Special Cardiff concert planned to welcome Olympic torch relay

A special concert taking place in Coopers Field, Cardiff is set to be unveiled by the council in the coming weeks.

News of the gig comes after the authority revealed that Cardiff’s Big Weekend has been cancelled this year due to the city hosting Olympic football the same weekend.

The Big Weekend, usually held in early August, has drawn thousands of music fans into the city centre in previous years. 2011 saw Bridgend pop-punk/rock quartet Death Before Sunrise, plus Attack Attack! and Funeral For A Friend, representing South Wales in amongst a crop of talent that included Gabrielle and headliners The Feeling.

But due to an unprecedented year for the capital, with the Millenium Stadium hosting Olympic football matches and also with celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee expected, changes to this year’s Cardiff Festival Olympic were inevitable.

Instead, with the focus very much on Cardiff this summer, the Games will bring many extra and exciting events to the city.

These will include a special concert for 16,000 people, featuring soon-to-be announced musical acts, which will be held in Coopers Field on Friday May 25 as part of celebrations welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay.

Brit Awards 2012 Critic’s Choice winner Emeli Sandé will headline, with support coming from Cardiff’s own Kids In Glass Houses plus You Me At Six. The winner of Cardiff Council’s Big Gig competition will also get the chance to perform. To get free tickets you must register at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coca-colacelebrations before 10pm on April 11.

Elsewhere, Motorpoint Arena – formerly Cardiff International Arena – has no gigs scheduled between July 11 and August 21. Also, unlike in recent years, the Millenium Stadium – which has hosted headline shows from giants including Stereophonics, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones – will not be holding any summer concerts.

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