RISE Propaganda


Taking back the Westgate 180 years on...

Newport's Westgate Hotel is set to re-open its doors for the launch of a Chartist-inspired graphic novel 'Newport Rising', written and illustrated by local artist Josh Cranton in collaboration with RISE Propaganda and commissioned by Our Chartist Heritage, the charity behind the Newport Rising Festival.

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The new owners of the Westgate have agreed to work in partnership with Our Chartist Heritage, to celebrate the unique history of the building and are supported by a strong public sentiment to see the Westgate’s doors open again. The launch of the graphic novel ‘Newport Rising’ will take place on 12 July 2019, after which new uses for the building will be actively explored, including public exhibitions and a heritage information centre.

Built on the site of an earlier hotel of the same name, the Westgate Hotel took centre stage in the 1839 Newport Rising when thousands of Chartists from the Gwent Valleys marched on Newport in an abortive attempt to free political prisoners as part of a national movement to win the vote for the working man. Twenty-two Chartists were shot dead by the authorities outside the Westgate; this is the story that inspired Josh Cranton’s graphic novel ‘Newport Rising’.

Unoccupied since the early 2000s, ownership of the hotel has changed hands numerous times. Some areas of the building have suffered unsympathetic refurbishments over the years and other areas have been severely damaged by the elements. Despite extensive repair work to the roof and structure of the building, its stunning ballroom and architecture remains at risk and in need of further restoration. Further work is required to safeguard the building for the future, which will include exploring and developing viable and sustainable uses for the hotel. Our Chartist Heritage and the owners hope to work together to achieve this, with assistance from Newport City Council.

Project Development Officer for OCH David Daniel said:

"We're absolutely thrilled to be able to host this launch event at the Westgate Hotel, at the site of the dramatic historical events that are central to the Chartists’ cause and the character of Newport today. The impact of the sacrifices made by the Chartists was ultimately felt all over the world and remains in the hearts and minds of Newport's citizens. We are incredibly thankful to the owner for his support and vision in forging this partnership so that we can work together, in the spirit of the Chartists, to bring about this positive change."

The launch of the ‘Newport Rising’ graphic novel will see the doors of the Westgate Hotel open again for the first time in well over a decade, and members of the public will be able to pledge their support for this venture by coming to the Westgate Hotel from the 12th - 20th July , when Chartist artwork, both modern and contemporary, as well as the newly published graphic novel will be available to view and purchase.

Second Year of Rebellion

We always knew it would be tough to top last year.

In 2017, we started with a few stickers and a strong message and ended with people getting tattoos of our art, our favourite brewery showing our work and a member of the GLC wearing one of our uniforms whilst performing.

Where to go next?

Easy. Stay true to our message and community. Go beyond rebellion -  inspire individuals and communities to do amazing things, big and small. And that’s how 2018 unfolded. We made some awesome new like minded friends along the way and had a blast. Here’s just a few our favourite RISE moments from the last year…

(January we were exhausted… so lets skip to February)




The RISE wedding



Newport’s Champion



Record making


May and June

Illuminating countdown on Newport landmarks



Rebel Party and lager launch

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Portlife jar ppearance






Overpriced Toast

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Newport Rising



Nirport revisited

Thank you for believing what we believe in. We hope you have had as much fun bending the rules this year as we have.

Together we have raised over £1500 over the last 2 years this year for charities and we will continue to do so with 5% of all our profits going to good causes.

This is a testament, not to RISE Propaganda, but to YOU, the amazing community that supports it every day.

We’ll be back sometime in 2019. In the mean time, keep making a difference and spreading the love,

Yours as always


The Legend of Nirport

That time Kurt proposed to Courtney in Newport…

RISE Propaganda first captured the attention of the public with the Nirport event on the 10th December 2016. 5 days of art pieces to celebrate the myth of Kurt Cobain visiting Newport to propose to Courtney Love at our beloved TJ’s music venue 25 years earlier.

In those 5 days:

Prints were pinned to the front of TJ’s…

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locks placed on the Millennium bridge in the city…

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Adverts placed in the local paper…

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road signs modified…

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and money raised for the homeless from sales of the print.

Skip to the present day, and we are releasing the remainder of the limited edition prints along with a new uniform:

Both print and uniform are available for pre-order now (released on the 10th December) on the store and as always, with any RISE Propaganda supplies, 5% of the total supplies of our profits go to charity. This winter, we are giving to the homeless charity Shelter Cymru.



Incredible value!

Giving our community a good deal.

*i.e. until the end of time.

*i.e. until the end of time.

We believe our community should RISE with us. That’s why, from the start, RISE Propaganda has pledged to give 5% of the total value of its profits to local charities. We have currently given more than that, with over £1500 to good causes. Here’s a list of donations so far:

£300 raised - Shelter Cymru and All Creatures Great and Small - December 2016 (Nirport event) - Secret Garden Cafe (Partners)

£50 raised- Togs Centre New Inn - February 2017 - Dragon Flli (Partners)

£85 raised - Bridge for Social Inclusion/GOL Cymru - June 2017 - Coleg Gwent (Partners)

£50 raised - Riot City Ravens - June 2017 - Riot City Ravens (Partners)

£222 raised - Newport Food Bank - October/December 2017 - Tiny Rebel and Newport Market (Partners)

£800 raised - Newport’s Rocky statue and legacy fund - June 2018 - Newport’s Rocky (Partners)

Current total : £1507

This winter the RISE community have decided to donate to Shelter Cymru. This means that when you buy from the RISE website/workshop this Christmas, not only will you be supporting your local movement but also helping the homeless in our streets at this difficult time of year.

Thank you for making a difference. Together we RISE.

Music Review: Like a Fever - Jack Perrett

RISE Music editor, Gavin Facey, gives his opinion on the latest release from the Newport indie rocker.


Jack Perrett is back with a new single that picks you up, chucks you about and in a little over two and a half minutes leaves you feeling more than a bit dazed…and wanting to hit repeat.

First showcased live in April, the frenetic Like a Fever is Jack’s first release since popular Blur parody Portlife and is a shift in direction that pays off, as he delivers his most exciting and catchy release yet.

Unlike much of his Britpop influenced material, Like a Fever is pure garage rock revival (think less 1994 and more 2004), as he couples blistering riffs with driving power chords. Meanwhile, on drums, Morgan is more thunderous and influential than he has ever sounded on a Jack Perrett tune.

Already played on BBC Radio Wales by Janice Long and Adam Walton amongst others, Like a Fever is perfectly suited for both radio and a baying audience and has quickly become a favourite at Jack’s live shows. Don’t be surprised to hear it being blasted at 1am on your local Red Stripe drenched indie club dance floor.

Like a Fever is officially released on 7th December via CD and digital download and will be accompanied by a video, directed by Focus Shift Films. In the meantime, you can already listen to the track on Spotify or Soundcloud.


See below for more on Jack: