t's been a long seven weeks since the Love Live Music Awards. Our Thursday evening radio shows have been keeping our campaign alive and we've even filmed videos with musicians for our social media, but what's next?
I can tell you... it's the Love Live Music Countdown to Christmas, once again sponsored by Kymin Financial Services! Expect three events from us in the run-up to, and beyond, Christmas!
First up, it is Newport's Christmas light switch on, happening this Saturday! With thanks to Newport Now, we'll be hosting the main stage on Charles Street (right by TSB Bank) between 12-2pm. Shoppers will get to see some of the amazing acts we had at our awards. The line up is...
• 12:00-12:15 Pork Chop
• 12:20-12:35 Ben Yendle and Selena in the Chapel
• 12:40-12:55 Ilana Held
• 13:00-13:15 X Factor contestant Russell Jones Jr
• 13:20-13:35 To Bear Sir
• 13:40-13:55 Shimai
From 2pm, Capital FM breakfast show presenter Polly James takes over as the on-stage host for the rest of the event.
• 14:00-14:20 Amazing Grace Choir
• 14:30-14:55 Love Live Music Award Best Duo Winners, Oxbowlake
• 15:05-15:30 Tobias Robertson
• 15:40-16:05 Special musical guest
• 16:35-17:05 Into The Ark
After Into The Ark have completed their set, a special celebrity guest will join Newport Mayor David Fouweather on stage to switch on the city centre’s Christmas lights. Then, to finish, a firework display will start from the roof of the Kingsway car park at 5.30pm.
Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) manager Kevin Ward said: “There is one more musical act to be announced as well as the identity of the mystery celebrity guest who will be pressing the button to switch on the Christmas lights with the Mayor." We can exclusively announce that said guest is none other than Wales football manager, Chris Coleman!
There will be more news for the next two Love Live Music Countdown to Christmas events next week!