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Coastal music festival gets go-ahead for next month



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WESTIVAL returns next month with two new stages included in its licence. 

Those behind the festival were complimented for their organisation and engagement with authorities during discussions of a new licence application to Pembrokeshire County Council.

The licensing committee heard from Joe Worley, the event’s organiser, as well as potential proposals to add two new stages and a ‘sunset stage’ in another neighbouring field at a meeting conducted on Monday, June 20.

Mr Worley claimed that the guests will benefit from the different areas and will improve the foot traffic around the site at Shipping Farm, near Manorbier. 

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The committee also heard that a 3am licence for the event had been accepted in 2020, however, the four-day festival was cancelled due to Covid-19. The previous year’s event ended at 1am. 

Music is expected to stop at midnight on Thursday and Sunday. 

Councillor Mark Carter raised concerns about a potential increase in complaints after 1am, calling the extension to the time limits “fairly radical” and the committee heard there had only been five complaints after the 2019 event, three of which were repeats of after 2018.

Councillor Mark Carter expressed concerns about an increase in complaints after 1 a.m, calling the time limit extension “fairly radical.”

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The committee also heard that just five complaints had been filed following the 2019 event, three of which were repetitions from the previous year.

The application states: “There will be a combination of live bands and dj’s playing across four stages across the course of the weekend. To help generate as much revenue for the local area as possible, local food vendors will be utilised and the bar will feature local ales and beers.” 

Mr Worley added that a specialist noise management company was being hired to monitor levels and that a helpline number will be available during the festival with complaints investigated and alterations made if necessary.

He stated that there would be a drop in volume at 11pm and 1am “to reduce the likelihood of getting any noise complaints.”

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British Council brings Celtic music to the continent for Wales in France programme



CELTIC music pioneers Catrin Finch and Aoife Ní Bhriain performed at the British Embassy in Paris on Friday (Mar 17) to mark the start of the Welsh Government’s Wales in France year.

The performance, supported by British Council Wales, was part of a year-long programme to celebrate the cultural, business and sporting links between Wales and France.

Welsh harpist and composer Catrin, who is originally from Llanon, is internationally renowned having been the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales.

As a composer, she has recently undertaken commissions from Ballet Cymru, S4C and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. While Irish fiddle player Aoife, combines classical and traditional music and is known as one of her generation’s most gifted violinists. Together, they play music that is influenced and linked by the cultures of their home countries.

The collaboration is a Mwldan Production and was first performed at the Other Voices Music Festival in Cardigan in the autumn of 2022, which drew them huge acclaim. They now plan to release their debut album in October, before embarking on a UK and international tour.

The British Council, together with the Welsh Government, Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales, will also support the Wales in France year through a programme of arts and cultural activity yet to be announced. This will support individuals and organisations in both Wales and France to connect, develop relationships and create new work across 2023.

Speaking about the Wales in France programme, Ruth Cocks, Director, British Council Wales said: “We were delighted be supporting the Welsh government’s Wales in France Year through our arts and education programmes. Wales has such a special history with France with our shared Celtic identities and links between our languages, music and culture. We’re very excited to support Welsh musicians at the launch in Paris, as well as work with our valued partners, Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales. We wish Catrin and Aoife the best of luck with their performance and look forward to an exciting cross-cultural programme in 2023.”

Previously, the British Council has supported several arts projects linking Wales and France, most recently supporting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestre National de Bretagne in a series of joint concerts in 2022.

The Wales in France programme continues the British Council’s work, building connection, understanding and trust between people in the UK and overseas through arts, education and language teaching. To find out more about the British Council’s work in Wales visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Twin exhibitions aim to reconnect people with The Lost Words of nature and culture



A UNIQUE partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales and two National Park Authorities in Wales will see the best-selling book Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words brought to life in two fully bilingual exhibitions for the first time this summer.

Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words explores the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination. The touring exhibition, which is organised by Compton Verney, with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, will bring together, for the first time the original artwork by Jackie Morris alongside the English language poems by Robert Macfarlane and Welsh language poems written by Mererid Hopwood.

The award-winning book The Lost Words uses stirring spell-songs and eye-catching illustrations to reintroduce the fading faces of nature to our vocabularies and in turn, inspire us to join the fight to reverse their plight. The Welsh publication, Geiriau Diflanedig was published by Graffeg in 2019.

The collaboration between Amgueddfa Cymru, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park Authority will see words and watercolours from the book on display at Yr Ysgwrn in Gwynedd from Sunday 25 June 2023 and at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in Pembrokeshire from Sunday 2 July 2023.

At Oriel y Parc in St Davids, specimens from the natural history collections of Amgueddfa Cymru will also be used to highlight the level of biodiversity loss and explain the work being done to try and arrest this decline.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chair, Cllr Di Clements, said: “The Lost Words has already reintroduced nature to the language and lives of many people since its release, and it is hoped this exhibition will help amplify the rallying call of this rousing work still further.

“This unique collaboration brings together three organisations with shared aims and objectives, to promote nature, culture and heritage and highlight the issues impacting on these important elements of our everyday lives.

“It will also give people an insight into efforts being made to combat the threats that nature and the Welsh language face, as well as what steps people can take to help tackle these issues.”

Jonathan Cawley, Director of Planning and Land Management, Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park Authority said, “Yr Ysgwrn is home to several species featured in Geiriau Diflanedig/The Lost Words and bringing this exhibition of lost words to the home of Wales’ lost poet, widely known for his nature inspired poetry is an exceptional privilege. Bringing together the beauty of species and their enchanting names, Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words never fails to inspire and its ability to engage young people in the importance of nature recovery and fostering our cultural heritage and the Welsh language in Eryri is particularly significant”.

A series of special events and activities will be held at Oriel y Parc and Yr Ysgwrn to encourage more people to discover more about Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words and use the spell-songs to conjure their own magic memories in nature.

Nia Williams, Director of Learning and Public Programmes, Amgueddfa Cymru added: “We are delighted to be collaborating in partnership with Oriel y Parc and Yr Ysgwrn to bring this exhibition to communities across west and north Wales.

“Following the publication of Geiriau Diflanedig, this is now a perfect time here in Wales to celebrate the Welsh language poems of Mererid Hopwood alongside the beautiful illustrations by Jackie Morris. We are proud to be presenting this exhibition in Welsh for the first time.”

Abby Viner, Director of Creative Programming, Compton Verney, said: “We are delighted to be working with Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales to present The Lost Words in Wales for the first time, and what a successful partnership it’s been working with the two venues who will be showing the works, with National Museum Wales co-ordinating. We can’t wait to see the exhibition in these fabulous venues.”

Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words will be on display at Yr Ysgwrn in Trawsfynydd from Sunday 25 June 2023 until spring 2024. For more information on this exhibition visit

Geiriau Diflanedig – The Lost Words will be on display at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids from Sunday 2 July 2023 until spring 2024. For more information on this exhibition visit

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Judge Jules DJing in Pembrokeshire to see in the New Year



THE COUNTDOWN to 2023 has begun – and at the Out nightclub, Pembroke, dance music legend Judge Jules will be performing a set on New Year’s Eve.

For almost three decades Judge Jules has pioneered the dance music journey and is considered one of the most successful DJs in the industry.

His presence has also been keenly felt on Ibiza, where he has held the longest-running DJ residency in the island’s history.

His net worth is estimated to be in the region of $42 million.

Julius O’Riordan hails from north London and, following an education at an independent boys school, he went on to the London School of Economics where he earned a degree in law.

During his student days he became known for hosting small house parties where he became better known as Judge Jules as a result of his law degree.

Jules began playing in 1987, launching the career that has easily notched up hundreds of thousands of miles, millions of spins of the decks and countless gigs in far-flung destinations, as well as the odd dirty warehouse thrown in for good measure.

Jules’ DJ sets are the epitome of what DJing is about – passion, amazing tunes and a set of hands capable of the most nimble of mixing. With a list of awards that would make the American Olympic team blush, Jules has earned his place amongst the DJ aristocracy.

Rarely out of DJ Mag’s top 15 in the annual Top 100 DJs poll, Jules has won such accolades as – “Best DJ” (Muzik Awards), No.1 DJ (Mixmag reader’s poll), “Best International DJ” (Dancestar), and “Best Radio DJ” at the Smirnoff Dancestars. Awards aside, there is no doubt that Jules remains one of the most popular figures in dance music, who has had the pleasure of playing some of the most sought-after gigs – notably for his beloved Arsenal FC and also, in January 2007, at the 20/20 one-day Australia v’s England cricket match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The celebrations at Pembroke’s Out kicks off at 7pm with a free welcome drink for everyone.

VIP tables are available and tickets are now on sale, priced between £15 and £79. These can be booked via Eventbrite.

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