JOOLS Holland and the Gipsy Kings will be taking centre stage in the Dee Valley in 2019.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced its star-studded evening concert line-up for 2019.

Returning festival favourite and vice-president of the Eisteddfod Jools Holland will entertain the Royal Pavilion audience with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Monday, July 1.

The jazz, blues and swing showstopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an unforgettable toe-tapping extravaganza of live music, kindly sponsored by Kronospan.

The week-long festival line-up features some of the world’s most internationally renowned musicians, including French-Mexican star tenor Rolando Villazón, salsa, pop and flamenco outfit Gipsy Kings, and award-winning Celtic music band Jamie Smith’s MABON.

Interim music director of the festival Edward-Rhys Harry said: “It's been an exhilarating first few months in my role as music director at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and a real joy to curate my very first concert series, which we feel reflects the musical excellence and diversity of this fantastic event.

“We are proud that this year’s festival line-up spans genres and generations, crossing the boundaries of age, culture and creed.

"There really is something for everyone and we’ll be adding even more early in the New Year, with the announcement of our Llanfest headliners for 2019.”

Tickets are available to festival pass holders and Friends of the Eisteddfod from today (November 28).

Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 9am on Wednesday, December 12 online at or via the box office.

Anyone purchasing a membership to the Friends of the Eisteddfod during this two-week priority-booking period will also gain access to these advance tickets.

Contact the box office to become a member by calling 01978 862001.

The evening concert line-up also includes:

July 2: Classical Gala with Rolando Villazón and guests (sponsored by Pendine Park).

July 3: Saints and Singers: The Music of Wales, with Shân Cothi and Rhodri Prys Jones, accompanied by the British Sinfonietta Orchestra.

July 4: International Celebration with Jamie Smith’s MABON (sponsored by Denbighshire County Council and Westminster Stone).

July 5: Gipsy Kings featuring Andre Reyes (sponsored by Linguassist).

July 6: Choir of the World (sponsored by Aldi).