Replica vehicles from 80s pop culture and live music featuring all the hits from the decade took the town by storm at Llanelli 80s Festival, organised by Ymlaen Llanelli and supported by Llanelli Town Council.
Chair of Ymlaen Llanelli BID, Lesley Richards, said the event went above and beyond her expectations: “This was easily our biggest and best 80s fest yet, possibly even our best event ever. So many people turned out, it was an amazing sight to see and everyone had a load of fun, despite the weather occasionally trying to ruin it. It really poured down a couple of times, but people really didn’t care – they put on their rain ponchos and danced through it all! Who needs main stage Glastonbury when you’ve got Llanelli 80s Festival on your doorstep?”
The event coincided with Armed Forces Day, which saw Llanelli Veterans Association leading a parade and drumhead service to mark the occasion.
When the ceremony was done, the veterans sat back and enjoyed the day’s festivities, and were treated to a front row seat as replicas of the A-Team Van and the General Lee drove into Stepney Square.
Then it was time for music: the Thrillionaires kicked things off in style with medleys of 80s rock’n’roll, followed up by a slew of tributes to pop icons Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson and Madonna. Festival headliners Sunshine Cab closed the show, playing a mix of hits that had the crowds calling for more.
Ymlaen Llanelli BID Manager, Mandy Jenkins, couldn’t be happier: “Llanelli 80s Festival is our team’s favourite event as there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This particular edition has been three years in the making, and we’re so glad people came out in full force for it. We really couldn’t have asked for more!”
Be sure to check out our event videos for Llanelli 80s Festival and Armed Forces Day here and here. We'll be back with our next event, Llanelli Vintage Festival, on Saturday 17th September. We hope to see you there!