• Graham Coxon and Switches live at Cardiff Coal Exchange

    24 Oct 2006, 10:45 by rappion

    Last night was the Graham Coxon gig at Cardiff Coal Exchange.

    Bizarre venue, like an enlarged Cardiff Barfly but more steeped in history with pillars, an old fashioned clock and an oversized bar. What was also bizarre is that going to the loo just before the support band Switches were on and getting to pass them in the corridor and say good luck to them as they waited to go on stage.

    We saw Switches back in January support The Rakes, and boy have they grown in stature since then. The NME reckons that they'll be the first massive "britpop band" of 2007 and I can't say I'd argue with them right now. A stirling set played at the time to a half empty venue because of the rain, including personal favourites Lay Down The Law, Message From Yuz and Every Second Counts.

    And then Graham Coxon. It was 1997 when he was still in Blur when I last saw him live. 9 years later and 5 solo albums behind him, boy did he put the effort in. …