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Tickets available for Swansea Arena ‘housewarming’ test events

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Swansea’s brand new arena is getting even closer to opening – and it’s throwing open its doors for a ‘housewarming’ at the end of the month for people to enjoy some local music talent while testing of all aspects of the venue ahead of the arena opening in March. 

Featuring a variety of Swansea-based artists, the test events are being held on Friday February 25 and Saturday February 26.

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The Friday February 25 test event – which will take place from the early evening – will feature Trampolene, The Now, Inscape and The Vega Bodegas.

Then on Saturday February 26, the test event, which will run from mid-afternoon through to the late evening, will feature Prosperina, Pearler, Fallen Temples, Cities, Lost Tuesday Society, The Orange Circus and King Goon.

The venue will be testing all parts of the new space as part of the event, including evacuations as part of safety testing.

Swansea Arena forms part of the £135m Copr Bay phase one district being developed by Swansea Council and advised by development managers RivingtonHark. The arena is being leased to leading theatre and venue operator Ambassador Theatre Group, who run close to 60 venues across the UK and overseas.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “Test events for new venues of this kind are standard practice so everything can be assessed, fine-tuned and improved ahead of the arena officially opening in March. They’re a key part of the process that leads to the arena being able to operate at full capacity.

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“These events will give Swansea people the chance to take part in the testing of their arena, while enjoying some of the best local musical talent.

“This is yet another step forward for the arena, as part of the Copr Bay phase one development led by the council that’s made incredible progress throughout the pandemic.

“Worth £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy once open and operational, the Copr Bay district will also create hundreds of high-quality jobs, boost city centre footfall and attract further investment to our city.”

The Copr Bay phase one district also includes the new 1.1-acre coastal park, the new bridge over Oystermouth Road, new car parking, new apartments and new spaces for leisure and hospitality businesses. Buckingham Group Contracting is leading on its construction.

The arena element of the district is being part-funded by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal – an investment in nine major projects and programmes across the Swansea Bay City Region.

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Head to www.swansea-arena.co.uk for test event ticket information, as well as ticket information on all other events to have been confirmed for the arena so far.

Test event tickets will cost £5, and will include a complementary drinks voucher.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Big 90s Festival is heading for Swansea’s Singleton Park

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The Big Nineties Festival is heading to Singleton Park, Swansea for the very first time with a night of throwback 90’s music.

Friday 28 October 2022 will see an amazing festival production with lasers, smoke machines and light displays throughout the night, all hosted at Singleton Park, Swansea for a Nineties Festival Extravaganza.

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Organisers say they have “a line up like no other” and can’t wait to announce this year’s acts very soon.

Tom Cullen Marketing Manager for The Big Nineties Festival said: “Swansea will host a huge weekend of live music, delicious food and drink, and EVERYONE’s invited!

“We can’t wait to bring something of this scale to Swansea, and it’s been assured to help boost the economy and small businesses.”

Organisers say demand is expected to be high and urge anyone interested in going to buy tickets as soon as possible.

Find out more at thebigninetiesfestival.co.uk/swansea.

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Swansea resident Vicky O’Neon raises her drumsticks for ‘Europe for Ukraine’ band

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Swansea resident Vicky O’Neon, a native of Finland, is raising her drumsticks for Europe for Ukraine – a music initiative that gathers musicians from 50 European countries to record an original composition in support of Ukraine.

O’Neon, co-founder of the non-profit music organisations Girls Rock London and Rock Donna, has worked with Hans Zimmer and Nile Rodgers.

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O’Neon, a graduate of Drum Tech in London (now called BIMM), believes that we should never stand quiet in the face of injustice.

“It’s easy to feel powerless towards what is happening and difficult as an individual to make a difference. But as a society we have to do everything in our power to show support for Ukrainians to stop this war,” O’Neon said. 

Songwriter and Klaukkala resident Amelia Ray, founder of Europe for Ukraine, discovered O’Neon in 2021 through O’Neon’s “Drumming Through The Decades” series on YouTube. When Ray had the idea to write and record a song in support of Ukraine, she remembered O’Neon’s series, and asked her to participate.

Drummer, Vicky O’Neon (Image: Vicky O’Neon)

Ray wrote “Hands in Hearts” in multiple languages to highlight the diversity of the European community. The song will be released on Ukrainian Constitution Day, 28 June 2022.

Hands in Hearts,” is an opportunity for me as a musician to raise my voice for Ukraine against this war together with fellow musicians all over Europe,” O’Neon said.  

The Europe for Ukraine band also includes composer and performer, Adi Mulahalilović – who penned Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 1994 Eurovision Song Contest entry –, North Macedonian classical pianist Mimoza Keka, Franc Moody bassist Rosetta from Italy, and Ukrainian violinist Yuliia Kryzhanivska. Participating musicians will record their performances remotely.

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A portion of the proceeds raised from the release of “Hands in Hearts” will be donated to the UNHCR for humanitarian relief efforts prioritised for Ukraine.

For more information, please visit: www.europeforukraine.com  

(Lead image: Vicky O’Neon)

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Craig Charles brings his ‘Funk and Soul Club’ to Swansea’s Patti Pavilion

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Promising a cracking start to the Easter Bank Holiday, Craig Charles will be coming to Swansea to deliver a set of his finest funk’n’soul tunes this Good Friday.

An iconic actor, host, broadcaster, and now one most beloved DJ’s in the country, Craig’s ‘Funk & Soul Club Night’ will see him open-up his “trunk of funk” at Swansea’s legendary Patti Pavilion venue on Friday 15 April 2022.

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From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after nearly 20 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with a primetime Saturday night show. As of Autumn 2021, Craig has also settled into a mid-afternoon slot on the station which has already proven a massive hit with listeners nationwide.

“When BBC 6Music asked me to do a Saturday radio show I only had one condition, it has to be a funk & soul show” says Craig, when he was first approached by the station. And so, the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show was born in 2002.

Live every Saturday night since, it features an assortment of classic gems and emerging artists and has seen Craig garner global support as one of the UK’s foremost Funk and Soul commentators, DJ’s and promoters of new music. The show has also become a European benchmark for artists who want to connect directly with their fans.

“Since its inception I have been interested in all varieties of soul and funk music, without imposing any barriers and I am just as enthusiastic about fresh new talent as I am about the classic artists from the golden age of the 60s and 70s”.

The list of guests that have been on The Funk and Soul Show speaks for itself: Gil-Scott Heron, James Brown, Roy Ayers, Cymande, Marlena Shaw, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Terry Callier, Candi Staton, Marva Whitney.

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Hip Hop legends, The Roots and the Jungle Brothers, as well as the leading players of the new school Kokolo, Cut Chemist, Sharon Jones, Osaka Monaurail, Amp Fiddler, Amy Winehouse, The New Mastersounds, Smoove and Turrell, Quantic, The Apples, The Grits, JTQ, and The Fusion Experience.

Mr. Charles and his trunk of funk DJs, every weekend throughout the UK – stopping regularly at Band on The Wall in Manchester for his monthly residency. A night of soul-hitting funk, ‘can you dig it’ attitude and dance-floor jivin’.

The monthly stop off is currently one of the most anticipated nights in Manchester’s scene, with an array of guests from the funky depths such as, Maceo Parker, The BlackByrds, Smoove & Turrell, New Mastersounds, The Perceptions, Speedometer, Lack of Afro and Funkshone.

Craig Charles has captivated crowds throughout the UK – the Maestro of funk has played at numerous festivals such as, Love Box, Park Life, Festival no 6, Wychwood Festival, Common People, Mostly Jazz funk and soul festival to name but a few. Highlighting 2016, Craig recently played to over 10,000 people at the world famous Arcadia and Shangri-La stage in Glastonbury.

With a jammed packed year in the making, the funk and soul train keeps movin’ along without a stop in sight – in the words of the soulful don himself, ‘No Sleep till Bed time’.

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Craig plays the Patti Pavilion on Friday 15 April. Tickets are priced at £20.00 (plus. Booking fee) and are available through SeeTickets.

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