THE LAST time Status Quo were in Llanelli was at the Glen Ballroom well before most reporters at The Herald were born. The line-up of Parfitt, Rossi, Lancaster and Coghlan, as well as the outfits, remained the same for most of the band’s life.
Before the gig at Parc y Scarlets, an announcement was made which stated that Rick Parfitt sent his apologies for not being able to play at the gig. Despite Parfitt’s absence, the sound remained the same: classic hard rock boogie with a sprinkling of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Around 6,000 Quo faithfuls packed into the South Stand with around 1,000 or more in the pit, which led Rossi to invite those seated in the stands to join the hardcore fans in the pit.
There were people of all ages in the audience, many sporting Quo t-shirts and plastic inflatable guitars, which ultimately came out along with a bit of head banging for most of Quo’s set.
Quo’s set was preceded by two other fantastic bands who really did a fine job of warming up the crowd. The Jokers and The Departed raised the noise level to close to 11 and, with youth on their side, gave us all what is expected of a good hard rock band. There was plenty of noise, lots of thrashing of hair and guitars, lots of leather, tight trousers and superb music.
They were hard acts to follow but there can be little doubt that Status Quo smashed it on the night and proved why they have been in the industry for so long and are still ranked as one of the UK’s top rock bands.
Excitement builds as Bollywood comes to Carmarthenshire
LLANELLI’S Ffwrnes theatre is to host the red carpet premiere of a new Bollywood film that was partly shot in the town’s rugby stadium.
Bollywood Hollywood Production has chosen Carmarthenshire for the first Welsh screening of its new film Jungle Cry, based on the inspiring true story of 12 underprivileged and orphan children from Kalinga Institute in India’s Odisha region, following their triumphant journey to the International Junior Rugby Tournament held in the UK in 2007.
The rugby scenes were filmed in Wales, including at Llanelli’s Parc y Scarlets where the film’s match final was shot.
It features cameos by some of the sport’s top names, including international referee Nigel Owens, and Scarlets, Wales and British Lions fly half Phil Bennett – both from Carmarthenshire.
Carmarthenshire County Council, University of Wales Trinity St David and the Scarlets have joined the project as brand partners, and the council is hosting the exclusive invitation-only premiere at Y Ffwrnes on March 10 ahead of the film’s release to cinemas worldwide in April.
Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, said: “It’s an honour to host the Welsh premiere of Jungle Cry at Y Ffwrnes. We have been delighted to support the making of this film, which is based on a remarkable true story.
“We have worked hard to grow Carmarthenshire as a location for film and television productions because of the huge economic benefits it brings to the area, as we have seen with the likes of BBC drama Keeping Faith which has brought so much interest to Laugharne and Carmarthen.
“It is fantastic to see Llanelli taking pride of place on the silver screen as part of Jungle Cry. The Bollywood industry is massive and there will be a huge amount of interest in this film, which we hope will put Carmarthenshire on an even bigger international map.”
Jungle Cry tells the incredible true story of the 12 underprivileged children who came from one of India’s most tribal areas, playing sports bare foot, who went on to win to the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England, making Indian and British history.
It was produced by veteran Mumbai and Hollywood producer Prashant Shah, who has also produced the likes ofMy Name is Khan, and The Bruce Lee Project.
Bollywood comes to CarmarthenshireHe said: “Jungle Cry is truly an inspiring film that promotes education, sports and helps eradicate poverty and create patriotism for every nation and we are very excited to release it to a global audience of cinemagoers in April.”
Harry’s Halloween magic in town centre
The people of Llanelli were spellbound last week as Harry Potter lookalikes arrived in Stepney Square for Ymlaen Llanelli’s Halloween extravaganza. Harry, Ron and Hermione lookalikes met children and adults alike on Tuesday 29th October after riding into town in a replica of the Weasley’s flying car, flanked by Dumbledore and a dementor guard.
A stunning replica of Hogwarts wowed the crowds; made completely out of recycled materials, it took local crafter Christine Clarke six months to create from scratch.
Event-goers also had the chance to see Harry and friends’ beloved pet owls up close in a display from West Wales Falconry.
Chair of Ymlaen Llanelli, Lesley Richards, said it was a great day: “There were so many children dressed up as their favourite characters and it was so lovely to see. Everyone had a magical time – we love putting on these children’s events and we’re glad that the kids love them too!”
At the event were Family Housing and the Wallich, who joined forces to give out 100 free packed lunches and pairs of gloves to children as part of Eradication of Poverty Day.
There were also arts and crafts including a special wandmaking table organised by Fusion, as well as facepainting and balloon modelling. Harry and Hermione even joined in the fun and took a turn on the children’s ride with some young witches and wizard.
Club Logic launch weekend – Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June
THIS WEEKEND is a date for your diary if you are a clubber or like live music and comedy as it is the launch of Club Logic, 12 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea SA4 4BX. Previously called The Rainbow Rooms, the venue has just undergone a full refurb with a change of decor and structural work both inside and out ready for the launch of Friday and Saturday nights at Club Logic.
There is also a new uprated sound system and a lighting rig going in so no expense has been spared to bring the venue up to date with the best that the industry has to offer. When asked about the changes Club Logic’s owner Jason Pufal said: “When we opened originally we had to make do with a large space and a simple lay out but for this refurb we wanted to make the venue more intimate. This has been done with structural changes and it should now have less of that warehouse feel to it”
This is just phase one of the improvements that they have planned for the venue and like any state of the art venue, Club Logic will evolve to meet the changing needs of its clientele thus giving their customers the best of what they have to offer, when and where it is needed. This policy of constant improvement is what gives Club Logic the edge over its competition and other late night watering holes in the locality.
Entertainment wise, they have looked at what has worked over the past 5 years and what hasn’t and have changed things round accordingly. From the launch date of Friday 28th this month there will be a monthly band night at the end of each month featuring local bands that are well loved by the audience and they will be introducing open microphone nights on the other Fridays so that anyone with a talent to perform is welcome to at Club Logic.
For the Saturdays they have looked at the nights where they bring in the big name artists and have made the decision to stop this policy and to concentrate on the assets they have already in their own resident DJs. After all it is the residents that play there every week and know the crowd and what they want to hear, so from the launch date onwards, there will just be themed nights like a monthly Trance event and House and Hard Dance etc, All under the brand name of Logic. There will be guest DJs but they will be local DJs who also understand the needs of the of the wants and needs of the customers.
With all of these changes going on at Club Logic the owners have been rushed off their feet as they are also working hard on the Logic Festival 4 which takes place on Saturday 7th September at Ynysforgan Farm and will be the biggest and best one yet with six arenas of DJ’s performing to an expected crowd of over 3000 people. This boutique dance festival offers the best in entertainment and features World class DJs and the best that Wales has to offer all under six canvassed roofs. Tickets are selling well and go up in price in July so get them while you can at the bargain price of £30.
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