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Dame Shirley Bassey, one of the stars of Welcome to Wales

Dame Shirley Bassey to star at Welcome to Wales concert

Trio of Welsh divas headline Welcome to Wales, The 2010 Ryder Cup celebration concert.

Dame Shirley Bassey completes the line-up of stunning performers set for Welcome to Wales, The 2010 Ryder Cup celebration concert at the Millennium Stadium on 29 September 2010, hosted by television presenter Steve Jones.

Born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Bassey has enjoyed a career spanning more than 50 years and a worldwide success story that has cemented her place as the most prolific songstress to come from Wales.  From her first release ‘Born to Sing the Blues’ in 1957, Bassey has sustained her success with a further 34 studio albums released, spawning 105 singles with ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Big Spender’ among her most famous.

The celebration concert will provide a rare chance for fans to see Bassey back at home at her best and will mark her first appearance in Wales for more than five years. Bassey will complete a trio of top Welsh divas as she joins Catherine Zeta Jones and Katherine Jenkins for this highly anticipated and prestigious event.

Bassey said: “I’m honoured to be asked to perform at Welcome to Wales and proud to be part of such a fantastic celebration for The 2010 Ryder Cup. This is a huge opportunity for Wales and with Katherine Jenkins and Catherine Zeta Jones also taking part, we'll certainly be adding glitz and glamour to golf. I can't wait.”

Joining the glamorous girls will be Rhondda-born primetime television presenter Steve Jones, who has had a very busy 2010 so far. He started the year with the hugely successful ‘Let’s Dance’ on BBC1 and then visited various countries including Vietnam and Austria for the new BBC1 series ‘Drop Zone’. He also ventured up the Amazon with his brothers for the Sky One special ‘Jones Brothers’ Amazon Adventure, then it was on to Argentina to film BBC1's new game show, ‘101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow’.

Jones said: “I’m very excited to be part of this huge event and the fact it is in the Motherland is the icing on the cake.”

Steve will introduce performances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Lostprophets, Only Men Aloud and Shaheen Jafargholi and The Mark Jermin Stage School.  Guest presenter Catherine Zeta Jones will make a welcome return to her homeland to deliver an opening address for this special concert in celebration of The 2010 Ryder Cup.

The audience will also see both the European and United States Teams officially introduced to the audience during the 90 minute televised show.

Ryder Cup Europe will make history as they deliver The 2010 Ryder Cup, the biggest sporting event to be held in Wales, with a massive global television audience.  Golf’s greatest team event is staged every two years, alternating between venues in Europe and the United States.  This is the first time The Ryder Cup has been held in Wales and the tournament will take place at The Celtic Manor Resort in the City of Newport from October 1-3, 2010, showcasing the nation to a truly global audience.   

Tickets for the Welcome to Wales event at the Millennium Stadium are available now from the following outlets

Millennium Stadium Box Office 08442 777 888
www.ticketmaster.co.uk  / www.seetickets.co.uk

Ticket prices:
£25 Standard,
£40 Limited premium seats,
£60 Family ticket,
£15 under 16s

*£5 from each ticket sale will be donated to charity

To keep up to date with all information including acts, tickets and great hospitality offers, register at www.welcome2wales.co.uk

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