Welcome to NEWPORT Rock Collecting

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

Starting in 2018 we have been gathering memories and artefacts from gigs and gig-goers relating to events in Newport between 1970 and 2010 for a new audio archive and exhibition, celebrating Newport’s commitment to bands, gigs and rock music! Explore these pages to find out who we spoke to and what we heard.


Special guests join host Richard Parfitt in two 1 hour specials for the archive.

Audio Archive Special 1: Richard Frame and Alan Jones

Audio Archive Special 2: Sam Dabb and Gary Raymond

spotifyicon Spotify Playlists

We have curated a selection of Spotify playlists for Newport Rock Collecting. Just click the playlist previews below to launch Spotify.

Audio Archive

We spoke to people from the Newport music scene about their memories and experiences.
To start listening straight away please visit the full archive at Peoples Collection Wales

For now, here is a sample...

Jon Langford: MAN, 1999

Jan Davies: Van Morrison and Georgie Fame, 1993

Paul Eversley: Reggae in Newport

Chris Harding: Stone Roses, 1995

Sue Jenkins: Hawkwind and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, c.1971

Paul Davies: Ralph and the Ponytails, 1978

Cathy Cooper: Gaydogs and Portsmouth Symphonia, 1974


We've selected a small number of artefacts from the exhibition at Newport museum for you to see here.

Idles Ivor Novello Award (2018)

Idles Ivor Novello Award (2018)

The Ivor Novello for Best Album awarded to Newport born Joe Talbot in 2018 for Joy as an Act of Resistance. Lent by Joe Talbot

Terris NME Award (2000)

Terris NME Award (2000)

The Philip Hall On Award For Brightest Hope was awarded to Newport band Terris at the NME Awards in 2000. At the time the band, Gavin Goodwin, Alun Bound, Neil Dugmore and Owen Matthews were co-headlining an NME tour with Coldplay who we also nominated alongside Sigur Ros, Doves and Slipknot. Lent by Terris

Dub War Siren

Dub War Siren

Dub War siren and poster. Lent by Benji Webbe

"These nights offered just what they said on the tin. It was cheap, it was sweaty and it was definitely fun"


Get Involved

We've collected loads of stories, but its not too late to contribute towards this archive. We'd love to hear your memories of gig-going in Newport in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s or 2010s - you can either type your story out, or record yourself, and send it to us using the button below.

Tell Your Story

Our Supporters

We'd like to thank the following for their support: