12 Hot tickets across South Wales

Even though the days are dark and chilly there’s still plenty to see and do. Why not beat the January blues and book a few hot shows from our guide to the best events across South Wales.

1 No Good Boyo
6 Feb/ Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

No Good Boyo are five friends from all corners of Wales. With their backgrounds in traditional folk, EDM, pop and rock, they take their music and the party wherever they go.

The band stand firm and passionately in their love for the old tunes and songs of Wales. Since forming in 2017, they have taken the scene by storm raising the roof in festivals around the UK and Europe grabbing awards such as ‘2019 Best International Celtic Band’ at the presigious Festival a Interceltique de Lorient;the worlds largest Celtic Festival along with 2019 BBC Wales folk award nominations.

For more information visit www.grandpavilion.co.uk

2 A Vision of Elvis
21 Feb / Gywn Hall, Neath

A Vision Of Elvis starring Rob Kingsley, winner of The National Tribute Music Awards ‘Official Elvis Show’ and ‘No.1 Male Tribute’ is internationally renowned as the best Elvis Presley tribute concert touring the world today.

Celebrating Rob’s 10th Anniversary on tour, performing to thousands of fans in major theatres, festivals and arenas worldwide and making history by being the first Elvis tribute artist to perform at the New Wembley Stadium to over 50,000 people, Rob brings you a brand new high octane show. All costumes, instruments and the stage set are authentically recreated to give the feel and energy of a live Elvis concert, which promises to be the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan the world over.

For more information visit www.gwynhall.com

3 Elikie Brooks
28 Feb / Grand Pavilion Porthcawl

Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.

For more information visit www.grandpavilion.co.uk

4 Croeso
29 Feb – 1 Mar / Swansea City Centre

Croeso is a two-day festival celebrating all things Welsh held in Swansea’s city centre. Head to Castle Square to hear the wonderful sounds of Welsh music before moving to Oxford Street where you can sample the best of Welsh food, drink, and handcrafted goods. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations and craft workshops.

Immerse yourself in the Welsh language at the Cwtsh Marquee. With music, poetry, and live entertainment you’ll find plenty of Welsh culture to enjoy at Croeso. Be sure to say ‘Shwmae!’ (Hello!) to the friendly folk of Menter Iaith Abertawe. They’ll be offering a warm Welsh welcome to everyone, and plenty of help for those learning (or considering) Welsh.

For more information visit www.visitswanseabay.com

5 St. Davids Day with Lee Gilbert & Friends
1 Mar / Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

Celebrate St. David’s Day in style! Back by popular demand, Lee Gilbert and his special guests are ready to thrill you with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music with the help of the best of Welsh talent.

Expect pitch perfect harmonies and soaring voices as Lee and his awesome guest singers breathe new life into Welsh hymns and folksongs, musical theatre favourites through to swing and pop anthems.

For more information visit www.rct-theatres.co.uk

6 Oh What a Night!
13 Mar / Gwyn Hall, Neath

OH! WHAT A NIGHT takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now immortalised in the multi-award winning show Jersey Boys, which has been packing theatres worldwide since its debut in 2005. Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with classics such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You and many, many more.

For more information visit www.gwynhall.com

7 Russell Kane – The fast and the curious
14 Mar / Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy

He’s back. The keenly awaited brand-new tour is here. Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.

Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known for BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of BBC Three‘s Live At The Electric.

For more information visit www.rct-theatres.co.uk

8 AJ Live
18 Mar / Wales Millennium Centre

Strictly favourite and serial semi-finalist AJ Pritchard is back out on the road in 2020 after his debut tour in 2019.

AJ Live 2020 will combine the best moments from Strictly you know and love, intertwined with new energy packed chorography for all the family, from AJ and his pick of the best new dance talent in the UK.

“I have been planning this tour since I first began dancing aged 12, so you are in for a real treat and I cannot wait to share my vision with you.”

For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk

9 Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John
21-22 Mar / Wales Millennium Centre

It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a seven-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod.

And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke…called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense.

For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk

10 Cabaret
24-28 Mar / Wales Millennium Centre

Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret, starring John Partridge (Chicago), Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla The Musical) and Anita Harris.

It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take to the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…

Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris and fresh from two smash-hit West End runs, the Tony award-winning Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and more.

For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk

11 We Will Rock You
6-18 Apr / Wales Millennium Centre

The worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK.

The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed.

Since 2002 over 16 million theatre-goers in 19 countries have been thrilled with this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.

For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk

12 Wonderwool Wales
25-26 Apr / Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

The premier Wool & Natural Fibre Festival in Wales is held annually on the last weekend in April.

The festival celebrates the green credentials of Welsh wool and its versatility as a material for creative crafts, designer clothes, home furnishings and more. Wonderwool Wales has grown year on year. It covers everything from the start to the end of the creative process – from exhibits of sheep, through raw and hand dyed fibres, yarn for knitting & crochet, embellishments, equipment, dyes and books to superb examples of finished textile art, craft, clothing and home furnishings.

For more information visit www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk