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MERTHYR ROCK ANNOUNCES FINAL LINE-UP & FRINGE EVENTS

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MERTHYR ROCK ANNOUNCES
FINAL LINE-UP & FRINGE EVENTS

We’re pleased to announce the final line-up for Merthyr Rock 2014, Cyfarthfa Castle on Sunday 17th of August.

Joining the already announced
TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ANTI-FLAG, REEL BIG FISH and THE BLACKOUT
is a stellar list of exciting new bands playing across the Main and Second Stages:

BLITZ KIDS - Nantwich rockers with new album ‘The Good Youth’ out now on Red Bull Records.

FEED THE RHINO - Kent hardcore mob fresh from their brutal performance at Download.

LOSTALONE - Derby rockers gaining high praise (5 K’s, Kerrang! / 8/10, NME), for new album ‘Shapes of Screams’.

THE ONE HUNDRED - New generation electro-metal from London.

COLT 45 - Cumbrian Alt-Punk trio.

SAVE YOUR BREATH - Newport Pop Punkers.

In addition to these, Merthyr Rock has teamed up with
YOUNG PROMOTERS NETWORK, who will host their own self-titled stage in 2014, featuring some of the hottest Welsh bands on the circuit.

EN GARDE - Rock ‘n’ Roll violence from ex-Attack! Attack!, Kids in Glass Houses, Dopamine & NextNineYears members.

CONTINENTS - Hardcore quintet on Victory Records roster.

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES - Ferocious post-hardcore from Bridgend.

FALLING WITH STYLE - Post-hardcore 5 piece from the deep Valleys.

REAPER IN SICILY - Former winners of Best Live Un-Signed Act at the Kerrang! Awards 2009.

BREATHE IN THE SILENCE - Valley-core quintet just back from Download debut.

Tickets for MERTHYR ROCK 2014 are priced at
£25.00 ADVANCE (+ STANDARD BOOKING FEE), and are on SALE NOW

Over the phone from Ticketline UK on 02920 230130
and in person from Spillers Records (Morgan Arcade, Cardiff).

MERTHYR ROCK & YPN PRESENT
‘BREAKING BANDS’

The Opening Slot on the Main Stage will go to the victor of the Merthyr Rock 'Breaking Bands' competition featuring SET TO BREAK, CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM, LAST VENDETTA and CIVIL FOES, set to be held at Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil on Friday 8th August. Tickets cost £4.00 and are AVAILABLE NOW!

'BREAKING BANDS' TICKETS

Or in person from Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AE

THE ROAD TO MERTHYR TOUR'
WITH KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES

Kids In Glass Houses, who headlined Merthyr Rock in 2012 and have announced they will be splitting following a Farewell Tour in October, will stop off at a number of small venues as part of ‘The Road to Merthyr Tour', starting with Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil (Sat 2nd Aug). From there the tour rolls on to Sin City, Swansea (Sun 3rd Aug), Ebbw Vale Institute (Mon 4th Aug) and culminates at Hobos, Bridgend (Tues 5th Aug).

The Road to Merthyr Tour will allow Kids in Glass Houses fans to see the band play intimate venues for the last time on home soil, before their final SOLD-OUT show at Cardiff University on Friday 31st of October.

'THE ROAD TO MERTHYR
FRINGE EVENTS

Merthyr Rock is much more than a one-day event.

The festival runs a series of Fringe activities across the town and surrounding areas in the run up to the main event. Under the banner of ‘The Road to Merthyr’, the programme of events features unique concerts in intimate venues, mobilises and gives a platform to rising talent and sets performers loose in the town centre.

There’s also an educational element where people of all ages are encouraged to learn about the opportunities which a career in the creative industries can unlock for them, as well as learning tangible new creative skills from industry professionals.

Merthyr Rock Fringe events are supported by the Arts Council for Wales and the programme is produced in partnership with 3G’s Development Trust, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC’s Designs for Life Programme, Young Promoters Network, Merthyr Tydfil CBC, Think Big with 02, Head4Arts and Zoom Cymru.

Events Include:

Music Journalism Workshop
with Dave Owens & Rhys Milsom
Saturday 2nd August
Merthyr Library
10.00 - 13.00 / Free

Presented in association with Young Promoters Network, this music journalism workshop, led by Dave Owens and Rhys Milsom, will consist of advice, guidance and tips on how to write an effective music review, what to ask in interviews, what to avoid and how to make inroads into the industry. Click Here to Register Your Place!

“Entrepreneurial Spirit for the Lost Kids”
David Shaw / Droneboy Create
Saturday 2nd August
Soar Theatre, Merthyr
14.00 - 16.00 / Free

Dave Shaw, aka Droneboy, is an independent creative force making huge strides through his renowned drum & bass clubnight, Aperture, right through to his highly visible street clothing label, Droneboy clothing. In this exclusive session, Dave will speak openly about his motivation, music promotion methods, design work and street-wear label. A must for anyone with a creative instinct.
Click Here to Register Your Place!

Merthyr Rock School:
4th – 9th August 2014
Pen Y Dre High School, Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil
Are you interested in picking up the guitar or bass for the first time? How about getting behind the drum kit? The Merthyr Rock School five day tuition project is the perfect place for both beginners and those with no experience who want to take the first steps in learning a new instrument. All instruments will be provided and Participants will be guided by professional tutors over 5 days, followed by a chance to perform live at a Merthyr Rock Fringe Festival event.

Places for the Merthyr Rock School are limited. To book a place contact: Lee.Davies@3gs.org.uk | 01685 353420
or Bethan.Bartlett@merthyr.gov.uk | 01685 725085

Merthyr Rock & Young Promoters Network presents
Music Industry Panel
Friday 8th August
Soar Theatre, Merthyr
17.00 - 19.00 / Free

From bedroom dreams to global arenas, our panel featuring Shay (Kids In Glass Houses), Snoz & Gavin Butler (The Blackout), Romesh Dodangoda (Longwave Studios) and Morgan Richards (Radio Cardiff) will share colourful anecdotes, inspiring moments and key industry tips on aspects on starting out, band management, recording and touring. This session will no doubt, be sprinkled with some golden nuggets of rock wisdom.

Nation Radio
Saturday 9th August
Merthyr Town Centre
10.00 - 15.00 / Free

Nation Radio, media partners of Merthyr Rock 2014, decamp to Merthyr town centre for a day of broadcasting from the town and presenting an array of local talent, from live music acts, classic rock choir, skate ramps to street entertainment.

Media Summer School:

11th – 15th August 2014

Pen Y Dre Youth Centre & School, Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil

Join us for this 5 day filmmaking project to learn the basics of creating digital film content, culminating at Merthyr Rock where you’ll put your newly developed skills to work capturing the event and interviewing the bands.

Places for the Merthyr Rock School are limited. To book a place contact: Lee.Davies@3gs.org.uk | 01685 353420
or Bethan.Bartlett@merthyr.gov.uk | 01685 725085

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