October 28, 2023
The Cardiff band that met in a youth centre and have ended up playing Glastonbury
A band created at a youth club in Cardiff has released their debut album in homage to y outh clubs across the country. Junior Bill was created at the Cathays Youth & Community Centre by songwriter Rob Nichols and since then have found success with their music. All members of the band met at the community centre when they were teenagers looking for a place to express their musical talents. For Rob it was a place for him to stay out of trouble as well as "find like-minded people and find the opportunity to get involved with music". As adults the bandmates have continued to use the youth centre as a place to rehearse and have remained a "part of the furniture". Since the band was created 10 years ago they have released EPs, toured the nation and performed at festivals including Glastonbury and this month they released their first album titled Youth Club. The songs on the album contain stories of young life in Britain with a subtle narrative of the journey a young man faces reaching adulthood. The album is a tribute to youth groups in the UK paying homage to the band's beginning. For the latest news in Cardiff visit here . READ MORE: The Cardiff woman who's made a chart-topping reggae album which has been considered for a Grammy READ MORE: JLS are bringing their Summer Hits tour to Cardiff Castle in 2024 Rob said: "Youth centres have had a massive impact on myself and the other guys in the band in terms of being a place to stay out of trouble and get involved in music. Youth clubs are vital for young people." To mark the release of the album, the band are putting on a show in Cathays Community Centre on Saturday, November 11. Rob has made the night a 14+ event to be inclusive to young people, as he remembers clearly the pain of not being allowed into gigs as a younger teenager. Rob said: "Live music used to be for the youth, for kids. In the few years before I became a teenager I think things got a lot stricter with letting young people into venues. I was even kicked out of gigs that I was playing for being underage. It just meant there was one less exciting, positive way for young people to spend their time" The event will also feature three other groups based at the youth centre in Cathays. Each act are young performers, some of whom have never played live before. They include, Bliss, Casual Smarts and a one-off performance by the Monday Youth Club Band, a band of members of the inclusive youth club aimed at young people with additional learning needs. The event will take place at Cathays Youth & Community Centre, Cardiff with tickets on sale at £6 if bought in advance and £9 if bought on the door. For more information and to book tickets visit here or here. Join the WalesOnline WhatsApp community WalesOnline has launched a new BREAKING news and top stories WhatsApp community. From the biggest court stories to the latest traffic updates, weather warnings and breaking news, it's a simple way to stay up to date with what's happening in Wales. Want to join? All you have to do is click on this link , select 'Join Community' and you're in. No one else in the community can see your personal information and you will only receive messages from the WalesOnline team. We will not spam your feed with constant messages, but you will receive updates from us daily. If for some reason you decide you no longer want to be in our community, you can leave by clicking on the name at the top of your screen and clicking 'Exit Group'. You can read our Privacy Notice here. Join our WhatsApp community here.
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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