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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 2008

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 […]

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Happiful Magazine

What is Happiful?Happiful’s mission is to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable society and to challenge the stigma around mental health. We believe that everyone deserves access to the right support and we champion this by connecting those in need with professional help.Our network of directories allows those looking for help to find counsellors, coaches, hypnotherapists, nutrition professionals and holistic therapists easily. We also produce a monthly magazine, dedicated to sharing stories, self-help tips and expert-led advice on all things mental health and wellbeing.Happiful […]

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The History of Newport

Newport RisingOn November 4th, 1839 the last large-scale uprising in Britain took place and it happened in Newport. Today we are going to look at the story of the Newport Risingand the people involved.In 1838 the Chartists submitted their petition to the Parliament. However, the House of Commons rejected the first Chartist petition for democracy. This lead to the Chartists planning their uprising, demanding to be heard and demanding the government listen to the charter.So, what was in the people’s […]

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Gig Goin’ – Triumphant Night At The Tramshed.

Rusty Shackle roguish warm up A fantastic evening in the Capital as Caldicot's Rusty Shackle were in town for their biggest headline show to date a 'huge milestone in their musical journey' according to their Facebook event and it certainly lived up to that billing. The event was Co Hosted with Newport's Dirty Carrot Records and the supporting line up was a brilliant representation of the music scene in the area. It promised to be a great event.First up were […]

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Arcadia Coffee House

What is Arcadia Coffee House? Arcadia Coffee House is an independent alternative coffee house that serves award-winning coffee and has the best homemade cakes and cookies around If goth/rock and alternative is your thing - then you will love our vibe, decor and Arcadia playlist. We are a huge advocate of local musical talent. We have an open mic night every 3 weeks on a Monday evening in Arcadia that starts at 6pm. It's free and it's hosted by amazing local […]

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Newport Factoids #1 Newport Cherub

The Newport Cherub The Newport Cherub can be seen on the cover of a Stone Roses single "Love Spreads" The song was the band's biggest selling single, reaching number 2 in the UK charts in 1994. The cute emblem is found on or by  many Newport landmarks, including Newport Bridge, Newport Market and the gates of Belle View Park.

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1996

When the worst thing happpens As I reminisce about my DJ journey spanning 25 years, Newport remains a distant memory as I return to Falmouth College of Arts in 1996 to continue my Broadcasting Studies degree. However, life took an unexpected turn with the sudden loss of my father. 1996 began with the harsh reality of grief, as I grappled with a range of emotions following my father's passing. Despite the turmoil, my resolve to return to Falmouth was met […]

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From the Heart of South Wales: Manic Street Preachers

What Do We Know? South Wales is, and continues to be, the home country for so many promising artists and this band is one of the more famous ones. Formed in Blackwood in 1986, Manic Street Preachers are a rock band that originally consisted of four members though this would change more than expected throughout their career.The origin of the band’s name remains unclear, but the story is often told that their lead vocalist James Dean Bradfield got into an […]

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Behind The Song: Tracy by Jump The Underground

  Who is Tracy? I was curious to know who Tracy is in this song by Jump The Underground. I asked the lyricist, Antony Smith and this is what he told me.Tracy is a song about a young naive student who went to art school, His background and knowledge of art was purely based on his love for graffiti and he was active in the graffiti scene in Southampton, prior to going to art school. In art school, he was dumbfounded. […]

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