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The Dragonffli doesn’t profit from ticket sales, all entry fees go directly to the bands. Instead we have a #FreeTicket system.

You simply order your ticket from the event list below but you won’t be charged for your ticket. Your name and email will be listed and you can guarantee you will be able to gain entry to each event you attend.

Ticket-holders may even benefit from discounted entry fees to future gigs and events.



Ffli Friday London Calling + WolfPunch

: September 11, 2015 8:45 am : Events, Update


The Dragonffli and PunkForever promotions presents London Calling ,Clash Tribute to one of the best punk bands from the 70s, for all punks, young and oldschool!

From Bristol we have London Calling, the best Clash tribute band around in 2015 . These guys know how to have a Riot and will have you calling for more , and as always Stay free!!!
Plus there’s also support from punk/ska band the awesome WOLFPUNCH



Entry £5
Show Starts 19:30


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April 4th – Rammlied + Kid Crimson + Only Human

: March 16, 2015 2:07 pm : Events, Update

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RAMMLIED were formed in the South West in 2009. Martin (Vox), Doug (Guitar), Kamil (Guitar), Gary (Drums) and Steve (Keys/Synths) are dedicated to providing the most authentic Rammstein tribute experience possible.
RAMMLIED strive for total accuracy in terms of Rammstein’s sound and have adopted the band’s Industrial stage look as seen on the live Volkerball DVD and the current Made in Germany tour. They have been touring the UK and Europe extensively in 2013/14 and are taking bookings for 2015, but be quick as the diary is filling up fast.

Rammstein are a German industrial metal band from Berlin, formed in 1994.The band consists of members Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (lead guitar and backing vocals), Paul H. Landers (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Oliver “Ollie” Riedel (bass guitar), Christoph “Doom” Schneider (drums and electronic percussion) and Christian “Flake” Lorenz (keyboards).

Their songs are usually in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages such as English, Spanish, French and Russian. As of 2009, they have sold over 15 million records worldwide. Rammstein’s entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group. Since their formation in 1994, Rammstein has had no changes in their band line-up nor have any members left the band.

Rammstein takes their name indirectly from the German town of Ramstein-Miesenbach, the site of the flight show disaster on 28 August 1988. The band’s signature song, “Rammstein”, is a commemoration of the disaster. In a short period before the band became well known, they performed using the name “Rammstein-Flugschau” (literally meaning “Rammstein-Airshow”).

Kid Crimson
Kid Crimson were formed in late august 2014 by ex-No Glory frontman Izzy Evans, guitar virtuoso Craig Manning and Bassist Andrew Terrett, they were joined soon after by Drummer Simon Griffiths and Guitarist Evan Meredith-Davies.

Kid Crimson are looking to establish themselves on the UK band scene quickly and so far have done just that gigging within 4 short months and looking to be ready to record in early 2015, each musician has a good amount for experience, talent and skill that we’re looking to utilise to create something spectacular. Great music & high energy live performances that we hope will keep people wanting to come see us again and again.

Only Human
Were a young 5 piece metal band from Cwmbran (wales) and we just want to play music and have a laugh!

Doors Open 18:00
Tickets £6

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April 2nd – Novana & Simple As

: March 16, 2015 2:05 pm : Events, Update

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A touring band dedicated to bringing the music of Nirvana to people of all ages who may not have had the opportunity to see the real thing back in the 1980/90’s.

Simple As!
Simple As are a 4 Piece Alternative band from South Wales. Originally formed in late 2007. Our lineup changed in 2010 and again in 2012. The band has gone from strength to strength with a change of style and alot more hunger to make a name for ourselves. In Summer 2012, we won the greatly popular MEZE LOUNGE BATTLE OF THE BANDS. With also a feature in KERRANG! Magazine that same month.
We are ready to unleash our music to the world! Check us out, hope you enjoy!
Simple As!

Entry £5
Doors 18:00
Show Starts 20:30

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March 20th – Ffli Friday Imprints + Tendons Music + Kirk Morgan & The Dock Town Pearls + Joe Kelly

: March 16, 2015 2:02 pm : Events, Update

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Imprints are a folk, shanty, rock band that were founded in 2011 in Falmouth, UK. Now based in Bristol, the band are made up of founding members Andy Truckle (lead vocals & guitar) and Vince Martin (violin & vocals). Currently gigging as a duo and as a five piece with, Annie Wright (Vocals), Tom Cornwall (drums & vocals) and Tom Bangham (bass & vocals). Imprints provide a high-octane, frantic yet focused spin on the current folk-rock genre.

Tendons Music

Kirk Morgan & The Dock Town Pearls
Kirk Morgan is a musician, poet and songwriter in Cardiff. He plays original work and old time songs on the streets and in the bars around the city.

Joe Kelly
Joe kelly is a singer songwriter playing his own concoction of blues, folk and americana. His songs are honest and sincere and are laced up with good hooks and soul soothing harmonica interludes.

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March 14th – Front Runner + Red Room + Hark! A Shark! + Bi – Polar Bear

: March 16, 2015 1:55 pm : Events, Update


Front Runner
Founded on 2013
Anxious punk rock from Cardiff and South England.
Simon – Guitar
AJ – Bass
Aimée – Vocals
Will – Drums

Red Room
This Newport bred five piece combine the nihilistic DIY honesty of punk with the ambient and bluesy elements of stoner rock. Their quiet moments can soothe wild beasts while their loud and aggressive sides can rally pacifists to war, Think the Velvet Underground banging heads with both Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols and your still merely scatting the surface.

Hark! A Shark!
Founded on April 2010
Hark! A Shark! are a female fronted pop punk sensation from Cardiff. The 5 piece band has a unique mixture of catchy vocals, huge pop punk choruses along with punchy and jumpy bass and drums, and the band fuses these elements to produce some truly awesome tunes, made for fans of punk rockers such as Tsunami Bomb, New Found Glory, The Offspring and all those other bands you remember from your teenage years!

Hark! A Shark! have been working hard behind the scenes, and are releasing their brand new EP Daylights Wastin’ on Friday 4th April! Their first release since July 2012, this eagerly anticipated EP is going to be available from shows, as well as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify!

They have shared the stage with the likes of Kids Cant Fly, Don Broco, Raise The Alarm, Man of the Hour, Two Marks and a Frank, Led By Lions, Highwinds, One Track Mind, Elite Days and many more.

Vocals from Nat are punctuated by punky guitars from Greg B and Huw, all propped up by the thumping drums of Andy and smooth bass of Greg T, completing the line up of Hark! A Shark! Twitter – @harkashark

Bi-Polar Bear
The Bi-Polar Bears wait in the wings of austerity; champing at the bit; hoping for a hero to arise and swirl away the tepid nothingness of popular music.

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27th February – TWO BUCKS ROCK PRODUCTIONS Presents A night of metal mayhem Featuring , BENEATH THE DEVINE , PIZZATRAMP , and LIVE ROUNDS

: February 25, 2015 8:53 pm : Events, Update


A night of metal mayhem!

8.00pm start on Friday 27th Feb at the brilliant The Dragonffli venue in Pontypool.

8.30pm till 9.15pm – LIVE ROUNDS

9.30pm till 10.15pm – PIZZATRAMP


18yrs plus and totally free entry!

Fantastically, beautiful beers at very low prices, some of the best rock and metal Wales has to offer for free!

This is the very first Two bucks Rock productions show in a string of last fridays of the month shows that we have been lining up for this amazing venue.


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13th March – Ffli Friday The Riff + The Cradles + A Fool And His Money

: February 25, 2015 12:52 pm : Events, Update


The Riff
4 piece original indie band….
influences- The Who, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Jam

The Cradles
The Cradles are a five piece rock band from Cardiff influenced by the likes of The Kinks, Pixies, The Strokes and The Beatles. They have been featured on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales and Nation Radio as well as numerous independent stations such as Showcase Wales, Radio KC, Radio Cardiff and Rock 101. They have supported the likes of Scouting for Girls and Professor Green and in 2014 played over 70 live shows as well as having a single released by London-based label Vivid Riot Records.

A Fool & His Money
A Fool & His Money are an original band writing and recording Modern Rock Music with a unique but familiar sound.

Enjoy the Music!

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7th March – Misled Truth + The Liminal + Jamee Summers

: February 25, 2015 12:49 pm : Events, Update


Misled Truth
Created in a secret underground lab by a shadowy government organisation that didn’t officially exist, the members of Misled Truth quickly engineered an explosive escape and set about using their genetically-engineered powers for good instead of evil. Something like that anyway, the details are hazy and indistinct.

Jamee Summers
Jamee is a late comer to music, started singing at the age of 16, but had known music was his passion since his first music lesson in secondary school when his teacher got him to sing “can you feel the love tonight”.
it was only in the last to years of secondary where he realised how much music meant to him, and something that he wanted to take up as a career. with only a little experience of playing the guitar he has formed his on style which creates a nice laid back vibe, although where his guitar skills are continuously improving, where he lacks in guitar ability he makes up for it with his soulful voice. He has been known to make rooms go silent. Jamee has performed at various including local gigs, competitions, charity events and open mic nights.

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28th February – Everyday Heroes + Not To Fall + Keiran Marsh

: February 25, 2015 12:46 pm : Events, Update


Everyday Heroes
4-piece Hard Rock band from the Valleys!!

♦ Luke Phillips – Vocals/ Guitar
♦ Jay Haines – Drums/Vocals
♦ Daniel Richards – Guitar/ Vocals
♦ Lewis Watkins – Bass

Not To Fall
Female fronted, four piece Hard Rock/Metal band formed in early June 2014!

Keiran Marsh – Very new the music scene, but everyone has to start somewhere right?

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21st February – U2 Tribe

: February 25, 2015 12:43 pm : Before, Events, Update


U2 Tribe
With a repertoire of songs ranging from the early U2 years such as ‘I will follow’ to the very recent ‘Get on your boots’, U2tribe have an ever changing set list that will suit all events and occasions.

An authentic U2 tribute band is not an easy thing to achieve and U2tribe, as dedicated fans, are always trying to replicate the sound, energy and look of arguably the best band in the world. So if you are looking for a U2 tribute band that really do pay tribute to U2, then contact U2tribe.

For the best part of the last 30 years, the music of U2 has been heard over the airwaves, in arenas and stadiums from one side of the planet to the other. They’ve released 12 studio albums, 3 ‘Best of’ albums and 1live album; have been involved in a number of compilations and are the biggest stadium rock band the world has ever seen. No other band has consistently made popular music for as long. From their humble beginnings in Ireland and the passion of the early 80’s releases; their onslaught of America in the late 80’s; the technological whirlwind of the 90’s and then their mammoth tours of the past 10 years, no matter what you think, U2 have always been there.

U2tribe will take you on a journey that is the history of U2’s music, playing some of the cult classics like ‘Electric Co’ and ‘Out of Control’, to the passion of songs like ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, to the stadium staples of songs like ‘Where the Streets have no name’ and ‘Beautiful Day’ and also newer material from the past few years like ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Get on your Boots’ plus many more.

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20th February – Ffli Friday Reconcile + Digital Criminals + Them Dead Beats

: February 25, 2015 12:38 pm : Before, Events, Update

Reconcile are a 5 piece unit who formed in early 2008 and started to create their individual sound from the array of influences that each member threw on the table.

The band fused what already possessed n their audio armory, then amalgamated their differences, resulting in a rapid evolution into the Reconcile they are today…..

With the body of talent entwining their own personal styles in such harmony combined. The end result is a much flava’d concoction of rollercoastering riffs, defiibulating beats and bomb fueled bass-lines which are contorted perfectly with lyrics of meaning.

With only one change from the original line-up, drummer Dan Davies joined in early 2012 after D.C’s departure and has helped progress Reconciles personality even further.

From local venues in and around South Wales and Bristol’s surrounding areas, the guys have also played the likes of TattooJam’09, Glastonbuget’11, the first 2years of Breakin’Out Festival, Brisfest’13 and also Surface Festival’s 2011 international competition, which gave the guys a slot at London’s O2 Indigo Arena in the finals, where they achieved 10th place out of 12,000 applicants.

Reconcile are continuing to create and write new material and are as strong as ever.

Digital Criminals
Digital Criminals want to give music lovers a “back to roots” recording, relying on capturing a great band performance and limiting the post production relied upon by so many modern artists today.

Still regarded as a “New Band”, the Digital Criminals line up was completed in August 2014. The writing partnership of Dan Fry (Guitarist) and Emily Bates (Vocalist) inspired both Andy Jones (Drummer) and James Hardwick (Bass Player) enough to respond to their advertisement. Following a few rehearsals the bonds between the 4 was cemented.

Their first performance was 3 months later in the form of a support slot, to introduce audiences to their sound. As the band grew closer as a unit, they self produced both the music and video for ”Got To Go There”, which is featured on “Blank TV”. This was followed by the energetic live recording of “Before It Goes Any Further” which set the bands “No Frills” approach. Following a great response, the bands main focus is to perform everywhere possible and build upon an already growing fan base, whilst continuing to write and record music their way!

Them Dead Beats
A two-piece rock ‘n’ roll outfit hailing from the glamorous suburbs of Barry but with feet now firmly planted in the heart of Cardiff, Them Dead Beats deliver a whirlwind of filth infused garage rock and blues on a weekly basis.
Leading this Steptoe duo is Matt Taylor. Taking vocalstyling’s from the more unique areas of blues and rocks chequered history, Matt never fails to deliver a raucous performance with his buzz saw vocals never failing to make an impact.
Keeping the backbone strong is Rhys Gallivan. Acting almost as a second frontman, Rhys multi-tasks in providing thunderous rhythms as well as stoking the crowd into a dance floor frenzy.
They wear their influences on their sleeves with obvious nods to Tom Waits, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, The Doors and more.
Together they produce music reminiscent of analogue warmth and dirty dancehalls. With tracks being as varied as Break In, Strange Pop and Stop and Down By The River these two musical scoundrels are versatile in style without ever straying too far from their crowd pleasing tone.

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Feb 14th – Valentines Special Featuring Valentine Roots + Them Dead Beats + Not To Fall

: February 9, 2015 12:50 pm : Events, Update

Valentine Roots


Valentine Roots are a welsh rock band formed in July 2014 by Tom Greening(Lead Guitar) and Jordan Chandler(Drums). They then contacted Alex Rouf(Bass Guitar) and then started looking for a vocalist. After a week the band settled on Rowan Coombes(Vocals & Rhythm Guitar). With the band complete, they started practicing a range of cover songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, Rage Against The Machine, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Blur, Foo Fighters and Cage The Elephant. We Played our first gig in mid July and then started writing originals soon after. In September Jordan Chandler(Drums) left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Sam Oliver. The band then resumed writing originals andplayed a group of gigs towards the end of September and early October. The band is currently working on their first E.P which is expected to be released towards the end of 2014/early 2015.

Them Dead Beats

2 piece Rock n roll suit

Rhys= Jacket
Matt= Trousers

Not To Fall

Female fronted, four piece Hard Rock/Metal band formed in early June 2014!

Doors Open 18:00
Show Starts 20:30
Entry £2
The First 20 Ladies Through The Door Get A Box Of Chocolates 🙂

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Feb 13th – Jack Ellis Music + FountainHead + 3 MPH

: February 9, 2015 12:44 pm : Events, Update

Jack Ellis Music

Jack Ellis – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Joe “Halfpipe” Phillips – Bass/Vox
Adam Lashmar – Lead
Greg “Gomez” Davies – Drums/Vox


Renegade folk band from Wales, formed a few years ago after a trip busking in Barcelona. From festivals to front rooms – collaborations with brass bands and beat boxers, jamming into the night or dancing round our front room – music is where we live.

‘Human, interesting, suggestive of something or someone that has been and gone […] They are pretty tunes, no doubt about it. Some will be enraptured by Bethany’s clear crystal voice’ Leeds Music Scene


Formed in the Summer of 2012, featuring Huw (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Mike (Bass Guitar) and Pete (Lead Guitar and Vocals) from popular covers band Flashback, the trio’s all acoustic original songs offer an eclectic mix of styles ranging from Americana and Bluesy based songs through to Melancholic ballads.

Doors 18:00
Show Stars 20:45
Entry £2

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Feb 7th – Two Marks And A Frank + The Abstract Men + Bi Polar Bear

: February 9, 2015 12:39 pm : Events, Update

Two Marks and a Frank

Hewn out of the coal birthed out of the South Welsh Valleys. These boys are as hard as black diamonds with a smoothness like cashmere puppies.

The Abstract Man


Bi Polar Bear


This Event Will Also Be The Launch Of Pontypool’s Saving Vinyl Music – SVM

Doors 18:00
Free Entry

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Feb 6th – Ffli Friday Blue Is Black + Glue Foot

: February 9, 2015 12:29 pm : Before, Events, Update


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Blue is Black

Were a band with a song in our hearts…..it might not be a happy song or a
friendly song or cuddly, snuggly, wuggly song but hey, thats whats in our hearts..

weve been together long enough to start very rock and roll feuds with in the group
which will undoubtedly put us on the cover of smash hits in no time…

Justin is the guitar hero who wishes that everything could be sleazy. Jon hides behind the drum kit, mainly from Justin’s sleaziness. Tom is a typically charismatic bass player who does a fantastic chicken head bob, and Alex howls his lungs out on a regular basis.

Glue Foot
Pop Punk / Punk Rock band from Bristol/Cardiff.

We Will Be Showing The Wales Vs England Game Live At 20:00pm 🙂

Doors 18:00
Show Starts 21:45

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Recently we’ve been focussing all our efforts into making the venue ready to open up. The Dragonffli opened its doors to the public at 5pm on Saturday June 7th 2014. We kicked off our opening weekend with Beardstock which ran late into the night, then on Sunday we opened from 4pm for our Sunday Rock-Breaker day which will ran up to midnight. It was free entry all weekend and there were some really great bands playing so if you made it along then we hope you enjoyed it, if you missed it then we hope you’ll make it to one of our future events. Check out our Gallery for images from previous events to see what you missed out on!

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We’d love to hear from any bands who would be interested in lining up gigs in the near future so please get in touch via the contact page or facebook!