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UK News Welsh music stars to play fundraising gigs for Pontypridd flood victims

18:25  19 february  2020
18:25  19 february  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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A number of Wales’ leading musicians are to appear at fundraising concerts for those affected by the floods in Pontypridd.

The gigs at the Pop Factory in Porth will be spread over two nights.

The first on Friday, March 13, in partnership with Menter Iaith Rhondda Cynon Taff, will feature leading Welsh language artists raising funds for the much loved Clwb y Bont in Pontypridd town centre, which has been extensively damaged by the floods and was a focal point for the Welsh speaking community in the valleys and a regular gig destination for bands.

On Saturday, March 14, a concert titled Valley Aid will feature some of the leading lights of the Welsh music industry internationally.

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The event will also be available to stream live on Facebook with a rock auction in between acts. All monies raised will be to support the communities affected in RCT following Storm Dennis and will be administered by the Valley’s Kids Charitable organisation.

The first name announced for Valley Aid is Grammy award-winning songwriter and co-writer of some of Ed Sheeran’s biggest hits, Amy Wadge, who lives in the Pontypridd area.

“I am so devastated to see the damage that has been done in my community by the storms,” said Amy. “I want to do everything I can to help rebuild and give back to the place I call home.”

More names are to be released in the coming days.

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The concerts are being put together by Emyr Afan, CEO of media and events company Avanti.

Emyr said: “Pontypridd and the area have played such a big part in Avanti’s history from the pioneering days of music television at The Pop Factory in Porth to Tom Jones in Ponty Park and the Full Ponty.

"As one of the leading TV broadcast event companies in the country we enjoy excellent working relationships with Wales’ biggest bands and leading artists and we just wanted to put our minds and resources into doing what we do best and hopefully make a difference.

"We’ve had nothing but support from everyone we’ve spoken to so far. The last Valley Aid was held in Porth in 1986 – it’s time we did it again.”

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Pontypridd MP, Alex Davies-Jones, added: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who simply want to help and think that Avanti’s fundraising concerts are a brilliant idea to unite people after such unprecedented flooding in the area. I’m sure the concerts will be fantastic and will hopefully raise more vital funds for those impacted by the flooding.”

The full line up and ticket details for both concerts will be announced on March 1.

The music community in Wales has come together in a show of unity in the wake of Storm Dennis.

Green Man Festival has pledged £10,000 to support those affected by the floods, while a weekend of fundraising gigs are being planned at the Moon Club in Cardiff and Le Pub in Newport.

In addition a benefit CD is being created featuring Welsh bands who have donated tracks to the album.

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