London and nearly blowing the PA the natural acoustics of The Acapella would result in one hell of show. Keep an eye out for that but also if you have the chance catch Wilson & Wakeman live as it was the ideal show to start a week of promising live music, the bar has been set high let’s hope rest of the gigs this week can deliver. 10/10


Telephone lines DOWN at Acapela

Please note that we are having severe issues with our telephone lines and this is likely to continue until the 28th February. If you wish to purchase tickets please do so online, call at the venue  or send an email and leave a telephone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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