THE SOUND of music will float though the city’s streets this weekend as Newport celebrates Record Store Day.

Newport activist group The Newporters, have teamed up with the city’s independent record shops along with Newport City Radio for the event which aims to support independent stores and inject life into the city.

This Saturday, from 9am to 4pm, the public is invited to come to the city centre to see live acoustic sets from Gwent artists such as Beth Davies and Lloyd Warren, across six stations in the centre.

The day will also feature Newport City Radio former guests including The Rock n Roll Circus along with activities like DJ workshops.

Chris Evans, Cllr for Rogerstone, of the Newport Rises team who came up with the Record Store Day Newport idea, said: “Record Store Day Newport is all about complimenting what independent stores such as Diverse Records and Kriminal Records are already doing.

“Our city centre streets will come to life with singers, bands and and buskers, all doing acoustic sets, each ‘music station’ will feature local artists.”

During the day free t-shirts made by Sticky Ink Studios will be given out and Diverse Records and Kriminal Records will be selling limited edition vinyl by artists including Oasis and Bruce Springsteen.

Matt Jarrett, of Diverse Records, said that in the past five years crowds have queued outside of the store in the early hours to secure a one-off bargain.

“Nearly every independent store in the world has been doing it for the last four or five years.

“Lots of exclusive limited edition vinyl will be on sale,” he said.

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