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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 a […]

todayMarch 2, 2024 33

Logo for 25 years of DJ Lamsie

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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 […]

todayJanuary 30, 2024 133

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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 […]

todayDecember 6, 2023 63

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From the Heart of South Wales: Manic Street Preachers

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 altercation with an unknown man […]

todayDecember 5, 2023 21

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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 […]

todayDecember 5, 2023 9

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Behind The Song: Not What You Do by Outrun The Rain

Behind the song: Not what you do by Outrun the rainSo many iconic songs were spawned by a backstory, whether that’s a situation that occurred in the artist’s life or something that personally inspired them whilst writing it. This is also the case when it comes to Outrun the Rain, a rising band that was formed in Monmouth by its three members.Today I wanted to touch on one of their newer songs, “Not What You Do”. It was released in […]

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