Return of hit music festival is welcomed
THE return of a major music festival to Carmarthenshire has been welcomed.
The organisers of Beach Break Live announced yesterday it would once again be taking place in Pembrey Country Park — returning between June 20 and 24 next year.
And early-bird tickets for the festival — predominantly aimed at the country’s student population — also went on sale yesterday.
Beach Break Live has previously played host to some of the UK’s top music stars including Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Friendly Fires.
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Carmarthenshire Council, which owns the park, said plans were already being made for the festival.
A spokesman said: “Beach Break is certainly returning next year and planning for it is well advanced.
“It has been encouraging that Beach Break Live has been nominated for two awards in the UK Festival Awards by the students that attended BBL at Pembrey Country Park in June 2012.
“An estimated 20,000 people who attended the three-day festival were largely unaffected by the bad weather which decimated and forced many other UK festivals to be cancelled.
“That is a testimony to the tremendously good work carried out by the BBL teams and the forgiving sandy ground of Pembrey Country Park which proved for the second year running it could withstand anything the weather threw at it.”
He said discussions were already under way between BBL and the council’s leisure team in an effort to make the event “the country’s must-go-to summer festival”.
A spokeswoman for the festival’s organisers We Are Full Fat said: “Whether it’s beach Zumba, beat boxing or entering the quirky Celtic Games, Beach Break has it covered with its eclectic mix of musical alternatives.
“Drizzle, which plagued the first two days, couldn’t stop the revellers from embracing everything the festival has to offer and eventually glorious sunshine prevailed.”
Musician Simon Beecher, who performed at Beach Break in 2010, said it was great for the area. He said: “The best thing about the festival is that people from Llanelli have a great input in the events that go ahead especially the art students who help with the decor and the music students that even take part and play live on their very own stage at the festival.”