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A sample of performers at this year’s International Eisteddfod

Acclaimed musician and presenter Jools Holland OBE will open the International Eisteddfod next month.

The UK’s most popular pianist and former Squeeze band member will return to Llangollen and is set to wow audiences at the Royal Pavilion with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

The jazz, blues and swing show-stopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an extravaganza of live music on Monday, July 1.

Holland will join a line-up of top musical talent, including indie chart-toppers The Fratellis, The Coral and the Pigeon Detectives .

The former Squeeze musician is best known today for his Later… with Jools Holland show and has featured artists from a variety of countries and genres throughout the years, as Vice President of the Eisteddfod, he is a familiar face at the popular event.

His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.

Full evening concert line-up 2019

Monday, July 1 – Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Returning festival favourite and Vice President of the Eisteddfod, Jools Holland, will entertain the Royal Pavilion audience with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The jazz, blues and swing showstopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an unforgettable toe-tapping extravaganza of live music.

Tuesday, July 2 – Classical Gala with Rolando Villazón and guests
One of the music world’s most critically acclaimed tenors, Rolando Villazón will debut his phenomenal voice on the Llangollen stage. Villazón, who is known for his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses around the world, will be joined by the magnificent Welsh lyric soprano Rhian Lois for a spectacular evening of operatic greats.

Wednesday, July 3 – Saints and Singers: The Music of Wales
Wales has a world-wide reputation for its choral music, and Wednesday’s evening performance will showcase the Land of Song at its very best, with supreme Welsh vocalists Shân Cothi and Rhodri Prys Jones, accompanied by the British Sinfonietta Orchestra.

Thursday, July 4 – International Celebration with Jamie Smith’s MABON
International competitors from all over the world will come together in a vibrant carnival of cultures to showcase the very best from across the globe, as they weave through the audience with their giant flags in a vivacious display of international unity and friendship.

Friday, July 5 – Gipsy Kings featuring Andre Reyes

Hailing from the south of France, the group will bring their energetic set with infectious Latin rhythms to Llangollen for the very first time. Their music is warm, exuberant and hugely popular with trademark hits such as Bamboleo and Volare.

Saturday, July 6 – Choir of the World
In a live televised concert, the festival’s competitions will reach their exciting climax on Saturday, with the finest choirs from across the globe battling for the highly sought after Choir of the World 2019 title and the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy.

Sunday, July 7 – Llanfest 2019
Scottish indie rockers The Fratellis, best known for their worldwide smash Chelsea Dagger, Mistress Mabel and Whistle for the Choir, will headline Llanfest alongside Merseyside music legends The Coral, with their chart-topping tracks Dreaming of You, Pass it On and In the Morning.

Joining the high energy line-up will be Leeds-based indie icons The Pigeon Detectives, with the likes of This is an Emergency, Take Her Back and I Found Out, as well as pop rock trio Dodgy, with nostalgic nineties hits Staying out for the Summer and Good Enough to open the main stage headliners.

 

Music Director of the festival, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “We are proud that this year’s festival line-up spans genres and generations, crossing the boundaries of age, culture and creed.
Tickets are available online at www.llangollen.net .

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is an annual festival of music, dance and culture, which includes competitions showcasing choirs and dance troupes from across the globe.

Each year it attracts approximately 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors across the duration of event.

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