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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gipsy Kings set the Pavilion alight

* Andrew Reyes and his Gipsy Kings ignited the Pavilion last night.

Grammy award-winning Gipsy Kings, featuring Andre Reyes, took the Royal International Pavilion stage by storm last night.

They wowed the capacity crowd with their infectious blend of hot rhythms and virtuoso guitar.

The audience put on their dancing shoes for vibrant rumba, flamenco and salsa sounds.

And it was the old Latin hands' biggest hits like Djobi Djoba, Bamboleo and Volare that brought them to their feet time and again, leaving them begging for more.

In one glorious moment a huge conga line threaded its way through the seats.

They opened the 90-minute show with an up-tempo rendition of A tu Vera before launching straight into Alegria.

Leader Andre Reyes barely drew breath during the proceedings and in his broken English kept telling everyone that he loved them.

And the audience loved them back, with interest.

Eisteddfod’s music director Edward-Rhys Harry said later: “The audience was completely blown away by Gipsy Kings and their phenomenal energy.

"Andre Reyes’s unparalleled vocals and mesmerising guitar playing ignited the crowd in the Royal Pavilion."

This weekend includes a performance-packed family fun day on Saturday celebrating community and togetherness through music and dance.

Sunday is Llanfest 2019 the festival’s finale party, with multiple stages hosting live bands throughout the afternoon and British rock bands The Fratellis and The Coral duo headlining on the main stage in the evening.

* For more information about the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and to buy
weekend tickets visit

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