Things are moving forward at a hectic pace and plans for the 2018 Festival are in full flow with organisers making a number of changes to the layout and weekend activities on Penderyn Square, Merthyr Tydfil next May.

The festival continually strives to offer an ever improving lineup of bands, artists and performers for the very best prices and the 2018 event is set to see 2 stages, bigger acts, bigger names and an improved experiences for all.

As a not-for profit organisation Merthyr Risings ethos is to always offer an affordable and high value festival experience with the lowest like for like prices in the area.

Festival organiser Lyn Williams explains, "We will always aim to make Merthyr Rising the best value festival in the area and ensure it’s affordable throughout. With increasing running costs, demand for improvements and a commitment to make the festival sustainable on a long term basis we are raising the ticket price to £40 for the whole weekend with day entry tickets being sold for £15 per day. With a great lineup in the pipeline and over 3 days of activities we promise it’ll be great value for money and an excellent experience. We also aim to keep the price of food and drinks at an affordable price, with a pint of beer costing no more than £3.50 per pint.”

For those looking to save some money there will be an opportunity to purchase early bird tickets of just £25 for the first 300 weekend passes and there will also be a family saver tickets for £80 which will include 2 adults and 2 children under 18. Children under 13 will remain free but must be purchased with an adult ticket with a maximum of 2 tickets per adult.

Organisers of the festival will also be donating over 100 tickets locally to local charities and community organisations.

Director, Ian Jenkins said “We want to ensure that nobody is excluded from Merthyr Rising and that this continues to truly be a festival of the people. For this reason we will work with local charities and agencies to ensure that a number tickets are made available to those who might otherwise miss out.“

Tickets are now available from the website at

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