ABERDARE’S Dai Young has ambitions to be the Welsh national coach in 2023.
The current Wasps director of rugby hopes to succeed Wayne Pivac when the New Zealander’s four-year term ends.
Young’s club contract ends in 2023 and he says his focus then is to become an international coach.
“I would like to coach international rugby after that”, he said. “If Wales was an option, that is something I would be interested in.
“Hopefully by that time I would be a credible candidate, but if things don’t go well in the next four years I would not be in that position.
“I want to coach internationally, but it does not have to be Wales. I would prefer it to be Wales because I am Welsh, but if I had to look elsewhere I would.
“My main focus over the next four years is to make Wasps competitive every season. It is a great club, but after my time here I would like to get an international gig.”


10 ways to have a brilliant August bank holiday at St David’s

The best things to do, eat, drink and buy during May’s bank holiday weekend…

Looking for ideas on what to do this bank holiday weekend? Our guide will help you make the most of your extended weekends, with things to do for adults and kids…

1. Tee off at Treetop Adventure Golf

Whether you’re spending the weekend with friends or family, while away an afternoon at one of Treetop Adventure Golf’s two indoor 18-hole mini-golf courses. Feeling lucky? Tackle the bonus 18th hole to win yourself a bonus round. Book here. 

2. Dine al fresco at Wahaca 

Get your taco-fix on the Wahaca terrace this weekend.

Opt for a classic like the delicious buttermilk chicken tacos, or try something different like the new Mexican bowl, with black beans, green rice, slaw, fresh salsas, and a choice of grilled chicken, grilled squash and tender stem broccoli or pork pibil. We’re salivating just thinking about it…

3. Spruce up your greenery

Whether you have a garden or a smaller space like a balcony or indoor house plant collection, the bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to get your greenery in order. Head to John Lewis to stock up on seeds, like Orla Kiely’s Grow Your Own Basil and Chilli kits, which come with beautifully-designed pots in Kiely’s signature graphic style. Or pop into to Oliver Bonas for pretty plant holders, pots and stands.

4. A lazy afternoon at the flicks

A bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to take it easy. So, head to Cineworld, load up on popcorn and enjoy a newly-released film. For families, Tim Burton’s Dumbo is a must-see. More in the mood for a thriller? Then Greta or The New Mutants will be up your street. Meanwhile, Elton John biopic Rocketman is out 24 May. See what’s on. 

5. Find a new lip colour

MAC’s new line of ‘Powder Kiss’ lipsticks are the ultimate bank holiday pick-me-up. A matte lipstick with the lightweight feel of a balm, the result is a cool, natural-looking pop of colour. Head in-store to MAC to find your perfect shade.

6. Book your summer getaway

If planning your summer holiday is still on your to-do list, pop into Virgin Holidays to get dates in the diary. Whether you fancy a sun-filled Caribbean break or a multi-stop city tour of the States, they’ll take the hassle out of organising, leaving you headspace to focus on more important things…

Head to Bali this summer for a beach holiday with Virgin

7. One for the kids 

Treat the kids to a bank holiday treat with a trip toHamleys and Disney Store.​

8. Indulge in a French brasserie classic

With no work on Monday, make the most of the chance to enjoy a plate of Steak Frites and share a bottle of red at Café Rouge, without suffering the consequences… Take a look at the menu. 

9. Stock up on hotel-worthy bed sheets

Give your bedroom a spring clean with crisp new bedsheets. This season H&M’s Home collection has luxurious, piped duvet cover sets that’ll get you maximising your eight hours in no time.​

10. Snap some memories

For album-worthy photos you can snap on-the-go during the bank holidays, check out the iPhone XR. With technology for sharper action shots and adjustable depth of field for portraits, it’s like carrying around an SLR in your pocket. Head to our new O2 store to see what offers are available. 




Sparkle & Shine:

seeks children across the UK to star in the UK and London tour

The producers of the smash-hit “NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL” are delighted to announce children’s auditions across the UK to find the cast of Oakmoor School.


Following two successful years in 2017 and 2018“NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL” will head out on tour for a third year, opening at the Wolverhampton Grand on 29 October 2019. The production will then visit, Aylesbury, Canterbury, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton before a London run at The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith from 11 – 29 December.

Keston & Keston (Children’s Casting Directors) and the producers are looking for children across the UK who would love the chance to sparkle and shine in the cast of Nativity! The Musical this Christmas! Children can be from Wolverhampton, Aylesbury, Canterbury, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and London to audition for a role in Oakmoor school.

In order to take part in the show, all children must:

·  Aged between 9 and 12 years old by 1 September 2019

·  No taller than 4ft 7 (140cm)

·  Be characterful but disciplined children with strong singing, acting and dance skills and a passion for performing

·  Live within one-hour commute from the local theatre they are auditioning for

· Be available to perform on all dates at their relevant venue (full tour dates listed below)

To audition, children must apply with Children’s Casting Directors, Keston & Keston at www.kestonandkestoncasting.com . Keston & Keston will then be in touch to invite in children to castings. 

Auditions for the cast of Oakmoor School will take place on the following dates:

27 May in Cardiff, 28 May in Aylesbury, 30 May in Canterbury, 31 May in Southampton, 2 June in Wolverhampton, 21 September in Plymouth and 22 September in London. The deadline for applications is Thursday 16 May.

Debbie Isitt

Debbie Isitt, Creator and Director of Nativity! said: “I am so excited for us to be holding regional auditions again for the second year running to find our stars of Oakmoor School. I’m absolutely delighted that we are holding auditions across the UK and I can’t wait to see what the children of Wolverhampton, Aylesbury, Canterbury, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton, and London have to offer! NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is so full of joy and we can’t wait to create another magical, family stage show for a third year’.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment. “NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL” promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

NATIVITY – THE MUSICAL 2019 UK Tour and London:

29 October – 2 November 2019

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre


6 – 10 November 2019

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre


*On sale soon

13 – 17 November 2019

Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre


*On sale 31 December 2018

19 – 23 November 2019

Wales Millennium Centre


*On sale soon

26 – 30 November 2019

Theatre Royal, Plymouth


*On sale 14 December

3 – 7 December 2019

Southampton, Mayflower Theatre






voco™ St David’s Cardiff celebrates 20th anniversary

Now open under the voco flag, the first in Europe and second globally


The 142-room hotel sits on Cardiff Bay, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests stunning views of the waterfront, including the murmuration of starlings over the water at dusk. With private balconies and a coastal setting, the hotel provides guests with a tranquil place to stay, close to the city-centre of the Welsh capital.


The award-winning Marine Spa offers local residents and hotel guests the perfect spot to unwind, with comforting treatments sure to make guests come away feeling thoroughly pampered. With eight different meeting spaces, the hotel’s experienced team can cater to a variety of events – from weddings of up to 220 guests to corporate meetings for up to 400 people.

Guests were encouraged to share their memorable moments at the hotel, through the photo contest activity on social media. Carrying the theme of #vocoStDavids20, guests could show their unforgettable experiences at the hotel by sharing it on Instagram or Twitter throughout April and May linking in with the hashtag. To appreciate those sharing their moments, the hotel will offer a final prize for the best memorable moment.


Nicola Edmunds, Director of Revenue and Sales, voco St David’s Cardiff commented:
“Celebrating 20 years of memories marks a key milestone in the history of our hotel and the Cardiff Bay tourism sector.
We are delighted that we have succeeded in making the voco St David’s Cardiff a home from home – not only for personalities within the politics, sports and entertainment industries, but also for our employees. Their loyalty and dedication is what makes the hotel memorable and one of the leading hotels in Wales.”

Russell Durnell is the General Manager at the iconic Cardiff Bay venue, with a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years in the hospitality industry. Originally from Bristol, Russell has previously worked at prestigious hotels across the globe including London’s The Savoy, Jumeriah Group, the Palazzo Versace in Australia, and The Langham. Russell stated he was delighted to be part of such a momentous event and thanked the guests for their continued support of Cardiff’s only 5 star hotel, voco St David’s.

The Noah’s Ark Charity raise money exclusively for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff. Find out more about the great work we do here. They were fully supported at this momentous event, with guests making donations, in the pre-made donation envelopes.


Throughout the month, voco St David’s Cardiff, will continue to celebrate its milestone anniversary, with a series of offers, events and activities for guests to enjoy.


The newest addition to the Cardiff Bay food and drink scene is soon to fling open its doors. The first city to have a second Cosy Club, the Cardiff Bay restaurant will open on Wednesday 12 June, creating 40 jobs for local people. Quirky, eccentric and playful with a nautical twist, Cosy Club Cardiff Bay will offer informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a unique and family friendly environment. Think mansion splendour meets village hall eccentricity.

Amber Wood, Managing Director for The Cosy Club brand, says: “At Cosy Club, we serve up a sense of being somewhere special with a hint of nostalgia. From a lazy breakfast to family lunch or a night out in your glad rags, we’re set apart by the character of our team, elegance of our design and quality of our food and drink.


“Cardiff is the first city that we have decided to open up a second Cosy Club, and this is all thanks to our fantastic success at St David’s Shopping Centre. Cardiff Bay is a prime location and we can’t wait to open up and welcome the community in to enjoy some delicious food and quirky style.”


Mermaid Quay Centre Manager Justin Patel added: “We are delighted to be welcoming Cosy Club to Mermaid Quay – it will be a great addition to the great range of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer at the centre. Cosy Club is opening in a great location, right on Tacoma Square and close to the waterfront, and we are sure that visitors will love it.”

Cosy Club’s menu majors on comfort food classics throughout the day, also offering extensive brunch, gluten free and vegan menus and a delicious selection of tapas. As well as the delicious food, Cosy Club isn’t short of some truly scrumptious cocktails and tipples for all tastes!


Cosy Club offers the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a fabulous, welcoming setting. Guests will be able to enjoy various deals throughout the week – including Breakfast Club: Monday – Friday, 9am until 11:30am – order any brunch item and any size hot drink for £8.25, Teatime Tipple: Enjoy any two cocktails for just £9.95 between 4pm-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Marvellous Mondays: enjoy a free drink with any main meal from 5pm and Tremendous Tuesdays: choose any three tapas dishes and a glass of wine (after 5pm) for £13.95.

Guests can also enjoy a free pot of tea every Wednesday between 10-11am in Cosy Club’s Free Teas for those in need, that bids to help fight loneliness. For reservations, menus and further details log on to www.cosyclub.co.uk



2 – 4 MAY 2019 @ GLANFA, WMC

Showcasing Wales’ dramatic and diverse landscape and the vibrant music scene embedded within it, Voices of Wales is an innovative short film experience with spine tingling performances from Wales’ emerging musical talents. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the inner-city clubs of Cardiff, audiences will enjoy a gloriously immersive journey and learn what is it to be an artist in Wales today.

The Voices of Wales film will be available for all to enjoy for free within a projection dome at Wales Millennium Centre from 2 – 4 May 2019. All six tracks were specially recorded and mixed in three-dimensional 360º film and ambisonic sound, capturing the magic of the moment inside six hemispherical lenses which transports viewers to the very centre of the virtual gig.

Throughout the summer and autumn of 2018, cameras followed the hottest talent emerging from Wales; from the Green Man Festival to the Welsh music stronghold of Clwb Ifor Bach. Discover the badass Welsh girl band, Adwaith, modern folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist The Gentle Good; Astroid Boys’ high energy fusion; Afro Cluster’s club-jazz-rap synthesis, the Brythoniaid male voice choir, and the unique electronic sounds of Marged.

The project has been funded via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors. Contributing to Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, Voices of Wales shares the vision to invite people to discover Wales afresh, and in doing so to have discovered something new and special about themselves, something that holds in the memory and lingers in the soul.

The film will be available for everyone to view online, to watch via Wales Millennium Centre’s YouTube and Facebook channels from 3 May 2019. For the best viewing experience, we recommend wearing a VR headset which is advised for people aged 12 and over.

Wales Millennium Centre’s Artistic Director, Graeme Farrow, said: “Voice is at the heart of everything we do at WMC and this film reflects our mission to provide an accessible platform for diverse and contemporary musical voices from across Wales. Using digital media, our aim is to showcase Welsh talent and the beauty of our nation to the world.”


Come and experience these immersive gigs for free at the Centre from 2 – 4 May 2019 or watch via our YouTube and Facebook channels. For the best viewing experience we recommend wearing a VR headset. Timetable: Thursday 12.30pm – 8pmFriday: 9am – 11am & 12.30pm – 8pmSaturday 11.30am – 8pm

More information can be found via the link below.


The world wide phenomenon ‘Game Of Thrones’ returns tonight! Tune in to to Sky Atlantic or Now TV at 2.00 GMT, for the premiere of the last ever season, of this incredible fantasy drama. Also check out our interview section. for interviews with the cast about this incredible final season. Watch it for free with a 7 day free trial at NOW TV, So there’s no need to break the Iron Bank.

What a line-up of events here in Cardiff this summer and the #FeelsLikeSummer concert at ‘SOPHIA GARDENS’ is set to be a real hot summer sensation!


Headlining the event are 80’s pop group sensation ‘BANANARAMA’, who still continue to entertain people all over the world and are launching their latest album called ‘In Studio’, on April 19, 2019. This will be the group’s first full-length release in ten years.

Their single ‘Dance Music’ from this album, was released in 2019 and was named song of the month by ‘MONSTAGIGZ’ in February 19.


The lineup includes our very own Grammy-nominated, Welsh husky singer ‘BONNIE TYLER’, that really hoists the flag high for Welsh talent, on a truly international status! Tyler’s latest album ‘BETWEEN THE EARTH AND STARS’ is out now!

The album was produced by ‘David Mackay’ and includes uplifting single ‘Hold On’, which we personally love. Long live Bonnie Tyler!


Another recognizable addition to the concert is the iconic 90s star ‘MR MOTIVATOR’, who is one of the world’s leading health and well-being coach’s. He will be in attendance to inspire the audience, for the main event, in true Mr Motivator style!


Cardiff based DJ GRLTLK  will be playing party favourites through the day and are known for playing at Cardiff’s best independent clubs and now spin tunes for some of the UK most exciting brands and parties.

The girls have played parties for the likes of Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Warehouse, Grazia and Beyond Retro, plus supporting the likes of Keiza, AlunaGeorge, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens.


The S Club band were put together in 1998 and had tremendous success here in the UK and internationally. Their debut album ‘S Club’, peaked at number 2 in the ‘UK albums Chart’ and featured some of the bands greatest hits to date.

They released 4 studio albums and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The spinoff group ‘S CLUB 3’ are still entertaining fans here and internationally and will be performing at this sensational summer event.


Noughties band LIBERTY X reformed in 2012 as a 3 piece group and are perfoming all over the UK. The original Liberty band, shot to fame after their involment with hit ITV show ‘Popstars’ and had huge sucess with their debut album ‘Thinking It Over’, Which peaked at number 3 in the official ‘UK Albums Chart’.

They will be performing some of their greatest hits, like ‘Just a little’ and bringing some ‘Noughties’ nostalgia, to the whole event. We are excited for them to be at Sophia Gardens and to entertain the people of South Wales.


No festival is without its food, so you’ll be pleased to hear there will be a delicious local street food village from Ffwrnes Pizza, Got Beef, Puckin’ Poutine and Hard Lines Coffee and much more. There will also be a roller disco, street food and much more!

This is going to be a sensational summer event and if last year’s ‘Welsh summer’ is anything to go by, then please don’t forgot your sunscreen!

On Thursday 4 April from 4pm-8pm St David’s is hosting an amazing one-night-only shopping event. With exciting offers, discounts, treats, prizes, free parking and more, you don’t want to miss it. Pre-register below to get your exclusive pass…

You asked for it, and we listened! We can’t wait for you to join us at our Big Night Out… and when we say big, we MEAN big! 

Once you’ve registered we’ll email you a pass, so you can head straight in and start enjoying all the treats and offers at any time during the event. 

Don’t miss your chance to pre-register below and get your hands on that all-important Big Night Out pass…

Here’s the link to get a #BigNightOut #PASS




Wales’s number 1 visitor attraction has had a hugely successful March and really keeps Wales at the foreground of the arts sector. Set over its 7.5 acre site in the heart of Cardiff Bay, with its main theatre being able to accommodate 1900 people. The centre plays a hugely important role, in wales’s arts and culture scene and is constantly bettering itself through investment into a wide variety of developing theatre, au courant work, artists along with the very best international performers. The wales millennium centre’s vision, is to inspire our nation and impress the world, which they really are achieving. The centre has been entertaining Wales and beyond, for over a decade and has brought us some sensational productions during that time. March was a superb month for the the centre and displayed some incredible productions.

BAFTA Award Cymru nominee Carys Eleri, brought us, ‘Love craft (not in the sex shop in Cardiff)’, which had a great reception and was showcased at the Adelaide Fringe, which is the worlds second largest annual Fringe festival and actually the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Whilst showcasing there, ‘Lovecraft’ was presented with a Fringe award for ‘Best Cabaret’ show along with having critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show received several ‘4-and-5-star reviews’ whilst playing at the Summerhall. This is superb recognition of Welsh talent here in in Wales and makes me personally very proud. I would also like to commend Carys Eleri on her show and for highly demonstrating Welsh talent to an international audience.

Concurrently, ambiguous performer Camille O’Sullivan, brought us ‘Cave’ which was also part of the centre’s ‘Festival Of Voice’. Which sees O’Sullivan, perform an array of songs from Nick Cave and ‘The bad seeds’. The concert also played two sold out gigs at the Palais on the Torrens River, for the Adelaide festival. It also played at the esteemed Civic Theatre at the Auckland Arts Festival, which received admirable reviews. The show will also be showcased in London’s ‘Wilton’s Music Hall’ for a week and has almost sold out. It runs there from the 9-13 of April. Congratulations to Camille O’Sullivan and the whole production team for a doing such an admirable job.

Both of the productions I’ve mentioned were premiered at the ‘Festival Of Voice’ during June 2018. The festival was created and produced by the Wales Millennium Centre and has been nominated for 2 awards this month, which were a ‘Cardiff life award’ nomination along with a ‘Cardiff music award’s’ nomination. This is a fantastic achievement and really illustrates the centre’s excellent production skills.

‘Super Furry Animal’ Gruff Rhys was also on the festival ensemble and accompanied by the astounding ‘BBC National Orchestra of Wales’. Which was again highly rated and an exemplary example of Welsh talent.

Billy Bragg was accompanied by Nadine Shah at the Festival of Voice and were both highly commended for their performances.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters also performed at the festival of voice. They executed a 2 hour show and received rave reviews.

The festival also included performances from Patti Smith, Angelique Kidjo and many more.

The festival of voice event, captivated over 26,000 people in just 11 days and received critical acclaim, from incredibly influential media platforms here in Wales and the rest of the UK.

The centre has also recently showcased its latest production ‘The Mirror Crack’d’, which is the first ever UK stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Thriller, it has been touring since February and has had phenomenal success, selling over 25,000 tickets. It’s currently playing at the iconic New Theatre Cardiff, until the 6th of April. Starring Susie Blake as the recognisable ‘Miss Marple’, this is one not to be missed.

The Centre’s Artistic director ‘Graeme Farrow’ made this statement “It is our ambition to create critically acclaimed touring productions that showcase Wales to the world. Therefore, it is fantastic to see that Cave, Lovecraft and The Mirror Crack’d have been so enthusiastically received by audiences in the UK and on the other side of the world. I am extremely proud and grateful to everyone involved in these diverse yet equally brilliant productions – they have worked tirelessly to ensure that the people who come to see our shows have an unforgettable experience”.










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