The 2013 Re-launch


We are chuffed to announce that you can now register for the Valleys Are Here Film Premier & Gig at The Factory Venue, Porth (details below)!


E-tickets are free BUT we are asking for a suggested donation of £3 on the night to help us fund the next campaign event. Not a penny will go to any profits and we will publish all costs for the future event on this site.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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In All Our Glory

Valleys Are Here film premier and live music showcase re-launches Valleys campaign

15th February 2013

The Factory Venue, Jenkin St, Porth, CF39 9PP

Doors 7pm

Show starts at 7:30pm



Peasants’ King

The People The Poet


Kizzy Crawford

Y Rwtch

Delyth Mclean


The Valleys Are Here is set to re-launch it’s unprecedented community led challenge to MTV’s crass scripted reality show ‘The Valleys‘.


On Friday 15 February, The Factory Venue, Porth will play host to the Valleys Are Here film premier and live music from bands tipped for great things in 2013.

Set for its first public screening, The Valleys Are Here is a new documentary film that lifts the lid on a side of Valleys life that MTV executives have deliberately failed to show.

Along with a film offering a fresh look at the people and places that do the valleys proud the event will feature new music talent. This will be led by The People the Poet (as featured on BBC introducing) and Peasant’s King (recently play listed by Radio 1) who will take to the stage in a celebration of a place so many are proud to call home.

In 2012, The Valleys Are Here campaign won widespread public support and coverage for it’s positive challenge to MTV scripted reality show, described by reviewers and public figures as ‘crass’ and ‘hideously patronising’. The campaign’s call for MTV to donate 5% of the show’s advertising profits to local youth charity, Valleys Kids, was backed by over 2,400 supporters and took the message to a wide audience, with coverage across Welsh media outlets, as well as on BBC Radio 1 and The Independent.

Whilst MTV’s executives returned to their Camden offices, local production companies, led by SSP Media, have created a fresh and innovative glimpse of the unique people and places that make the Valleys special. Taking in award winning authors, sport fanatics, iconic landscapes, Groggs, exciting new music and lots more – this short stylish documentary brings new life to the fight against MTV’s sneering stereotypes.

The Valleys Are Here campaign is run on an entirely voluntary basis, with a budget of £0.00. Every activity from the website to the film and band time has been offered for free…organisers say this will be a ‘bring your own red carpet’ premier!

SSP Media’s Director Osian Williams said:

“We are proud to showcase a film which takes a new look at the valleys through the voices of those who know it best.

“We’ve had the privilege of meeting great people who create their own opportunities. Hopefully this film can be a vital stepping stone for more projects like this in the future.”

Valleys Are Here Co-founder, Alex Bevan said:

“From original film making to new UK music talent,The Valleys Are Here is proving that this place is oozing with creativity and stories worth sharing. This bid to challenge the nonsense trotted out by clueless MTV execs has caught people’s imagination and created something new and exciting.

“From a simple idea, we are proving that we can reclaim the image of the Valleys and with a bigger and better campaign, we’ll keep showing up MTV and their ignorant outdated stereotypes.

“This is something we want everyone to get involved with so come along on 15th February to celebrate the place in all its glory!”

More details including timings and ticket info will be available soon.

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