The 2018 Army Wales Festival of Music will be held on the 2nd June 2018 in Cardiff Bay. The event is organised by 160th Infantry Brigade, based in Brecon, alongside Cardiff Council and for the first time The VOLVO Ocean Race which is in Cardiff that week.
Music will commence at 11:15 for the Royal Gun Salute outside The Pirehead Building to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. Bands will then play all day in the Volvo Ocean Race Village until 17:15 where A Massed Bands finale Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony on The Roald Dalh Plass will take place complete with Artillery Gun Fire by 104 Regiment Royal Artillery for the 1812 Overture.
The bands taking part are:
· The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh. · The Royal Marines Band Service. · The Bugles, Pipes and Drums of The Royal Irish Regiment. · The Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division. · The Band of the Adjutant General’s Corps. · The Band and Bugles of The Rifles.
The Pembrokeshire Youth Music Service will also join forces with the bands and perform on June 2nd.
Colonel Lance Patterson, Deputy Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, said:
“There is so much on offer, with a fantastic assortment of pop concerts on the band stand and performances flooding the Volvo Ocean Race Village."
“In the build up to The Military Festival of Music we’ve worked very closely with Cardiff City Council to create a spectacular addition to the Volvo Ocean Race stopover and June 2 is also an opportunity for people to meet their Army and find out more about what we do.
“We’ve really taken it up a notch again this year and we want as many people as possible to enjoy what will be a fabulous day.”