Only two weeks before Merthyr Rock kicks off. Independently run and located in the beautiful Cyfartha Park the festival mixes local talent along with international super stars.
Advance Weekend tickets are £65
AdvanceDay Tickets are priced at Friday £20 ‐ Sat & Sun £25
Camping is £15 per person, for 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Merthyr Rock is a 14+ years only event and under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Here’s our newb guide.
Traveling – If you’re going by train don’t be afraid to make friends for the twenty minute walk to the park. Sometimes signs get pulled down and google maps is your only friend (which is what happened to us last year). Also consider the night bus home. The show goes on till 11 and we all know how rubbish trains are on Sundays.
Bus Home to Cardiff: £7 and £5 (U16) Coming to Merthyr Rock and want to leave the car behind? The Merthyr Rock Express Bus allows you to come to Merthyr by train and then get home by late night buses. The buses leave the Festival Site at 11.30pm and will call at the following stations en route to Cardiff: Abercynon, Pontypridd, Cardiff Central.
Stalls and Food – Don’t forget to bring ID and money with you. With no readmission and no ATM at the site you don’t want to get caught short. You can expect an official merch stall and Big Deal stall along with a couple food stalls. Chips it is
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Second Stage – What we don’t want to see that happened last year is people hiding in the mainstage tent when it rained. Most the acts won’t clash which means you get an incredible chance to check out new bands on the second stage. Don’t be afraid to stand close and show some support. Also, bring something waterproof, this is Wales.
Main stage – It’s big enough for everyone with added side screens. We’re actually hoping they put Twitter back up for some laughs again – we’ll try and think of a game to play before the weekend.
Workshops – Young ones, there’s still a chance to be involved with Music Industry Workshops.
Merthyr Rock runs Music Industry Workshops through the season. Book now for Music Journalism on 25th August, Merthyr Library with Dave Owen (Media Wales), Rhys Milsom (What Culture). Apply to Siobhan@hayfstival.org
There are various activities that go on throughout the weekend so there’s no excuse to hide behind a tree for a nap. Jagermeister trucks, Skate & BMX half-pipe action and more to be announced.
FULL LINE UP:
Friday 31st August (Gates open 5pm)
Saves The Day - (Ones Not To Miss)
The People the Poet
Saturday 1st Sept (Gates open 12.30)
Skindred - (Ones Not To Miss)
Lower Than Atlantis
The Dirty Youth - (Ones Not To Miss)
The Dead Wretched
Second Stage ‐ Lostprophets takeover:
Pulled Apart by Horses - (Ones Not To Miss)
Save Your Breath
Neil Starr & Gavin Butler
Exit_International - (Ones Not To Miss)
Black And Reds
The Dead Formats
Sunday 2nd Sept (Gates open 12.30)
Kids In Glass Houses
We Are The Ocean
Future Of The Left – (Ones Not To Miss)
The James Cleaver Quintet
Shadows Chasing Ghosts
Reaper In Sicily
Second Stage ‐ The Blackout Takeover
A (Exclusive) - (Ones Not To Miss)
Canterbury - (Ones Not To Miss)
Blowgoat - (Ones Not To Miss)
Buried in Alaska
You can see our review and photos from last year here –