Two concerts have already sold out less than two days after the tickets for the Anglesey National Eisteddfod were released.
Tickets for the Pavilion Gig with Yws Gwynedd, Yr Eira, Alys Williams and Mr Phormula, with the Welsh Pops Orchestra on Thursday 10 August were all sold within a few hours, setting a new record for the Eisteddfod.
A day later, the final ticket for Hynna Be’ Di O, The Stage Show, with Tudur Owen and friends on Tuesday 8 August, was sold. This is the first time two concerts have sold out so quickly, and Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, said, “Although we were confident that this year’s concerts would sell very well, the first morning when tickets go on sale still makes us a bit nervous. But this year was busier than ever.
“We expected Tuesday and Thursday to be the first evenings to sell out. Tudur Owen is so popular on the radio and everyone are looking forward to seeing him perform live on the Pavilion stage. And last year’s Pavilion Gig was so popular, with so man people asking us if we’d organise a similar evening this year.
“The atmosphere at the gig last year was so different to anything else ever held in the Pavilion, and hearing the bands perform live with an orchestra was fantastic. We can’t wait to enjoy it all again this year.
“There are tickets left for the other evenings at the moment, although these are selling quickly too. The programme is so varied this year that there’s something for everyone, but you do need to order your tickets as soon as you can, as they’ll soon be gone.”
The other concerts are:
Friday 4 August: A Oes Heddwch? Taking its inspiration from the story of Hedd Wyn, winner of the Black Chair, this is the story of the boys who went to war a century ago and the community left behind here in Wales.
New work by Aled and Dafydd Hughes (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog), Guto Dafydd, Paul Mealor and Grahame Davies, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Eisteddfod Choir. The soloists are Osian Huw Williams, Casi Wyn, Emyr Gibson and Lleuwen Steffan.
Saturday 5 August: Gwyn Hughes Jones Old favourites and new songs with Gwyn and his guests, including up-and-coming Anglesey soloists, Steffan Lloyd Owen, Meilir Jones and Llio Evans. With renowned pianist, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones and the Rhys Taylor Chamber Ensemble.
Sunday 6 August: Cymanfa Ganu (Congregational Singing) With Mari Lloyd Pritchard, Beaumaris Brass Band and Gwyn Evans. The organist is Grês Pritchard.
Monday 7 August: Noson Lawen Ynys Môn An evening of family entertainment. Dilwyn Morgan presents Elin Fflur, Côr Glanaethwy, Eilir Jones, Wil Tân, Trio, Y Tri Trwmpedwr (Gwyn Evans, Gwyn Owen & Cai Isfryn), Bach a Mawr & Edern
The competition continue into the evening on Wednesday and Friday, with the evening sessions starting at 18:00. English language translation will be available in the concerts on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and a bilingual programme available for the opening concert. Simultaneous translation is available for all competing sessions during the day and the evening. The translation equipment will be available free of charge from the Translation Centre next to the Pavilion.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. Tickets available now, with early bird bargains running until 30 June. For more information on the Eisteddfod go to www.eisteddfod.wales or ring 0845 4090 900.