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Fishguard Festival of Music launches at the Senedd in Cardiff



  • Paul Davies MS for Preseli Pembrokeshire hosts event to promote major programme of summer concerts.

THIS year’s Fishguard Festival of Music/Gwyl Gerdd Abergwaun was officially launched at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay this week (Wednesday) in an event hosted by Paul Davies MS Preseli Pembrokeshire.  Guests attending heard from the festival’s artistic director Gillian Green MBE about the 18 events extending over three weeks that will be staged at venues across Pembrokeshire from 18 to 31 July, including a concert by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra at St David’s Cathedral.

Paul Davies MS, said: “I’m truly honoured once again to sponsor the launch of the Fishguard Festival of Music. Over the summer, Fishguard will host world-famous musicians like harpist Catrin Finch and fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, and the festival also includes performances from the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the National Youth Choir of Wales and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra – so there really is something for everyone! Tickets to these performances sell out quickly and so make sure to head over to the Festival’s website and secure your tickets before it’s too late.”   

Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of the Fishguard Festival of Music, added: “The Fishguard Festival plays a significant role on the cultural map of Wales and our mission to bring world-class music to Pembrokeshire is as strong as ever. This year we will have a real feast of music awaiting audiences in West Wales.  The local community’s work in producing this fantastic festival is nothing short of a small miracle.”

Artists performing at this year’s festival include Peter Donohoe, Catrin Finch and the Marmen String Quartet.  The full programme is available to view on the festival’s website


Emerging Betting Trends in the UK: Exploring Novelty Bets, eSports, and Virtual Gaming



Betting holds significant influence in expansive markets like the United Kingdom. With many betting entities dotting the landscape, bettors in such regions enjoy various betting choices, from traditional sports betting to online casinos and everything in between.

For punters, keeping updated on the latest trends across various forms of betting is crucial. This enables them to refine their skills and adjust to the ever-evolving nature of betting. To shed light on the latest developments, let’s explore some emerging betting trends shaping the UK scene.

Novelty Bets: A Fresh Approach to Wagering

Novelty bets, also known as prop bets, offer a unique and entertaining way for punters to engage with other events besides sports or Game Betting. These bets go beyond traditional sports betting, providing a diverse range of wagering options that cater to various interests.

In the UK, popular examples of novelty bets include betting on the outcome of reality TV shows like “Love Island” or “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which adds an interactive element to viewership. Similarly, wagering on award show winners such as the Oscars or the Brit Awards taps into the excitement of predicting industry accolades. Additionally, predicting the next celebrity to announce a pregnancy or engagement merges pop culture with speculative fun, attracting a broad audience.

The influence of social media and entertainment events on novelty betting is significant. Trending topics on platforms like Twitter and Instagram drive engagement with novelty bets by aligning with current conversations and buzz. Moreover, bets on viral challenges or internet phenomena capitalize on the dynamic nature of online trends, fostering interactive participation and community involvement in betting activities.

Novelty bets bring a fresh and lighthearted dimension to the UK betting scene. They reflect the public’s diverse interests and provide an engaging avenue for punters to interact with popular culture in a fun and exciting way. The interactive and entertaining nature of novelty bets showcases how they have become an integral part of the UK’s vibrant and evolving betting landscape.

eSports Betting: The Convergence of Gaming and Betting

The rise of eSports as a prominent betting category has reshaped online wagering, blending the worlds of gaming and traditional sports betting. In the UK, the exponential growth of the eSports betting market underscores the increasing popularity and demand for wagering on competitive gaming events.

One manifestation of the growth of eSports betting in the UK is the significant increase in betting turnover on eSports events. According to the UK Gambling Commission, the total gross gambling yield (GGY) from eSports betting in the UK reached £2.4 million in 2023’s third quarter.

As eSports continues to gain momentum, punters looking to engage in eSports betting should consider several key factors to enhance their betting experience. Understanding the dynamics of different eSports games is essential for making informed betting decisions. For instance, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of professional teams can provide valuable insights for placing successful bets.

Moreover, staying updated on the latest trends and developments in the eSports industry can give bettors a competitive edge when placing bets on eSports events. Factors like roster changes, game updates, and overall performance trends can influence betting odds and outcomes significantly.

Virtual Gaming: Bridging Reality and Simulation

Virtual gaming has emerged as a captivating concept within the betting industry, offering a unique blend of reality and simulation that appeals to a broad audience of bettors. This innovative approach brings forth a range of advantages for both bettors and operators, reshaping the betting landscape in the UK.

Exploring virtual gaming opens new avenues for bettors to engage with realistic simulations of traditional sports and events. For example, 3% to 5% of UK’s total gambling revenue is from virtual sports, indicating a significant interest and engagement with virtual gaming among punters. These virtual environments provide a dynamic and immersive experience that mirrors real-world scenarios, enhancing the overall betting experience for enthusiasts.

For operators, virtual gaming presents opportunities to offer diverse betting options round-the-clock, catering to the preferences of a broader spectrum of customers. Among UK punters, popular virtual gaming options include virtual horse racing and greyhound racing simulations, which capture the excitement of live races in a simulated setting. Additionally, virtual football matches and tournaments have gained traction among bettors looking to immerse themselves in virtual sporting events with realistic gameplay dynamics.

The appeal of virtual gaming lies in its ability to bridge the gap between reality and simulation, offering a compelling alternative to traditional betting formats. Leveraging the advantages of virtual environments allows bettors and operators to access a versatile and engaging platform that enhances the entertainment value of betting experiences in the UK.

Wrapping Up

The betting market is poised for substantial growth in the coming years, with more individuals likely to engage in responsible betting practices. Staying updated on current trends is key to enjoying rewarding experiences in various forms of betting. Betting fans should keep themselves informed about the latest trends to continuously enjoy rewarding experiences in whatever form of betting they prefer.

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Iphigenia yn Sblot – a furious analysis of our society



IPHIGENIA YN SBLOT – a furious analysis of our society, Branwen Cennard’s new adaptation of Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott, will tour 11 venues across Wales in August and September this year. The Welsh language adaptation will then premiere at the National Eisteddfod in Pontypridd followed by a run of performances at Sherman Theatre before heading here to the Torch Theatre on 18 September.

Seren Hamilton will take the title role in her first major performance while completing her final year in Acting at Rose Bruford College of Performing Arts. Alice Eklund will direct this new production nearly a decade after it first became an international smash-hit.

The one-woman play Iphigenia yn Sblot is a furious analysis of our society and the hard-bitten lives it bears. Since its premiere at Sherman Theatre in 2015, it has won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016 and the Best New Play Award at the UK Theatre Awards 2015, with the original production touring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, across Wales and the UK and as far as New York and Berlin. In 2022, the play was re-staged by Lyric Hammersmith to great acclaim. It has been translated into and performed in several languages the world over.

Director, Alice Eklund is excited to be part of this one-woman show.
She said: “I’m so excited to direct this production. Iphigenia in Splott played a huge part in my introduction to new writing and I can’t wait to see Effie’s story come to life in Welsh. Doing this play in this way feels so timely, so relevant and so needed right now.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do such an iconic play in Sherman’s Studio and across Wales. Gary’s writing with Branwen’s translation is a perfect match and hearing it out loud gave me the same energised, fiery feeling that I got upon the first read all those years ago. I’m so ready to get started with the team on this new production of a play that is at the forefront of new writing in Wales. Building a new world around Effie, taking us on the journey with her, here and now.”

This production contains strong language, sexual references, sensitive themes including grief and neonatal loss as well as scenes which some audience members may find upsetting.

Iphigenia yn Sblot will be performed at the Torch Theatre on Wednesday 18 September at 7.30pm. Ticket prices: Adult: £16. Concession: £14. Under 26: £10. To book your tickets or for further information, contact the Box Office on 01646 695267 or visit

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An evening of Cuban music at Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids



TWR Y FELIN art hotel in St Davids is offering an exciting evening of Latin American music on Saturday, 29th June.

Go along between 7pm and 9pm and enjoy the Cuban rhythms and vibrant sounds of Raul Speek’s Latin Kings Band. They will also perform a selection of original jazz compositions in the intimate setting surrounded by specially commissioned artwork.

Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Raul came to the UK in 1991 and now lives and works in Wales. As well as a talented musician, he is also an accomplished artist with a local gallery in Solva.

Tickets, priced at £14 per person, can be booked online at or call 01437 725 555 for more details. Information about Rual Speek can be found on

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