This year the gigs will be held in the previous home of the Dr Who Experience, Cardiff Bay, between August 8—11, 2018.  The Maes B Campsite will be located in Pontcanna Fields.

Maes B is the official afterdark little brother of the Eisteddfod and features late night performances by over 20 of the main Welsh language bands. Winner of best Live Event at the recent Selar music awards this year’s Maes B promises to be bigger and bolder than ever before.

General Information

  • You have to be aged 16 or over to attend Maes B and the Maes PeByll (campsite). We will ask for proof of age for tickets, therefore please ensure you have ID with you. If you cannot show ID when asked you will be asked to leave the site. Any ages can attend the Eisteddfod itself. No child under the age of 16 will be allowed entry to the Maes B arena or campsite, even if accompanied by an adult.

    Challenge 25
    We will be operating and enforcing a strict Challenge 25 policy at Maes B. If you can’t provide valid identification when asked, you will be asked to leave the site and come back with your ID. So if you are lucky enough to look 25 or younger, please make sure that you bring an acceptable form of identification. Please visit Validate UK to ensure you have the correct form of ID (https://validateuk.co.uk/ )

    Valid forms of ID include:
    – An in date photographic driver’s license or provisional license.
    – A valid passport (not a photocopy). Out of date passports will NOT be accepted.
    – A Proof of Age Standards Scheme Card (showing the PASS hologram).

  • Is camping included with my ticket?
    Yes camping is included in the Maes B season ticket price. Please note Maes B gig tickets only allow entry to the gig.

    Where can I get a Site Map?
    The site map of the Eisteddfod will available from the Eisteddfod website.

    When can I get a timetable/line-up/program?
    Stage times will be available on the Maes B website over the coming months and will be included in the pack you will receive when you arrive on site. The Official Eisteddfod program will also be available online from June.

  • When will the camp site open?
    The campsite will open from 16.00 Friday, August 3rd and close at 15.00 on Sunday, August 12th. All vehicles will also need to leave the site by 3pm on August 12th. The campsite office will be open 08.00 – 22.00 daily.

    How do I get access to the campsite?
    All campers will need to register on arrival at the site office where they will be give a wrist band. Campers without a valid wrist band will be asked to leave.

    Can I bring a campervan or caravan?
    No we only allow tents to pitch on the Maes B camp site.

    When I arrive, can I set up camp anywhere?
    You will be directed by the stewards at the main office regarding where you can camp.

    Do I need to arrive before a certain time to set up my tent?
    Yes you will need to arrive before 10pm – no tents can be placed after 10pm.

    Where can I park my car?
    You won’t be able to bring your car on to the camping site itself but there will be an official car park available, details to follow.

    Can I bring my own alcohol?
    You are allowed to bring in your own alcohol (for personal consumption in the camping fields) but only up to a reasonable amount per person eg. one case of beer per person. You will be asked to leave excess quantities outside the event or risk them being confiscated. Alcohol will be confiscated from those that are not 18+.

    Any confiscated alcohol will not be returned.

    You will NOT be allowed to take alcohol in to the Maes B arena. There are fully licensed bars available for you.

    Please remember that glass is not allowed on the campsite so please make sure to decant anything you are planning to bring into the campsites into containers before you arrive.

    Drugs and Legal Highs
    Maes B have a robust zero tolerance approach across the festival site to illegal drugs and legal highs alike. No illegal or legal highs of any sort are permitted to be brought into the event or to be sold within the festival grounds and should any person be found to be doing so they would be liable to our formal ejection process and reported to the police.

    Are Chinese lanterns, flares, fireworks, generators or campfires allowed?
    No, Fires, flares, fireworks etc will be extinguished.

    Can I bring a small BBQs or stove to cook food?
    No BBQs or open flames

    Will there be food for sale at Maes B?
    Yes  – there will be food outlets on site which will be open from Saturday 4th – Sunday 12th. There will be breakfast available. 

    Are there showers on site?
    Yes there are showers available to use for campers at Maes B.

    If security confiscates something from me, what should I do?
    If it’s not illegal (this is a whole different ballgame), make sure you get the ID and name of the security guard and perhaps go with them to the lost property point where you can collect your item at the end of the festival or pay for it to be returned to you. Any confiscated alcohol will not be returned.

    Are there lockers on site?
    Yes there will be a limited number of small lockers available

    Will there be somewhere for me to charge my phone in Maes B?
    Yes  – there will be designated points in the reception office. Our sponsors, Aberystwyth University, will also have the ‘Dyma dy Le’ tepee onsite, offering phone charging facilities.

    Can I bring my dog/cat/rabbit/dragon?
    No pets or animals are allowed on site with the exception of registered guide dogs.

  • It is the Maes B and the Eisteddfod’s policy to be an inclusive event and everyone is welcome. We make every effort to accommodate a diverse range of needs and to make the event as accessible as possible. It should be noted that Maes B and the Eisteddfod is an open-air field event and as a result the terrain in some parts of the site may be difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. If you need further information about access arrangements for disabled people please let us know.

    We work in partnership with Living Life (Byw Bywyd) to enable visitors with mobility issues to enjoy their visit to the festival. We do advise visitors who require this service to book ahead and this can be done by ringing 01286 830 101.

    Guide dogs are permitted.

    There will be a disabled toilet on site with a ramp for ease of access.

    There should be a ramp in order to gain entrance to any buildings.

    There is no designated viewing platform in Maes B however should you have any problems please notify the Maes B staff who will be happy to help you find a suitable and safe viewing area.

    If you require the help of a personal assistant, we offer tickets free of charge. Before issuing Personal Assistant tickets, we require one of the following forms of copied evidence

    – Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate)
    – Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
    – Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
    – Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
    – Credability’s Access Card

    We will take every reasonable step to make everyone’s visit to the Maes a pleasurable one. However, if you experience any difficulties please contact a member of the Maes B staff.  Your concerns will be dealt with and a member of the Eisteddfod’s Management Team will contact as soon as possible to discuss.

    The Eisteddfod Office telephone number is 0845 4090 900 or e-mail gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk .

    For details of accessibility for disabled visitors for the main site please go to the main Eisteddfod web site www.eisteddfod.wales

  • The care and well being of Maes B visitors is vitally important to the organisers and this year we are offering a new service on the maes pebyll (campsite).

    We are working with street pastors  and St John’s Cymru Wales, to offer a high quality care and well being service for our visitors. Combining the work of both organisations with our own staff, the health and well-being of our visitors will be prioritised throughout the festival in the maes pebyll and Maes B.

    Cavavan and Canna Deli, based in Cardiff will be responsible for the food during the week.

Crime Reduction and Personal Safety

  • The Eisteddfod and Maes B are by and large peaceful events, yet some crime does unfortunately occur.

    The most common crime is theft, and this can be from about your person or from tents. Property lock-ups are provided, security staff and stewards patrol the site and CCTV cameras are employed – both on and off site – for crime prevention purposes.

    You can help yourself by following the advice below. Don’t let criminals spoil your enjoyment by committing crime against you or your friends.

  • Lock and empty your vehicles. Leave the glove compartment open and conspicuously empty. Remove valuables and rub out ‘suction’ marks on windscreens where a suction holder would hold a sat nav. Thieves actually look for these round marks so they can assess whether or not to break in, in the hope your Satnav is in the vehicle. Remove your Satnav from the car and use one of the lockers on site to safely store it.

    Only bring what you can afford to lose.

    Set up camp near friends, and make friends with your neighbours. Look out for each other’s property.

    Mark your property: clearly label your gear (including your tent) with your postcode. Obvious indelible markings will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen and will increase the chance of their return if found. Tag your keys with a phone number and a friend’s address. Use the security lockups on site (a charge will be made) for your valuables and other personal belongings.

    If you cycle to the festival there will be a place you can lock your bike up on site.

    Take any valuables – including prescription medication – with you when you leave your tent: keep them with you or store them in the security lock-ups. Register your property before you go on a national and free database called www.immobilise.com

    To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so there’s not an obvious bag to grab quickly.

  • To prevent thefts from happening at night-time. Keep your wallet/purse/phone, inside your sleeping bag with you whilst you sleep.

    Your handbag or phone by your pillow will not prevent you from being a potential theft victim. Put it inside your sleeping bag as you sleep.

    Don’t leave your wallet/phone/cash in the pockets of trousers or shorts, as these items are grabbed by a thief on the safe assumption you left them there! Put them inside your sleeping bag with you.

    Some tents allow you to move the zip both ways. If the tent has been zipped down a thief only has to lift the zip a small way up and can easily reach inside the bottom of your tent. They can also be crouching down so remain hidden. If you have zipped UP then a thief cannot reach inside so easily, and may have to remain standing so be more conspicuous.

    Be inventive about where you hide your valuables when sleeping: you may not hear someone enter your tent, so separate your money and valuables into small amounts and hide them in different places in your tent, or better still, put them in your sleeping bag with you.

    If you think you might forget where you have pitched your tent, take a photo of the area and any unusual features nearby on your mobile so you can see what looks familiar.

  • Make a note of the IMEI number for any mobile phones you own, which you can find by keying *#06# into your handset. This will enable your service provider to cancel the handset making it useless for anyone else using it if it’s stolen.

    If you have a Smartphone, activate the ‘find my phone’ app or similar. Make sure you keep a note of any usernames or passwords.

    List a few contacts as I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) on your mobile phone, so that, in a worse case scenario, the emergency services will be able to contact your family – and it also might mean that we can re-unite you with your phone. (ICE numbers should be parents and other members of the family or close friends)

  • Arranging a meeting point with your friends in case you get split up is vital as phone signals can’t be relied upon, and calls may get missed due to noise levels. Arrange a meeting point for different areas you are in so you can all reunite quickly and easily.

    Please don’t go off with people you don’t know. If you have had a row with friends or feel wobbly/emotional through too much of anything – please speak to a member of staff – they are there to help you!

    Don’t Cross The Line – check out www.dontcrosstheline.co.uk for information.

    Keep with friends or people you trust: unfortunately at any large gathering a small number of people attend to prey on others. You present a far less vulnerable target as a group than you would on your own.

    Avoid dark areas and take advantage of the extra lighting along main thoroughfares and in the car parks.

    Don’t challenge people looking through tents – report them to Festival staff or the Police. Campsite stewards are there for reporting suspicious behaviour, and offenders WILL be expelled from site.

    Report anyone you think is acting suspiciously or aggressively to stewards.

    We know you want to have a drink or two, but do consider that drinking to excess can leave you vulnerable, so as friends DO look out for each other. If you get split up from your friends and feel too lost to find them at your meeting point, and are wobbly through drink, please speak to a steward who can help you, rather than strangers.

    As members of AIF UK, we support their ‘Safer Spaces at Festivals’ campaign. The campaign raises awareness about sexual violence across everyone from audiences to artists to staff and volunteers – and to spread some key messages around “consent”, about “not being a bystander” and to take a “zero tolerance” approach to all forms of sexual assault. Find out more here https://aiforg.com/initiatives/saferspacesatfestivals/

     

  • Don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place: spread them around in different pockets

    Wear your wristband at all times.

    Only take the credit cards you need.

    Make a note of your credit card numbers and leave it at home, plus the number to call if they are mislaid (phone numbers for lost credit cards are also held at Info Points)

    If you want to use a handbag, consider a cross body handbag with the main part of the bag worn in front of you, and with the flap against your body, and remember to zip it up!

  • Quite simply, don’t bring them.

    Zero Tolerance

    If you are under the impression that the police will turn a blind eye to low level use then you are mistaken. There will be a zero tolerance policy with regards to possession of controlled substances. You have been warned – if you get caught bringing drugs to the festival you can get yourself:

    – arrested
    – a criminal record
    – ejected from the site

    It isn’t rocket science. Don’t bring drugs onto the festival site, or be prepared for the consequences.

    Don’t spoil your own fun – The police are not there to hinder your entry into the site or to ruin your festival experience. We want you to have a fantastic time, and we are there to make sure that every festival-goer has an equal opportunity to enjoy the experience in a safe and drug free environment.