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Elton John to play at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium as part of Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

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Swansea’s Liberty Stadium will be just one of five UK tour dates – and his only Welsh performance on what is billed as Elton’s final tour.

The star’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour is taking place across the UK, Europe and North America.

Elton will visit the Liberty Stadium on 29 June 2022. It is his only performance in Wales. He last visited the Swansea venue in June 2008.

Announcing the final dates of his tour on social media, Elton John said: “Hello, all you wonderful fans out there. I’m coming to you today with an announcement I’ve been working towards for, well, all my life: the shows that I announce today will be my final tour dates ever in North America and Europe.

“I’m going to go out in the biggest way possible, performing at my very best, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career. Whether it’s next summer in Frankfurt or at the legendary Dodger Stadium for the grand finale in the US, I can’t wait to see you all on the road one last time.

“This has been an incredible tour so far, full of the most amazing highs, and I look forward to making more wonderful memories with you at these final shows. To all my friends down under, We’ll be seeing you too.”

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Elton on his 2008 tour – the last time he visited Swansea (Image: Wikimedia)

Public ticket sales begin on Wednesday, 30 June at 10am for all UK dates. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster, AXS, Alt Tickets and Gigantic.

Ahead of the stadium run, Elton will mark his return to the stage this Autumn in Europe on 1st September at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, then later to North America on 19 January, 2022 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.  More details on the previously announced arena dates are available on http://www.EltonJohn.com/Tours. 

Recently winning the 2021 iHeartRadio “Golden Icon” Award, the tour has also received top accolades including the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Award for “Tour Of The Year,” 2020 Pollstar “Major Tour of the Year” and the 2019 Billboard Music Award for the “Top Rock Tour.”

The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off to a sold-out crowd on 8 September, 2018 and has since received rave reviews around the world. The critically acclaimed show takes the audience on a magical journey through his incredible 50-year career with never-before-seen-photos and videos, all set to the tune of some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalog including, ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Tiny Dancer,’ and ‘Philadelphia Freedom.’

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ELTON JOHN FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD THE FINAL TOUR – EUROPEAN DATES:
 

  • Friday 27 May 2022 – Frankfurt, Deutsche Bank Park
  • Sunday 29 May 2022 – Leipzig, Red Bull Arena
  • Saturday 4 June 2022 – Milan, San Siro Stadium
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022 – Horsens, CASA Arena
  • Thursday 9 June 2022 – Arnhem, GelreDome
  • Saturday 11 June 2022 – Paris, La Defense Arena
  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 – Norwich, Carrow Road
  • Friday 17 June 2022 – Liverpool, Anfield Stadium
  • Sunday 19 June 2022 – Sunderland, Stadium of Light
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022 – Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 – Swansea, Liberty Stadium

ELTON JOHN FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD THE FINAL TOUR – NORTH AMERICAN DATES:
 

  • 15 July 2022 – Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
  • 18 July 2022 – Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
  • 23 July 2022 – East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
  • 28 July 2022 – Foxboro MA, Gillette Stadium
  • 30 July 2022 – Cleveland, OH, Progressive Field
  • 5 August 2022 – Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
  • 7 September 2022 – Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
  • 10 September 2022 – Syracuse, NY, Carrier Dome
  • 16 September 2022 – Pittsburgh, OH, PNC Park
  • 18 September 2022 – Charlotte, NC, Bank of America Stadium
  • 22 September 2022 – Atlanta, GA, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • 24 September 2022 – Washington, DC, Nationals Park
  • 30 September 2022 – Arlington, TX, Globe Life Field
  • 2 October 2022 – Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
  • 21 October 2022 – Vancouver, BC, BC Place
  • 29 October 2022 – San Antonio, TX, Alamodome
  • 4 November 2022 – Houston, TX, Minute Maid Park
  • 12 November 2022 – Phoenix, AZ, Chase Field
  • 19 November 2022 – Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
  • 20 November 2022 – Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium

For more information or to purchase tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.EltonJohn.com. These exclusive VIP offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise, and much more.


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Cult brand ‘Bingo Lingo’ announces Swansea Arena show

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Cult bingo brand Bingo Lingo has announced it will be bringing its popular mad-cap style of bingo to Swansea Arena this October.

The unconventional bingo night, which has previously sold over a million tickets to revellers across cities including Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool and Luton, has announced a huge one-off show at Swansea’s newest multipurpose entertainment venue – Swansea Arena.

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Past winners have walked away with prizes ranging from the incredible to the ridiculous; from a new car, electric scooters, to festival tickets, giant inflatables and holidays.

The team behind Bingo Lingo announced the event explaining that: “We operate in over 30 cities in the UK, but the shows in Cardiff and Swansea are some of our favourites. Every event we’ve held in Swansea has sold out and the summer series we did with The Swansea Bay Pop Up was so fun. We want to give the city a huge show and Swansea Arena was the obvious choice.”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 10 August at 12pm.

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Paralympian Ellie Simmonds OBE confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

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Paralympian and former Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil, Ellie Simmonds OBE has been named as a contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The five-time Paralympic champion and broadcaster joins previously announced contestants Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, Richie Anderson, Kaye Adams, Jayde Adams and Tyler West.

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Ellie Simmonds OBE said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!! It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified!

“To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, it’s going to be a blast.

“I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”

Ellie is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer. At the age of thirteen, while a pupil at Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea, she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.

In 2012 she achieved gold in the 400m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley at the Summer Paralympics in London and won a further gold in the 200m Individual Medley at Rio 2016. In addition she has won ten gold World Championship titles.

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At the age of 13 she won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and a year later, at just 14 years old, she became the youngest person ever receive an MBE. She was elevated to OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2020, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such as Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. She is set to explore disability and adoption in a recently announced ITV film.

(Lead image: BBC)

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Theatre fans to get ‘Lost in Music’ at 70’s throwback tribute ‘One Night at the Disco’

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Hit 70’s concert show Lost in Music – One night at the disco is coming to Swansea’s Grand Theatre on Friday 9 September.

Disco’s roots are firmly founded in the early Seventies, says James Taylor, producer of the hit touring concert show Lost in Music, which hits Swansea’s Grand Theatre in the coming weeks.

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“It was a time when Motown Records’ biggest stars began to get funky,” he says. “Philadelphia Records became a hit song conveyor belt with its distinctive combination of soulful vocals and lush arrangements. And, soundtracks of movies – from Shaft to Car Wash – lifted the world to its dancing feet.”

By 1977, says James, disco was in full flow.

“Lost in Music fondly remembers the height of the disco era,” he says, “faithfully recreating the biggest hits of Donna Summer, Earth Wind and Fire, Gloria Gaynor, Chaka Khan, Chic, Diana Ross, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Sister Sledge and more.

“Our company Entertainers produces scores of hit touring shows including the Magic of Motown, Fastlove, The Rocket Man and Thank You for the Music,” he says. “But, Lost in Music is by far our liveliest production. It’s non-stop dance anthems from curtain up.”

Disco tribute concert ‘Lost in Music – One night at the disco’ is coming to Swansea’s Grand Theatre

In fact, James admits a couple of mid-tempo tunes have had to be added to the 32-song set list to ‘give the audience a breather’.

“From worldwide ladies’ anthems like I’m Every Woman and I Will Survive,” says James, “to the Nile Rogers/Bernard Edwards-produced Everybody Dance, We Are Family, I’m Coming Out, I Want Your Love and – of course – Lost in Music; plus the greatest hits from New York’s legendary Studio 54 Discotheque: You Make Me Feel Mighty Real, More than a Woman and Disco Inferno; and soul anthems Ain’t No Stopping us Now and Boogie Wonderland – it’s disco wrapped up into two hours of non-stop hits.”

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Backed by a talented live band, Lost in Music stars a cast boasting stunning vocals which combines this with the extravagant dance moves and fabulous fashion of the era, to bring the best the late Seventies had to offer to life, live on stage.

“Audiences are taken on a musical journey straight to the heart of disco by a band that just wants to play in front of crazy fans,” promises James. “Concertgoers are encouraged to come dressed to impress and to get involved.

“It’s the feel-good show of the year – come and get lost in music. . . “

Touring the UK with more than 200 dates in the diary for 2022, Lost in Music is coming to Swansea’s Grand Theatre on Friday 9 September 2022. Tickets are on sale now.

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