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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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Newport Factoids #3 Bake Off

Tom Hovey!, The Bake-Off Illustrator The man who makes the illustrations for the Great British Bake Off Designs lives in Newport. His Name is Tom Hovey and he has allegedly never tasted any of the cakes he has drawn! Weirdly, Tom says he doesn't care much for eating cake

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Photos of the JTU gig

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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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Our LLMA Sponsors: Tiny Rebel

What is Tiny Rebel? We are Tiny Rebel, an award-winning brewery from Newport, South Wales.  We are the youngest and only Welsh brewery to win Champion beer of Britain and we are the only brewery to have won gold, silver and bronze in the Champion Beer of Wales competition (in our first year!) and the only brewery to defend a gold the following year. But really, we’re just fans of super tasty beer. From two guys in a garage to […]

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Newport Factoids #2 Victor Willis

  Victor Willis - Village Person! Victor Willis, the traffic cop in the 70s disco group The Village People lived in Newport in the late 2000s. He moved to South Wales when he married his wife, Karen, a lawyer from Newport. Willis wrote songs for the Village People and other artists too. He appeared in many musicals and plays, including the original Broadway production of The Wiz in 1976.

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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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