Posted: Wed 6th Jul 2016

Stereophonics Rocked Up To 20,000 Fans At Wrexham Glyndwr University Stadium

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 6th, 2016

Stereophonics rocked Wrexham this weekend at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium’s first show in 34 years. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh band played to almost 20,000 fans on Saturday – the day after Wales made history and got into the Euro 2016 semi-finals creating an electric atmosphere in the stadium. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The event was kicked off by Pretty Vicious, The Ramona Flowers and Llandudno’s Catfish and the Bottlemen creating a great buzz ahead of the main show. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Before Stereophonics came on stage they played Wales’ winning goal getting them into their first ever major championship semi-final – causing a huge roar from the crowd ahead of their first song and instantly creating a feel-good factor. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations for Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “It’s been an incredible day. Everything’s gone smoothly. The music’s been fantastic and there’s been a real buzz around the stadium and town. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Bringing this landmark concert to Wrexham has taken a lot of time and effort from VMS Live and ourselves. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It’s more than 30 years since the stadium has held a gig like this so getting a top name like Stereophonics, and rising stars Catfish and the Bottlemen, is a major coup for the region and will have a positive economic impact on the town.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She added: “With more than 19,000 people attending the event, many local hotels and guest houses were fully booked and pubs and restaurants also likely benefited from pre and post event sales. Local contractors have also been used to help in the preparation of the stadium and additional staff were taken on to ensure good customer support and safety on the day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We hope this will be the first of many live shows taking place at the stadium over the coming years, and I would like to thank our partners for helping to put in place one of the biggest events to take place in North east Wales for decades.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stereophonics’ played the fans’ favourites including Dakota, Graffiti on the Train and Handbags and Gladrags as well as songs, C’Est La Vie, I Wanna Get Lost With You and Local Boy in the Photograph from their new album Keep the Village Alive. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During their performance, their first in Wrexham, lead singer Kelly Jones, shouted “semi-final” every now and again, with the crowd reacting with the chanting of “Wales, Wales”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Thousands took to social media during and after the event to thank Stereophonics, VMS Live and Wrexham Glyndwr University for organising such a successful event in Wrexham, the first of its kind. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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