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Gig Goin’ – WRKHOUSE at Le Pub

Introducing: WRKHOUSE After releasing their debut EP ‘Out of the Blue’, North Wales four-piece WRKHOUSE made their live debut at the iconic Le Pub. This sold-out show, thanks to their loyal and fast growing fanbase, was highly anticipated by supporters and the band themselves. The line-up was completed by support from Good Things and Cyn Cwsg providing an exciting mix of indie and rock artists from different parts of Wales. Support Good Things are an indie band from Cardiff who […]

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Behind The Song: O’Malley by Act Happy

Who Was Grace O'Malley? Rhiannon and Jax of Act Happy are great story tellers, often creating delightlfully catchy tunes about real life characters from history. Here, Rhiannon tells us us about how they came to write a song about a legendary female pirate. Jax first had the idea to write a song about Grace. We ordered pizza and opened a bottle of wine and started playing around with some chords - in the key of ‘C’ as a fun little […]

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Photos of the JTU gig


Gig Goin’ – The resurrection of Jump the Underground

Finally, it's the return... After a 15 year hiatus and a couple of failed attempts beyond their control at a reunion show, it seems fitting that on Good Friday the beginning of the resurrection of Jesus that Newport's' Indie/Rock favourites Jump The Underground held their show at the recently refurbished and opened Corn Exchange venue.This sold out show was much anticipated both by fans and the band themselves no doubt. The bill was completed by support from Familia, The Dirty […]

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Photo of Rusty Shackle


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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Painting of Newport music history


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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Behind The Song: White Girl Blues by Paul James

Who Is This White Girl And Why Is She Blue? Paul James from Machen, Caerphilly is a singer-songwriter whose material we play often on the Pure Local Show. I asked him to pick one of his songs and tell me about it. He chose this song and here is the story behind it. 'White Girl Blues' was written immediately after I watched an episode of 'Drug Inc' on television. A no-nonsense documentary series about the trials and tribulations of drug […]

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Photo of the outside of Corn Exchange Newport


Why I’ve stayed away, ahead of the opening night at the Corn Exchange music venue

Newport City Radio has been based here at on the upper floor at the Corn Exchange project since the start of January. I've tried (and failed) to keep clear of the building work being completed on what promises to be the most thrilling new music venue in a generation. I’ve been proud to witness its development. A quick personal history. I’ve been here before. Chicago Rock, as a customer, back in the day. Charter Housing in the 2010s setting up […]

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From the Heart of South Wales: Stereophonics

In yet another example of great bands that originated from South Wales, I bring to you a well-known band – Stereophonics.It was formed in 1992 in Cwmaman, South Wales by Kelly Jones and Stuart Cable, who lived on the same street and would play music together in Jones’ father’s garage. After some time of them practising like this, they invited Paul Rosser and Chris Davies to play bass guitar and keyboard respectively.In 1986 they recorded their first demo, Zephyr, and […]

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Behind The Song: Zulu by Pye Corner

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone to read that this band hails from the Pye Corner region of Newport.I asked band member, Mog Morris to tell me about Zulu: the meaning and inspiration for the song. This is what he told me:"The style of the song was greatly influenced by Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry on Their Own,” with the initial bassline mimicking the descending bass notes used in Winehouse’s track. Once Zulu’s bassline was written by lead guitarist Morgun Bennett, who began […]

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