What’s On

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 26th September – With WormHead + Not To Fall

: September 10, 2014 11:01 am : Events, Update





Not To Fall. 


A four piece Hard Rock/Metal/Fusion band from South Wales.

Doors 18:00
Entry T.B.C.

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MacMillan Coffee Morning, September 26th.

: September 8, 2014 2:01 pm : Events, Uncategorized, Update


We will be taking part in Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event on the 26th of September at The Dragonffli.

The money we raise at our coffee morning will help make sure no one has to face cancer alone, from the moment they’re diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.

There will be tea, coffee and cakes! (What more could you want?)

All we will ask is for a small donation of but a little goes a long way!

One in three of us will get cancer and for most, it will be the toughest thing we ever face. When you’re facing the toughest fight of your life, you need a team of inspiring people in your corner with you.


Our coffee morning will be held at the pub, and will start at 11.00am, so come have a coffee for a good cause!

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Saturday 20th September – A night of House, Trance and Club Classics! (In aid of the One in a Million Appeal)

: September 8, 2014 1:45 pm : Events, Update

Manic Night of Trance, Club Classic and House Music.

Collision Resident Djs Special!

Featuring; Mark Collard, Steve Hampton, Paul Hicks & Dj Brad.

Doors open 18:00

Minimun Donation of £2 (entry fee) – All proceeds go on to the One in a Million Charity.

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Friday 19th September – Blue Ocean Odyssey + Revenant + Eject Pilot Eject

: September 8, 2014 1:30 pm : Events, Update

Blue Ocean Odyssey


The band came about from all different backgrounds, with each member influenced by all different kinds of unique music. Richard Trussell and Matthew Thomas were in a cover band doing popular covers to get some gigging experience for a little while, but soon wanted to write music of their own and explore different musical styles.

After looking for a singer they found Anthony Morgan, a smooth vocalist and fine songwriter, who joined the band and brought with him his own influences, including some of the big blues rock singers from the 70s. The band now has a great unique sound and can’t wait to get tracks recorded and perform them live to you soon!!



Revenant are a Welsh, female fronted heavy rock/metal band,
formed in March 2013.

The band released a 2 track demo in September 2013, which gained radio play across the UK, Europe and the US, and the band spent the latter half of 2013 gigging across Bristol, South Wales & the South West.

2014 has seen the band up their game supporting high profile acts such as ex-Rainbow legend Graham Bonnet and up and coming metal stars Skreamer, as well as spreading their reach to bigger venues and bigger cities.

This August, Revenant will be touring the motherland supporting The Self Titled on their Welsh tour.

Revenant will release their debut EP ‘Tundra’ on August 1st 2014.

Eject Pilot Eject

Eject P

Eject Pilot Eject (EPE) are an emerging three piece rock pop band from South Wales. Fronted by a female vocalist and drummer, Sarah, EPE are visually unique. Bolstered by excellent songs, written by guitarist Owen, this is one band that really have something to sing about.

Doors open 18:00

Free Entry.

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Saturday 13th September – A Design For Live (A Manic Street Preachers Tribute)

: September 8, 2014 1:22 pm : Events, Update





Doors open 18:00

£5 entry.

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Ffli Friday with Ed Rowley! 12th September.

: September 8, 2014 12:34 pm : Events, Update

Back By Popular Demand Local Legend Mr Ed Rowley Will Be Spinning Some Records @ The Dragonffli
Doors 18:00
Free Entry

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Saturday 6th September – 51st State, The Surgeons + Em Lou.

: September 8, 2014 12:29 pm : Events, Update

51st STATE


51st State are a anarcho-punk 2 piece, just drums and bass and a rant at the mike. you don’t need the rest of the crap just the noise and energy!

Formed in 2007 in small town somerset. A small stream feeding the vast ocean. later we looked for this in the great movements of the trees. We have released 7 cds including a double disc anthology.

We have played hundreds of gigs around the Uk sharing bills with artists such as English dogs, sick on the bus, gbh, attilla the stockbroker, firepit collection, tv smith, pressgang, 2 sick monkeys, star fucking hipsters, brain dead, kapykarti, sickpig, po-lice, primeval soup, hacksaw and hater uk to name a handful.

Our latest cd, ‘live in bridgwater’ (2012) is currently avaliable through the riot ska records web page for a small fee of £2.00.

The Surgeons


Two clammy ex History students from rural South West England, bonding over their mutual hatred of living in rural South West England.
As a band we take influences from Flat Duo Jets, The White Stripes, Junior Kimbrough, The Fall, and Motte And Bailey Castles (not a band, just a timeless piece of masonry)

Doors 18:00
Entry £4

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Friday 5th September – By Jupiter + Hazy Tiger

: September 8, 2014 12:12 pm : Events, Update

By Jupiter


3-piece from Cardiff, bringing lots of drums and volume to their unique contemporary sound

Hazy Tiger

Hazy Tiger

Starting in September 2013 as a 5 piece heavy rock band,we slowly progressed into a much more versatile style of music, changing our line up to on a trio.
Based in south Wales we hope to reach as many people as possible with our catchy riffs ranging from solid rock to minimalist tunes to upbeat funkyoself beats.

Doors 18:00
Free Entry

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Saturday 30th August – Tusk + Stunk Doubles.

: August 30, 2014 12:03 pm : Events, Uncategorized, Update



‘Tusk’ are an alternative rock three piece based in Swansea, Wales, Formed in late 2011, the band mixes a wide range of influences to create a unique style, combining loud fuzz guitars, hypnotic bass lines, powerful drums, and catchy vocal harmonies.

Inspired by bands such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr,Pavement, and The Cure, ‘Tusk’ aim to create original music that is exciting, innovative, and unique.

Tusk currently consist of Chris Noir (guitar, vocals), Jonti Williams (drums) and Ryan Lloyd (bass, vocals).

Tusk have brought their sound across the UK with shows around South Wales and beyond, with gigs in famous venues such as The Duke, The Garage, The Kings in Llanidloes, Le Pub, The Globe and The Hope and Anchor in Islington.

Their debut EP, ‘Rule of Thirds’ was released in September 2013, and there are plans for many more releases in 2014.

With their unique style, and memorable live performances, ‘Tusk’ are a band not to be missed.

”They could be ones to watch in the future of the underground scene.” – Rock Industry Magazine, 2013

”(Dinosaur Jr’s) influence on Tusk comes through on the wailing guitar of opening song Quietly, and grungey bass of closer Murmur” – Buzz Magazine, 2013

The Stunt Doubles


Mark was bored so decided to form a band. He was desperate for someone to play bass so Eddie joined. They
came to the conclusion they needed a drummer so they bribed
Zangief lookalike and turtle fancier Elliott to complete the first line up. Thinking that a hairy hobbit would “sex-up” the band and squeeze free recording time out of him, they kidnapped Rhys into the band.

Following Eddie and Elliott’s departure at the end of 2013, Mark has shifted to bass, Rhys has stayed on guitar and we’ve randomly Nathan on drums. We’re rebuilding, rewriting and recording ready to be gigging in the summer of 2014

THE STUNT DOUBLES – not changing the world just deafening it… one person at a time…. based on the average turnout at our gigs

Doors Open 18:00pm
Free Entry!!!!

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Friday August 29th Recluse + Ghosts As Alibis

: August 29, 2014 11:50 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update



“Recluse strike the right balance betweeen classic rock and modern rock… their music is weighty and impressive”, Big Cheese Magazine (4/5). “Crooked Heart is a slow burning, chunky, bluesy, riff-fest”, Metal Talk. “Recluse Produce a heavy, bass filled sound laced with good, emotive vocals which do the well penned lyrics the justice they deserve. The drumming and guitar riffs are fantastic and the varied sound and up and down nature of the songs takes you on several well directed journeys as you listen”, Stereoboard. “The pure meat and noise produced from these three guys are so strong that once they’ve pierced your head you can almost feel your mind bleed” – Gig Reviewer

Recluse are an Alt Rock band from South Wales. They have been regularly playing the local South Wales scene over the last few years and a events through out the UK with a great response to their live show.

Recluse released their debut studio album Crooked Heart on 28 October 2011. This is available worldwide from all major download sites and physical copies direct from Recluse via www.recluse.bandcamp.com and selected independent stores.


Ghosts As Alibis

Ghosts AA

Cardiff’s newest purveyors of avant-garde post-hardcore death-pop with a story to tell.

After spending six months crafting a searing live set, Ghosts As Alibis are ready to unleash their sound onto the public – a chaotic cocktail of ocean-sized dreamscapes blended with riffs and rhythms without rules.

Taking influence from Deftones, Glassjaw, At The Drive In and the wintry post-metal of Cult of Luna and Bossk, the four-piece also embrace eerie electronica to create an immersive live experience.

‘Tarantulas’ the frenetic first single from their forthcoming EP ‘The Fine Line Between Coincidence and Fate’ is available to stream on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Doors 18:00

Free Entry

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Friday August 8th 2014, RedRacer Play Pontypool @ The Dragonffli!

: August 5, 2014 11:33 pm : Events, Uncategorized, Update



The Californian desert is vast, wild and untamed. Even on its distant edges, where its barren sprawl meets the outposts of civilisation, there still crackles a certain unhinged, primal power. Listen close to the debut album by RedRacer – recorded at Rancho De La Luna studio, located in Joshua Tree, on the very frontier of that desert – and you’ll hear that energy crackling beneath the muscular riffage, coursing through their anthemic tunes.


But while RedRacer share the desert rock vibe and admirable hunger of other notable desert spirits, they don’t hail from the west coast. They’re not even from America. No, this group’s roots can be traced back to the altogether less romantic environs of Tooting – but theirs is a tale that sweeps us from the lowly back rooms of South London pubs, to the stomping grounds of rock ’n’ roll millionaires, to the desert vistas of California – and back again.


It’s also a tale of deep bonds of true friendship by, and between, founding members John Hogg and Sean Genockey, and recent addition, but long-time friend, Jesse Wood.  All 3 have a rich musical history together of writing, recording, playing live gigs, touring across the US and hitting Britain’s radiowaves, at one point or another.


Now, they are RedRacer, a band reborn in the Summer of 2012 at Rockfield Recording Studios in Monmouth where Jesse Hughes – the wildcard firebrand who leads Eagles Of Death Metal – was filming an episode for Marshall Headphones: On The Road. “Jesse and I had been discussing plans, for years, for him to record his next album in the UK,” says Michelle Sadova-Harris, honcho of Dissention Records, and Hughes’ long-time friend. “We introduced Jesse to Rockfield, so when finally able to all meet up there during the Marshall shoot, we did, and Sean happened to be finishing a production job. It was Jesse who made it clear to me that he wanted to work with Sean at some point.”
After official introductions by Rockfield’s leader, Lisa Ward, and many discussions around the influence of surroundings on the recording process, Michelle agreed to send Sean and John out West to explore their desert demons.  While at Rancho, they were joined by other luminaries of this particularly vibrant west coast underground rock community who stopped by to party, but then found themselves joining the sessions. The likes of QOTSA’s Joey Castillo, Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss and Abby Travis and Hayden Scott of Spinnerette also lent their talents to this electrifying debut.


In 7 days, Sean and John managed to write and record an entire new album of songs – songs like the decadent, party-damaged drone of How Does It Feel, the laser-guided, glam-edged sleaze-pop of Shotgun Suzie, and the motorik rush of Define, which draws into sharp focus the group’s serrated punk edge.


But RedRacer is no mere celebrity jamboree, and by the time John and Sean had cleared customs back in the UK, they sought out Jesse – whose CV includes stints with Reef, Mick Jones’ Carbon/Silicon and his dad’s Ronnie Wood Band – to play bass.


The RedRacer sound is unique – it has a gift for honing classic rock muscle for a post-punk, futurist era, while having vulnerability among the riffage, which is compelling.  To top it all off, for their gigs, John is planning to both sing and play the drums, delivering a live assault that will be unforgettable!
This is RedRacer’s very first gig in Wales and it’s free entry, joining RedRacer will be Deaf Horse + guests so don’t miss out on an unforgettable night and get yourself down to the Dragonffli for Ffli Friday!
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: August 1, 2014 5:18 pm : Events, Uncategorized, Update

After their highly controversial exit from the Hog and Hosper in August 2009 – GUNS 2 ROSES are back in Pontypool for the first time in 5 years at the same place now called Dragonffli.

To mark the 5 year absence tickets are on sale for only £5.

Supports & Special guests TBA


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AUG 01 Clarity As Arson + Quarantine UK + The Eden Skyline

: August 1, 2014 11:13 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update

We have a great line up for you this evening with three rock, metal and metalcore bands playing and we’re open from 6pm. It’s free entry and the beer is cheap so rock on down to The Dragonffli tonight!

Clarity As Arson

Clarity As Arson: “The art of finding cleanliness in a destructive force.”

We are a 4 piece metal band based in South Wales, UK. Our main drive is to play the music we love to create to anyone who is willing to listen. With a mix of Metal Riffs, Hardcore Breakdowns, Southern Grooves, Pounding Drums and Crushing, Screaming vocals, we like to think we deliver something raw, powerful and filled with our blood and determination. Over the past year we have come to the point where we are constantly pushing ourselves, musically and physically to create the best possible music that we can, and we will keep on pushing.

Quarantine UK

A hardworking and contagious four piece alternative rock band with a mainstream twist. Known for their vigorously entertaining live performances that always has people wanting more. Quarantine are infecting the South Wales music scene and beyond with their contagious music.

Soundwave music competition winners @O2 Academy Leeds 2014, having competed with over 300 bands in the UK.

Quarantine recorded and launched their Debut EP ‘Reaction’ with Jeff Rose(Formerly of Skindred) in August 2013. Having sold out their EP launch Quarantine are currently working on their new EP! Keep an eye out for new things to come in 2014! Contagious music, get infected.

The Eden Skyline

Metalcore band from Abergavenny, South Wales. Our upcoming EP “F(R)IEND” coming soon! Check out our tracks “Scandal” & “No Turning Back”

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July 17th Weekend – Thank You!

: July 20, 2014 2:01 pm : Events, Uncategorized, Update

A massive thank you to everyone who turned up this weekend for the gigs including all of the bands. Only one band was unable to make it this weekend so we’ve had 7 bands on in 2 days!

Friday night kicked off with music from Newport based Misled Truth, followed by Cardiff band The Rum Puppets and headed off with the boys from Reconcile. Each band was very different from the other but it all seemed to fit together nicely.

Saturday we have a full evening of punk music organised by Bankrupt Pug. The evening kicked off with an energetic display from Frontrunner. Three piece, Bankrupt Pug showed Pontypool exactly what the Cynon Valley has to offer Punk with a sweaty performance and then followed a performance from Bargoed’s own Dodgem-X. This was topped off with Pontypool’s own Soylent Majority who gave a tight and trashy end to an awesome night.

All of the bands were exceptionally friendly and it was really nice to see some of you joining forces for the odd song too. You should all give yourselves a big pat on the back and be proud, PROUD!

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JUL 25 Insuna + Dermoid

: July 19, 2014 7:02 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update

Doors 18:00

Dermoid 21:00
A dermoid cyst is a cystic teratoma that contains developmentally mature skin complete with hair follicles and sweat glands, sometimes clumps of long hair, and often pockets of sebum, blood, fat, bone, nails, teeth, eyes, cartilage, and thyroid tissue.
Also a band from Cardiff.

Insuna 22:00
Insuna have been active since spring of 2010 and have built a steady following both locally ( through gigs in South Wales), nationally ( through online merch sales), and even internationally, (with their various social networking sites). Always happy to help other bands and promoters and support the music scene, they have been building an extensive network of contacts to allow them to push further afield on the live circuit and hence reach even more potenial fans. They have shared the stage with many acts including Inner Fire, Primitai and Triaxis.

If you would like to follow the event on facebook then you can find the listing here

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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!