Buzz Magazine

Buzz is South Wales’ leading free monthly entertainment magazine, and has been for 21 years. Covering Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, the Valleys, Gwent and West Glamorgan, Buzz is the definitive guide to what’s on and happening in art, theatre, music, clubs, fashion and sport.



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Trent Esker

Trent Esker

UIUC College of Media alum, romantic comedy aficionado, and aspiring entertainment writer/PR consultant/social media specialist.

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Sam Pryce

Freelance arts journalist, writer and critic based in South Wales. UCL English graduate. MA in English Literature from …

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Ellie Hutchings

Ellie Hutchings

Journalism, Media and Culture (BA) student at Cardiff University, graduating in 2021.Currently Digital Editor for Cardiff University's student …

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Latest Articles

An Inspector Calls | Stage Review

First opening at the National Theatre in 1992, Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s classic thriller is the longest running revival of a play in history, and deservedly so. Uncovering a brutal class divide and gradually revealing the prejudiced societal attitudes of the characters, this poignant play is just as relevant today as it ever was.
By Ellie Hutchings
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Georgia | Live Preview

Aptly titled Seeking Thrills, the new album from electro-pop musician Georgia is an exploration of the exhilaration and effervescence of those hair-raising experiences that we’re all familiar with, promising to leave the listener pining for more. The producer and singer grew up in London and is the daughter of Neil Barnes, one half of 90s electronic group Leftfield. Surrounded by her father’s record collection, Georgia began her career as a drummer for Kwes and Kate Tempest among others, and in
By Ellie Hutchings
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Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival | Upfront

After the success of the last two years, Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival (formerly Seren Cornerstone) is moving to the Temple Of Peace in Cathays Park, for a weekend of readings, lectures and creative writing workshops. Aptly timed for Valentine’s weekend, the Poetry Festival promises an exciting and diverse line-up from both new and established voices.
By Ellie Hutchings
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On Bear Ridge | Stage Review •

Is this a golden age of Welsh playwriting? Even if it is, Wales doesn’t quite seem to realise it. From Rachel Trezise’s abortion drama Cotton Fingers and the plays of Tim Price, to Gary Owen’s critically-acclaimed Violence and Son, contemporary Welsh theatre has managed to elbow its way to the forefront of the UK scene. But after last year’s backlash against National Theatre Wales (in which more than 200 actors and writers signed a letter criticising the company’s poor output and bias towards no
By Sam Pryce
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White Denim live review

It’s fair to say that Texan rockers White Denim [above] are best enjoyed live. With their spirit of spontaneity and insatiable appetite for guitar riffs, even their recorded music sounds like a performance (which conveniently provided the title for their 2018 album). Fresh from the release of their latest LP Side Effects, this Tramshed gig finds the band midway through their UK tour. Cardiff’s own psychedelic adventurers Boy Azooga [below] are down as support act, attracting a crowd that even a
By Sam Pryce
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Vivian | Book Review •

Vivian Maier lived and died in relative obscurity, working as a nanny for middle-class families in Chicago and New York, with a personal hobby of taking photographs while out walking in the city. Shortly after she died in 2009, her extensive collection of pictures were discovered by chance, and she was hailed by critics as one of America’s most extraordinary street photographers. Now, Danish novelist Christina Hesselholdt examines Maier’s life through the lens of fiction, looking for the story b
By Sam Pryce
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White Denim | Live Preview •

Texan indie rock outfit White Denim have been making raw, lo-fi guitar music for more than a decade. They started out in the mid-2000s — when the consumer-friendly rock of The Killers and Interpol was at its peak — and so the band’s loose, freeform song structures and unique mix of prog and punk were not exactly in vogue. It wasn’t until their commercially successful albums D (2011) and Corsicana Lemonade (2013) that their racket began to make a serious impression. The core duo of James Petrall
By Sam Pryce
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Welsh Proms 2019 | Feature •

Why make the pilgrimage to London’s Royal Albert Hall when you can experience all the magic of the Proms in the so-called land of song? This month marks the 34th season of the Welsh Proms, which has brought some of the UK’s finest soloists, musicians and orchestras to Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall for nearly 35 years. First-timers are just as welcome as seasoned aficionados, with a varied programme that encompasses swing, jazz, film scores, showtunes, male voice choirs, and of course the very best
By Sam Pryce
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Calon Lan: The Musical | Stage Review •

It’s fifty years since the “lovely, ugly town” of Swansea became the city it is today. And to mark the occasion, Welsh musician Mal Pope and Grand Slam Theatre Company present Calon Lân: The Musical (a reworking of Pope’s critically acclaimed musical Amazing Grace from 2005), which explores the role played by faith and religion in the lives of Swansea’s coal miners during the Welsh revival of 1904-5. It’s based on the true story of Evan Roberts, a 26 year-old miner-turned-minister who claimed he
By Sam Pryce
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The Consul | Stage Review •

When it was first performed in Philadelphia and later on Broadway in 1950, Gian Carlo Monetti’s opera The Consul — about a woman’s agonising wait for a visa in an unnamed totalitarian state — played to packed houses for almost a year, earning its composer a Pulitzer Prize. It was a shame, however, to see that WNO struggled to fill even half of the main auditorium of the Wales Millennium Centre for their one-off performance of the piece. Another sign of opera’s dwindling appeal perhaps, or maybe
By Sam Pryce
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Ruth Murray: Good Morning, Midnight | Art Preview •

The title of British painter Ruth Murray’s latest exhibition Good Morning, Midnight is inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem and the Jean Rhys novel of the same name. The latter work follows Sasha Jensen, a lonely and depressed alcoholic, as she wanders through a series of Parisian cafes, bars and hotel rooms. The plight of this solitary protagonist, and her unusual and often contradictory behavior, influenced Murray in the creation of the melancholy female characters that often inhabit her own p
By Sam Pryce
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Happening | Book Review •

French writer Annie Ernaux was just 23 when, in 1963, she discovered she was pregnant and decided she could not keep the child. Living in France when abortion was illegal, she made a failed attempt to administer one herself with a knitting needle, before seeking out a backstreet abortionist in Paris – an experience that put her life at risk. Forty years later, Happening is a confessional memoir in which Ernaux reveals the story behind those traumatic months, in a style that is honest, meticulous
By Sam Pryce
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Cult TV: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ – buzz

“It’s not about the pasta, Lala!” These eternal words will be forever etched on my brain. When you hear the title “Vanderpump Rules,” one would not be remiss to immediately assume it’s some kind of gym or low-budget porno. “Vanderpump Rules” is simultaneously both and neither of those things, a total celebration of depraved, image-obsessed functioning alcoholics with zero ethics and voracious appetites for emotional destruction. Oh, and it’s also one of the best shows (reality or otherwise) cur
By Trent Esker
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Cult TV: “The Real Housewives of New York City” – buzz

Reality TV. Many dismiss is it as a manufactured, overproduced celebration of debaucherous, soul-sucking fame-seekers, which is an admittedly accurate interpretation. However, I refuse to be criticized for my immense respect and adoration of this “black sheep” genre. I’ve had enough of pseudo-intellectuals in Birkenstocks looking down at me with disdain. “Oh, you really watch that?” Stick with waxing philosophy about whatever obscure French impressionist film you “discovered” whilst attending Va
By Trent Esker
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Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos | Stage Review •

Though he’s perhaps best known as the short-tempered, chain-smoking, wine-gargling bookseller from Black Books, Dylan Moran has received the most critical acclaim for his superb solo shows. From being the youngest ever to receive the Perrier Comedy Award (back in 1996, aged 24), Moran’s comedy is clearly most suited to the unadorned medium of stand-up, preferring the simple combination of audience and mic to the competitive, backslapping atmosphere of panel shows. (Incidentally, when asked recen
By Sam Pryce
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Italian Film Festival Cardiff | Preview •

This November sees the fourth edition of the Italian Film Festival Cardiff, which celebrates the most diverse and groundbreaking work from contemporary Italian cinema, presenting audiences with Welsh and UK premieres of independent films as well as the chance to participate in talks and Q&As with some of Italy’s prominent and emerging actors and directors. With a programme featuring seven independent feature films, five shorts and a selection of some of the best work in Italian animation, viewer
By Sam Pryce
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: Olga Tokarczuk | Book Review •

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD: OLGA TOKARCZUK | BOOK REVIEW DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD From the winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize comes an acutely subversive crime novel, which caused uproar in Poland upon its publication. Janina Dusezjko, an eccentric loner in her 60s, turns to astrology and the natural world for answers after the mysterious disappearance of her two dogs. When the mutilated bodies of local hunters turn up around her remote village,
By Sam Pryce
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