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NEWS: Announcing GIITTV 20th anniversary event at the Gate in Cardiff featuring Adwaith, The Honest Poet, Half Happy and more TBA

To mark twenty years since God Is In The TV Zine started, we are throwing a party at The Gate, in Cardiff on Saturday 30th September 2023, featuring some incredible bands and artists. The first three names include, two-time Welsh Music Prize winners and GIITTV favourites Adwaith who will be headlining, and emerging artist The Honest Poet, who blends soul, hip hop, and pop into personal songs full of heart. Plus one of our tips for 2023, Half Happy, a wonderful bittersweet indie pop band who have captured our hearts in recent months. With more artists and DJs to be announced, we are excited to be bringing this event to such a historic venue from 3 pm to late. Tickets are twenty pounds in advance, more on the door, order your tickets here.

An independent publication, GIITTV, started in 2003. This was an era even before blogs, before YouTube, and Twitter. Inspired by webzines like Drowned in Sound and the punk zine spirit of Repeat fanzine, I started posting my early reviews from the Cardiff University newspaper, Gair Rhydd on a basic Yahoo Geocities page. Over the years I was then joined by writers from around Britain and the world, GIITTV has evolved through many incarnations and evolutions as a website and publication, now boasting a passionate and hardworking editorial team, over 200 writers, and the contributions of artists and web designers, without whom this website would not have grown and thrived for so many years. With a solid following, we hope we have grown into one of the most lasting online portals for music and culture around. We have always championed the artists that excite us no matter their level or label from throughout the country and beyond, providing a platform for emerging artists and groups. The site also has a special focus on Welsh music over the last decade, championing the new Welsh wave of artists. We have developed this by spotlighting as many genres as we can in the principality, sponsoring a stage at the Focus Wales festival and by featuring the likes of The Anchoress, Adwaith, Carwyn Ellis, Aderyn and many more on our podcast Show Me Magic.

As well as delivering a stream of quality writing, our achievements over the years include raising £5000 for Help Musicians from a R.E.M. Covers compilation that was endorsed by the band, helping to promote several charity shows including G Spot in London and Mind Fest in Cardiff, staging shows by the likes of Frightened Rabbit, My Sad Captains, Orphans and Vandals, HMS Morris and Vessels and many more. Our deputy editor, Simon Godley, received an award for best festival journalist at the Festival Congress.

With an independent voice free of corporate constraints, we have always believed in giving new artists and writers a platform, to gain experience, hone their craft, and explore their passions. We are powered by the goodwill, knowledge, and passion of our writers the support of labels and artists, and the readers. We hope this event marks this special occasion in style, with an event celebrating some of Wales’s finest artists and acting as a thank you to everyone involved, set in the heart of Cardiff at one of the city’s most impressive venues- a converted church with listed status as a building.

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Poster by Rich Chitty 

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God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.