There is no doubt Cardiff’s music scene has not been quiet over the past year. From venue closures to the success of Save Womanby Street, what everyone looks forward to know, is March, where 20 winners will be announced at the ceremony in Tramshed, one of Cardiff’s premiere venues.
While waiting for the ceremony to arrive, let’s have a look at what has happened to last year’s winners after obtaining a CMA.
Last year ‘Best Group’ winners, and this year finalists in three categories, Astroid Boys have proved that nothing can stop them in achieving more and more success. After winning a CMA, they have released an album, played copious amounts of gigs, joined Enter Shikari on their arena tour through Europe and performed at a show opener for Hollywood Undead. They were also asked to give interviews for prestigious music magazines such as NME and Buzz. As Buzz interviewer, Laura Blackwell said, “Astroid Boys have gone from strength to strength this year.” We couldn’t agree more.
Rewarded for being a ‘Person Of The Year’ at last years CMAs, Justin Evans shared that winning the Cardiff Music Award, “was an unexpected joy, proud and honour.” His adventure with music started with writing reviews for Buzz Magazine, which then have provided him with the opportunity to hear upcoming releases and giving an honest review.
During lots of bedrest caused by a brain tumour, Justin revealed that music was an indubitable relief. He tells us he, “found music of great comfort and focus.” After winning the fight with cancer, he tried his hand at Radio, DJing first at Radio Glamorgan, then on Radio Cardiff and SWN Radio.
When asked how has the rest of 2017 been for him, Justin replied, “2017 has been a good year for me and a good year for Cardiff’s music scene and long may it continue.”
Winners of the last year’s ‘Best Breakthrough Act’, CHROMA, whose career has started in a garage in Abercynon, revealed that winning a Cardiff Music Award was, for them, “a huge victory” and it gave them a bit confidence boost that they needed to go forth.
For them, 2017 has been “entirely amazing.” After the CMA’s, CHROMA have performed at Focus Wales, Eisteddfod and Maes B, Reading and Leeds festivals. What’s more, they are proud to be a part of the Forte project as well as of performing at Tramshed with Peace, Idles and Sea Zoo as part of SWN festival.
With an EP to record and a few festivals booked up, it’s no wonder why CHROMA have been nominated for four (!) categories in this year’s CMAs.
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