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Newport Rock Collecting is a social history and contemporary collecting project, created by Winding Snake Productions with support Newport Museum & Art Gallery. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and First Campus at the University of South Wales.


Throughout 2019 and 2020, we are gathering stories and artefacts from gigs in Newport between 1970 and 2010 for a new audio archive and exhibition, celebrating Newport’s commitment to bands, gigs and rock music!


Music fans – we need YOU! Calling anyone who attended gigs in Newport between 1970 – 2010, we want to hear your stories!


spilling out into the night with your ears ringing.

Many of us remember an amazing gig, bobbing up and down with friends, clutching a can of beer, as your feet stuck to a tacky nightclub carpet. After you had shouted yourself hoarse at the band for an encore, you spilled out into the night with your ears ringing.

 I vividly remember those nights – the youth, the energy, the excitement.

 ‘Rock Collecting’ will capture some of those moments, helping them endure the test of time.

 Imagine someone in 200 years’ time looking at your faded band t-shirt and ticket stub from a night out at TJ’s, Le Pub or the Kensington Club and smiling.
— Oliver Blackmore, Newport Museum & Art Gallery