#Swansea50: Let's Get The Party Started!!!

It's a big year for Swansea - we're marking 50 years of being a city.

And the celebrations are going to be huge!  We're being promised a bigger than ever Air Show and a music filled few months.

All those marking the big 5-0 are being encouraged to get involved too - with community events planned.

Today a launch event took place at the Liberty Stadium, home to Swansea City Football Club , which is also marking its half-century.

South Wales Police and the DVLA also have the same anniversary.


It's going to be a real community party - local businesses like Derricks Music (they started in 1969) and even Hollywood production designer Ed Thomas (who is marking his special birthday) are getting involved.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart is urging people to really get behind #Swansea50 #Abertawe50. LISTEN to interview here.


The Stereophonics, Pete Tong and Jess Glynne aren't the only big names heading to Swansea this summer. We've been told other artists have signed up for events in the city - but it's all under wraps for now.

Not even Swansea Council Cabinet member for culture and regeneration Robert Francis-Davies would spill the beans. LISTEN to interview here.

As part of the celebrations - locals will be encouraged to name who they think has been the most iconic person from our city over the past five decades. Swansea musician and composer Mal Pope says Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is his favourite. LISTEN to interview here.

Hollywood production designer Ed Thomas from Bishopston is marking his fiftieth birthday this year. He's spent the past 12 months flying between South Africa and South Wales as he works on film projects overseas. He was delighted to be able to attend the launch, he'll be heading off again to join Adam Robitel's team to develop the sequel to Escape Room.  LISTEN to interview here:

With Swansea's passion for all things creative - anyone who has grown up in the city will know Derricks is a music mecca. It opened its first shop in 1969 so is also part of the celebrations. They're planning some exciting guest spots at their store on Oxford Street. Despite our best efforts to try get Christos Stylianou to name, names - he kept tight lipped but told us to watch this space!   LISTEN to interview here:



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