WHAT MAKES A MUSIC SCENE?
Well undoubtedly its Music at the centre of it. So with the huge influx of local bands and touring musicians that came to Newport from around the world this was a daily routine for many years.
We will be speaking to some of the greatest names in musical history about their firsthand recollections, memories, and what made it so appealing to perform in Newport over the years.
SO WHO WILL WE BE SPEAKING TO?
Aside from the musicians, we will be talking to the people from Newport (and further afield) that played a part in Newport’s musical foundations.
Almost 40 years ago, a small market stall record shop opened, it was called Rockaway Records. The first ‘go to place’ in Newport to get to your punk rock records and to be around people like yourself.
This was the breeding ground from which during the miners-strike in 1984 would give rise to Cheap Sweaty Fun Promotions – a collective of gig promoters who would go on to be one of the most long-lasting live gig promoters in Newport for 30 years putting on over 326 shows altogether for its gig-goers.
The legacy of John Sicolo’s life and impact on live music in Newport will never be forgotten. When he decided to start serving live music in TJ’s Disco (as it was known in mid-1980s) things would never be the same again. His family and closest friends have given us their approval and consent on the Film.
I REMEMBER GOING TO THAT CLUB AND SEEING ……
Live music has been around it Newport for the last 70 years. How did it start? Why did some of the greatest Rock/Punk/Heavy Metal/Ska/alternative and Pop (whatever you want to call it) legends of all time perform here at the array of venues, clubs, bars, discotheques and even parks?
SO WHAT MUSICIANS ACTUALLY PLAYED IN NEWPORT?
Here are just SOME of the few