Welcome to The RT Rock Show Gig Guide. Here you will find a comprehensive guide of whats going on in South Wales in May. If there is a show that's not listed or you want to add a show to upcoming gig guides click here and send us a message.

When I began to write May's gig guide I learned of the sad news that The Scene Club in Swansea will be closing it's doors and calling it a day. The scene has been providing Swansea with great live bands for a number of years and I have fond memories of fantastic nights out there. The last band I had the privalige to see was "Ross The Boss" on April 1st. Martyn and I caught up with Ross and discussed all things Manowar, Ross The Boss and the UK metal scene. You can listen to the interview here.

We have been informed that The Scene Club and all promoters involved with up coming shows are looking for alternative venues to hold the shows. So fingers crossed all shows will go ahead, somewhere in Swansea. Keep an eye on The RT Rock Show website for more information.

I usually begin my blog with a review of last months gigs, but this month I begin with the gig of the month. Iron Maiden. Yes Iron Maiden's "The Book of Souls world tour finally hits the UK and on Wednesday 24th Steve and the lads head to the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, That's the CIA to anyone born prior to the millennium. The tour has had fantastic reviews and with Shinedown supporting them it's sure to be a great night.

This leaves me with one question. Paperless tickets! Is it the way forward? Will it stop the touts making a fortune at the expense of fans? have your say by sending us a message for us to read out live on the show.

April Fools

On the 1st of April Ross The Boss came to Swansea and blew the roof of the Scene. Playing Ross' era of Manowar the only fools that night were the people that missed the show. Ross has assured us that there will be a new album next year.

On the 20th April I found myself in Hobos Bridgend watching Franklin Zoo, One Desire and Eclipse. Apart from sound issues (I think the sound engineer was in another room) all three bands were great.

Opening the night was Frankling Zoo whom hail from Copenhagen Denmark. A beautiful blend of alternative rock/grunge, these guys have a great stage presence. When I caught up with the lead singer Rasmus he agreed with my analogy of " Bush Meets Rock 'n Roll".

One Desire from Finland - sounded great, they sound just like the record, which I like and the singer playing guitar was a pleasant surprise. Even though at times he looked nervous and was using the guitar as a shield, I wont hold that against him as he put on a great show.

Eclipse - Finishing off the scandanavian theme was eclipse , from Sweden . Eric is such a charismatic frontmant he makes performing effortless. The majority of the songs played were from their latest album "Monumentum". There was some confusion over the bands encore. As any normal band they left the stage after their last song. Only to be confronted by the sound engineer on their return stating they could not go back on. After several minutes of discussion and the crowds growing frustrations, the band played one more song to finish off a great night of hard rock music.

You can listen to all the interviews on our media page.

Gigs of The Month

We are defiantly spoilt for choice this month across South Wales, what ever style of music you are in to. As I previously mentioned Iron Maiden are heading to Cardiff on their UK leg of their world tour.

One for the classic rockers - Limehouse Lizzy. Probably the best Thin Lizzy tribute band I have ever watched. These guys certainly know how to put on a show and playing all the hits from Thin Lizzy's back catalogue (there's quite a few). Playing The Globe in Cardiff on Saturday 13th, this is one not to miss.

Calling all Teenage Dirt bags, and you middle age ones, yes you who bought the single back in 2000. Brendon and the guys will hitting the Globe stage on Monday 15th. I know it's a school night but this is a band worth making the effort to see live. I the last time I saw Wheatus was in the Scene Club last summer and they were fantastic. No set list, just feeding off the crowds atmosphere and playing what you want, when you want it.

Finishing off May is Twin Atlantic. The Scottish alternative rockers play Sin City Swansea on Wednesday 31st on their 10th south of their UK tour. It's going to be one hell of a night, with a jam packed Sin City, as tickets have already sold out.