Manics’ frontman James Dean Bradfield, The Guilty Feminist, Charlotte Church, Sara Pascoe and Shreds are the names involved in this year’s Homeless World Cup in Cardiff. A host of artists and events are lined up for a week-long free festival of football, music and debate that takes place at the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff’s Bute Park (Saturday July 27th to Saturday August 3rd 2019).
The 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup will see over 500 players from nearly 50 nations compete in a tournament created to harness the power of sport to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion. The actor and activist Michael Sheen helped bring the tournament to Wales and is taking a hands-on role in its organisation.
Manic Street Preachers front man James Dean Bradfield, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, Gwenno, The Joy Formidable and former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Euros Childs are among the acts playing live on a stage coordinated by PYST.
Retro rock four-piece Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard will perform the official Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019 song, ‘Daffodil Hill’, as part of a set on finals day (Saturday 3rd August). Alffa, Mellt, Papur Wal, Y Sybs, Wigwam and Rosehip Teahouse complete the musical line-up.
Day-by-day music line-up. Artists on stage at 7pm.
Sunday 28th July – Euros Childs, Wigwam
Monday 29th July- Gwenno, Rosehip Teahouse
Tuesday 30th July- James Dean Bradfield, Alffa
Thursday 1st August- The Joy Formidable, Mellt
Friday 2nd August- Papur Wal, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon
Saturday 3rd August – Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Y Sybs
Hosted in collaboration with the independent think tank The Bevan Foundation, the Bevan Tent will provide a space for high profile speakers and the public to engage in discussion and debate about inequality and injustice.
Fresh from selling out the Royal Albert Hall, Deborah Frances-White’s smash hit podcast The Guilty Feminist will be recording a special live show at Homeless World Cup on Thursday 1st August with Michael Sheen guesting. Since launching in 2015 The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 50 million downloads. Each episode, Deborah and her guests discuss topics ‘all 21st-century feminists agree on’ while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their noble principles.
Previous Guilty Feminist guest, highly acclaimed comedian, writer and actor Sara Pascoe will be performing a Stand Up To Homelessness comedy set on Sunday 28th July. Sara’s extensive TV credits include the BBC solo stand-up special LadsLadsLads; BBC2’s Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, on which she is a weekly guest contributor; and Comedians Giving Lectures on Dave, which she hosts.
BBC’s Shreds: Murder in the Dock podcast has put the story of the Cardiff Five- five black men from Cardiff’s Docks wrongly convicted of the murder of Lynette White in 1988- back in the spotlight. On Tuesday 30th July, Michael Sheen will host an interview with journalist and host of the podcast Ceri Jackson, alongside two of the men who suffered one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history, John Actie and Tony Parris, and Kervin Julien, who campaigned for their release.
Moyra Samuels of the Justice4Grenfell campaign will be interviewed by BBC Wales political editor Felicity Evans on Saturday 2nd August, while earlier the same day Lowborn author Kerry Hudson will join fellow novelist Mahsuda Snaith, author of How To Find Home, in discussion with Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Abigail Scott Paul.
Further talks will focus on issues including street homelessness, compassion, modern slavery and human trafficking, the story of the Homeless World Cup and whether Wales can really end homelessness.
Michael Sheen said: “The Homeless World Cup in Cardiff this summer isn’t just an opportunity to change the lives of the 500 players from nearly 50 countries who compete on the football pitch. It’s also a huge opportunity to challenge the way we think about the issues surrounding homelessness, issues that affect us all – housing, mental health, criminal justice and inequality, just to name a few.
“We’ve created a programme of debates, talks and comedy for the Bevan Tent designed to stir the emotions, to make you laugh, cry, angry or excited, and to see how we can work together differently for a better future. Wales is famous for song and we can’t wait for our visitors from around the world to experience the live sounds of artists like Gwenno, James Dean Bradfield and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, and for a local crowd to come along and help show our visitors a warm Welsh welcome. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.”
Entry to the Homeless World Cup is free and open to all. For further information, visit https://homelessworldcup.org/ and follow @HomelessWrldCup on Twitter and @HomelessWorldCup on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.