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Venue seeks DeLorean for concert

Gruff Rhys
Neon Neon is a collaboration involving Gruff Rhys

A music venue is looking to borrow a cult car made famous in the film Back To The Future, ahead of the performance of a critically-acclaimed album.

The Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff wants to feature the DeLorean DMC-12 car for a gig by electronic outfit Neon Neon.

Their new album is based on the life of John DeLorean, who created the car.

The band is a collaboration between the Super Furry Animals's Welsh front man Gruff Rhys and dance producer Boom Bip.

Neon Neon's concept album, Stainless Style, has been nominated for the prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize.

Efforts are being made to trace any owners of the car which is perhaps most famous for being used to time-travel in the hit 1980s film Back To The Future.

DeLorean facts
DeLorean cars

Manufacture of the DeLorean DMC-12 car began at the Dunmurry plant, near Belfast in 1981,
Almost 80m of public money was invested in the plant in the hope of creating 2,000 jobs
After fewer than 9000 cars rolled off the production line, it closed in 1982
More than 20m in legal fees was spent by the government in legal action against the auditors of the failed company
With unpainted stainless steel skin and gull wing doors, the car gained and still has a cult following

The WMC are hoping to offer Rhys a ride in the car prior to the gig on 2 November and want to display it outside the centre, which is in Cardiff Bay.

Gareth Lloyd Roberts, theatre programmer at WMC, said, "Gruff's really nuts about the life of John Z DeLorean and the crazy history behind the man and his machine.

"The car's the star, and we didn't think we'd be able to stage a Neon Neon Stainless Style performance without a gleaming gull-wing or two outside the front of Wales Millennium Centre.

"We're hoping to be able to offer Gruff a ride round in one as well. So if anyone's got a mint DeLorean they want to show off, then let us know."

He added: "This is a unique chance to see the very best of Welsh talent in a different way.

"It's our ambition to show the world why top music-makers like Gruff Rhys continue to reinvent and revitalise the vibrant music scene in Wales."

Anyone who has a DeLorean is asked to email or contact the Wales Millennium Centre on 029 2063 4700.

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