With tickets already on sale for Cardiff National Eisteddfod concerts, the question on everyone’s lips is who will be starring in the iconic Friday night slot on the Open Air Stage?
Step back in style to the 1990s as Diffiniad, one of the big names of the decade reform for the year’s flagship performance on the festival’s outdoor stage. One of the scene’s biggest party bands in their day, their songs are still as catchy as ever, and are now available to download and livestream on services like Spotify and iTunes. The official promo for the evening will be launched on social media by both the Eisteddfod and Diffiniad at 19.00 this evening (18 April).
This is the band which immortalised the Injaroc classic, Calon, bringing a smile to the faces of a generation of Welsh music fans as they hurtled to the top of the scene as one of the most popular bands of their time.
Originally from the Mold area in north east Wales, Diffiniad were formed when the ‘house’ scene was at its height, with their proximity to clubs such as Cream in Liverpool and the Hacienda in Manchester heavily influencing their musical style.
Following in the footsteps of Tŷ Gwydr, Diffiniad exploded onto the Welsh scene and stayed there for years before calling it a day after their final gig at the 2001 Maes B festival.
Member, Ian Cottrell, says, “There’s been an increasing call for Diffiniad to reform over the years, but it was never the right time. We all felt we had to wait for the right opportunity before agreeing to perform together again.
“Then Eden starred at last year’s Eisteddfod, and we instantly knew that this was the slot for us. And when the Eisteddfod approached us, we had to say yes! We can’t wait to headline Llwyfan y Maes BBC Radio Cymru on Friday night this year, and it’s an honour to follow artists like Edward H, Geraint Jarman and Huw Chiswell.”
Sioned Edwards, Deputy Artistic Director at the Eisteddfod said, So many people contacted us in the hope that Diffiniad would be headlining this year, so it’s great that they agreed to reform for the performance.
“Their songs are as memorable as ever, and we’ll all be stepping back to the heady days of the 90s to enjoy some Welsh music scene classics. I can’t wait!”
Today also sees BBC Radio Cymru announced as the sponsors of the Open Air Stage this year, and that the stage’s official name will be Llwyfan y Maes BBC Radio Cymru.
Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, said, “We are grateful to BBC Radio Cymru for sponsoring the stage this year, and look forward to working together over the next few months and during the festival itself. The stage is located in an ideal place within the Roald Dahl Plass in front of the Wales Millennium Centre, which will be the perfect chance for everyone to enjoy the best Welsh bands and performers from 12.00 until late – free of charge.”
Betsan Powys, BBC Cymru Editor, added, “As a service, we are delighted with this evening’s announcement that Diffiniad will be headlining on Friday night at the Eisteddfod. We are pleased to be supporting Llwyfan y Maes BBC Radio Cymru, and look forward to seeing the week’s line-up organised by the Eisteddfod throughout the festival.
“The week is the highlight of our summer tour, and this partnership is another opportunity for us and our presenters to communicate directly with our audience, and we are looking forward to being part of Cardiff’s experimental and urban Eisteddfod in August this year.”
Entry to see Diffiniad and all the other performers on the stage is free of charge during the Cardiff National Eisteddfod from 3-11 August. Full schedules will be published online during May.
Concert tickets are already on sale online, www.eisteddfod.wales, or by ringing 0845 4090 800. For more information go online.