The Biggest Weekend

Swansea Labour proud that city’s greatest music event was a showcase to the world

Swansea Council has to be proud of helping to stage the Biggest Weekend in Singleton Park which entertained 60,000 people over two days.

That was the message from Swansea Labour’s Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism.

The likes of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine helped boost Swansea’s local economy by at least £2.4m.

And that’s not including priceless coverage for the city broadcast over TV and radio across the UK and around the globe that will encourage yet more visitors to drop by over the months and years ahead.

“All credit to the BBC, the performers and the amazing crowds across the weekend. Our city shone,” said Cllr Francis-Daves.

“Swansea Council is proud to have been part of it and, by independent calculations, the two-day event has boosted our local economy by £2.4m.

“Most hotels have been full and restaurants, pubs and clubs were doing brisk business over the weekend. It’s been fantastic for fans and fantastic for Swansea.”

He added: “What this proves is that Swansea can put on a show. Of the four Biggest Weekend events going on across Britain in Belfast, Coventry and Perth, ours was the biggest, the best and sold out first – within minutes in fact.

“Event-goers were part of history and Singleton Park was at the heart of it. Although we had some of the biggest names in music on our doorstep, the stars of the show were the fans who’ve done Swansea proud.

“The Biggest Weekend has been a brilliant curtain-raiser for the summer and we’ve still got lots to look forward to, including the biggest and best-ever Wales Airshow next month and lots more right across the summer holidays.”

Over the weekend teams of litter pickers worked from 6.30am until midnight clearing up areas around the park, including streets and the beach. Also on duty were council officers, taxi marshals and police officers helping to keep festival-goers safe and disruption to a minimum.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “For a festival of this scale to go as well as it did requires planning and commitment from a whole range of organisations including the Council, the BBC and the police. They’ve done a great job this weekend and I want to thank them for their effort.

He added: “I also want to thank the residents living near Singleton Park and park users for their patience and understanding, despite the inconvenience. Now the show is over it will take a number of days to pack up all the stages and equipment ahead of returning the park back to normal.

“Although the show is over the memories will live long.”

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