SPRING is here and the days are finally getting brighter. And although it’s still a bit cold outside, you’ll always be afforded a warm welcome at St David’s Hall.
April promises yet another action-packed month at the National Concert Hall of Wales with a schedule crammed full of diverse entertainment from cracking kids’ shows to dazzling dancing. Plus, there’s top music from a few household names and a healthy dose of nostalgia added to the mix.
Say “Yes” to mischief as Sooty and his pals scuttle into town to kick-start the month. Featuring everyone’s beloved bear Sooty along with his trusty sidekicks Sweep and Soo, the lovable gang will serve up their usual feast of antics with two side-splitting shows on 2 April. Guaranteed giggles for adults and children alike. Plus, it’s the perfect family fun for the Easter holidays!
Hot on the heels of Sooty & Co are disco-funk legends Shalamar who groove into the Hall the next night (3 April). And talking of people who look good on the dancefloor, Michael’s Flatley’s Lord of the Dance jig onto centre-stage for seven shows (7-12 April). Dangerous Games is the latest breathtaking instalment in the iconic series, and is definitely not to be missed.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, there’s a string of top artists ready to reel off the hits and rocking riffs. Britain’s best reggae group UB40 come back to the Hall on 15 April for a spectacular sold-out gig, whilst Van Morrison will perform fan favourites and hidden gems from his extensive repertoire on 27 April.
Elsewhere, the ever popular Michael Ball (29 April) sings a selection from his recently released record If Everyone Was Listening, whilst Californian bluesman Seasick Steve (28 April) captivates a sell-out crowd with his seventh studio album Sonic Soul Surfer. There’s also very limited seats left for super-group Mike and the Mechanics (25 April) who will motor through their hits like All I Need is a Miracle, as well as top tunes from Genesis. Support on this special Saturday night show is provided by Starsailor singer James Walsh.
If you fancy a trip down memory lane, St David’s Hall has got that covered too. The Hollies deliver all the classics such as The Air I Breathe and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother on 26 April. Furthermore, The Solid Silver 60s Show allows you to relive an unforgettable era (1 April), whilst The Simon & Garfunkel Story (17 April) delves into the classic career of the New York duo. Plus, The Magic of Motown (23 April) celebrates 50 years of legendary music from the likes of The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Lionel Richie!
Don’t worry if you prefer orchestral or folk music though – there’s the Capital City Jazz Orchestra (14 April) and BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing The Planets suite by Holst (18 April). Plus, folk fans will love Stefan Grossman, who brings his beautiful acoustic melodies to the intimate setting of the Level 3 Lounge on 21 April. But if you want to just let your hair down and have good old sing-song, there’s Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music (30 April).
Last but by no means last, the worlds of comedy and literature collide in a perfect blend as broadcaster, columnist and TV critic Caitlin Moran comes to the Hall on 16 April. And if you needed any further incentive to experience the ‘Queen of Social Media’ in full flow, then you’ll also receive a free copy of Caitlin’s new book How to Build a Girl!
Overall, you’re always guaranteed a great time at St David’s Hall!