A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 2008

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A year of massive change

As I reflect on the tumultuous journey of 2008, a year marked by both professional milestones and personal challenges, I invite you to join me on a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of this unforgettable chapter.

Six Nations rugby remained a steadfast passion amidst the chaos, as I continued my role at BRfm in Brynmawr, selling radio advertising and presenting shows. Inspired by the fervour for Welsh rugby, I pioneered the concept of ‘6 Nations Live at Your Local,’ bridging the gap between my radio and DJ endeavour’s.

This is where this began!

Amidst these endeavors, a transformative opportunity arose with the inception of Newport City Radio. Collaborating with the team from Urban Circle Radio, we embarked on a mission to create a platform that resonated with the youth of Newport, culminating in a groundbreaking FM broadcast and the Urban Circle festival.

However, amidst the excitement of these ventures, life threw a curveball with the news of my impending divorce. Despite the shock and confusion, I found solace in the support of friends and the therapeutic escape of DJing. Embracing the familiar rhythms of the turntables, I found solace amidst the chaos.

My soundtrack to 2008

Basshunter – ‘Now You’re Gone’
A chart-topping anthem that ignited dance floors with its infectious beats and irresistible hooks, epitomizing the spirit of the era.

Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Ruby’
 A timeless indie rock gem that captivated audiences with its catchy melodies and anthemic chorus, transcending the boundaries of time and genre.

Ida Corr – ‘Let Me Think About It’
A pulsating dancefloor filler that epitomized the Ibiza spirit, combining infectious rhythms with euphoric energy to create an unforgettable clubbing experience.

Estelle featuring Kanye West – ‘American Boy’
A breezy disco-funk anthem that exuded effortless coolness, capturing the essence of transatlantic romance with its infectious groove and playful lyrics.

Radio Tune:
Timbaland featuring One Republic – ‘Apologize’
– A soulful R&B masterpiece that resonated with audiences worldwide, blending heartfelt lyrics with lush production to create an unforgettable listening experience.

As I bid farewell to 2008, I extend heartfelt thanks to the Greyhound girls and the Urban Circle team for their unwavering support amidst life’s trials and triumphs. Join me on this journey through the rhythms of life, where music serves as both solace and celebration in the face of adversity.

Written by: Ian.Lamsdale

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