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Rhod Gilbert latest act announced for new Swansea Arena

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Comedian Rhod Gilbert is the latest act to be announced for Swansea brand new arena.

Appearing on Thursday 28 April 2022, Carmarthen-born Rhod will be bringing his acclaimed ‘Book of John’ show to the city.

Publicity material for the show says: “Rhod is back on the road; as funny as ever, but like never before. Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John is a little bit raw, very personal, and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense. This is Rhod, but different, the same, but not. It’s a show about hitting rock bottom, and just when you think things can’t get any worse, you meet a bloke…a bloke called John.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday 8 October at 10am with pre-sales on Wednesday 6 October at 10am.

Rhod is the latest in a string of comedy names that have already been announced for the Arena.

John Bishop is due to perform his ‘Right Here, Right Now’ show on Friday 24 June. Rob Brydon will be appearing just two day’s after Rhod Gilbert’s show on Saturday 30 April with his ‘Night of Songs and Laughter’.

Star of Netflix smash ‘The DuchessKatherine Ryan is also bringing her brand new brand-new live show Katherine Ryan: Missus to the Swansea Arena on Friday 13 May.

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Swansea Arena is expected to host up to 200 performances across music, comedy, esports, sport and conference events for an estimated 230,000 visitors each year.

The development of the Arena will be a significant landmark within Swansea’s city centre and its £135 million transformational Copr Bay Phase One project, which is being delivered by the Council working alongside development manager RivingtonHark.

Once complete, it will comprise the brand-new 3,500 capacity indoor arena and conference centre – next to Swansea Marina – as well as new independent restaurants, city centre apartments, a 1.1-acre coastal park, two new multi-storey car parks, and a new ‘gateway’ landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Oystermouth Road, to provide a seamless passageway connecting the revived city-centre to Swansea’s Marina and its famed coastline.

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Tickets go on sale for John Bishop and Oti Mabuse at Swansea’s new Arena

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Tickets are now on sale for the latest acts to be confirmed by Swansea Arena for their 2022 programme.

Comedian John Bishop will take to the stage at the new attraction on March 15, with Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse performing on June 24.

Other acts already announced for the arena include Alice Cooper and The Cult, Katherine Ryan, Rob Brydon and Diversity.

The announcement of the headline opening act for the arena is anticipated in coming weeks.

The 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena, to be run by Ambassador Theatre Group, forms part of the £135m Copr Bay phase one district being developed by Swansea Council, working alongside development manager RivingtonHark.

Led by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, construction of Copr Bay phase one will be completed later this year, with the arena opening its doors in early 2022.

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Artists impression of the completed Swansea Arena (Image: Swansea Council)

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “This is yet more exciting news for Swansea Arena, with more acts due to be confirmed in coming weeks, including the headline opening music act.

“Copr Bay construction progress on site continues to make significant progress as completion edges ever closer for a scheme that will be worth hundreds of jobs for local people and £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy.”

Head to www.swansea-arena.co.uk to buy tickets.

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Two more acts announced for Swansea’s new Arena

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Comedian John Bishop and Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse are the latest big names announced to play Swansea’s new arena.

John Bishop’s eighth stand-up comedy touring show ‘Right Here, Right Now’ is coming to the arena on Tuesday, March 15 2022.

Can’t wait until next year? John, will be appearing at the city’s very own Grand Theatre on Saturday 13 November as part of a warm-up for the comedy tour.

Strictly Come Dancing pro and reigning glitter-ball champion Oti Mabuse will be bringing her ‘I Am Here’ show to Swansea Arena on Friday 24 June 2022. Promising some of Oti’s signature South African flavour to jives and sambas it will be “an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing”.

Artist’s impression of interior of new Arena (Image: Swansea Council)

Six acts have now been announced at the 3,500 seat state-of-the-art venue.

Last week tickets for performances by veteran rocker Alice Cooper, Britain’s Got Talent dance troupe Diversity and comedian’s Katherine Ryan and Rob Brydon were released.

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The venue’s high profile opening headline music act is yet to be revealed.

Swansea Arena is expected to host up to 200 performances across music, comedy, esports, sport and conference events for an estimated 230,000 visitors each year.

The arena forms part of the £135m Copr Bay development which also includes new independent restaurants, city centre apartments, a 1.1-acre coastal park, two new multi-storey car parks, and a new ‘gateway’ landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Oystermouth Road.

Tickets for John Bishop and Oti Mabuse go on sale on Friday 1 October at 10am. Pre-sale tickets are available on Wednesday 29 September. Visit Swansea-arena.co.uk for details.

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Swansea Arena reveal first shows to go on sale

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Swansea Arena has today announced that Alice Cooper and The Cult, Diversity, Katherine Ryan and Rob Brydon will be the first shows to go on sale for the hotly anticipated new venue.

All are on general sale from 10am, Friday 17th September via swansea-arena.co.uk

This reveal is the first announcement of many for the brand-new, state-of-the-art, 3,500 capacity indoor Arena, as it maps out an incredibly exciting future with unwavering focus on bringing world class shows to Swansea. 

The venue’s high profile opening headline music act is yet to be revealed, with the announcement expected in the coming weeks.

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On Monday 23rd May 2022, Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper and rock icons The Cult will open their co-headline tour at Swansea Arena as the acclaimed stars from both sides of the Atlantic come together to create rock history.

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Renowned for their unforgettable live shows, we can anticipate a dark, twisted trip through goth, psychedelia, macabre theatre and straight up rock anthems when these two giants take the stage.

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Bringing the laughs to the Arena’s stage are top class comedians Rob Brydon and Katherine Ryan.

Coming to Swansea Arena on Saturday 30th April is Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs & Laughter tells Rob’s personal musical journey from South Wales to the West End and beyond. 

With songs from Tom Waits to Tom Jones, and Guys and Dolls to Elvis (and almost everything in between), audiences can expect Rob’s usual warmth and humour as he regales them with hilarious tales from his distant and recent past.

On Friday 13th May, star of Netflix smash hit series The Duchess (along with two global Netflix comedy specials: In Trouble and Glitter Room), comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show Katherine Ryan: Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love… accidentally.

A lot has changed for everyone, and we can look forward to hearing Katherine Ryan’s always-hilarious new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be Missus.

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The first entertainment act to be announced at Swansea Arena is world renowned dance group Diversity, who have added an extra date to their ‘Connected’ 2022 tour due to phenomenal demand. They will come to Swansea on Tuesday 7th June 2022, on a tour that now takes in a staggering 79 shows, their biggest ever tour to date. 

Created by Diversity’s lead member Ashley Banjo, ‘Connected’ centres around the world of social media, the internet, and the digital era we now live in, but more importantly how this connects us all. 

General Manager, Lisa Mart says: “We’re absolutely over the moon to reveal some of the amazing artists that we are bringing to Swansea Arena next year. These are some of the most high profile music, comedy and entertainment acts out there, and for most, aside of course from the wonderful South Wales born Rob Brydon, this will be their first show in Swansea.

“This is the beginning of something truly special; we will be sharing news of further shows over the coming weeks and months, including our yet to be revealed opening act. Watch this space for further announcements!”

Artists impression of the inside of the new Swansea Arena

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “We’re delighted that the arena tenants and operators ATG have already secured acts of this quality for Swansea Arena. Many of the acts have never performed in Swansea before, so this shows the impact our new arena development is having.

“This will help build excitement towards the announcement of many more acts in coming weeks and months, including the main opening act for Swansea Arena.

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“At the heart of the city’s emerging new £135m Copr Bay district, the new arena will be a world class destination for local people and visitors to the city. It’s one feature of a multi-million pound regeneration story unfolding across Swansea that will create well-paid jobs for local people and attract significant further investment as Swansea is transformed into one of the UK’s best cities to live, work, study and visit.”

The flexible space will allow a number of different configurations, including traditional auditorium seating

Swansea Arena is expected to host up to 200 performances across music, comedy, esports, sport and conference events for an estimated 230,000 visitors each year.

The development of the Arena will be a significant landmark within Swansea’s city centre and its £135 million transformational Copr Bay Phase One project, which is being delivered by the Council working alongside development manager RivingtonHark. Once complete, it will comprise the brand-new 3,500 capacity indoor arena and conference centre – next to Swansea Marina – as well as new independent restaurants, city centre apartments, a 1.1-acre coastal park, two new multi-storey car parks, and a new ‘gateway’ landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Oystermouth Road, to provide a seamless passageway connecting the revived city-centre to Swansea’s Marina and its famed coastline.

Swansea City Centre is one of the largest urban transformations currently being delivered in Europe; over £1billion is being invested across the city, allowing Swansea to realise its potential to be one of the most vibrant places to live, work, visit and study in the UK.

The arena also forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project which is being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.

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