The Cardiff Music Awards saw talented and hardworking musicians being nominated for awards over different categories in 2019; Best EP/Single, Best Solo Act, Best group, Best Breakthrough Act to name a few. The nominations are put to a vote and the winners are chosen by the general public.
Here’s an update on the amazing success of last year’s Cardiff Music Awards winners and what they’ve been up to since winning awards in 2019!
CHROMA are a three piece alternative rock band from Rhondda Cynon Taff. 2019 was a busy year for CHROMA, releasing their single ‘Tair Ferch Doeth’ in December and recording a live session at ‘Maida Vale’ for BBC Radio Wales which got picked up by Radio 1. Played some great festivals Green Man, Farmfest, FOCUS Wales and Cardiff’s most loved celebration of upcoming Welsh bands in October, Swn Fest.
They’re much loved by BBC Radio Wales, getting regular plays from Adam Walton, Huw Stephens and Janice Long.
CHROMA won awards for ‘Best EP/Single’ and ‘Best Music Video’ for their song ‘Girls Talk’ at Cardiff Music Awards in 2019.
“Not only does winning a Cardiff Music Award help make you look good on paper to the industry, but it also helps build confidence and grow as an artist with your audience” – Zac (drummer).
CHROMA kicked off 2020 by celebrating ‘Dydd Miwsig Cymru’ at Ty Pawb alongside ADWAITH in Wrexham. You can catch CHROMA at ‘The Great Escape Festival’ and the ‘Tiny Rebel’ in Cardiff in May.
It’s safe to say that CHROMA are dedicated to their music, hardworking and active in the scene with their work being highly praised.
Four piece Rock n Roll band Al Moses won ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ at the CMAs in 2019. I went on to ask Jack Vill (singer/guitarist) what winning the award meant to the band and how it’s benefited them,
“So winning the CMA for best breakthrough last March was great for us. It was regularly mentioned in reviews and gig promo, and it gave us something to show for the work we’d put in that previous year. It’s a good signifier to managers and agents outside of Wales as to where the band is at that time, it kind of turns a few heads.”
In 2019 they achieved great success, from playing small grassroots venues to headlining The Globe (Cardiff) and The Dublin Castle (Camden). Travelling to Brighton to play ‘The Hope & Ruin’ and ‘The Joiners’ in Southampton. Not to mention all the festivals they played throughout the year Camden Rocks, Merthyr Rising, Isle of Wight, TBA, Tramlines Fringe and Ponty’s Big Weekend. Whilst gigging anywhere possible they also released their single ‘Taxidermy’ on June 28th. Al Moses hard work throughout 2019 definitely didn’t go unnoticed.
It’s another busy year for Al Moses in 2020, they kicked off the year playing Immersed! Festival in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at Tramshed, Cardiff. Set off on a short tour for ‘Independent Music Week’ playing ‘The Bunkhouse’ (Swansea), ‘The Moon’ (Cardiff) and ‘Le Pub’ (Newport). Have their biggest tour starting 2nd of April heading to England and finishing in Cardiff on the 18th of April with 6 dates. Playing alongside big names Bad Sounds, Fickle Friends, Marika Hackman, Stealing Sheep at Liverpool Sound City beginning of May.
“Growing by the minute in popularity, increasing second by second, it’s been a great year for them!” – Janice Long, Radio Wales
Ladies of Rage
Ladies of Rage is a Cardiff based platform that supports women in music genres that are historically underrepresented in the music scene such as hip hop, grime, drum n bass and other electronic genres.
They celebrate women in the music scene by encouraging individuals to take part in their monthly jam sessions with open mic, decks for cyphers and performances. Also, running workshops for musicians who want to learn mixing, production, performance and how to write a rap.
“Winning ‘Champions of Underrepresented Music’ meant a huge amount to us. Not only did it reinforce to us reasons for existing in the first place but also led to a wider profile and a number of opportunities. By the end of 2019 members of our network attended workshops with Lady Leshurr in collaboration with Beacons Cymru, and took part in another workshop with American rapper Dessa in collaboration with BBC NOW. We co-hosted Cardiff’s first 50/50 jungle night with Function Records and EQ:50 at the Vaults, some members supported Kate Tempest at a sold-out show in Tramshed and we have secured a monthly show on Life FM radio in London. Our network group on Facebook now has over 300 members, predominately based in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. There’s no doubt that winning this award helped us spread our ethos of increasing 50:50 lineups, big thanks to the CMA’s and those who nominated us.” – Ladies of Rage.
Ladies of Rage have been a massive hit since the get go which displays how much this platform is needed and welcomed into the Cardiff music scene.
All photos taken by: Hannah Tottle // https://www.facebook.com/hannahtottlephotography/