01/11/21 - 14/11/21

Blue Amber will be based at Shift for a two week residency, giving the three musicians who who make up the group an opportunity to experiment and share their work in a different context and setting.

Starting life as a bedroom project by Drew Noel after a lot of post-university free time, Blue Amber quickly grew into a rotating ensemble of friends and musicians based in Cardiff. The band, now made up of Freyja Elsy (keyboards), Drew Noel (vocals and saxophone) and Kumar Chopra (guitar), pull together a wide range of influences from instrumental hip hop to post-punk, Beat poetry to indie folk, to create sonically diverse songs about the experiences and feelings of 20-somethings in Britain today. 

Kumar Chopra, is a guitar player based in Cardiff who's main music grounding is in Jazz and Soul. He has been playing music in various different line ups spanning genres such as jazz, soul, hip hop as well as the experimental indie music he plays with Blue Amber. Kumar is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has played with a vast array of groups and ensembles in South Wales, including Hip Hop outfit Dirty Alex. 

Drew Noel, is a writer and multi-instrumentalist, raised in Northamptonshire and previously based in Aberystwyth, now working in Cardiff. Inspired by 20th Century art, literature and film, his writings usually evoke the styles of surrealism and dadaism, while tackling topics such as politics, mass media, lost youth and modern day folklore. Drew has played saxophone for several ensembles and artists, as well as playing bass and guitar. 

Freyja Elsy, is a singer/songwriter and composer based in Cardiff. Classically trained from a young age and continuing her music education at university, Freyja’s music takes influence from orchestral & chamber sounds and from electronic, folktronica and synth pop. Other endeavours include orchestral compositions performed by members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and thematic interludes created for commercial use. She currently works as a post-production sound FX editor in Film and Television in Cardiff.





SHIFT basement, Capitol centre
 Queens street


The Thursday Show is an opportunity for artists working with performance to share their work with a live audience, engage in critical discourse, and experiment with new ideas.

Eight artists submissions have been selected through a open call to perform at The Thursday Show:

Marega Palser & Leona Jones - Tess Wood - Imogen Marooney - Tessa Waite - FFRWD - Rachel Helena Walsh - The CSAD groupJess Parry

The Thursday Show is a regular performance platform taking place in SHIFT and tactileBOSCH art spaces at the Capitol Centre, Cardiff.

The Thursday Show is a collaboration between tactileBOSCH, SHIFT & CDC.

This is a performance platform and is a open event that anyone can attend. Please be aware some of the work may be challenging with adult themes.

If any one is feeling unwell please take a lateral flow test at least 30mins before arriving.





Free music improv sessions at Shift.
November 14th 11:00am-1:00pm / November 20th 11:00am-1:00pm
& December 4th 2:00-4:00pm / 12th December 11:00am-1:00pm

An open free event for people who are interested in collaborative improvised music.
We hope to establish regular sessions which will lead to even more exciting improvisation based protects and performances. 

South Wales Improvisers has established itself in partnership with SHIFT Cardiff and creates the opportunity for any individual to play on a regular basis in South Wales free improvised ensemble music.

SW Improvisers welcomes all players of all levels who are interested in exploring new paths to music.

Players can come to the sessions freely and without any prior experience. We ask only that you have an open mind, a willingness to listen, to respond and to enjoy.

If you are interested in taking part in sessions contact;


Free improvisation is a collective process, and it does not connect itself to common conventions and predetermined frameworks. (Lutz 1999: 2)

In free improvisation, the music is discovered and invented spontaneously, “while performing it, without preconceived formulation, scoring, or content”. (Solomon 1986: 226)




13/11/21 15:00-19:00
Shift Shop space, Capitol centre 
Queens street

To celebrate the release of the book, Transcultural voices, narrating hip hop culture in complex Delhi by Jaspal Naveel Singh, Shift will host the book launch with an exhibition by Delhi photographer Sahil Saxena and a the screening of a film by Gabriel Dattatreyan. Featuring music by DJ Mylo.
If any one is feeling unwell please take a lateral flow test at least 30mins before arriving. 

Waiting Room | 12-27 November 2021


Treading tentatively across the threshold, fluorescent lights flicker overhead. A cursory glance at the address reveals that yes, you have arrived at the right location. The scene is mundane in its familiarity, not offering much in the way of amenities; a transient space identical to a thousand before it. Inside, there are others already waiting, the aseptic room betrays the collective urgency of the encounter, the unspoken risks, the apparent hope, the absolute horror. Still, nothing left to do but pull up a chair, grab a magazine, and wait for the intercom to call out your number. Do get comfortable, you might be here a while. 

Waiting Room is a group exhibition featuring sculpture, moving image, performance, text and sound works by fifteen international artists. The exhibition theme is a response to the transitory nature of liminal spaces, the uncanny in-between that binds ‘what was’ to ‘what will be’. 

Exhibition Opening Friday 12 November 6pm - 10pm Opening Times 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 November 12pm - 5pm tactileBosch Lounge Capitol Shopping Centre Queen St Cardiff CF10 2HQ 

Waiting Room artists: Amelie Mckee, Ma Baocheng, Melle Nieling, Louise Ørsted Jensen, Sergei Zinchuk, Alessandro Moroni, Elena Lo Presti, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Kevin Siwoff, Lulu Wang, Amy Wright, Iona Mitchell, Patrick O’Neill, Luis Tapia. 

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