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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1994

Goodbye Newport. 1994 unfolded without a clear plan. In January, I submitted my UCAS form, hoping for a spot in university. A trip to Falmouth in April with a fellow photography enthusiast, Gerwyn, sparked the idea of a fresh start. After completing my BTEC ND Media in May, I found myself in Cornwall come September—quite the leap from my Newport roots. Bid farewell to my trusty tangomobile; it wasn't fit for the journey.Settling into a shared house, my humble abode […]

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Gig Goin’ – My Day with Sleep Token and Northlane

The Day of the Show The day kicked off bright and early as my friend picked me up, and we set off for Birmingham. Departing around 10am, we aimed to explore Birmingham before the show. Our journey was filled with lively sing-alongs and speculating about which songs might play next. Despite encountering some traffic delays, our anticipation only grew as we approached the venue. Northlane As Northlane took the stage with "Clarity," the atmosphere ignited. Marcus Bridge, the vocalist, commanded […]

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1993

Memories and music of a Newport DJ – 1993 1993 marked a tumultuous year academically, as I found myself more engrossed in nurturing Lliswerry High School Radio than focusing on my A Levels. With dismal grades in Drama, Computing, and English Language, I was at a crossroads. However, a push from family led me to Crosskeys College, where I pursued a BTEC ND in Media, excelling when the radio module finally came around. On the professional front, I juggled jobs […]

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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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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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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1992

In 2017 I proudly wrote a blog series which tied up my love of Newport, clubbing and radio. Now let's revisit it.At that point I'd been dj-ing for 25 years mainly in Newport. Whilst it’s not in my nature to look back, as I arrive at my quarter century I’m feeling that I want to re-ignite some cool memories and celebrate my successes with you.Each week, I’m going to take each year in order from 1992-2017.  I’ll be selecting five […]

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Gig Goin’ – My Day with Those Damn Crows and The Cruel Knives

The Cruel Knives & Those Damn Crows O2 Academy Bristol - 9th October 2023  The Day of the Show The start of the day was pretty hectic, I slept in pretty late not realising the time. I quickly got ready rushing an outfit and getting a lift to the train station, almost missing my train to my dads. Luckily the train was delayed by 20 minutes so I hadn’t missed it at all. I got on the train and started listening to Those […]

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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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