Maindee Festival celebrates a big birthday this year….it’s our 21st festival and so we’ve chosen the theme Maindee Grows Up.

Look out for trees, plants and wildlife in our colourful parade as well as flags and a giant globe representing all the many diverse cultures living in Maindee.  

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday July 1st.  As always the parade leaves Newport Rugby Ground at midday arriving at the site at 1pm where there’ll be an afternoon of music, dance, poetry, storytelling, arts activities, lovely food and fun!

There are many ways you can join in the fun at Maindee Festival: 

Free parade workshops:  Saturday June  24th Maindee Library 10am to 1pm.  Help make parade costumes for the fabulous carnival parade.  All welcome.  

Join the parade:
From 11am Saturday July 1st Newport Rugby Ground, Rodney Parade.  Come along and wear a costume, wave a flag or dance along as the parade makes it way to the Maindee Primary School site. 

Volunteer and join the Maindee Site Crew!

We have loads to do on the day, and the week before. If you can give a few hours of your time to help us either before or on the day we would love to hear from you. . Please contact or phone 07837 033090 for more details.

Festival site programme

Main Stage: Stage Manager: Ian Lamsdale

1-2pm: Rogora Khart, Newport’s own with Eastern European influence punky folky rock n roll

2-2:20pm: Maindee Primary School clog dancers

2:20-3pm: Newport City Radio presents… 2 great acts from our Love Live Music campaign

Newport City Radio is our community radio station, online everyday. Every Thursday between 7&9pm we bring the best local acts performing live

3-3:30pm: Maindee Primary  School clog dancers

3:30-4pm: Joe Kelly – apocalyptic folk-blues, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band format

4:30-5:30pm: Sunjay – folk and blues performer – winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award

5:30-6pm: Maindee/Bhangra DJs

Garden Stage: Stage manager: Adam L Davies

1-1:40pm: Maindee Primary  School Choir

1:40-2:10pm: Maindee Legends community opera with Operasonic

2:15 – 2:45pm: Aled Hughes  pop-folk singer songwriter in both Welsh and English

3-3:30pm: Daisy Blue   - acoustic covers of songs from different genres plus some original material

3:45-4:15pm: Paul Michaela Cork -  80’s hair metal and enjoying his femme side

4:30 – 5pm: Joel Frank -  special live set from  his new EP’ Oxygen’

5-5:30pm: Ellie McCue  - singer, songwriter, poet

5:30-6pm: Anthony Keen

Spoken Word: Stage manager: Sarah

1pm: Family storytime with Dick Berry

2pm: Poems from the ‘Port (and beyond!) – Poet and performer Mike Church hosts poets and writers from Newport sharing their work. Look out for special guest from Maindee Library Sessions!

3pm: Family storytime with Dick Berry

4pm: Poems from the ‘Port (and beyond!) – Poet and performer Mike Church hosts poets and writers from Newport including Alan Roderick and the Murenger crew