Festival statement: Lineup Diversity

Saturday 9th April 2022

Merthyr Rising Festival has always been conscious of delivering a festival that celebrates Merthyr Tydfil's radical history and working-class culture. A part of the culture that we promote is one of diversity and equality. We make every effort to deliver a festival that reflects that culture.

Those who have attended our previous festivals will know we have been consciously inclusive in inviting artists who perform or speak at our debates and talks and we are proud of our record of being one of the most inclusive festivals in the valleys.

Booking acts this year has been challenging compared to previous years, with an active festival season in which many acts are in high demand. The volunteers who commit to programme the festival have spent countless hours approaching numerous artists right across the spectrum and we are in no doubt they have done an amazing job considering the circumstances, however, as a still relatively young festival, we are still learning as we grow.

As a small team of volunteers under immense pressure, putting on an event of this magnitude is extremely difficult, and we don't always make perfect decisions. We are always keen to listen to anyone who has an interest in making the festival better and they are free to contact us anytime. Unfortunately, the artist who has made recent disappointing comments about our volunteers on social media and in the online press has done so without any formal communication with our team. Nonetheless, we will take on board the comments raised and would be pleased to meet with them for a face-to-face discussion in the future.

Merthyr Rising festival continues to grow and this year will be our best year yet. Our lineup continues to develop as our discussions with artists proceed, and we look forward to making further announcements soon. We look forward to welcoming back thousands of old and new faces this year.

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