Bargoed rockers 4th Street traffic to play Millennium Stadium after Wales vs France
News | Richard Gurner | Published: 15:40, Thursday October 13th, 2011.
Bargoed rock band 4th Street traffic are to play Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after the big TV screening of Wales’ historic clash against France in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.
More than 53,000 fans are expected at the stadium for the Wake Up for Wales event organised by the Welsh Rugby Union.
4th Street Traffic, who performed for the Wales squad and their families before they set off for New Zealand, will play for at least an hour mixing classic rock anthems with their own material.
Lead singer Alastair Britton said: “We are all buzzing about it.
“It was an absolute honour being asked by the team to play their leaving party and now to be asked to play the stadium for the second time in a matter of weeks is just unreal. Bring on the final next.”
The band will be joined by Welsh singing sensations Sophie Evans and Only Men Aloud.
Tim Rhys-Evans, Music Director of OMA, said: “There’s such a buzz around Welsh rugby at the moment with Wales reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup and we’re so excited to be involved.
“We hope that our involvement on Saturday will not only ignite the passion of the tens of thousands of fans at the Millennium Stadium but also lend our support to the team in New Zealand. Come on Wales.”
Commenting on th number of fans expected to turn up on Saturday morning, WRU boss Roger Lewis, said: “We always believed we had the best fans in the world and gestures like this prove it.
“The response from supporters since we announced the plan to open up the stadium on Saturday has been magnificent.
“Their voices will be raised at the home of Welsh rugby and the sound will echo around the world to New Zealand.
“It will be a very emotional moment to hear the national anthem sound around the stadium as a gesture of support for players so many thousands of miles away.
“When the Welsh teams takes to the field at Eden Park they will be in absolutely no doubt that the fans from Wales are with them.
“Warren Gatland has often spoken about the importance of the Welsh crowd to his players and a crowded Millennium Stadium on Saturday will symbolise exactly what he means.”
Organisers are urging fans to plan their travel in advance and take advantage of the park and ride facilities at County Hall in Cardiff Bay from 7am. Parking will be charged at the standard rate of £3.
Train services are likely to be busy and a queuing system will be in place at Cardiff Central station after the screening. Queen Street station will remain open.
Simon Turton, Events Manager for Arriva Trains Wales said: “We would advise passengers travelling into Cardiff to use one of our early morning services and ensure they leave plenty of time for their journey.”
Full train times and fares information can be obtained by visiting www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50