Jools Holland

Rhondda’s first-ever Arts Festival will  take place this summer, with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring Gilson Lewis, announced as one of first performances.

This new addition to Wales’ artistic and cultural calendar will take place between at venues around Treorchy. 

Tickets for Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are now on sale and are expected to sell-out fast, so booking early is advised in order to avoid any disappointment. 

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, with responsibility for Cultural Services, said: “The Council is delighted be playing a leading role in delivering the first Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy.

“The Festival will bring some special acts to the area and we are delighted to announce Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, along with special guests, as the first.

“Having such a big name in the world of music and entertainment come to the Park & Dare Theatre is testament to the quality of performers we are able to attract.

“Treorchy is a town rich in musical heritage - it is home to the iconic Park & Dare Theatre and was where Welsh entertainer Max Boyce recorded his first album ‘Live at Treorchy,’ which went on to make him a household name.

“The Festival has the potential to build on Treorchy’s legacy as an area of cultural significance and the event is expected to become a firm feature in the Arts calendar. 

“More big names will be announced in the near future for what promises to be an historic first Rhondda Arts Festival.”

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring Gilson Lavis, perform at the Park and Dare Theatre on Friday, June 29.

The ultimate ‘King of Boogie Woogie,’ Jools Holland is a genuine British legend.  He will be joined on stage by a whole host of guests, including Marc Almond, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.

Famed for his exhilarating live shows, featuring a thrilling mix of boogie-woogie, swing, jazz and R&B, an incredible 20-piece band and guests with show-stopping vocals, this legendary show is one not to be missed.

This one-night-only concert by Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra forms part of the wider Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy (RAFT).

Jools’ special guests will include Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond, who has sold over 30 million records worldwide. His hits include Say Hello, Wave Goodbye; Touch and Tainted Love.

Gilson Lavis, former drummer with the band Squeeze in the 1970s, is now a member of Jools’ Rhythym and Blues Orchestra.

Rugby Turner regularly performs with Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, both on tour and on television. She has released 17 albums to date.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and special guests, are at the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, on Friday, June 29 (7.30pm). Tickets are priced £37.50 and are available from the Box Office on 03000 040 444 or online at

Posted on Friday 16th March 2018

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