Merthyr Rising is a music, arts and ideas festival that celebrates working-class culture and resistance at the birthplace of the red flag.
Held on the anniversary of the Merthyr Uprising in 1831, when workers from the town took to the streets to protest against low wages and unemployment, which ended violently when the British Army seized back control. The festival aims to be a celebration not just of music and culture, but of the town’s radical past, aiming to encourage political engagement amongst young people, all the more important in places like Merthyr, which for all its spirit, is usually overlooked by the powers that be.
Now in its fifth year, Merthyr Rising is one of the most politically engaging and musically exciting festivals in Wales!!
In 2018, Merthyr Rising takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend 25th-27th May. With over 40 acts performing this year, it's our biggest festival yet. Spread over two arenas Artists include.........
The Alarm, Roland Gift, Dreadzone, The Ruts DC, The Blockheads, Captain Ska, Beans on Toast, Afro Cluster, Eva Lazarus plus many many more!!
There will be loads of family fun, a mini rave for kids, massive sound and light production, street food, trader stalls and of course a fully stocked bar!!!
Camping is available throughout the weekend at the beautiful Cyfartha Castle grounds. Caravans and motorhomes are also welcome!
Tickets are priced at just £40 for the weekend and day tickets are available from £15 per day. Camping is extra and purchased separately.