In a little under a week, five independent venues all located on High Street (Le Pub, Slipping Jimmy’s, McCann’s, Tiny Rebel and The Murenger), will play host to over 25 artists, ranging from Punk to Americana to spoken word, from places as far as Adelaide (yes, the one in Australia) to our very own Newport. Entry to all venues is completely, absolutely 100% FREE. What’s better than five venues all within 100 yards of each other, all with free entrance on a Saturday afternoon/evening?
All of the acts have now been announced and for the second year running Diverse Vinyl have assembled a stellar line-up. With any well curated music festival, there is sure to be plenty of decision making to be made and it’s pretty likely that whoever you decide to watch, you’re going to miss out on some great stuff, but y’know, that’s festivals for you. The venue splits are now available, you can find at the bottom of the page, it’s time to start planning your evening.
CHROMA have kicked off the year in style with some blistering shows and the pretty big matter of best single & video winners for “Girls Talk” at the Cardiff Music Awards. Fellow award nominees (no less than four) Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard can count a packed set on the coveted Green Man Rising Stage amongst their 2018 highlights. Whilst on the subject of Wales finest festival, Welsh speaking/singing Los Blancos have the honour of playing the Settlement Stage this coming summer, but not before they play Newport next week.
Coming down from North Wales are Campfire Social, bringing their sparkling take on indie pop. Rainbow Maniac fuse the best of 90’s styled humour with mid 00’s garage rock, but if you really like comedy mixed with music, don’t miss out on Francesca’s Word Salad, who will make you laugh, cringe, cry and quite possibly piss yourself.
Closer to home, Newport’s Joe Kelly brings The Royal Pharmacy to the stage in what will be his first full band set since the nomadic singers seven-month trip in New Zealand. Completing the hometown representatives are upstart rockers Finding Aurora, garage punks Deathtraps and psyche tinged Burning Ferns.
There is so much to love about this line up, so much that it is impossible to mention them all in this short piece (I haven’t even mentioned the brilliantly exuberant Dingus Khan or the Barrett era Floyd psychedelia of Red Telephone). To help you prepare I have put together a Spotify playlist; feast your ears here.
Amongst all the wonderful freeness, it’s easy to lose sight of the point of Record Store Day, which was initiated back in 2008 in order to celebrate independently owned record stores. Diverse Vinyl will be open from 9am until 4pm selling an extensive amount of eclectic records. To ensure you get what you want, it is recommended that you get there early to avoid disappointment. Kriminal Records will also be open as usual in their usual spot in the market and there will be a record fair in the gallery area upstairs. Don’t be shy.
So there we are, Record Store Day Newport 2019 is waiting for you and is set to be another smashing day. I implore you to get out and support your local independent record stores, your local independent venues and the 25 or so artists, without whom any of this would not be possible. Finally, a big shout out to Newport Bid, who have once again backed this event and helped make it happen. See you there.