Status Quo to play Llangollen Eisteddfod
Status Quo have been confirmed to headline the 2014 edition of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and co will grace a stage previously trod by classical icons including Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, James Galway and the Welsh National Opera.
The annual event attracts more than 5000 artists every year for competitions and performances – and although it’s closely associated with the finer end of the music spectrum, director Eilir Owen Griffiths says Quo are a perfect match.
He tells the BBC: “We’ve created a festival within a festival called Llanfest, and this is a great headlining act for ending the week.
“I work in the University of Wales and I tried out some of the names I was considering for 2014. Status Quo was in the mix. It was interesting for me to see 18 and 19-year-olds going, ‘Wow, Status Quo – I’d really like to go and see that.’ It’s probably because they listen to Status Quo with their parents.”
Rossi says the band jumped at the chance after he discussed the invitation with Jools Holland, who played Llangollen this year. He explains: “Jools told me he did the Eisteddfod and what a brilliant place and atmosphere it was. He also explained about the event’s history, and that excites me.”
Quo, who celebrated the launch of their 100th single this year, recently announced a final run of shows featuring the Frantic Four lineup – after Rossi admitted he’d been unhappy with the first tour.
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