IT IS WITH HUGE REGRET TONIGHT’S CONCERT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
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2011 marked not only the 10th year since Steps’ infamous split, but perhaps more importantly celebrated the reunion of the pop phenomenon. The band who sung their way to success in the 90s soon became a household name as their dance routines & catchy lyrics captured the hearts of fans all around the world.
Formed in 1997, Steps were the Pop Sensation of the Millennium. This five-piece group includes Faye Tozer, Ian “H” Watkins, Lisa Scott-Lee, Lee Latchford Evans and Claire Richards In total the five-piece have sold 20 million records, and achieved 14 consecutive Top 5 singles. They have won countless awards and had sell out tour after sell out tour all over the globe. They were the second most successful British pop group ever (behind the Beatles). Despite their incredible success, in 2001 the Group decided to part ways.
However, their announcement of a reunion last year proved that the love for Steps was still as big as ever. Their four-part Sky Documentary “Steps Reunion” has had the highest viewing figures of any Sky show this year. Their ‘Ultimate Collection’ flew straight to number one in the official album charts and the tickets to their National Tour sold over 80,000 before they even went on sale.
Of course, the area will be familiar to two members of the group – Lisa Scott-Lee who’s hometown is just down the road from the venue in St. Asaph, Denbighshire and Ian “H” Watkins who has settled with his partner in the Conwy Valley near Llanrwst. Their performance at Gŵyl Gobaith this year is long-awaited and promises to be as exciting as ever!
Festival founder, Rhys Meirion, expressed his delight at Steps’ forthcoming appearance at the Festival:
“I’m thrilled to announce that Steps will be headlining the Monday evening, 27 August, the Festival is now in its fourth year and having Steps perform on the fourth night will be the perfect way to end the Bank Holiday weekend with a real feel-good factor!”
Björn Again was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia by Company Director and Bass Player Rod Stephen. Seen as a light-hearted satirical parody of ABBA and a brand in its own right, the show rapidly achieved cult status worldwide. Today the show employs mainly British, European and North American session Singers and Musicians boasting over 4,700 performances in 70 countries.
Rod’s aim was to start a band which would revisit the music and fashion of the 1970’s. He believed that Abba were the perfect choice, thus decided they would be the focus of his efforts. After countless auditions and months of rehearsals and studying music and videos, all Rod needed to come up with was a great theatrical show format and a great band name…and Björn Again was born!
Having been acknowledged by Björn Ulvaeus as being the show that single-handedly initiated the Abba revival in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Björn Again show is hailed as the most popular and successful show of its type.
Following in the footsteps of bands such as Take That, Boyzone and Steps, Gŵyl Gobaith 2012 will witness the reformation of Welsh girl group, Pheena. Tesni Jones, Ceri Bostock and Sara Williams, who burst onto the music scene 10 years ago, are performing for the first time since they took a break from the industry in 2005.
Having enjoyed success with two E.P’s, UK tours with some of the biggest names in pop, two Radio Wales Awards and a string of television appearances, Pheena are thrilled to be back on stage performing together. Their performance will include some of their classic songs along with exclusive new tracks.
Sophie first found fame during her time on the BBC’s talent show, ‘Over the Rainbow’ in 2010. She auditioned for the role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End musical, The Wizard of Oz. As runner up, Sophie was invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to don the legendary ruby slippers and play the alternate Dorothy in selected performances. However, by February 2012 Sophie stepped into the role of Dorothy full time at the London Palladium.
Away from the West End, Sophie has performed at Festivals, Theatres, Arenas and Stadiums including a crowd of 65,000 at the Millennium Stadium during Wales semi-final match against France in the Rugby World Cup. Sophie has also featured in numerous television programmes including her own ITV documentary ‘Dare to Dream’ and in July 2011, Sophie participated in a week-long TV reality show on S4C called ‘cariad@iaith’ (love4language), in which she and other Welsh celebrities, lived together at a campsite for eight days and intensively studied the Welsh language.
Sophie has performed at countless concerts, supporting The Wanted and is excited to be supporting Steps at Gŵyl Gobaith – one of her favourite groups of all time! Sophie dared to dream when she first set foot on the stage of the Wales Millennium Centre and now those dreams really have come true.
In keeping with Gwyl Gobaith Festival tradition, money raised from the Monday evening concert will go to support Welsh charity HeadtoHeart, which will give donations to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, as part of their ‘Imagine Appeal’.
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