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THE winner takes it all, or so sang ABBA once.

Cracking tune aside, it's fundamentally inaccurate.

Just ask JLS.

Because, while they might sound like some out-of-town warehouse having one of those never-ending furniture sales, they've proved those flare-wearing Swedes' old adage quite wrong.

Indeed, Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid probably would have ruled out this London boy-band from ever having a successful pop career after they came second in 2008's X Factor, but it's they who'd have ended up looking silly in the long run.

Because pop pickers, JLS (the name stands for Jack The Lad Swing, by the way) has since gone on to become one of this country's most successful groups, selling somewhere in the region of 1.3 million albums worldwide.

The boys are in Cardiff next Tuesday for the first of two gigs they're performing at the CIA this month and you'll be very lucky people indeed to find tickets still available.

Beyond The Barricade If you can't though, then maybe you could go along to the ABBA's Angels Party Night (see, you thought I was plucking these acts out of thin air totally randomly didn't you?) at the Grosvenor Casino.

Enjoy a three course meal then sit back, relax and take in the entertainment, or get up on your feet, become a Super Trouper and dance the night away.

Failing that, all you lovers of show tunes out there too stingy to fork out for individual tickets to all your favourite West End shows are in luck.

Beyond The Barricade, on at St David's Hall on Thursday, incorporates the best bits from some of the world's most popular shows in one affordable production.

Expect all the big numbers from the likes of Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Chicago and many more, while the big climax from Les Mis should send you all out singing about the fall of the Bastille, or something, at the tops of your voices.

Meanwhile, Love Parry III - Hot Chip-a-like, colourful Cardiff indie/dance types - are over at The Globe in Cardiff tonight.

The video for their last single Toy Box appeared on YouTube recently and saw the band and their assorted mates having a paint fight in a deserted Cardiff warehouse.

Depending on your age it either looks like great fun or, like me, left you wondering, "Yeah, very good. But who's going to clean all that mess up afterwards?" Finally, The Australian Classic Rock Show is also in town tonight. Now I know what you're thinking: "But Nathan, what do we want with an evening of music by Men At Work, Mental As Anything and Rolf Harris?" Then I realised this was the latest venture from the producers of the phenomenally successful tribute concert The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and is in fact two and a half hours packed full of classic rock from all over the globe, not just Down Under.

Expect note-perfect renditions of the likes of Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who to send you into the weekend ears-ringing, neck aching and throat sore.


Beyond The Barricade
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 14, 2011
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