Inspired 2019 Abergavenny Castle

Inspired 2019

Inspired 2019 is a two day Charity Event coming to Abergavenny Castle on the 3rd and 4th August 2019
to raise funds for Breast Cancer Haven (Hereford); Cancer Research UK
and the Critical Care Unit of Nevill Hall Hospital.

The outdoor concert is being organised by local resident Erica Hawke who explained “Due to a Breast Cancer scare last year, I wanted to do an event to give something back; I have chosen to try and raise some money for Breast Cancer Haven. This charity specifically appealed to me as it gives support to women and their families affected by a Breast Cancer diagnosis. When I was 19 years old, sadly my father, Michael passed away from cancer, this was over 20 years ago and at that time there was no support for us as a family available. Breast Cancer Haven provides that support today for anyone affected by Breast Cancer; such support would have been so beneficial to my family and myself all those years ago!

I also want to split the money raised with the Critical Care Unit at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, whom two years ago saved my husband’s life following a sudden illness, their care, professionalism and efforts kept our family together. I also wish to make a donation to Cancer Research UK (CRUK) due to the fact that my husband has unfortunately been diagnosed with Leukaemia. My husband is moving forward positively but I am fortunate that he has been in the music / outdoor event world for 30 years working with some of the world’s biggest artists, so he will have no choice but to help me with this event.”

Saturday the 3rd August ‘Decades that Inspired’ will feature a number of bands from various era’s including Dave Finnegan’s Commitments & Charlotte Church with her Late Night Pop Dungeon. Also agreed to play is Lindy Layton (Beats International), Phats & Small, The New Purple Celebration (Music of Prince); Georgia Box the social media sensation with over 90 million views; the whole day will be hosted with introductions and music from The Will Smith Experience featuring Shad Ellis. The 3rd August will see the castle humming to hits from ‘Mustang Sally’ to ‘Turn Around’; ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ to ‘Crazy Chick’ and many more!

Sunday the 4th ‘Inspired by the Sixties’ will be a revival with acts from that decade; already confirmed are The New Mindbenders, Ray Ennis the voice of The Swinging Blue Jeans, Chris Farlowe, Zoot Money, Creedence Clearwater Revived; Masterpiece Temptations and The Fourmosts, the day will be hosted by GoCompario himself; BBC Wales Radio /TVs very own Wynne Evans. The 4th August will see the castle nostalgically rockin’ to hits like ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ to ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’; ‘My Girl’ to ‘Out of Time’ and many more legendary hits! Further Bands are to be announced for the event as planning continues.

Dave Finnegan, musician and film star from the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Commitments will be performing on the 3rd August with his band, he said “I have known Erica and Andy for a long-time now and know they want to raise thousands for the charities; the band and myself can’t wait to bring our ‘sweet soul music’ to Abergavenny to support the cause”.

Pete Hughes from The New Mindbenders is also looking forward to the event saying “It’s a great sixties line-up for the 4th August featuring bands with over 30 top twenty hits between them from that era, we are really excited to be involved”.

Lynne Eagles, Senior Local Fundraising Manager for CRUK said, “1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime* (*born after 1960); Our research saves lives. Cancer Research UK’s research has played a role in developing 8 of the world’s Top 10 cancer drugs. Over the last 40 years, Cancer Research UK’s work has helped double breast cancer survival.”

The event is supported by Visit Monmouthshire, O2 in association with Avertec, Glanusk Estate, Eridge Park and The Abergavenny Castle & Museum.

Rachael Rogers, Museums Manager said – “We are very pleased that Abergavenny Castle has been chosen as the venue for Inspired 2019, an event that supports three causes that have such a positive impact on so many people”.

Tickets are £24.50 each for each day (plus service charge or agency fees) and are available from the event website; the O2 store in Merthyr Tydfil, the Visit Monmouthshire Eshop and Abergavenny Castle.