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3 massive music stars to play Swansea’s Singleton park this weekend

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Global stars Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Anne-Marie and Paul Weller are set to play Singleton Park over three consecutive days from this Friday, July 29.

Rodgers – with hits such as Le Freak and Everybody Dance – plays the Friday, Anne-Marie (2002 and Friends) the Saturday, and Weller (That’s Entertainment & The Changing Man) the Sunday.

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The weekend is brought to Swansea by promoters Orchard Live and supported by Swansea Council who are working with promoters to prepare the venue.

The council say that a limited number of road closures, traffic diversions and parking restrictions will be in place.

They include Brynmill Lane between Oystermouth Road and Gower Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11.30pm.

Saturday will also see Mumbles Road between Sketty Lane and Gorse lane closed between 10pm and 11.30pm.

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “We’ve got an incredible variety of events this summer, including these major music acts at Singleton Park.

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“They come on top of this month’s incredible Wales Airshow and Elton John who visited the Swansea.com Stadium as part of his farewell world tour.

“There’ll also be free international spectator events like IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea, Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea and the Para Sport Festival, all of which are being hosted by the city next month.

Nile Rodgers

Since co-founding CHIC in 1976, Rodgers has built an unrivalled catalogue of hit songs. His collaborations with such iconic artists as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. In more recent times his work with Daft Punk, Disclosure, Sam Smith and other artists demonstrates Rodgers’ ability to transcend all styles of music, across every generation.

Support on the night comes from The Trevor Horn Band.  World renowned producer and songwriter Trevor Horn’s influence on pop and electronic music in the 1980s was such that he has been called “The Man Who Invented the  Eighties.’’

Expect to hear such hits as Video Killed The Radio Star, I’m Not In Love, Slave To The Rhythm, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Dancing In The Dark, Girls On Film, Kiss From A Rose, Relax. 

Anne-Marie

Platinum-selling, multi-talented singer Anne-Marie hits the stage on the Saturday. Since her breakthrough in 2016, Anne-Marie has become one of the globe’s most successful pop stars. She has over five billion streams to her name and earned a platinum debut album alongside five Top 10 UK singles.

Main support at this show comes from acclaimed Mimi Webb, hailed by Radio 1 as one of the sounds of ’22. She has made waves worldwide with her Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP and instantly selling out her first UK tour. Already a huge star on TikTok, Mimi Webb can also boast of being the first UK female artist – since Dua Lipa in 2017 – to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.

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Paul Weller

Paul Weller closes the weekend of music on the Sunday. Weller released his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, his fourth in as many years and his second in just under 12 months following June 2020’s chart-topping On Sunset.

This latest album – Fat Pop (Volume 1) – is among his most compelling collections even alongside his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council.

Support comes from The Coral. Since their debut EP release in 2001The Coral have sold over a million UK albums. Their self-titled debut received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and the band have had five Top 10 UK albums including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. 

During their career they’ve had eight Top 40 singles include the hits Dreaming Of You, Pass It On and In The Morning. Last year they released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Move Through the Dawn, showing The Coral to be one of the most consistent bands in the UK thanks to their knack for crafting great songs and frontman James Skelly’s powerful vocals.

Previous big names to have played Singleton Park include Gerry Cinnamon, Noel Gallagher, Jess Glynne and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “The council is committed to making 2022 the best-ever year for world-class sport and entertainment in our city. Working alongside our partners, we’re delivering on that promise.

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“There’s excitement indoors as well, with the Grand Theatre and Swansea Arena offering incredible line-ups of events. We’re also supporting events arranged by other groups and organisations – from community bike rides to triathlons and duathlons – and a number of national cultural programmes

“Our events are backed-up by the council’s destination marketing teams who share news of the big Swansea welcome across the UK. We’re backing local tourism and entertainment businesses and we want everyone planning a staycation in Wales and the UK to know about it.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena

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Following a sell-out tour in 2022, Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena with a special 50th anniversary concert.

The iconic Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer is due to play Swansea’s newest concert venue on Saturday 4 March 2023.

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Glynneath-born Max rose to fame in the 1970s with a musical comedy act rooted in his passion for Welsh rugby.

His very first recordings were made at the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe in 1971 and featured several tracks that became his signature tunes including including Hymns and Arias, Duw it’s Hard and Slow – Men at Work.

At his brand new Swansea Arena show he will be performing a musical version of his lockdown poem When Just the Tide Went Out for the first time. Since its release in 2020 it has been something of an internet sensation and been viewed nearly 8 million times. It was titled ‘Pick of the Week’ on Radio 4 and features in his number 1 best-selling book, Hymns and Arias.

Max will also be performing some of his other famous songs which have endeared him to both young and old alike. Don’t miss the chance to see this inspired, and inspiring entertainer, whose songs and stories have become part of Welsh Legend.

The one-off show is hard to miss, and definitely one that for years to come you’ll be able to say: “I was there!”

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Max Boyce performs at Swansea Arena on Saturday, March 4th 2023. Tickets go on pre-sale Monday 15 August at 10am with general sale online from 12pm.

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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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BBC announce plans to extend Radio Cymru 2 to broadcast 60 hours a week

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The BBC has announced its intention to increase Radio Cymru 2’s broadcast hours in the Autumn.

Speaking at the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron, BBC Cymru Wales’s Director Rhuanedd Richards said the ambition was to increase Radio Cymru 2’s broadcast hours from 15 hours a week to over 60 hours a week.

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He said that this would make it the destination for those looking for a music-based Welsh language national radio offer on digital.

The plans mean that for the first time ever there will be a music and entertainment brand aimed at all Welsh speakers, working alongside Radio Cymru.

BBC Radio Cymru will continue to broadcast its schedule to the nation on FM and on digital. BBC Radio Cymru 2 will be on air on digital, offering a mix of music-based programmes blended with some of Radio Cymru’s entertainment programmes, broadcast simultaneously.

BBC Radio Cymru 2 launched in 2018 and has predominantly broadcast a breakfast show during the hours of 7 and 9 each morning. From the autumn the intention is to broadcast a wide range of popular and contemporary music.

The BBC say that BBC Radio Cymru 2 will be aimed at extending choice through the medium of Welsh and is aimed, in particular, at those audiences who wouldn’t traditionally listen to Radio Cymru.

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Rhuanedd Richards, Director BBC Cymru Wales says: “Taking Radio Cymru 2 from 15 hours a week to over 60 hours a week is part of BBC Wales’s ambitious strategy to ensure we can give Welsh speakers a choice. Radio Cymru is incredibly popular – with listening figures reaching a twelve year high – and we want to build on that ensuring that we can meet the needs of those Welsh speakers and learners who enjoy listening to music throughout the day.”

Dafydd Meredydd, Head of Welsh Language Services for the BBC says: “Our listeners are telling us that they’re looking for choice when it comes to radio listening. That’s the intention as we look to build Radio Cymru 2’s hours while nailing its focus. A Welsh language music-based schedule is something that’s missing from the kit of parts for Welsh speakers – I’m really excited about bringing that to listeners in the Autumn.”

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