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Music in the Park 2018

Lloyd Macey is to headline a three-day music festival at the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Music In The Park promises to be the biggest open-air music party in Rhondda Cynon Taf this summer - three consecutive days of performances and music for all ages and tastes.

Following Lloyd Macey’s Saturday night concert on August 25, entitled Under the Sky, Sunday, August 26 sees the world-famous Lewis-Merthyr Band take to the stage. Bank Holiday Monday’s Tribute In The Park (August 27) welcomes some of the UK’s top ‘tribute’ acts to the Rhondda.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “This three-day music festival, at an authentic coal mine, promises to be an August Bank Holiday to remember at the Welsh Mining Experience, in the heart of the Land of Song.

“We are all so proud of Lloyd Macey, a local boy who did so well on last year’s X Factor, and we are delighted to be hosting his first-ever solo concert.”

“Lewis-Merthyr Band also has a proud history and it is fitting that they join us to perform at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

“Finally, fresh from the success of last year’s Tribute In The Park, we are delighted to welcome this open-air concert back, with an exciting new line-up, for 2018.

“This promises to be a fun-filled weekend of music for all tastes as the Welsh Mining Experience continues to attract visitors from all over the world.”

Lloyd has had a remarkable year, entertaining millions of TV viewers across the world as an X Factor finalist. He supported Little Mix on their Glory Days Tour and has performed live to over 150,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

But returning home to the Rhondda is “something special” and Lloyd is looking forward to performing on home soil in front of a home crowd of fans.

Lloyd Macey said: “My family worked in the Lewis Merthyr Colliery for generations and I am sure I will feel emotional performing at such an amazing venue.

“Coming home and launching my first solo single in the Valleys means so much to me. I am extremely excited to be performing a mixture of the songs I have become known for, as well as new material from my debut album. “

Lloyd Macey will be supported on his Under the Sky Concert by two acts from Rhondda Cynon Taf - Brits School graduate Alice Mee-Bishop and Indie band The Brocklebank, both making their festival debuts.

Lewis-Merthyr Band returns home to the Welsh Mining Experience, the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, on Sunday, August 26.

Joining the Lewis Merthyr Band will be a Massed Male Choir and soloists Ashley Richards and Joanne Huxton for an evening of ‘Movies, Musical and More!’

An evening not to be missed, their repertoire will include blockbuster movie soundtracks and songs from the shows, culminating in Tchaikovsky's epic 1812 Overture.

Founded around 1855, the award-winning Lewis-Merthyr Band is the oldest brass band in the area. Their accolades through the years include being crowned Champion Band of Wales, Welsh League Champions and Miner's Welfare Entertainments (CISWO) Champions.

They have also represented Wales at the European Championships in Copenhagen and won the National Championships of Great Britain.

Tribute in the Park on Monday, August 27 will see some of the finest tribute performers in the country bring the sounds of Pink, Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, Bruno Mars and Take That to the Council’s popular family tourist attraction.

Music In The Park takes place at the Welsh Mining Experience on August Bank Holiday Weekend, August 25-27. For regular updates visit www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

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