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Global star Rihanna to perform in Wales

Music star Rihanna will perform in Cardiff next summer as part of her 'Anti World Tour'.

Rihanna performing at the 20th T in the Park music festival at Kinross. Credit: PA

The 27-year-old will be the first major music act to perform at what will be the newly named Principality Stadium in June 2016.

She was watched by more than 60,000 fans when she first sang at the venue in Cardiff in 2013.

Rihanna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and will launch her 70-date Anti World Tour next February in the USA. Tickets for the Cardiff show go on sale on Thursday, December 3.


Special concert for Visage singer Steve Strange

A special concert celebrating the life of musician Steve Strange will be held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff later.

Visage singer Steve Strange died from a heart attack Credit: PA Wire

The Welsh-born New Romantic pioneer died suddenly early this year.

Tonight, celebrities including Boy George and Kim Wilde will perform some of their own hits, alongside songs from Steve Strange's band Visage.


Manic Street Preachers to play 'biggest' show in Wales since 1999

The band will perform at the Liberty Stadium on the 28th of May 2016 Credit: PA

Welsh band the Manic Street Preachers are set to play their biggest headline show in Wales show since their sell out gig at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in 1999.

The band will play Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Saturday 28th May 2016- twentieth anniversary performance of their fourth album ‘Everything Must Go’.

The band will perform two sets at the stadium. They're currently collaborating with BAFTA winning director Kieran Evans who they worked with on videos for their last two albums in order to create an entirely new visual backdrop for the show based around the album’s iconic artwork.

The gig promises to showcase two eras of Manic Street Preachers at their creative peak – then and now.

The Manic Street Preachers will be supported by the Super Furry Animals.

Three quarters of public 'support ban on wild animals in circuses'

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The RSPCA Cymru's been surveying our attitude to wild animals in Wales.

It says the term 'wild animal' means different thing to different people. But the charity classes them as those that are not normally domesticated. The list ranges from badgers to nesting birds, and includes pet snakes and elephants in captivity.

Its report found:

  • 74 percent of the public support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales after hearing that other European countries have banned animal performances in circuses.
  • 72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pet and recommends that the keeping of primates as pets is banned.

It wants more funding to investigate trade in exotic animals and spot checks on animal sanctuaries. It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns and snares.

It is hoped this report can be a valuable guide to what is happening in Wales with regard to wild animal welfare and means that problems can be identified and addressed, solutions established, and positive learning replicated across different issues.

– Claire Lawson, Assistant director external relations, RSPCA Wales

We in Wales are at the forefront of implementing higher animal welfare standards.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework sets out our vision for continuing and lasting improvements in standards for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and contributing to the economy and the environment.

The Framework represents a significant opportunity for us to focus on delivery to achieve the highest standards of animal health and welfare and this indicator report, which contains a snapshot of some of the animal welfare concerns, provides a baseline of available data and recommendations for improvements.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food
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