The eyes – and cameras – of the extreme sports world will be firmly focused on the town of Llangollen in June. That’s when the Xuberance Weekend, a new Extreme Sports and Music festival takes place at the Royal International Pavilion and there to capture it all will be the Extreme Sports Channel.
Get ready to rock on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, as skateboarders, BMX and mountain bikers, canoeists, mountain boarders, roller bladers, climbers and balloonists descend on Llangollen to a soundtrack of quality music.
The event is organised by local man David Green, who last year resurrected the Llangollen Balloon Festival and has a series of further events planned for his home town this summer. Adrenaline junkie David is a self-confessed extreme sports nut just back from a combined hot air ballooning and snowboarding trip in the Alps.
“I’m a fan of extreme sports and it has always been my dream to stage a music festival and these two go together really well. But then North Wales has got it all as an extreme sports playground and at Llangollen’s International Pavilion we’ve got a great venue,” he says. “We have mountains, coastline, forests and rivers – it’s all here and these sports are growing in popularity so fast. There’s still something slightly underground about them but that is part of the attraction and what makes them so fashionable. It’s all about the adrenaline rush, it’s extending yourself and pushing yourself and then there’s the whole lifestyle element of the clothes and the music and we want to feature all these on the weekend.”
David, 26, went to school in the town at Ysgol Dinas Bran before getting a degree in marketing at Huddersfield University and he worked in the private sector before returning home and setting up his own event management company.
He has cut his teeth on the successful ‘The Gardening Show’, which he staged in partnership with his father, and the Balloon festival last year but says: “It’s always been my ambition to stage a music and extreme sports event. It’s going to be a great event in a great setting.” He continues: “We’re going to have world class extreme sports and great live music – nothing like this has ever happened around here before. But we’ve got a superb site which has proved it can host a major event with thousands of people. There is easy access from major cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham and we’re at the centre of an area that is ideal for extreme sports. The weekend will be targeted at the 14-30 age group but there will be plenty for everyone of all ages.”
Among the attractions already lined up are Freestyle Motocross and BMX Dirt Jumps, a half pipe competition, one-man tethered balloon, a street skatepark, featuring some of the top names in skate and BMX, a climbing wall and funfair as well as non-stop extreme sports displays and live music from 12 noon to 11pm on both days. The music line-up will be announced in the next few weeks, but there promises to be a great mix of skate punk, rock, indie, dance and alternative.
Other areas on site will include drum & bongo workshops, circus skills workshops, and a retail village where you can see and buy the latest equipment and clothing.
The website is live now www.xuberanceweekend.co.uk and tickets will be £25 a day, £40 for the weekend, available on the website.