Well, I won't tell you how long ago it was, but I went on several occasions to TJ's in Newport to watch new bands. And some more famous examples too. Usually wild thrash punk bands. I must have fried my brain because I can't remember any names at the moment.
Apparently Kurt Cobain visited here. Ah, those were the days!
TJ's is still fairly small ~ you will hardly be able to move on band nights and will probably get covered with the band's sweat and spit :-))
And it is still going strong on Clarence Place, across the road bridge from the city centre. They have events on various days of the week - check the website.
Have a few drinks beforehand in the Riverside Tavern (opposite).
UPDATE: Unfortunately TJ's closed in 2010, after 40 years. This was nothing to do with budget cuts, but because the owner John Sicolo died. His grandson was planning to open up a new club in Newport city centre, but I doubt it will be quite the same!
Newport (Gwent) - Must try Zanzibar nightclub - v.tacky..... two dancefloors - downstairs classic hits from the last 3 decades attracting revellers of all ages, and upstairs is more up-to-date dance music
Dress Code: Most people try to dress up for a night out in Newport
Great nightclub in Newport South Wales, both for clubbing and seeing bands. Popular as part of the circuit for many bands on their tours especially up and coming, pretty much everyone has played there in indie/alternative over the years. Bit of a dive as all great places should be, quite young crowd but fun.
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This is a great pub I spent alot of my uni years in. It has the greatest lager called Dpils which is very strong and makes for a fun night after a few.
Its a samuel smiths pub so has a good selection of drinks. The crowd is usually young studenty but good atmosphere well worth a visit
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