28 August 2015
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Back for its second year, Velvet Coalmine festival in Blackwood has announced the line-up of films hand-picked by Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire and BAFTA Award-winning director Kieran Evans for the film strand of the multi-arts festival, taking place between 1 – 6 September in Blackwood, Wales.

Screenings take place across two days, on Saturday September 5 and Sunday September 6 from 11am until late, at The Black Sheep, a new venue in Blackwood. Selections span genres and decades, are open to all, and at just £1 per film per person.

Iain Richards, Director of Velvet Coalmine said:
“Films played an important role in shaping the Manic Street Preachers and for Nicky Wire to curate the film festival in Blackwood is a special moment for Velvet Coalmine and everyone connected with the town.

The films selected by Nicky and BAFTA-winning Director Kieran Evans were among those that inspired the band and with such a broad selection, represent something for everyone. They will be shown over two full days, a stones throw from the Blackwood Miner’s Institute that will be hosting Slaves and Meat Puppets on those dates too. A truly fantastic weekend for Blackwood and our thanks to Nicky and Kieran for their support!”

With nine films in total, screenings on Saturday include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Submarine, Rumblefish and Taxi Driver. Sunday features Naked, The Medusa Touch, Birdy and Apocalypse Now.

Velvetcoalmine.com will be featuring insights into the selections over the coming days, in honour of the interest from Manic Street Preacher fans, film buffs and beyond.

Alongside Nicky and Kieran’s selections, there’s also a special showing of the Don Letts’ film Punk Attitude, followed by an exclusive Q & A with the man himself during Saturday too.

Screening times and more are featured on www.velvetcoalmine.com.

Also at Velvet Coalmine, amongst poetry, comedy and bands playing right across the town, The Carling Stage at Blackwood Miners’ Institute welcomes American alternative rock legends Meat Puppets, who play their first ever show in Wales, fast-rising punk duo Slaves and Newport’s Dub War, who make a return to the town after a 20 year hiatus.

Announced earlier this month, The Joe Strummer Foundation alongside UK Music has also enabled Blackwood to plan for a Velvet Coalmine rehearsal studio.


Notes for editors:

For further information on any aspects of the programme, media enquiries and interviews with Iain Richards, please contact info@velvetcoalmine.com.

Venue: The Black Sheep, Pentwyn Road, Blackwood.

Velvet Coalmine, some key highlights:
◦ The first ever Wales gig by legendary American band Meat Puppets, famed for their influence on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
◦ Manic Street Preachers bassist/lyricist and Blackwood native Nicky Wire will curate the Velvet Coalmine Film Festival with BAFTA Award winning director Kieran Evans.
◦ Fast-rising duo Slaves headline the Saturday main stage.
◦ Newport legends Dub War play only their second show in Wales in 18 years
◦ Legends of Punk afternoon with Q & A’s featuring Glen Matlock, Don Letts and Viv Albertine.
◦ Literature Festival curated by award-winning Welsh writer Rachel Trezise.
◦ Children’s literature festival.
◦ Poetry stage to feature Costa prize-winning local poet Jonathan Edwards, local poet/playwright Patrick Jones and award-winning performance poet Clare e. Potter
◦ Opening night of the festival dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike with Roy Noble as speaker, a brass band, guest speakers and all proceeds to the National mining Memorial in Senghenydd.

Velvet Coalmine allows local artists to perform alongside more established stars and encourages expression and creativity for all ages across a variety of art-forms.

The Carling Stage at Blackwood Miners’ Institute:
Friday September 4:
 Dub War / The Voyeurs / Gwenno
Saturday September 5: 
Slaves / Glen Matlock / Henry’s Funeral Shoe with DJ Don Letts 
September 6: 
Meat Puppets (first ever Welsh show) / The Noses / Fjords