THE streets of Newport will be filled with live music this Saturday in celebration of Record Store Day.
Newport Now, the city’s Business Improvement District, Diverse Music and Orchard Entertainment, will join forces to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event as well as raising funds for Velindre Cancer Centre.
Visitors can not only have a browse in Diverse Records but they can also enjoy a whole day of live music from 12pm to 11pm in Charles Street.
The music on the Charles Street stage which is free to enjoy starts at midday and features Dan Bettridge, Jodie Marie, PARCS, Aled Rheon, Ofelia, Joe Kelly and Vince James.
There will also be music at The Riverfront, including indie-rock band VANT, Hannah Grace and CwCw. In the Riverfront’s basement there will be performances by Monico Blonde, The Moon Birds, Chroma and Clarity.
In addition to the live music, a charity raffle draw will take place at Diverse Music - participants can be in with a chance of winning a guitar signed by the Manic Street Preachers. The second prize is a Limited Edition P1 Hybrid Turntable, specially designed for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day.
Newport Now chairman Alan Edwards said: “Newport is fortunate to have our own independent record store in Diverse Music in the very heart of the city, and we’re extremely grateful to the Manic Street Preachers for contributing to this fantastic raffle prize which we hope will make a significant contribution to Velindre’s great work.”
BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens said: “Independent record shops are an important part of the music world, so it’s great to have a day that focuses on them, and as a Welshman I’m proud that in Diverse Music in Newport we have a great example of a store thriving with the resurgence of interest in vinyl.”
Diverse Music is one of the last remaining independent record stores in South Wales, and a sister company of Diverse Vinyl and the ‘vinyl only’ Diverse Records independent label. Record Store Day is a nationwide celebration of the UK’s 200 plus independent record stores.
Tickets for Record Store Day are available from Diverse Music or Riverfront Theatre Box Office by calling 01633 656679. For more information visit tickets.newportlive.co.uk/