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WELSH VALLEYS SAY NO TO ‘AN EVENING WITH LIONS AND TIGERS’

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Tyr-y-berth has been revolting this week, as protestors have gathered every night to say ‘down with this sort of thing’, outside a travelling show put on by the UKs last Lion Tamer.

The once famous Chipperfield Circus, regulars on prime time 1970s Saturday night TV, appear to have fragmented. Thomas Chipperfiled now splits his time between running ‘An Evening with Lions and Tigers’ and defending himself in the media.

The show cannot tour England at the moment, because the cages in which he keeps the animals have been declared too small by DEFRA. As a result, he has resorted to touring Wales, where the legislation is slightly different. The aim of the tour appears to be to raise money to increase the size of the animals ‘enclosures’.

An enclosure sounds nice, but what they actually mean is ‘cage’. If you read between the lines, they seem to be accepting themselves that their cages are currently too small. (We have not touched on whether they should be in these cages in the first place). Continue reading WELSH VALLEYS SAY NO TO ‘AN EVENING WITH LIONS AND TIGERS’

Peppermint Iguana Radio # 103 – a farewell to Mark – listen again

Mark Humpries, equally at home playing to huge crowds on stage, or simply busking and making Cardiff city centre a nicer place to visit
Mark Humpries, equally at home playing to huge crowds on stage, or simply busking and making Cardiff city centre a nicer place to visit

Our most recent radio show was a mixture of elation and deep sadness. We celebrate the welsh football team qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958, mark the arrival of new albums by Cosmo and Killing Joke and look forward to the knees up that will mark the 20th and 25th anniversaries of Tarantism and AOS3 respectively.

However, we also say goodbye to Mark Humpries, who has sadly gone on to the great gig in the sky since our last show. Many will remember him playing with bands like Pod, Dooffer and Cakehole Presley. Many more will have seen him simply busking around the Hayes area of Cardiff, casually putting all other buskers to shame with his abundance of talent, making the most complicated of things look simple.

Expect Mark to pop up throughout the show.

Listen to the show below

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW # 103 – a farewell to Mark by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud

Play list for show
1. Bloody Revolutions: BY CRASS
2. Screwed up: BY MENACE
3. Spiritual Embryo: BY POD
4. Meibyon y ddraig: BY SUCKAFISH
5. Spirit of the bliss: BY DOOFER
6. Natty dread: BY DELROY AND TRINITY
7. Let the good times roll: BY CHRIS PHILLIPS
8. Euphoria: BY KILLING JOKE
9. The hop: BY THEATRE OF HATE
10. Tracing paper: BY THE STONE FOUNDATION
11. Knock it on the head: BY TARANTISM
12. Jah war: BY RUTS DC
13. Johanesburg: BY GIL SCOTT HERON
14. Covered in candy: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
15. These streets are ours: BY COSMO
16. SchNews: BY THE SPORADICS
17. Here comes the judge: BY PETER TOSH
18. Whipper snapper: BY LAVERNE BAKER
19. Seventy seven: BY AOS3
20. Abstract reality: BY LACERTILLIA
21. Anti-fascist fascist: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
22. If you’re nice to me: BY FUNKEE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
23. All the young dudes: BY MOTT THE HOOPLE
24. True meaning of dub: BY THE MAD PROFESSOR
25. Tavira girl: BY MARK HUMPHRIES
26. Party time: BY THE HEPTONES
27. Naked in the rain pure trance mix: BY BLUE PEARL

Show first broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on Tuesday 27th October 2015

Show sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO # 101 – TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER

Due to our next scheduled show clashing with Wales playing Andora, we will be hosting a live show on 6th October.

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Expect a Balkan connection. Expect some football related stuff. Expect the usual unexpected stuff.

Tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm (UK time) on Tuesday 6th October.

As usual, a big shout out to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

If things come together properly we will record it and rebroadcast it on our scheduled day of 13th October.

Now then – anyone got any reccomendations of some Bosnian music?

NEXT IGUANA RADIO SHOW – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015

Our next radio show will be broadcast between 8pm and 10:30pm(ish) GMT on 29th September 2015 – on Dapper FM. It will be a ‘We Shall Overcome’ Special.

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The We Shall Overcome Weekend, takes place over the weekend of 2nd 3rd and 4th of October 2015. There will be cultural events happening all over the UK to both to simply celebrate our culture and to shout from the roof tops that we are opposed to austerity.

Never ones to miss out on a rebellious knees up, Peppermint Iguana Radio will be showcasing some of the bands playing up and down the country on our next show on 29th September. Continue reading NEXT IGUANA RADIO SHOW – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015

WE SHALL OVERCOME WEEKEND – GROOVE AGAINST AUSTERITY

Line up for We Shall Overcome Newport
Line up for We Shall Overcome Newport

Love dancing but hate austerity? Well the We Shall Overcome Weekend, is made for you. It takes place over the weekend of 2nd 3rd and 4th of October 2015. There will be cultural events happening all over the UK across the UK to both to simply celebrate our culture and to shout from the roof tops that we are opposed to austerity.

FROM THE WE SHALL OVERCOME WEBSITE: “Every weekend we have an explosion of music and culture. It’s something to be proud of – Gigs, open mics, poetry, stand up. It makes our communities vibrant and strong. But we also know that in our communities people are being hit hard by homelessness and poverty. There is a human cost to the politics of austerity. Continue reading WE SHALL OVERCOME WEEKEND – GROOVE AGAINST AUSTERITY

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show 100 – 15th September 2015

DSC_0271Our next show, on 15th September 2015 marks our 100th outing on the Radio (well, it does for Clint, John has been truant a few times so will have to catch up). Expect a few celebratory tunes, with our usual unexpected twist.

Because this is show 100, john is opting for songs and bands with numbers in them, like Sham 69, 25th May, Love Potion number 9 etc. Continue reading Peppermint Iguana Radio Show 100 – 15th September 2015

REACH OUT: WELSH ROCK FOR REFUGEES

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Welsh Rock for Refugees

rock for refugeesWhen the going gets tough, the tough get rockin’. In response to the refugee crisis that is being played out daily on our TV screens and in the media, this thirty track download only compilation has been put together to raise money for Refugee Action.

Compiled in just seven days, by music journalist David Owens, this mixes the cream of the current crop of Wales’ mainstream rock bands, some of the best of the upcoming bands and a sprinkling of previously unreleased and live tracks that have not seen the light of day until now. Continue reading REACH OUT: WELSH ROCK FOR REFUGEES

BRYN MERRICK GOES TO THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY

Bryn Merrick, bass guitarist with Victimize, the Damned and The Shamones, sadly passed away on Saturday 12th September 2015 following a long battle with cancer.

Bryn Merrick, performing with the Shamones in Caerphilly 2015
Bryn Merrick, performing with the Shamones in Caerphilly 2015

Andy Johnson, Guitarist with both Victimize and The Shamones posted the following on Facebook Yesterday….

“On behalf of his daughter, Ella and sons, Richard & Christian, it is with so much sadness that I announce that my best friend, Bryn Merrick, passed away, peacefully, this morning, after a long battle with cancer, at Llandough hospital near Cardiff. Continue reading BRYN MERRICK GOES TO THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY

Next Radio Show: 1st September

velvet coalmineThe next live edition of the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will be on 1st September and will be a Velvet Coalmine special, featuring many of the bands playing Blackwood’s number one cultural festival.

The festival takes place in various venues throughout Blackwood, South Wales and will feature live music, films, literary stuff and much more.

You can expect our play list to include Dub War, Slaves, Henry’s Funeral Shoe, Commander Boom, The Noses, Meat Puppets, Don Letts and much more.

To listen live log on to TUNE IN from 8pm

The Peppermint Iguana Radio Show is sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

Peppermint Iguana meets Velvet Coalmine in a pub

Blackwood is as cultural as f**K. And if you need proof, check out the Velvet Coalmine Festival, which takes place each September. It features fifty live bands, DJs, film screenings, workshops and much more.

Highlights for the 2015 festival, which takes place between 1st and 6th September, include gigs with Dub War, Slaves, Commander Boom, Houdini Dax, The Johnstown Flood, the Noses and a massive coup in the shape of US legends The Meat Puppets playing their first ever Welsh gig. There will also be film screenings with Don Letts and Viv Albertine will be doing a Q+A.

We had hoped to get Iain Richards, the driving force behind the event, to join us on the radio show, but it clashes with the opening of the festival (some people need to get their priorities right). So instead we headed to the pub for a chat about the 2015 festival. We picked early evening on a quiet night in a quiet pub? What could possibly go wrong? Well a birthday party for a start. Anyway — here is an audio recording of the chat warts and all.

Peppermint Iguana meets the Velevet Coalmine in a pub by Peppermintiguanaradio on Mixcloud