There’s a good reason that Swansea is part of the City of Culture bid. When it comes to the local music scene, there is always something going on and new talent is emerging all the time. Of course there’s Sin City leading with some major bands, The Garage, The Uplands Tavern, Mozart’s, The Bay View…but how many of you students have ventured over to The Office for a gig?

Our resident music writer Rhian Evans did just that when she went along to review Junction 47 for The Siren…


Photography by Andrew Mitchell

I know I’m not the only one who, when presented with the idea of having a drink or ten down Wind Street, questions whether braving the cobbled street is really worth the effort. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good night out now and again, and I’m a sucker for Popworld, but it gets to the point where Wind Street is about as appealing as the pools of vomit that reside there. Maybe I’m just a terrible excuse for a student, but I’d rather spend my nights out watching a band in a cosy pub.

Arguably one of the best, yet little-known venues for local bands in Swansea is The Office in Castle Square. You’d be forgiven for walking past it several times during the week without realising it was there. They have live music every weekend, and with friendly bar staff and doormen, everybody feels welcome. Although a small venue, what The Office lacks in size it makes up for in character and atmosphere.

I spent the first Friday of October at The Office watching Junction 47. Junction 47 cover songs from the 60s right up to the present day, which means that whether you have a soft spot for the old rock n roll or you fancy a bit of indie, you’re guaranteed a boogie. The three-piece band consist of a frontman who makes singing and playing guitar simultaneously look ridiculously easy, and whose style is smoothly complemented by the free flowing sound of the bass player. They have recently introduced a new drummer who should be commended for stepping up and merging well with the rest of the group.

Junction 47 are a Swansea band and regularly play in different venues in the city. If you like anything from the Stones through to the Jam to MGMT, I highly recommend you catch these three handsome men in the near future. Support local music!

by Rhian Evans

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