Music lovers unite to help the Rhondda rock again

3 July 2015

Former employees of The Factory, Porth (The Pop Factory) along with music fans from across the Rhondda are uniting to re-create the much loved annual event, Rhondda Rocks.

Started in 2012, Rhondda Rocks was originally a two day music event held at The Factory, which saw over 1,800 visitors over the three years it ran. The event came to a stop after its 2014 event when it was announced that it would receive no further funding.

However, some of the original team including John Davies, Sadye Baker, Paul Sheppard, Mike Smith, Emma Griffin, Josh Evans, Wayne Samways, Claire Leakey & Darren Jenkins have decided to unite to ensure that live music fans can again enjoy what Rhondda Rocks has to offer.

John Davies, festival organiser, said: “After the success of the first three years I just couldn’t see it not happening again for 2015.

“I was totally gutted to be told that Rhondda Rocks wasn’t going to get any further funding, we were beginning to get a real name for ourselves as a great celebration of live music, giving back to the fantastic community within the Rhondda. I decided to send a message to the old team and see if they’d be interested in getting together to put something on, it’s what we love to do.”

Rhondda Rocks 2015 will take place at Rhondda Hotel on the 28th, 29th and 30th August. 

The event will take place across two stages. The main stage will feature music fromLost at Sea, My Name Is Ian, Geraint Rhys and the Lost Generation, Kinky Boots, Local Enemy, Denim Snakes, Hierarchy, Soviets, Michael Bush, Bert & Henry, Love Bazaar and Homes.

Denim Snakes Rhondda Rocks

Denim Snakes


There will also be an acoustic lounge hosting live acts such as singer songwriter, Evan Gardner.

Sadye Baker, festival marketing manager, said: “I was overwhelmed by the requests we were getting by the public to put on another Rhondda Rocks. We have always had such strong support from the community and it would be a shame to let them down this year.

“We’ve already lined up some great local talent and thanks to some dedicated members of our team we have managed to get the ball rolling for what promises to be a fantastic day.”

Rhondda Rocks is a not for profit event, with any money raised going back into continuing to put on future events.

Early bird tickets are now sold out but a second wave are on sale and cost £4 via:

Those wishing to find out information on sponsoring the festival or volunteering time should contact

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