Gruff Rhys shares new song ‘No Profit In Pain’ for NHS 70th anniversary

The Welsh musician performed the track in Cardiff this morning

Gruff Rhys has shared a new song called ‘No Profit In Pain’ to mark the NHS’ 70th anniversary.

The National Health Service was established in 1948 as part of a series of social reforms following  World War II.

The Super Furry Animals star performed the track for the first time outside Cardiff Castle earlier today (July 5). It was written for National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival, which is raising money for NHS charities in Wales. You can watch the video for ‘No Profit In Pain’ below.


In a press release, Rhys said: “In most of my songs I mostly deal in lyrical abstraction, but as the NHS has had such a profound effect on every aspect of my life since birth, this was a commission that I felt duty bound to throw myself into out of respect for everything it’s given me.”

He added that the song’s title was an “attempt to counter the mentality of ‘No Pain no gain’ and ‘tough love’ which keep being peddled about by zealous free marketeers.” Rhys said the NHS is something that can be “too easily” taken for granted, and paid tribute to its positive impact on his and his family’s lives.

“Privatisation is creeping in and signifies a death knell for the NHS we all love and cherish if we are not vigilant,” he continued. “As a devolved issue in Wales, and as an idea that was born here, the idea of a free health service for all is something that serves as a beacon of what we can achieve as a nation and is something we must pass on intact to future generations.”

Meanwhile, Rhys is set to head out on a tour of the UK later this year. Tickets for his shows are available here.


Gruff Rhys will play:

Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club (August 14)
London, Barbican Centre (September 12)
Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall (15, 16)
Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (November 8)

Brighton, Old Market (9)
Folkestone Quarterhouse (10)
Oxford, O2 Academy Oxford (11)
Bristol, SWX Bristol (12)
Birmingham, Glee Club (13)
Glasgow, SWG3 (15)
Leeds, Church (16)
Liverpool, Arts Club (17)
Cork, St Luke’s (December 1)
Galway, Roisin Dubh (2)
Dublin, Button Factory (3)