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Nightclub to open on a Swansea Industrial Estate

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Sankeys, one of the UK’s most recognisable club brands has announced the opening of their first Welsh venue at Warehouse Gym in Cwmdu Industrial Estate, Swansea.

The club brand say they’ll kick off with a huge all-day rave on 14 May featuring Richy Ahmed, wAFF, Max Chapman, Amine Edge & DANCE, Miguel Campbell, Clive Henry, Ellie Cocks, Andrew Kay and Hypoxia.

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Sankeys say they’re no stranger to huge news. What started in a Manchester warehouse in 1994 has since turned into a global club brand with venues around the world, a famously naughty party in Ibiza and road-block events at London’s Studio 338.

Most recently, the team has announced a first ever, hugely anticipated festival at Colesdale Farm on July 2nd 2022.

But first it is heading to Wales for a very special series of just nine carefully programmed and highly anticipated events, each with a strictly limited capacity.

For each one, Sankeys will bring its many years of know-how and cutting edge underground sounds to a new venue powered by Warehouse Gym.

Situated at Cwmdu Industrial Estate and as part of the gym complex, this summer Sankeys say they’ll bring the biggest artists, brands and parties to Wales on a regular basis.

Consisting of several huge spaces including The Arena – a huge, imposing warehouse room – and more intimate space The Lab, the new club will feature world class sound and light as well as lots of other hidden spaces to explore deep into the night.

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First up is a forward thinking mix of house and tech artists from the vanguard, including Cocoon regular and rolling minimal master wAFF who never fails to cook up a storm, plus the influential long time Ibiza favourite and Four Thirty Two label boss Richy Ahmed.

There will be edgy and characterful grooves from French pair Amine Edge and DANCE, plus plenty more UK favourites and Sankeys regulars such as the on point Max Chapman, longtime underground mainstays Clive Henry and Miguel Campbell, plus more from new school titans Ellie Cox, Andrew Kay and Hypoxia.

The club say this will be a new chapter not only in Welsh dance music history, but in the history of the UK’s dance music scene as a whole.

Dan Perrin, Sankeys Creative and Events Director said: “Sankeys is already the most popular party in London….and of course has a history in Manchester and millions of fans across places like Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool etc. So it would be easy for us to open the club in one of those places…but what’s the point in that? What would we be adding to the city that isn’t already there?

“The most legendary clubs and parties happen in places where they are needed. The response we have had so far in Swansea tells us that this is where we should be.

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“The venue is just perfect for us and it is part of the Warehouse Gym run by our dear friends. Things happen for a reason…we go with our hearts and we feel like we are home here.”

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Doctors prescribe dance classes to keep patients on their feet

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Over 65s in Swansea Bay are being encouraged to attend dance classes in a bid to keep them on their feet.

Five of the health board’s clusters – groups of GP surgeries working together within a geographical area – are backing the scheme as the exercise to music is proven to aid falls prevention.

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Each class is led by a trained dance teacher with participants encouraged to follow a range of routines, designed to develop their strength and balance, with the option of using a chair for support if their mobility is limited.

The Dance for Health programme is a collaboration between the health board, clusters, local authorities, and Aesop, an arts focused charity.

Alyson Pugh, Programme Manager at Aesop, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners in the health sector to improve the health and wellbeing of people aged over 65 through the medium of dance.

“During each class participants will move to a variety of music from all around the world. The classes are fun and vibrant, increasing fitness, mobility and strength.

“Afterwards, participants will have a good chance to get to know one another over a cup of tea or coffee. No previous experience is needed, everybody is welcome.”

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So far classes are held in Pontardawe, Morriston, Seven Sisters, Cwmavon and Briton Ferry, Upper Killay, Reynoldston, Mumbles and the Waterfront Museum.

Alyson said: “The health board asked for 12 classes across Swansea Bay and funded the management side while the GP clusters are funding the delivery of the classes. They wanted it to be grass roots up.

“Anyone can walk in but they wanted the main referrals to come from the virtual wards and local area coordinators and social prescribers, a whole community approach.”

Lizzie MacMillan (Image: Swansea Bay HNS)

Dance artist Lizzie MacMillan (left), a development officer for Dance for Health, said: “It’s for older people and people who are struggling a little bit with perhaps balance issues, mobility issues as well, so we are not expecting them to foxtrot along the floor on the first class or anything like that. It builds up over the weeks.

“We start off quite gently, just seeing where everyone is in the class – I like to gauge the class first of all to see if people are having problems with balance or perhaps giddiness or joint problems. I like to get to know each person in the class so that I can look after them and know their capacity for movement.

“We use the chairs quite a lot if someone is unsteady on their feet. They can still do a variation using the chair for support. We also do a standing variation if people are a little fitter or a little bit more able to push themselves further in the class.”

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Over 65s in Swansea Bay are being encouraged to attend dance classes in a bid to keep them on their feet. (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

Mike Garner, Cwmtawe Cluster lead, said: “We are delighted to be participating in this programme as it fits in perfectly with our goal of improving well-being and helping people remain fit and healthy.”

One participant, Pauline Anderson, said: “I’ve been to four or five classes. I thought I would try it to see what it’s like and it’s been very good.

“As you get older you become more immobile. I’ve been struggling with my knees and joints, so I have found it helpful.

“I would advise anyone thinking about it to just come along.”

Another participant, Betty Didcock, said: “I try to keep active as much as I can. I used to enjoy dancing when I was younger. I’ve made friends here. If you’re a bit shy, it’s a wonderful place to come to get used to talking to people. I’m a quiet one. I don’t always do it right but I have a go.”

While Amber Davies said: “I thought I’d come along to see what it was like. It’s important to keep busy and remain active. It’s also a good way of meeting new people.”

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(Lead image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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‘Come What May’ starring Strictly’s Robin Windsor heads to Swansea’s Grand Theatre

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One of the nation’s best loved Strictly Come Dancing professionals, Robin Windsor, is coming out of retirement to star in Come What May – one of the UK’s most exciting theatre productions touring across the UK in Spring 2022, and is heading to Swansea Grand Theatre on 19 February 2022.

Come What May is described as the ultimate tribute to Moulin Rouge and other hit movie musicals, including Rocketman, The Greatest Showman, A Star is Born, Burlesque and more.

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Joining Robin Windsor are Charlotte Gallagher, David Wyatt, Ollie Augustin, Óscar Fonseca, Chloe Gatward, Emma Jane, Georgia McEnaney, Hannah Morcos, Stuart Rouse and Reece Woodier.

Travel back in time as the children of the revolution take you into the sexy and glamorous underworld of Paris at the Moulin Rouge, journey into the flamboyant world of Elton John, delve into the imagination of the original showman P.T Barnum and finally head to the bright lights of Los Angeles before exploring the glamour of Sunset Boulevard’s Burlesque Lounge.

This musical extravaganza is packed with timeless classics from the movie Moulin Rouge, including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Roxanne and Lady Marmalade as well as featuring hits from other iconic movie musicals, including Come Alive, Saturday Night’s Alright, Shallow and Show Me How You Burlesque.

This “Spectacular, Spectacular” all-singing, all-dancing show is an unforgettable combination of dreams, adventure and above all – love!

Robin Windsor is a British Professional Latin and Ballroom Dancer, best known for his appearances in the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing. He is arguably one of the most recognisable faces on Strictly Come Dancing, during his time on the show he partnered Anita Dobson, Patsy Kensit, Lisa Riley and Deborah Meaden and danced alongside stars such as Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, and Alice Cooper, Katherine Jenkins to name just a few.

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Robin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Come What May. Really excited to get moving and work on this fabulous show with this amazing cast.”

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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.

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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.

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.”

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

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