The Fratellis + Toploader (Rock the Castle 2017)

14th July

The Fratellis + Toploader (Rock the Castle 2017)

On Friday 14th July world-famous indie rock band, The Fratellis are set to rock Pembroke Castle along with post-Britpop superstars, Toploader, and support from refreshingly quirky WE-ARE-Z, and up-and-coming Pembrokeshire modern-rock band, Vicetrack.

Best known for their infectious Top Ten hit Chelsea Dagger, now played constantly in bars, clubs and at global sports events, The Fratellis shot to fame in 2006 with their debut album Costello Music, which spent a mammoth 83 weeks in the Top 100 of the UK charts, and included some well-known hits such as Henrietta and Whistle For The Choir. The album propelled the band past the likes of The Kooks, James Morrison and Lily Allen to win the Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act in 2007, and has made them a firm festival favourite from T in the Park to Glastonbury.

Since then, the band have toured the world, released three more albums, in typically vibrant and tune-rich Fratellis style, the latest, Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied released in 2015, reached #16 in the charts and includes Baby Don’t You Lie To Me, a glam tune with ineffably Fratellis-shaped swagger.

Just back from their sell-out tour of the UK celebrating the 10th anniversary of Costello Music, The Fratellis are now ready to rock Pembroke Castle!

Joining The Fratellis will be Toploader, one of the definitive bands of the early ‘00s, and responsible for the global hit Dancing in the Moonlight. Household name Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad. Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months, earning them 4 Brit Award nominations. The 2000 single Dancing in the Moonlight spent over a year in the European Airplay Charts, and in 2013, the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weeks and topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible 13 years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times. The band will be releasing their highly anticipated fourth album, Seeing Stars, just two months before they rock Pembroke.

WE-ARE-Z are a quirky Anglo-French concoction of indie-pop, disco-punk, glam-rock, bound together with a Mighty Boosh-esque mix of hot pink, feather boas, and animal masks. Hot off a successful 25 date European tour supporting Electric 6 of Gay Bar and Danger! High Voltage fame, WE-ARE-Z make up part of a not-to-be-missed Friday night line-up. Want to hear their stuff? Check out their debut album, Animal, which was released last year, and listen out for one of their songs being played in the popular CBS series, Criminal Minds.

The night will be kicked off by unsigned Pembrokeshire three-piece modern rock band, Vicetrack. Formed in 2014, the band is comprised of Josh, Christian, and Jamie, whose innovative rock sound incorporates electronic dance beats to provide a pumping atmosphere with catchy hooks in their live performances.

Friday’s concert will be an electric start to the Rock the Castle weekend, which also features The Bootleg Beatles supported by The Bootleg Beach Boys on the Saturday, and the live stage performance of Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain on the Sunday.

£25.00 (Standing Only)
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are now only available from the Pembroke Castle Gift Shop.
All tickets purchased online after 5.30pm on Friday 23 June will ONLY be available to collect from the gift shop on the day of the concert purchased.


Gates Open 16:00

Vicetrack 17:15 - 17:50

WE-ARE-Z - 18:15 - 19:00

Toploader - 19:30 - 20:30

The Fratellis - 21:00 - 22:30

The bars and food outlets will remain open until 22:45 and you are more than welcome to stay until the end. Gates will close at 23:15. (Please be aware that these timings could be subject to change).

Extra Information
There will be a variety of food and drink available throughout the event, and please note that concertgoers are NOT permitted to bring into the venue any seats, furniture, food or drink among other items. Please click here to read the full Terms and Conditions before purchasing. Also note that this is an outdoor concert and that it would be wise to dress appropriately for the weather.

Park & Ride
For info about parking please click here.

Disabled Viewing Area
There will also be a Disabled Viewing Area in view of the stage which will be available to registered disabled concert-goers plus one carer. You may be asked to provide a blue badge to gain access. Within this area will be a disabled toilet facility and folding chairs.

Security Advice

The safety and security of all of our visitors are our top priorities.  With the recent tragic events in the UK, we are continually reviewing our security procedures at the Castle.  We work very closely with Dyfed Powys Police, and our local partners to ensure that there is a coordinated and appropriate level of security in place for each and every event.  If you are coming to the Castle, please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to pass through our enhanced security checks.  Our security and stewarding teams are there for your safety.  Please cooperate fully with all security personnel.

Our bag policy

Due to the current unprecedented security situation, it is better for everyone if you do not bring a bag at all. With the exception of the picnic event to be held on Sunday the 16th of July we will not permit large bags into the castle but you will be permitted to take small bags and handbags in with you.  We class small bags as no larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm or standard handbags.  There are no bag storage facilities available at the castle – please plan ahead if you intend travelling to Pembroke with a large bag.

Prohibited Items

In keeping with other places of entertainment and our existing terms and conditions there are a number of items that are prohibited.

  • On Friday 14th July and Saturday 15th July the following items are prohibited:  Any form of weapon, firework, illegal substances, glass bottles, cans or other form of sealed container, food and drink, (with the exception of that needed for medical purposes), seats, tables and any other form of furniture.
  • On Sunday 16th July the same restrictions will apply apart from food, drink, seats and furniture which will be allowed as it is a picnic style event.

Preparing for our search procedures

It's really simple.

  • Finish up any food and drink before you enter the castle as you’re not allowed to take these in with you.
  • Head to the castle main entrance, present your ticket to the steward and join one of the queues.
  • The bag search lanes are clearly indicated.
  • Please present yourself to one of our Search Stewards with your coat open (if you are wearing one) and be prepared for a body search and to answer any questions that you may be asked.
  • Once through the search procedure you will be able to enter the venue.  


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