“So good… So beautiful… So pretty” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Matthew Frederick should now be recognised as one of Wales’ finest songwriters and performers” New Sound Wales
Matthew Frederick fuses an early love of classic singer-songwriters with more recent influences to eate a distinctive and timeless blend of acoustic pop, indie folk, ballads and blues, plus a touch of Cymrucana and contemporary classical thrown in for good measure. With headline shows in the UK, Europe and US under his belt, as well as fronting BBC Introducing favourites Climbing Trees, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, two EPs and sixteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut solo EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being picked up by the likes of Netflix, Sky and ITV along the way.
Alongside numerous festival (Green Man, The Hay Festival), television (BBC, S4C) and radio (BBC Radio 1, 6 Music) appearances, Frederick has also recorded at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Borders. Spawning five singles in total, Frederick’s debut solo studio album Fragments was released via Staylittle Music a fortnight into the UK’s first Lockdown, a record on which he plays each and every instrument. Country-tinged lead single Tell Me was playlisted by the BBC as well as gaining airplay from Amazing Radio, while the late-summer haze of Hay-on-Wye quickly became his moststreamed track on Spotify. The delicate nostalgia of piano-led Pink Blossom Snow was followed by an ambitious quest to find every Laura Jones across the globe, before latest offering and long-time live favourite Leave The Light On rounded off an unusual 2020 with a first solo spin on BBC Radio 1, courtesy of fellow Welshman and new music enthusiast Huw Stephens.
An eventful 2021 witnessed the long-awaited return of the Trees with standalone single Troubling Times, before a spontaneous sixty-six day expedition saw Frederick become the first man from Penygraig to walk the coast of Wales, the seeds of a second solo album springing forth en-route…
“Little slices of perfect pop (albeit tinged with a folk and country flavour), chock-full of hooks and melodies destined to take up residence in the subconscious … a hugely enjoyable collection of beautiful songs” RnR Magazine
“As I sit back listening to Fragments, I am transported to another world …this is a real guitar-playing showcase” Fresh On The Net
“It’s like the first rays of spring sunshine that’s endured a lot over the winter months” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Some incredible material in his armoury at the moment … it’s a quality, quality record” Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
“A sheer delight … if music pushes buttons, then this certainly pushes mine. Quite superb!” FATEA Magazine
“A cross between Dylan’s 1960’s storytelling and Springsteen’s 1970’s rabble rousers” Buzz Magazine
“Fragments is one of the finest albums to come out of Wales in the last five years” From The Margins
“A wonderful collection of songs … each moment feels free and effortless” Indie Band Guru
“A thing of beauty that gets better and deeper with every listen” The Metaphorical Boat
“One of the names to look out for” Metro
“Delicate and beautiful” iSingMag
“Listen, melt, repeat” Skip To This
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.
Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.
Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email email@example.com
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN 7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.