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Elvis Costello and Level 42 among arena tickets now on sale

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Swansea Arena’s programme for 2022 continues to grow with tickets now on sale for Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Australian Pink Floyd, Level 42 and Steve Hackett.

They’re the latest shows to be announced by the venue, with many more announcements due in the coming weeks and months.

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Elvis Costello and The Imposters will be taking to the stage at Swansea Arena on Monday June 20, Australian Pink Floyd on Friday October 28, and Level 42 on Wednesday November 9.

Former Genesis lead guitarist Steve Hackett will perform at the arena on September 9.

Swansea Arena, to be run by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), is part of the £135m Copr Bay phase one district being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development managers RivingtonHark.

Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is leading on Copr Bay phase one’s construction, with the development set to be worth £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy.

Other acts already announced for Swansea Arena include Royal Blood, Jersey Boys, Alice Cooper and The Cult, Alan Carr and John Bishop.

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Head to www.swansea-arena.co.uk to buy tickets and see the line-up for 2022 so far.

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Kaiser Chiefs to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse in Carmarthenshire

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Kaiser Chiefs are set to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse near Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire on Thursday 2 June 2022.

The special ‘Live After Racing’ show will invite audiences to enjoy an entire day of horse racing, with the added bonus of a full live set by the indie titans late into the evening.

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Established as one of the best loved guitar bands to emerge this century, the Kaiser Chiefs will be heading to the races with a winning set-list of bona fide indie belters in their arsenal.

Over the last 15 years the Kaisers have become a real household name, from their seven critically acclaimed and Top 10 charting albums selling multi-millions worldwide, to making memorable performances at some of the biggest events in recent history including Live 8 and the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and winning innumerable awards including ‘Best Live Act’ at both the Brit Awards and Q Awards. 

With top 10 hits like ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Ruby’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Never Miss A Beat’, and ‘Everyday I Love You Less & Less’ all cementing the band’s penchant for penning contemporary pop classics like few of their peers, the many highlights to be found on their acclaimed #3 charting 2019 album ‘Duck’, illustrate a band that have no intention of slowing down soon.

With a reputation as one of the best live acts in the biz, if there’s one safe bet to place all day, put it on a hit-packed set from the Kaisers…

The event, rescheduled from 27 August last year, is priced at £35 advance, £25 for under 18s, with under 5s admitted free of charge.

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Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

(Lead image: Kaiser Chiefs)

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Swansea unites in song with pop-up Christmas concert

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The Quadrant Shopping Centre Swansea is urging the people of Swansea to join them for a Christmas Carol pop-up service between 6pm – 7pm on Wednesday, December 15th.

The hour-long carol service is part of a UK-wide Doorstep Carols initiative, which saw 150,000 people participate in across the UK, in 2020.

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Led by local choir, The Voices Choir, the service will be located outdoors, near the New Look entrance to The Quadrant. People are being encouraged to come along, warm up their vocal cords and unite in Christmas song.

Other areas across the UK taking part, include Trafalgar Square, Great Ormand Street Hospital, Winchester Cathedral and so many more. Participant numbers are expected to reach the one million mark this year, as even more people come together to unite in song.

Commenting on the Centre’s involvement is Quadrant Shopping Centre Manager, Lisa Hartley: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be part of such a powerful UK-wide initiative, which is more important now than ever. We have been through so much the past 20 months that initiatives like this, where people come together safely, is vital in boosting morale and igniting a true sense of Christmas and community spirit.

“We hope that our customers stay in town a little longer to embrace the Christmas carols which The Voices Choir will so beautifully lead on. Just turn up near New Look at 6pm on Wednesday the 15th of December to join us, whether you can sing or not, it’s about embracing the true spirit of Christmas.”

As well as encouraging people to join in in their streets and community spaces, Doorstep Carols has engaged with children’s hospitals who will be streaming the music on wards so that children can join in song with parents they are separated from.  Hundreds of care homes are doing the same.  The military are streaming to overseas soldiers to enable them to sing with their loved ones back at home, hospices, schools, individuals shielding in their homes, this is an opportunity for music to connect even the most isolated this Christmas.  

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Mal Pope and Steve Balsamo lead star-studded music video for ‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas’ campaign

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Star-studded music video of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ released for latest ‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas’ campaign

This reimagining of the classic Christmas Carol features a duet between, Mal Pope and Steve Balsamo, with support from Harry’s Youth Theatre Choir Swansea and the Morriston Salvation Army Band.

The video starts with a spine chilling opening monologue from BAFTA winner Michael Sheen and ends with a special message from OSCAR Winner Catherine Zeta Jones. The video also features appearances from Davina McCallMax BoyceElis James, Penny Lancaster and Bonnie Tyler.

The video was Art Directed by BAFTA Award winning Production Designer Edward Thomas, recently returned to Swansea following a year in Malta designing a new Steven Spielberg Film.

The single is taken from the album ‘Christmas with the Pope’ and is available to stream and download from all streaming sites including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. The physical CD will be available from select shops or via mail order.

As well as inviting everyone to download and stream the single the video is available free of charge to groups to use over the festive period and asking for donations to be made to the group’s Just Giving page

Everyone Deserves a Christmas

The annual ‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas’ campaign provides festive cheer for people who need a helping hand in the local community.

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Individuals and businesses from across Swansea and beyond work together to raise funds that are used to purchase food for hampers and Christmas dinners. These are then delivered to families across the city to ensure that nobody goes without at Christmas-time. 

“When everyone else was pushing the boat out I was worried about just feeding my family, so didn’t feel like I was part of Christmas”, said Leanne. The campaign says that at Christmas, no-one should be worried like Leanne.

This year, with community help, the campaign aim to create over 700 food hampers full of staples like cheese, meat, and vegetables, and added goodies like pudding, chocolate and crackers. A large team of volunteers will purchase, pack and deliver the hampers in the days before Christmas. There will also be cooked dinners delivered on Christmas Eve to people across the city who are on their own or vulnerable, as well treats for local children.

Swansea City AFC Foundation and the Ospreys in the Community are working with Carolyn Harris MP, Julie James MS, South Wales Evening Post, Swansea Council, Bay Studios, Amazon and very many local businesses, to make this happen.

The campaign say that Christmas should be a time of joy and of giving. By working together, we can ensure that everyone has the joyful Christmas they deserve.

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What started a few years ago with a few friends packing hampers on Carolyn Harris’ kitchen table has now developed into a city wide celebration of Christmas spirit and this year it is hoped that up to 1000 households will benefit from the campaign.

Carolyn Harris MP was recently named Campaigner of the Year at the Spectator Parliamentarian of The Year Awards.

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