The Eisteddfod has announced the line up for the open air stage (Llwyfan y Maes) at this year’s festival.
The coveted Friday night spot is taken by pop legends Eden who will entertain and enthrall with a performance they promise will be like nothing we’ve ever seen at the Eisteddfod!
Friday also sees another performance guaranteed to be a musical highlight when ‘Lleden’ take to the stage. Lleden (Tara Bethan, Sam Roberts, Rhys Jones, Heledd Watkins and Wil Roberts) will perform a special set as part of the Maes B 20 birthday celebrations. The set will be packed tight with songs performed at Maes B by bands young and old over the last 20 years and will include anthems from the likes of Yws Gwynedd, Genod Droog, Sibrydion, Swci Boscawen, Euros Childs and Jarman all weaved, softened and moulded into a perfect pop monument to celebrate 20 years of Maes B.
The line up also has a strong local flavour with performances by choirs and groups including Fleur de Lys and Cordia whilst Elin Fflur will headline the closing Saturday with her band. Born in Llanfairpwll, Elin Fflur came to national attention after performing the victorious song for the Song for Wales competition in 2002. Since then, two other popular albums have followed. Her natural talent for performing a range of songs, and the power of her delivery has made her one of the outstanding talents of her generation. Her homecoming closing set is sure to be a memorable finale.
Of course we’ve also got all the favourite Llwyfan y Maes regulars – Geraint Lovgreen, Band Pres Llareggub and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and for the kids there’s the daily sing-along featuring characters and presenters from S4C’s Cyw. Organisers have this year also strengthened the line up of the first weekend with the Saturday in particular sure to appeal to many Welsh music fans. Moniars, John ac Alun, Wil Tân and Calfari head up the bill and ensure that the Eisteddfod kicks off with a bang.
Maffia Mr Huws were one of the biggest Welsh language band of the 80s inspiring a generation of musicians to follow in their footsteps. With original front man Hefin Huws back in the fold they are back at their best so their closing Saturday afternoon set is not to be missed.
Add to the mix some of the most exciting names in the Welsh language Music scene such as Candelas, Swnami, Alys Williams, Alun Gaffey and HMS Morris it’s sure to be an eclectic music celebration like no other. Welsh language music at its best in the magical Eisteddfod setting – roll on summer!
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held at Bodedern from 4-12 August. Early bird bargain tickets available until 30 June. For tickets and information go to www.eisteddfod.wales.