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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.”


Your favourite classic films on the big screen in the open air!



THE WEATHER’S hotting up, the grass is greener and that can only mean one thing … it’s Torch Theatre’s Sunset Cinema Season and there’s a great line-up for you!

For almost 10 years, the Torch Theatre has ventured out into the community to bring you your most loved films on the big screen at fabulous locations around Pembrokeshire, and this year is no exception.

With six outdoor locations dotted around the county showing the classics, with the support of Dragon LNG and with Pure West Radio as our media partner, the Sunset Cinema experience is one not to be missed.

Chelsey Gillard, Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director explains further:
“There’s nothing like watching a favourite film on the big screen and Sunset Cinema takes that one step further creating the ultimate movie experience. As the sun goes down at the end of a (hopefully) sunny summer day, grab your picnic blankets and join us in some iconic Pembrokeshire locations for an unforgettable evening of entertainment.”

Tickets are already selling fast for some events, so make sure you take advance of our advance booking discount.

The Harbour in Saundersfoot will show three films over the summer – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Friday 26 July, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Wednesday 31 July and The Greatest Showman on Friday 9 August. Barbie will be shown at Slebech Park Estate on Friday 2 August; Bohemian Rhapsody at Tŵr y Felin, St David’s on Saturday 10 August. Top Gun: Maverick will be shown at the Pembrokeshire Sunflower Farm, Newport on Saturday 24 August.
Screening to be confirmed at Roch Community Hall on Sunday 25 August.

The outdoor cinema season will come to a close at Pembroke Castle showing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Friday 30 August and Dirty Dancing on Saturday 31 August.

Jon Williams, the General Manager at Pembroke Castle can’t wait to welcome the viewers to this historic location.

“The Pembroke Castle team are once again looking forward to working with our friends from the Torch Theatre to create two memorable summer evenings with some magic from the Harry Potter franchise and the timeless Dirty Dancing, two great films in a spectacular settling.”

Gates at all locations open from 7pm with ticket prices of £10 (booked in advance) and £12 at the gate. Each film will start as the lighting level permits. Food and drink is available at most venues. You are advised to bring warm clothes and a chair.

To book your tickets or for further information, contact the Box Office on 01646 695267 or visit

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K-Pop’s number one girl band arriving on cinema screens in Carmarthen



Music lovers have a lot to celebrate this summer at Vue, with three exciting titles hitting the big screen – including BLACKPINK’s latest concert film.

BORN PINK tour, which captivated the world comes, will be arriving from 31 August. Drawing an audience of 1.8 million and breaking global records for female group concert tours, experience the energy of the live performances from the comfort of Vue.

Also screening on 31 August is André Rieu’s
Power of Love concert. Filmed in his picturesque hometown of Maastricht, The King of the Waltz is accompanied by his world-famous Johann Strauss Orchestra and a cast of hundreds.

Set against the backdrop of the historic Vrijthof square, André will amaze you with iconic film scores, beautiful waltzes, tear jerking ballads and unexpected chart hits.

For those looking for behind the scenes action,
Blur: To The End should fit the bill. This feature-length documentary depicts the extraordinary and emotional return of blur, captured during the year in which they made a surprise return with their first record in eight years.

Screening from 19 July, it features performances of their most iconic, much-loved songs, footage of the band in the studio, and life on the road. This film is an intimate moment
in time with this most enduring of English bands, who have been at the heart of British cultural life and influence for over three decades. Fans will also be able to catch the band’s incredible performance in

Blur: Live From Wembley from 6 September.

Michelle Kardoun, General Manager of Vue Carmarthen, said: ‘Here at Vue we’re about so much more than just mainstream cinema. We pride ourselves on screening some of the best
concert films and documentaries from global artists loved across the UK.

‘We’re thrilled to be giving music fans across the country the chance to catch brilliant performances – all from the comfort of their local Vue.’

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A toadi-tastic guest at the Torch! Poop! Poop!



IT’S not every day the Torch Theatre is graced with the company of a living, breathing toad for one of its productions. But this July, as the Torch Youth Theatre performs Wind in the Willows, it’s only fitting that a Toad should make an appearance at the Torch Theatre Box Office for all to admire!

Borrowed from Dragon Reptiles and Aquatics in Pembroke Dock, our Toad will be in full view for those attending the Torch Youth Theatre production. This fascinating amphibian won’t make a stage appearance but Toad of Toad Hall will, along with his fellow riverside and woodland friends – Badger, Ratty and Mole.

We’re also providing a bilingual fact sheet for all explaining how to look after a toad, what he eats and where he likes to live.

“POOP POOP! We can’t wait to welcome this TOAD-ely fabulous amphibian to the Torch. We’re keeping our fingers cross that this one isn’t quite as untamed as the one on stage. Come and see if we’re proven right or if there ends up being two Toads on the loose!”

Toads, of all kinds, are very popular, especially here in Pembrokeshire. Thousands have been seen on Skomer Island and many can be seen at Whitesands Bay making a qwark-qwark-qwark sound.

And as Claire Morris owner of Dragon Reptiles and Aquatics explains, she was delighted that Toad could go on holiday to his local theatre.

“I think it’s a great idea. Children will be able to relate to the main character when they see Toad in his vivarium. They are such interesting and friendly amphibians and our Toad can’t wait to travel from Pembroke Dock to the Torch for his short stay,” explained Claire.

Wind in the Willows will be on the Torch Theatre stage on Monday 22 July, Tuesday 23 July and Wednesday 24 July at 6.30pm. Ticket price: £10 / £8 concessions. The Youth Theatre will be joined by The Torch Voices Community Choir. To book your tickets or for further information, contact the Box Office on01646 695267 or visit

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