UNISON’s partnership with the Merthyr Rising Festival continues to grow as the trade union has once again agreed to be the festival’s main sponsor in 2018.
The overwhelming support from UNISON over the last three years has helped the festival grow exponentially and the festival organisers are pleased that the trade union has agreed to continue to support the festival once again.
Festival Director, Lyn Williams said “Unison’s support for the festival is key to the growth and the existence of the festival, which is now attracting audiences from all over the UK. We’re very grateful for this support, I think it’s safe to say that without Unison’s support, along with other trade unions, Merthyr Rising festival wouldn’t be the event that it is today.”
This year’s festival is the biggest yet with a lineup of artists that include The Alarm, The Blockheads, The Ruts Dc and Roland Gift plus many more. There is a second stage that will be providing an eclectic list of artists providing an array of performances ranging from acoustic, DJ's and poetry to name just a few.
Peter Crews, UNISON Regional Convenor stated: “We are proud to confirm that, for the third year running, UNISON will be working in partnership with the Merthyr Rising Festival. It is rewarding to see that over those three years this has grown from a local community event to one that major artists want to play. It draws music fans from all over the country to visit Merthyr Tydfil, whilst still retaining its strong links with the local community. This is reflected in the fact that this year, in addition, to support from local branches, we have received funding from UNISON’s National General Political Fund”.
“It is not just about fun though, there is a serious point to the event. It honours the workers that stood up for themselves in 1831. The battle for workers rights goes on, UNISON is still fighting against low wages, almost two hundred years later. Being part of this event helps to remind people that UNISON is keeping the spirit of the rising alive and keeping that red flag flying.”
The festival will take place on Penderyn Square on the 25-27th May 2018. Tickets are on sale now from www.merthyrrising.uk