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Friday, 29th April 2011



KONG / Author Chris Killen / Poet Bryon Vincent / Brandyman

Over 18 only - 'Balloon' has put on music and literature nights around Cardiff for 18 months now, this is by far the most ambitious. And loudest. Headlining are mask wearing noise merchants Kong. For fans of Shellac, Fugazi, bleeding ears and ginger men in pants. Dan Carter from Radio One says that they're “one of the best live bands in the UK right now”, the only debate is who's better? They will be ably supported by some riff loving locals and two Northerners. Mancunian author Chris Killen had his first novel 'The Birdroom' was published in 2009 by Canongate. It's funny, dark, disturbing and desolate, unsurprisingly, Steve from Kong is a fan. Byron Vincent is another from the North West but is now based in Bristol, he is a very funny man. Wry observations, a lot of creative swearing and a way with words that Half Man Half Biscuit would be proud of makes Vincent a talent not to be missed. Brandyman sound a bit like Mark E Smith fronting Audioslave. They rock. They're from Cardiff but their singer is from the North West of England. There seems to be a theme. It's an early show (first act on 7.15) but it's a royal wedding bank holiday so you'll all be off work. No excuses for getting there late. Curfew is 10.15pm but Gary Twisted follows us with an indie disco. Get in.

7:00pm | 6.50 | buy tickets

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