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Ocean Colour Scene light up Caerphilly Castle with sell out gig It’s late afternoon and the dull, grey clouds that have occupied the sky throughout the morning are reluctantly pushed aside by the ever persistent rays of the warm mid-September Sunshine. Seductively, creeping up behind the 13th century walls of the second biggest castle in Europe, the sun warmly welcomes the crowds to the historic town of Caerphilly. A wide variety of fans, both old and new have travelled from near and far; all intent on reminiscing the soundtrack that filled the care-free days of the glorious 1990’s. Tonight they are privileged to be enjoying the live music of Brit pop legends, “Ocean Colour Scene” as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their most successful album, “Mosley Shoals”. Released in 1996, the name of the album is a fond dedication to the band’s original hometown of Mosley in Birmingham. Although the album didn’t quite make #1 in the charts, it has proved itself to be one of the most well-loved albums of that era; encapsulating the raw excitement and magic of the original Brit pop movement that took place over two decades ago. The suspense builds heavily throughout the castle courtyard as the lights dim down and the crowd cheer as they welcome Ocean Colour Scene to the stage. The band open with an impressive cover of the Beatles classic, “Day Tripper”; a track which was originally recorded as a live B-side to “The Circle”. The famous opening rifts send the crowd into a frenzy and it’s not long before everyone is singing along. The song is perhaps a fond reminiscent of the times the band performed on stage with the Gallagher brothers during the peak of their success in 1994. After listening to the band’s demo, Noel Gallagher proceeded to invite Ocean Colour Scene to join Oasis as their opening act at…
Review of SmartZone – Business Park in Tredomen, Caerphilly by John James Dew “Our Caerphilly-based business established in 2011 has been located here at the Council owned Innovation and Technology Centre since 2013. In that time, we have needed a range of different accommodation needs (reflecting the agile nature of a niche change management practice like ours). That has including: the ability to host a fairly major three day public sector transformation event with nearly 100 participants; having a holding base from which to run the business; requiring different accommodation at different times in the lifecycle of the business; through to making use of the excellent meeting and conference rooms as and when we, and our clients, required them. The economic development team responsible for the Centre really do understand the needs of business and have been absolutely outstanding. They are constantly trying to innovate and provide a wider range of services to support local businesses and their shared business zone is just one of a series of initiatives that are providing sustainable options for local entrepreneurs. We are delighted that we chose to locate the business here and we’re keen to stay – that is in no small part, due to the fantastic team that support us and the other highly innovative companies that are located here. It’s a great place to locate your business!” John James Dew OBE, Managing Director, The Dew Cadre   Check the SmartZone page for more info.