Event Schedule

This years Merthyr Rising Festival has five brilliant venues where you can listen to live music, speakers and everything else the festival has to offer. From live music on Stage 1 (Penderyn Square) and Stage 2 (Castle Car Park). Speakers and Waun Common debates at Redhouse, Soar and more events at Other venues.

Stage 1 (Penderyn Square) Stage 2 (Castle Car Park) Redhouse Soar Other
From
10:00
From
11:00
Redhouse
11:00

Universal Credit - An oncoming storm?

With Kayleigh Norval and Christian Green

11:00

Universal Credit - An oncoming storm?

With Kayleigh Norval and Christian Green

From
12:00
Redhouse
12:10

Venezula

With Venezuelan Embassy Labor Attaché Marcos García

12:10

Venezula

With Venezuelan Embassy Labor Attaché Marcos García

From
13:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
13:15

Park View

13:15

Park View

Redhouse
13:20

Financial power and media corruption

With Mr. Ethical Nicholas Wilson

13:20

Financial power and media corruption

With Mr. Ethical Nicholas Wilson

From
14:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
14:00

The Pitchfolks

14:00

The Pitchfolks

Redhouse
14:15

Money for nothing? Is it time for Universal Basic income in the UK?

With Barb Jacobson, Mark Hooper, Gavin Cartwright

14:15

Money for nothing? Is it time for Universal Basic income in the UK?

With Barb Jacobson, Mark Hooper, Gavin Cartwright

From
15:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
15:00

The Carolines

15:00

The Carolines

Redhouse
15:40

100 years since the women's vote. Is equality a reality?

Pippa Bartolotti, Dawn Bowden, Kate Connolly

15:40

100 years since the women's vote. Is equality a reality?

Pippa Bartolotti, Dawn Bowden, Kate Connolly

From
16:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
16:00

The Stangs

16:00

The Stangs

Redhouse
16:50

Is Lexit possible?

Kunle Olulode and Mark Drakeford

16:50

Is Lexit possible?

Kunle Olulode and Mark Drakeford

From
17:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
17:00

Upbeat Sneakers

17:00

Upbeat Sneakers

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
17:00

DJ Barsi

17:00

DJ Barsi

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
17:30

Chew

17:00

Chew

From
18:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
18:00

Red Flag Ceremony

With Michael Sheen

18:00

Red Flag Ceremony

With Michael Sheen

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
18:00

Public Order

18:00

Public Order

From
19:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
19:20

Afro Cluster

19:20

Afro Cluster

From
20:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
20:45

Dreadzone

20:45

Dreadzone

From
21:00
From
22:00

Festival Day 1 Complete

From
23:00
From
00:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square) Stage 2 (Castle Car Park) Redhouse Soar Other
From
10:00
From
11:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
11:00

DJ Geraint Thomas

11:00

DJ Geraint Thomas

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
11:30

Little Rave Club with DJ Barsi

11:30

Little Rave Club with DJ Barsi

Redhouse
11:00

Climate change: Man made or natural?

Piers Corbyn and Nick Pigeon (Cardiff University)

11:00

Climate change: Man made or natural?

Piers Corbyn and Nick Pigeon (Cardiff University)

From
12:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
12:00

SSSSnakes

12:00

SSSSnakes

Redhouse
12:15

Are we living in a police state? How the misuse of undercover policing and blacklisting has blighted lives.

(In the Courtyard) With Helen Steel, Dave Smith, Tom Fowler

12:15

Are we living in a police state? How the misuse of undercover policing and blacklisting has blighted lives.

(In the Courtyard) With Helen Steel, Dave Smith, Tom Fowler

From
13:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
13:00

Dole Age

13:00

Dole Age

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
13:15

The Red Poets and Robb Johnson

13:15

The Red Poets and Robb Johnson

From
14:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
14:00

Tracy Island

14:00

Tracy Island

Redhouse
14:15

Free speech on the left

With Brendan O'Neill

14:15

Free speech on the left

With Brendan O'Neill

Other
14:00

Radical History Tour

Merthyr Tydfil radical history tour with Viv Pugh. Meeting at Castle Hotel.

14:00

Radical History Tour

Merthyr Tydfil radical history tour with Viv Pugh. Meeting at Castle Hotel.

From
15:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
15:00

Foreign Legion

15:00

Foreign Legion

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
15:00

Acoustic Sessions

With artists:
• Ava
• Johnny Williams
• Jack Mason
• Craig Thomas

15:00

Acoustic Sessions

With artists:
• Ava
• Johnny Williams
• Jack Mason
• Craig Thomas

Redhouse
15:30

Can music bring about change? Case studies in how music can be a force for good

Dave Randall, Paul Grey (The Damned), Jake Ska (Captain Ska)

15:30

Can music bring about change? Case studies in how music can be a force for good

Dave Randall, Paul Grey (The Damned), Jake Ska (Captain Ska)

From
16:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
16:00

Roughneck Riot

16:00

Roughneck Riot

From
17:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
17:30

Captain Ska

17:30

Captain Ska

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
17:40

Al Moses

17:40

Al Moses

From
18:00
From
19:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
19:00

Ruts DC

19:00

Ruts DC

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
19:00

Bryony Siers

19:00

Bryony Siers

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
19:50

Acid House Therapy

19:50

Acid House Therapy

From
20:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
20:45

Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals)

20:45

Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals)

From
21:00
From
22:00
From
23:00

Festival Day 2 Complete

From
00:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square) Stage 2 (Castle Car Park) Redhouse Soar Other
From
10:00
From
11:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
11:00

DJ Geraint Thomas

11:00

DJ Geraint Thomas

Redhouse
11:00

Unity is Strength

Caroline Harris MP, Roger McKenzie Unison, Paul Nowak (TUC), Aiden Price (PCS), Steve Hedley (RMT)

11:00

Unity is Strength

Caroline Harris MP, Roger McKenzie Unison, Paul Nowak (TUC), Aiden Price (PCS), Steve Hedley (RMT)

Other
11:00

The Red Flag March

Meeting at Llys Janice Rowlands

11:00 - 12:00

The Red Flag March

Meeting at Llys Janice Rowlands

From
12:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
12:00

Ffug

12:00

Ffug

From
13:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
13:00

Moonbirds

13:00

Moonbirds

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
13:00

Lucy Jones

13:00

Lucy Jones

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
13:40

Local Enemy

13:40

Local Enemy

From
14:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
14:00

Sunsets

14:00

Sunsets

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
14:40

Beans on Toast

14:40

Beans on Toast

Redhouse
14:00

Film: The Balfour Declaration

Karl Sabbagh (Director)

14:00

Film: The Balfour Declaration

Karl Sabbagh (Director)

From
15:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
15:00

Regime

15:00

Regime

Redhouse
15:30

NHS, DOA at 70?

Dr. Bob Gill, Tony Beddow and Peter Gillard

15:30

NHS, DOA at 70?

Dr. Bob Gill, Tony Beddow and Peter Gillard

From
16:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
16:00

Eva Lazarus

16:00

Eva Lazarus

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
16:00

O'Connell and Love

16:00

O'Connell and Love

From
17:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
17:50

Florence Black

17:50

Florence Black

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
17:10

Tom Hingley

17:10

Tom Hingley

From
18:00
Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
18:00

Home Grown

18:00

Home Grown

From
19:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
19:10

The Blockheads

19:10

The Blockheads

Stage 2 (Castle Car Park)
19:00

DJ Hopkins

19:00

DJ Hopkins

From
20:00
Stage 1 (Penderyn Square)
20:45

The Alarm

20:45

The Alarm

From
21:00
From
22:00
From
23:00
From
00:00

Festival Day 2 Complete

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