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Westlife headline revamped Bryn Terfel festival

Westlife
Westlife return to Faenol after a four-year absence

Irish band Westlife are to open this year's Faenol Festival, the music showcase launched by opera star Bryn Terfel 10 years ago.

Tenor Rolando Villazon, The Feeling, and pub landlord comedian Al Murray also feature among the headline acts.

The restructured August bank holiday event is back after a year's absence following financial losses in 2008.

Bryn Terfel said it was a "celebration" of the last 10 years combined with a new-look structure for a secure future.

Terfel added: "We're bringing back some of the artists that have wowed our audiences and we're also introducing some new elements to the weekend."

The Gwynedd festival, which has established itself as one of the major events on the north Wales calendar, is being organised by Terfel, the Faenol Festival Trust and a new promoter, Universal Music Classical Management and Productions (UMCP).

Hayley Westenra
Classical performer Hayley Westenra is back at the Faenol for a second time

The revamped festival also has support from Gwynedd council.

Westlife, who starred at the festival in 2006, are among the famous names who have previously taken to the Faenol stage.

They will perform on the first night of this year's festival on 27 August.

Rolando Villazon, who appeared in 2007, is returning for the Opera Gala night on the Saturday, after his recent stint as a judge on ITV's Popstar to Opera Star.

Bass baritone Terfel will also be on stage that night, and both men will sing with soprano Sylvia Schwartz, and Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose.

However, the traditional Welsh bands' night - the Sunday night of the festival - will be headlined by The Feeling this year.

The Feeling performing at Glastonbury
The Feeling will be joining a mixed line-up on the festival's Sunday night

Organisers said Tan y Ddraig 10 will also include a "fiery combination of top Welsh bands mixed with some household UK music industry acts".

Llanberis-based group Yr Ods, Masters in France and new Cardiff singer songwriter Pete Lawrie will join indie favourites Shed Seven, Athlete and The Roads on the bill.

On Bank Holiday Monday New Zealander Hayley Westenra will make her second appearance at the festival, and will be joined by X Factor runner-up Rhydian in a show billed as for all the family.

There will also be The Battle of Britain 70th anniversary concert in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

For the first time comedy will also make its appearance on the Faenol stage, when the festival closes with comedian Al Murray, performing as pub landlord, alongside Ed Byrne, Port Talbot born Lloyd Langford, Milton Jones and Tudor Owen from Felinheli.

Terfel said: "I'm looking forward to welcoming people from all across the UK and the world to my corner of Wales once more, and to an unforgettable musical bank holiday weekend."

Tickets go on sale on Thursday via the website, at venues in north Wales and, for the first time, from the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Previous top names to perform at the event include Dame Shirley Bassey, Girls Aloud, Boyzone and Cerys Matthews.



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