EXCITEMENT is building for the largest youth festival of its kind in Europe which is coming to Builth Wells in just over a week’s time.

A fantastic concert to mark the opening of the 2018 Urdd National Eisteddfod, hosted by Brecon and Radnorshire, will take place on Sunday, May 27. Come and enjoy an evening in the company of homegrown stars to kick off the excitement of a week full of competition and talent.

‘X Factor’ star Lloyd Macey joins Al Lewis, Cedron Siôn, S?nami, Greta Isaac, Welsh Whisperer, local girl Sophie Jones and many more ready to entertain you.

Speaking to the County Times, Lloyd Macey said he’s over the moon to be headlining the opening concert.

“I am super excited. It’s an absolute honour to be asked to perform at the Opening Concert of the Urdd Eisteddfod at the Royal Welsh Showground. It’s in a perfect location, in the middle of Wales. It’s a privilege to perform alongside the best talent in Wales.”

Lloyd says without the experience of performing in eisteddfodau, his ‘X Factor’ experience could have been different.

“Performing at the Eisteddfod was a massive advantage when I was on ‘The X Factor’. I was used to being judged and critiqued and receiving feedback on my performance, whereas the other contestants didn’t have that experience.

“I’ve been performing at the Eisteddfod since I was six-years-old. The first time I got stage was in Year One when I sang a folk song called ‘Robin Goch’,” said the 23-year-old from Porth, Rhondda.

“We’re really fortunate, here in Wales, to have something like the Eisteddfod for young people.”

The fluent Welsh singer and songwriter will perform two original songs called ‘Heno dan sêr y nos’ and ‘Mae’n troi’n wallgof’ at the Pafiliwn on the Royal Welsh Showground.


Tickets are now for sale for a range of events held as part of the Urdd National Eisteddfod Brecon and Radnorshire at the end of May, such as the Youth Concert and the Primary Show. The Youth Concert, held on Saturday, May 26, at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, is an evening celebrating the young talent of secondary pupils from Brecon and Radnorshire with a mesmerising concert of singing, energetic dancing, talented musicians and plenty of drama. At the Primary Show on Tuesday, May 29, 120 children from local primary schools will perform the history of Gerallt Gymro (Gerald of Wales), the famous historian and Archdeacon of Brecon, with a little magic and time travel.