Big names playing Homeless World Cup

Manics’ frontman James Dean Bradfield, The Guilty Feminist with Deborah Frances-White, Charlotte Church, Sara Pascoe and Shreds among big names playing Homeless World Cup

Debate on issues from street homelessness to compassion at free festival of much more than football

A host of big names from the music and entertainment worlds have been announced in a week-long free festival of football, music and debate 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.

Following rave reviews for their Glastonbury show, 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 with Deborah Frances-White 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 with Deborah Frances-White 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 Dockpodcast 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 3rd 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.”

Day-by-day debate line-up. 

Sunday 28th July

  • 12.00- Small nation: Big ambition to end homelessness with Michael Sheen, Jon Sparkes, CEO Crisis UK and Chair of Welsh Government’s new Homelessness Action Group and Katie Dalton, Cymorth Cymru.
  • 1pm- More Than A Game: The story of the Homeless World Cup with Mel Young, Homeless World Cup Foundation and players and coaches from around the world.
  • 2pm- Tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking with Pete Kernoghan, No More Traffik and Jasmin Ahmed, BAWSO
  • 3pm- Homelessness and the City with Dr Robin John Smith, Cardiff University, and Richard Edwards, The Huggard
  • 5.30pm- Stand up to Homelessness with Sara Pascoe

Tuesday 30th July

  • 5pm- Kindness Matters with Douglas White, Carnegie UK; Reverend Aled Edwards; Charlotte Waite, Kindness Matters Cardiff
  • 6pm- Shreds: The Story of the Cardiff Five with Michael Sheen, Ceri Jackson, John Actie, Tony Parris and Kervin Julien

Thursday 1st August

  • 5.30pm- The Guilty Feminist with Deborah Frances-White and Michael Sheen.

This event is a live recording, so all guests must be in their seats by 5.15pm and remain there until 6.45pm. Seats are limited and on a first come first served basis.

Saturday 3rd August

  • 12.00- Unlocking the stories that can tackle the injustice of poverty and homelessness with Kerry Hudson, Mahsuda Snaith and Abigail Scott Paul, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • 1pm- From prison to pavement: homelessness and criminal justice with Leanne Wood AM, former Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Bonnie Navarra and Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, The Wallich
  • 2pm- Speaking up for social justice with poets Mike Jenkins, Evrah Rose and Hanan Issa
  • 3pm- Justice4Grenfell with Moyra Samuels
  • 4pm- Community action on homelessness with Carol Wardman, Church in Wales, and Joe Batty, Grenfell Voluntary Sector Service.

The event will be delivered by the Homeless World Cup Foundation in coordination with Cardiff City Council, Cardiff University, Cymorth Cymru, Cardiff City FC Foundation, FA Wales, FAW Trust, Pobl Group, Office of Michael Sheen, Working Word, PYST, Bevan Foundation, Community Foundation in Wales and Street Football Wales.

Entry to the Homeless World Cup is free and open to all

For further information, please contact Ruby Goom (, Daniel Tyte (, Kara Williams ( or Ffion Rees ( at Working Word on +44 29 20455 182.