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GRUFF TO HEAD WELSH MUSIC EVENT - 10/07/2005


July 10, 2005

Super Furry Animals frontman to head cream of Welsh Music in North West Wales event

Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals will be the main attraction for Wales's gig-lovers when he plays an exclusive gig in this years Eryri National Eisteddfod, as organisers Cymdeithas yr Iaith announced their lineups.

Welsh music's biggest event of the calendar will be held in two venues this year, Cofi Roc in Caernarfon and Time Nightclub in Bangor. Entertainment Officer Owain Schiavone said:

"It is very important to us as organisers that we go out into the surrounding communities of the Eisteddfod with our gigs, so that communities see an economic gain and feel a part of the festival. We are very lucky this year that two of North Wales's best venues are so near to the Eisteddfod field. Considering this and the nature of the area I'm convinced the gigs will be a great success."

Wednesday, 3rd August. Gig starts at 8:00 and he will be supported by singer-songwriter Fflur Dafydd and fellow Bethesda band Winabego. Ticket information to be fund on http://steddfod.cymdeithas.com

Cymdeithas yr Iaith have been organising gigs during the Eisteddfod field since the early 1970's and the tradition continues this year with a line up that will set Welsh gig-lovers pulses racing. There will be plenty of variety during the week with the cream of the Welsh music scene performing. Welsh music's big names will be supported by some of the most promising of the current crop of talent coming through the ranks as the organisers try to cram as many bands as possible into the week:

"Nurturing and developing new young talent is very important to us as they the future of the scene, the Eisteddfod is a great opportunity for them perform to a wider audience. Supporting established bands such ar Anweledig, Sleifar a'r Teulu and Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion in front of a large audience will be a fantastic experience for promising young bands such as Eryr, Java and Pala."

It therefore looks like being a busy and exciting week for Welsh music followers in this years Eisteddfod.




Gruff Rhys ar frig "line-ups" Gigs Eisteddfod Eryri

Gruff Rhys fydd y dynfa fawr i gig-garwyr Cymru yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Eryri eleni, wrth i Gymdeithas yr Iaith gyhoeddi eu lineups cyffrous ar gyfer yr wythnos.

Bydd dwy ganolfan yn cael eu defnyddio yn ystod yr wythnos, un bob ochr i faes yr 'yl, sef Cofi Roc yng Nghaernarfon a Chlwb Amser ym Mangor. Dywedodd Owain Schiavone, Swyddog Adloniant Cymdeithas yr Iaith:

"Mae'n bwysig iawn i ni fel trefnwyr ein bod yn mynd allan i gymunedau'r Eisteddfod wrth drefnu'r gigs, fel bod y gymuned yn gweld budd economaidd ac yn teimlo'n rhan o'r 'yl. Rydym ni'n lwcus iawn eleni fod dwy o ganolfannau gorau Gogledd Cymru yn nalgylch yr Eisteddfod. O ystyried hyn a natur yr ardal, dwi'n ffyddiog y bydd y gigs yn llwyddiant ysgubol eleni eto.

Mae'r Gymdeithas wedi bod yn trefnu gigs yn ystod wythnos yr Eisteddfod ers dechrau'r 1970au ac mae'r traddodiad hwnnw'n parhau unwaith eto eleni gydag arlwy a fydd yn tynnu dŵr i ddannedd gig-garwyr Cymru. Mae digon o amrywiaeth yn ystod yr wythnos gyda phrif fandiau ac artistiaid Cymru i gyd yn perfformio. Bydd hoelion wyth y sin yn cael eu cefnogi gan rai o fandiau mwyaf addawol Cymru ar hyn o bryd wrth i'r Gymdeithas geisio gwasgu gymaint â phosib i mewn i'r wythnos.

Dywed Owain:

â€Mae datblygu a meithrin bandiau ac artistiaid ifanc, newydd yn bwysig iawn i ni gan maen nhw yw dyfodol y sin. Mae'r Eisteddfod yn gyfle gwych iddyn nhw berfformio o flaen cynulleidfa ehangach. Mae cefnogi bandiau sefydledig fel Anweledig, Sleifar a'r Teulu a Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion o flaen cynulleidfa fawr yn brofiad amhrisiadwy i fandiau ifanc addawol fel Eryr, Java a Pala.â€

Felly mae'n argoeli'n wythnos gyffrous a phrysur i ddilynwyr cerddoriaeth Gymraeg yr Eisteddfod eleni.

- Diwedd -

Amserlen llawn a nodiadau i'r golygydd wedi atodi.
GRUFF TO HEAD WELSH MUSIC EVENT - 09/07/2005


July 09, 2005

SFA T IN THE PARK
from nme.com

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS made their first UK festival appearance of the summer tonight (July 9) at T IN THE PARK - and treated fans to a preview of new album 'LOVE KRAFT'.

The Welsh band, dressed in glo-in-the-dark spacesuits, headlined the X-Tent, and delighted a devoted crowd by playing new single 'Laser Beam' and album opener 'Zoom!'.

There was plenty room for old favourites though among the classics rolled out were 'Hello Sunshine', 'Something 4 The Weekend' and perennial set closer 'The Man Don't Give A Fuck'.

The set was:

'Slow Life'
'(Drawing) Rings Around The World'
'Hello Sunshine'
'Run Christian Run!'
'Zoom!'
'Fire In My Heart'
'Juxtapozed With U'
'Laser Beam'
'Something 4 The Weekend'
'Do Or Die'
'Ice Hockey Hair'
'The Man Don't Give A Fuck'


Speaking to NME.COM earlier, frontman Gruff Rhys told NME.COM: "We were looking at what tracks are singles because it's a different crowd at festivals. We played seven new ones in London last night. They're quite mellow as well." He went on to praise Scottish audiences, saying, "They're like the Welsh and the Irish. They're a bit more passionate, there's a lot more drinking."

The band also spoke about their decision to play a gig at Somerset House in central London on Friday (July 8), just a day after the bomb attacks in the city. Rhys commented: "Our friend nearly got on one of the trains. It's mad. But our friends in London said we should play. Hopefully we lifted people a bit."

'Love Kraft' is released on August 22, with 'Laser Beam' preceding it on August 8.

Published: 09-07-2005-22-50
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