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Ponty's Big Weekend Photo Gallery 2009 Saturday 18th Sunday 19th

PONTY’S BIG WEEKEND SUCCESS

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council can reflect on a great success this Big Weekend with up to 14,000 people turning out to see a weekend of great live music in Ynysangharad Park featuring the multi platinum album selling, Brit Award winning girl band the Sugababes, Britain’s favourite choir, Only Men Aloud, some great support acts, and local talent competition winners.

Headlining on the Saturday night were the Sugababes, the most successful girl group of the century, who came to Ponty in the sunshine to run through their impressive track record of 16 top ten singles, and six Number 1s. While topping the free entertainment bill on Sunday were the winners of BBC’s Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud, providing a fantastic finale to the weekend entertainment and keeping spirits up despite the rain.

Councillor Russell Roberts, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “The Council’s Big Weekend has proved to be an outstanding success and I’m sure we will seek to do it again in 2010. Events of this kind are exactly what the Council aims to attract with the regeneration that is taking place all over the County Borough. The Big Weekend was once again THE event of the year and really put not only Pontypridd but the whole of the county on the map.”

“The income generated in the local economy from this event is a real boost, especially in the current economic climate. This year, we attracted an even bigger crowd, thanks to the star studded line up.”

Councillor Paul Cannon, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Housing, said: “The success of this year’s event has once again been astounding. The weather was so great for Saturday’s event, we couldn’t expect it two days in a row with our British summer, but we enjoyed the Sunday performances so much we didn’t really notice the rain.

The benefits to the local economy will be significant due to the thousands of people who descended upon our principal town - Pontypridd. The performances were fantastic and are testimony to the amazing line up that was secured by the Council. Every year, the event grows and gets better ensuring that Pontypridd is well and truly on the map! ”

Head of Strategy and Public Relations, Christian Hanagan, said: “It was great to see the culmination of months of work come together, and to see the crowds flocking to Pontypridd. The Big Weekend has once again placed Pontypridd on the map and we will be looking to take the event to another level again next year, making it bigger and better than before.”

Brian Greaves of Costain, the official sponsor of the event said: “We are proud to sponsor such a fantastic 2 day event. We are currently working in partnership with the Council on the Church Village bypass and I was pleased to be asked to support this year’s Big Weekend event. I think its safe to say it has been a tremendous success and has been enjoyed by all ages across RCT and beyond.”

Support acts over the weekend included Welsh electropop sisters Electrovamp, DJ Ironik with his hit single Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer), cult crowd pleasers Bjorn Again, the definitive ABBA tribute band, with 80s influenced Alex Roots, a regular Sugababes support also appearing.

Comperes included Red Dragon FM’s Breakfast Show presenters Kam and Sally, along with comedian Chris Corcoran.

Local talent included James Williams who reached the final 24 on X Factor 2008, the Pendyrus Choir from the Rhondda, and Daz Edwards, a singer-songwriter from the Valleys. V Factor winners Sophie Shillam, Lauren Shields and Mason Pring came from a showcase competition between pupils from 10 schools from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil local authority areas, helped by Bigfoot Arts Education. And the Enviro-Vision Song Quest featured winning youngsters from Hawthorn School, who voiced their commitment to recycling and improving the environment.

There was also entertainment from Shan Cothi, and West End stars John Owen-Jones and Martha O'Neil.

Watch this space for details of further announcements.