In 2018 the Cardiff music scene was dealt another massive blow with more closures of popular gigging venues such as Buffalo and Gwdihw Café. However, the past year hasn’t just been fraught with bad news. Over the past year we have seen a meteoric rise in the number of new musical talent cropping up throughout the Welsh capital.
Today we are taking a look at what our 2018 award winners have been up to in recent months.
Above – Photo credit: Bethan Miller Co.
At our 2018 awards ceremony, Holding Absence bagged the award for the Best Breakthrough Act. Since then they have signed with Sharp Tone Records and toured across Europe with As It Is as part of The Great Depression Tour. At the beginning of this month the group had also released their self entitled debut album.
Holding Absence have had an incredible year and are expected to go on to have even more success. They have been shortlisted for three of our 2019 awards: ‘Best Group’, ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Best EP/Single.’
Last year the young singer-songwriter snatched up the award for Best Solo Artist. Shortly after this she released her second EP ‘Waves’ which featured her tracks ‘Waves’, ‘Fire Gold’ and ‘Lovers Fool’. This wasn’t the only release from Hurn in 2018. In November, after spending an extended period in New York, Hurn released her 6th single entitled ‘Brooklyn.’ This single was put onto BBC Radio Wales’ A List for a number of weeks.
Rebecca Hurn has also been nominated for an award for the third year in a row. Her EP ‘Waves’ has been shortlisted for the Best EP/Single category at this years awards!
The Pitchforks are an up and coming young band that has emerged from the Forté Project. Last year, they took home the award for Best EP/Single for their track ‘Affliations.’ This single was produced with 2019’s Best Producer nominee Steffan Pringle. Since winning the award, the indie-pop band have performed across the UK supporting acts like Blox, Chroma and Rainbow Maniac. In addition to this they were also a part of the stellar lineup for Sŵn Festival 2018.
In little over a week they are launching their sixth single ‘Date Down’ at Clwb Ifor Bach with support from Young Garbo, Devon and Sssnakes. There is no doubt that this is one young group that is well worth keeping your eyes on!
It’s clear that the Welsh capital is filled to the brim with new, diverse and intriguing musical talent everywhere. To help give your favourites the recognition and accolades they deserve, vote online now here! Don’t forget to get your votes in before the 22nd March or they will not be counted!