Popular music festivals get support from the Welsh Government

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Two festivals taking place next month have won backing from the Welsh Government.

Both Gottwood and Merthyr Rising take place over the weekend of June 9-12 and are looking forward to welcoming crowds for the first time since the Covid pandemic.

Grassroots events have received support from the Welsh Government through Event Wales, which aims to help event owners grow and develop events.

Merthyr Rising takes place in the city on the anniversary of one of the very first uprisings organized by workers in 1831, known as Merthyr Rising.

The festival now celebrates this historic event through a cultural festival of music, arts and political debates.

Gottwood is a critically acclaimed intimate underground electronic music festival taking place in Holyhead, Anglesey.

The Independent newspaper called it “one of the most important boutique festivals the UK has to offer”.

According to the latest figures for 2019, before the pandemic interrupted large public gatherings, events supported by Event Wales attracted 200,000 visitors to Wales, generating £33.35million in economic impact direct and support over 770 jobs in the wider tourism economy.

During the pandemic, the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund has provided over £108million in financial support to the cultural, creative, events and sport sectors.

History and culture

Lyn Williams, organizer of the Merthyr Rising Festival, said: The Merthyr Rising Festival is committed to providing a festival that promotes the history and culture of our town while attracting visitors to Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding region.

The support of the Welsh Government is invaluable to us and will enable us to develop the festival for years to come. The growth of the festival is part of our vision to improve the economic activity and perception that our region needs and deserves.

Tom Carpenter, Director of the Gottwood Festival, said: “We are extremely grateful for the contributions the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government have made to support the event.

“This help is invaluable, and with it the understanding of how festivals are not only hugely important to culture, the local economy and mental health, helping people escape a very difficult and isolated few years.

“Without such assistance, we would not be able to cope with the extreme increase in overhead it takes to run a festival in a climate where the cost of living has increased dramatically alongside many variables, including including production and labor.

“Gottwood is eternally grateful and can’t wait to finally see what’s most important to us come to fruition – people from all parts of Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond are coming together to make the experience music in a setting that we consider to be one of the most beautiful regions in the world.


Economy Minister Vaughan Gething added: “These two events are great examples of local events that we are proud to support with financial support from the Welsh Government through Event Wales.

Supporting events like this enriches our artistic and cultural offer in communities across Wales. Fundamentally, the events we support provide a platform for emerging Welsh talent and often provide the basis for an event that will gain international recognition for Wales.

“We will continue to support events in various sectors, including culture, sport and business. I hope that the events sector will play a key role in our economic and cultural future”.

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