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.



JUL 18 Reconcile + Rum Puppets + Misled Truth

: July 18, 2014 10:53 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update

Doors 18:00

Misled Truth 20:30
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.

Rum Puppets 21:15
Rum Puppets are an acoustic Rock 5-piece, based in Cardiff, been about since 2012 and now on our 2nd EP – also touring Cornwall in September…

Reconcile 22:00
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.

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: July 18, 2014 10:26 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update

A night of live Punk Rock and Alternative music. Featuring:

Angry, fast and unforgettable. Dodgem X play punk rock with a little bit of angst and a lot of gusto. For lovers of loud music with a kick!

Front Runner
Do you like to shout? The singer of Front Runner does and she ain’t afraid to blow some ear drums in the process. Hardcore Punk with a political twist.

Bankrupt Pug
The happiest Noise-Pop from the unhappiest side of the valleys. Expect unusual stage moves, songs catchier than head-lice and mandatory rabies shots afterwards.

Nine Plan Failed
Gloomy and emotive. Secluded but sensible. These guys play a creative blend of Mood-Rock that may drive you to the brink of personal destruction.

Soylent Majority
Fast and loud and angry and screaming in your face until the skin peels off and we see a little bit of your skull. Local punk for the masses!

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@ The Dragonffli, Pontypool
Saturday 19th July
Doors open at 7:00pm
Free entry!

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AUG 08 RedRacer + Deaf Horse

: July 10, 2014 10:47 am : Events, Update

Doors open 18:00

Kelly Jones joins Red Racer for the rock and roll wedding of the year. Red Racer’s own Jesse Wood tied the knot recently with Fern Cotton

Red Racer can best be described as South London Desert Rock. Comprised of lead singer John Hogg who is so musically adept that he can play any instrument around; Sean Genockey, avid music producer and RedRacer guitarist; and bassist Jesse Wood, whose legendary genetic makeup as the son of a Rolling Stone is something we like to keep quiet. The trio are long-time friends, recording, playing and touring on and off in various bands such as Moke and Hogg, dating back as far as ’95.

Their debut album was recorded in the California desert at the famed Rancho De La Luna studios, where they were joined by the likes of Joey Castillo (QOTSA), Abby Travis (Master’s of Reality), Hayden Scott (AWOL, Spinerette), Dave Catching (EODM), and Chris Goss. That desert rock vibe is also made possible by the fact that the album was produced by Hollywood’s favorite son, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal.

RedRacer is pure rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of punk, and while it might take a well trained ear to pick up on the specific punk influences, almost anyone will be able to hear that hard edged punk arrangement draped in rock ‘n’ roll filthiness from the moment these guys hit the stage.

RedRacer’s debut album, Define, will be released on Dissention Records, based in Monmouth, in Fall 2014.

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JUL 12 Kyshera + The Black Arrows

: July 10, 2014 10:38 am : Events, Update

Doors Open 18:00

The Black Arrows 21:00
The Black Arrows are a three piece Blues – Rock and Roll band lurking in the shadows South Wales. We met through friends and realized we had a mutual appreciation of Music and began rehearsing in a room above a pub in Barry. We play music that some consider to be dead and others a fond memory, we dedicate our lives to maintaining the fact that Rock and Roll is still very much alive. The sound of the band is dirty Blues and Rock and Roll, infused into one perplexing un-tameable force. Our music has a strong connection to it’s roots going back to the old school and the creators of the new school. We have now played numerous gigs across the UK. We have played every dive and every palace that we possibly manage, the highlight of which being the Motorpoint arena in Cardiff. We recorded our debut six track E.P. ‘The Black Arrows’ in Op:eC studios and is free to download to anybody who wants it and to be part of the second coming, a Rock and Roll revolution.

Kyshera 22:00
Defining some bands is hard. Defining Kyshera is impossible. “Yet for once, a band who’s declaration that they’re revolutionary innovators might just be right!”, agree’s Classic Rock Magazine. Instead of trying to squeeze into an existing musical scene, Kyshera simply invented their own. A scene with no limits and no rules. So they invented the term ‘Konic’ to mean ‘Anything which is otherwise indefinable and defies categorisation’ and that is how you define this band.

With “Complex compositions & schizophrenic riffing” (Rock Sound) to “incendiary adrenaline fuelled stadia straddling epicness” (VPMExpress), Kyshera prove that intelligent, alternative music doesn’t have to be unmelodic or elitist. On a Kyshera album, you will hear the influence of Frank Zappa with Soundgarden, Aphex Twin with Jeff Buckley or Mars Volta with Rage against the Machine and at a Kyshera live show you will witness a relentless barrage of energy; honed from the hundreds of stages the band has graced on both sides of the Atlantic.

The bands’ “flawless set of intense music” (Cashbox Magazine, Canada) and non-stop roller coaster of a live show has made them a notorious favourite on the live scene; a band that is “NOT to be missed” (UP Magazine, The Netherlands).

Kyshera’s ‘Konic’ ethos also extends to a broader lifestyle that the band promote, where the alternative to the mainstream, in all forms (art, information, fashion etc) is celebrated and Kyshera encourage their fans, known as ‘iKons’, to be unique to themselves & to challenge established norms. Kyshera think that words are important too. Whilst lyrics have become neglected in modern Rock, a Kyshera song can take you on a lyrical whirlwind of important, current issues involving Politics, Religion and Society etc. all delivered with their trademark tunefulness & alternative rhythmic assault – a mix that led BBC Radio 1 to declare the band “Warped Genius!”.

Kyshera are a unique force in modern Rock, always unpredictable, always innovative, always exciting and never anything other than themselves. The response to manufactured, shallow, style over content blandness has arrived.

This is a Movement. Join the Resistance.


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JUL 11 The Hope And Glories + Drunk Night In

: July 10, 2014 10:34 am : Events, Update

Doors open 18:00
Drunk Night In 21:00
The Hope And Glories 22:00
‘The Hope & Glories’ playing the best of British rock anthems through the decades.

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What a great weekend!

: July 6, 2014 8:43 am : Events, Uncategorized, Update

Some really amazing talent here last night and it was nice to see some familiar faces, thank you to all of you who were able to come along. Keep an eye out for photos from all of the events this weekend, here’s a video of Golden Brown by The Stranglers, to keep you going for now…



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JUL 05 Rob Pennington + Ellie Makes Music

: July 4, 2014 5:31 am : Events



Doors Open 18:00pm
Ellie Makes Music 21:00pm
Rob Pennington 22:00pm

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JUL 04 New Cowboy Builders + 4th Degree + Confined

: July 4, 2014 4:23 am : Events

Doors Open 18:00
Confined 8:30pm
4th Degree 21:15pm

New Cowboy Builders 22:00pm

New Cowboy Builders are a post-punk noisy thing based in Bristol but originally from the Rhondda Valleys.For almost seven years they have been playing loud, scratchy and ranty music without any consideration for promotion, distribution or audience reception. Their last two releases (ULTRA-SOCIAL HAPPY MAN & GARAGE NIGHT) received acclaim from a number of notable blogs and publications both in the UK and abroad as well as a lot of airplay on Adam Walton’s Saturday evening show on BBC Radio Wales. This year they will be putting out a new seven inch entitled BLACK MOSES which has already been featured on Wales Online’s Best New Welsh Music feature and touring in support of its release.

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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!