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Headline acts lead 2016 events line up at Glyndŵr University


Photo: Russell Watson (left) and Frankie Boyle are among the acts appearing at Glyndŵr University this year

January 8 2016

Comedians Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee and Sean Lock are among the top names performing at Glyndŵr University’s William Aston Hall in 2016.

The Wrexham venue welcomes a host of stars throughout the year, including funnymen Adam Hills, Russell Kane and Tom Stade.

Rockers Hawkwind, opera singer Russell Watson, Madness frontman Suggs and pop legend Lulu are also to appear onstage at the Plas Coch theatre.

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations, said the William Aston Hall will continue to bring the cream of UK and international talent to North Wales, a major selling-point in attracting visitors and prospective students to the university.

“Over the years our reputation for putting on top-quality events has continued to grow and grow, which is why the best names in comedy, music and theatre regularly return to the William Aston Hall and our other venues here in Wrexham,” said Lynda.

“We have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the university over the last 12 months because we are providing them with top-class entertainment – that will be no different in 2016.”

Glyndŵr is also enjoying the fruits of its collaborative agreement with VMS – which operates, promotes and manages Manchester Academy, Brixton Electric and Birmingham Ballroom, amongst other arenas – and has brought top names including Shed Seven, Heaven 17, The Levellers and Martha Reeves to the William Aston Hall.

Lynda added: “Along with our events team, VMS has been instrumental in bringing some brilliant acts to Wrexham and together we have ambitious plans to further increase the quality and number of gigs and concerts we host over the coming years.”

The university is also set to welcome back Focus Wales from May 12-14, with the William Aston Hall and Centre for the Creative Industries among the sites used to host music and comedy during the popular festival.

Glyndŵr’s School of Media, Art and Design signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with organisers Neal Thompson and Andy Jones two years ago, and the partnership has since gone from strength to strength with a wide variety of artists appearing on campus, notably comedian Henning Wehn and ‘Voices Of The Land: Lleisiau’r Fro’ choral concert.

“Our facilities have been used as venues for Focus Wales since it started six years ago but this agreement took everything a stage further,” said Lynda.

"The festival is now a key part of our annual live events programme and it provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain real-life experience which will help them in their career. We look forward to hosting parts of the event again this year.”

For more information and a full list of events at William Aston Hall, call the box office on 01978 293293 or visit the website: Follow the team on Twitter @willasthall.

For more on Focus Wales, visit