MANICS GUITAR AND LIVE MUSIC LINED UP FOR NEWPORT RECORD STORE DAY APRIL 22
A guitar signed by the Manic Street Preachers will be raffled at Diverse Music in the city centre on Saturday April 22 as Newport celebrates Record Store Day with a day of live music and a fundraiser for Velindre Cancer Centre, contributing to invaluable specialist cancer services in South East Wales.
Newport Now, the business-led body which supports and promotes the city centre, has given the national event a real boost this year, setting up a whole day of live music from 12pm to 11pm, with a free live stage at the junction of Charles St. and Commercial with Dan Bettridge, Jodie Marie, Little Red Parcs, Ofelia, Joe Kelly and Vince James performing outside just a few metres from Diverse Music record store.
The Riverfront Studio and Basement spaces will feature concerts by VANT, Hannah Grace, CwCw, Clarity, Monico Blond, and more guests to be announced. DJs including Alex Postle and Graham The Bear from Goldie Lookin’ Chain will play free in the Theatre foyer with further special guest DJs to be announced.
Newport’s own Record Store Day celebrations was launched on March 21 at Diverse Music in Charles St. Newport Now Chairman Alan Edwards said: “Diverse Music is a terrific example of an independent record store, and it’s right in the heart of the city, so this year we’re broadening out the event to take over Newport centre with a full day of popular live entertainment. We’re also 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, as buoyant now as ever following the resurgence of vinyl.
Paul Hawkins of Diverse said: “Through the years Diverse Music continued to stock all new releases on vinyl. It soon became apparent that not only were we the only shop in South Wales with a decent stock of vinyl, we were receiving phone calls from customers all over the UK, desperate to for new vinyl releases that weren’t available in their local stores. As well as providing for local vinyl junkies, our website has become a major portal for analogue fans worldwide, so it’s great that Newport Now is making the most of Record Store Day 2017 with live music in the city centre for what we hope will be a big crowd.”
Second prize in the raffle is a Limited Edition P1 Hybrid Turntable, specially designed for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day.
Tickets for the guitar raffle are available from Diverse Music. Funds raised from the guitar raffle will go to Velindre Cancer Centre, a specialist cancer treatment centre located on the perimeter of Cardiff. They provide services to over 1.5 million people across south east Wales and beyond. Each year they treat over 5,000 new referrals and around 50,000 new outpatients. Their dedicated staff of over 670 work as a close knit team, providing patients and families with the best possible care and treatment.