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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 178 – Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World and all that Jazz

Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man. Just a few of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks. And they are just a few of the festivals we previewed on show 178.

Relive our evening of jolly festival japes by checking out the Mixcloud thingy below

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio 178 – Festival mayhem again

Festival season is now at that head spinning mind numbing stage where there are just too many gigs to be able to go to with one body.

With this show we will try to make sense of some of what is coming up, with Landed (again), Griffstock, Not the End of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man and more. All mixed up with our usual selection of new releases.

Buckle up brothers and sisters, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm Tuesday 14th August

As ususal, high five to our sponsors, www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Landed (part one) and Boom Town preview

 Another one of our festival preview shows. Mainly Landed festival (part one) and a bit of Boomtown.

When I were a boy there were not many legitimate festivals around. The hardest decision we had to make was at Glastonbury, because so many good bands were on at the same time.

Fast forward to today, and not only are bands clashing but festivals are clashing. And in august there are four or five decent festivals on each weekend.

For this show we focused on Landed, the best in-land festival in Wales, and Boomtown – an event that has ambitions to be better than Glastonbury.

We will also had a smidgen of Green gathering, following on from our show dedicated to the festival last week.

Listen again below like innit

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Landed Festival Preview innit.

August, the month when the festival season gets up a full head of steam and slams into top gear. We have already done our Green Gathering Special, so this week expect lots of tunes from and talk about the mighty Landed festival in Rhayader.

http://www.landedfestival.co.uk/

No doubt we will throw in a few new releases and wedge in a bit of Boomtown whilst we are at it.

Tune in to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm Tuesday 31st July.

As ususal, high five to our sponsors, www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 176 Green Gathering Special with the boy Tom Fowler

 With the Green Gathering is around the corner, we thought we might as well invite Tom Fowler around to do a special show.

He was actually well behaved, he did not swear much and he even played some music from bands playing the festival

He also played a few that are not.

Listen again below

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LISTEN LIVE: Green Gathering preview with the boy Tom Fowler

Peppermint Iguana are squeezing in an extra show on Tuesday 24th July, a Green Gathering Special with our man Tom Fowler dropping in a guest host.

Tom will be spinning some of his recent sonic discoveries – and he will be picking out his recommendations for the best of the line-up of the Green Gathering. No doubt, we will also be chatting about the campaigns area.

Visit Dapper FM website from 8pm on the 24th August.

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana # 175. Toldpuddle, Out West and all that jazz

The festival season is now well and truly in third gear and picking up speed. Once upon a time in the west is in our rear view mirror and Tolpuddle is around the next bend.

So this show featured tales of scorching summer weekend in Wiltshire and a preview of the annual union get together in Dorset.

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SURPLUS FESTIVAL NOT ‘APPENIN’ IN 2018

As the snows around South Wales slowly thaw, news comes in that Surplus Festival is being put on ice for 2018.

A statement from the organisers said:

“As some of you know, Surplus Festival has lost it’s site. We’ve been trying our best to find a suitable alternative but unfortunately we haven’t been successful. With the time constraints and some other issues we’ve had to make the difficult decision to put things on hold”. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL NOT ‘APPENIN’ IN 2018

FOLK DISCO – PLUS @ Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

It would be a little bit egotistical to review a gig we have promoted ourselves, so here is a blog post about the first Peppermint Iguana gig for fourteen years.

It started out as a simple enough idea, Peppermint Iguana were going to team up with the Green Gatherings Campaign Crew (well, Tom Fowler) to put on a show case of some of the artists than have been found performing on the ‘open mic’ that the Campaigns crew host at the annual green gathering in Chepstow.

We started off with booking the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco, who have blown minds at the last two Green Gatherings. Then we started talking to some of our other mates who had also played our stage. It was not long before we had a list of bands that, frankly, was quite ridiculous for one night. But hey, we aint nothing if not one big happy family and we could not chuck anyone off the list (we just had to stop Tom inviting anyone else when he was pissed).

An assortment of beds, sofas and park ups were sorted, beers were bought (and smashed and bought again), vegan rolls were made and before we knew it, the gig was on. Continue reading FOLK DISCO – PLUS @ Le Pub, Newport 10/02/18

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 164 – Tarantism Special

Mel and Magnus sing along with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Wow. What a beautiful evening this was, catching up with Mel and Magnus from Tarantism, our friends for over twenty years now.

They picked fantastic songs to play, they had wonderful stories to tell, and they took to the radio like pros.

Relive the night be checking out the cloud cast below

Play list

  1. Got to get this tent up: BY TARANTISM
  2. Jibber and twitch: BY THE CARDIACS
  3. Got it made: BY FLANNEL
  4. Aint got no home: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
  5. Lost in Leuvan: BY TRAGIK ROUNDABOUT
  6. I’m a poseur: BY X RAY SPEX
  7. Guerrilla radio: BY RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
  8. Bless the weather: BY JOHN MARTYN
  9. I chose the road: BY THE FIREPIT COLLECTIVE
  10. When I win the lottery: BY CAMPER VAN BEATHOVEN
  11. Damnation alley: BY HAWKWIND
  12. Daydream: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  13. Fuck you rude boy: BY DOGSHITE
  14. Living in a barcode: BY AOS3
  15. Milk and honey: BY DENNIS BROWN
  16. A case of you: BY JONI MITCHELL
  17. College green: BY MERCURIUS RISING
  18. Green green grass: BY THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER
  19. Skankrobber: BY CARA MEANS FRIEND
  20. Red alert: BY TARANTISM FOLK DISCO
  21. They can’t take that away from me: BY ELLA FITZGERALD AND LOIS ARMSTRONG

First broadcast on 30th January 2018 on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

TARANTISM INTERVIEW: Archive interview dug out, dusted off and uploaded

The Tarantmobile

We have dusted off another classic inteview and added it to this website – Tarantism from 2007

It was to be a telephone call we would never forget, yet like most things momentous, it started out innocently enough. Back in 1997 as I sat with the then Mrs Iguana thinking about names for the as yet unborn second Iguana baby, the phone rang. “Hi Clint, it’s Mel. We are looking for gigs in South Wales.” Phone calls often started like that in those days. As I put the phone down, “who was that?” enquired Mrs Iguana. “Tarantism” I replied. “What on earth is one of them then”. “As it happens, I don’t know, I will look it up”. As I leafed my way through the dictionary I was struck by inspiration. Thus Tara Iguana was named.

Tarantism immediately became indispensable members of the extended Iguana family. Fast forward to 2007, we sat down with Tarantism in the back of their van for an interview. Fast forward to 2018 and we have Tarantism booked to play a gig for us in Le Pub, Newport. So we thought it about time to dust off that old interview and upload it to this ere website.

On 30th January Mel and Magnus will be joining us on the Peppermint Iguana Radio show, no doubt we will be filling in some of the gaps.

THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)

John Baine (AKA Attila) is not really a Stockbroker. Ray Burns is neither a Captain, nor Sensible. Rhiannon Crutchley, however, really is a Brewer’s Daughter.

When not helping dad out with bottling craft beers her time is split between recording and gigging on her own as The Brewer’s Daughter, playing fiddle with Tarantism, touring with the likes of Back to the Planet and Hawkwind, or just sailing up and down the canal in the narowboat she calls home.  She even played the legendary 100 club in 2017. Continue reading THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 153 – Equinox Festival Special (12/09/17)

On 12th September we broadcast our penultimate festival review show of 2017 – an Equinox special.

We had a few technical problems but we think we have managed to edit this cloudcast version so you don’t notice – well – not much anyway.

To listen again, check put the cloudcast linky thing below

Play list

  1. One of these days: BY PINK FLOYD
  2. Atomic Moog: BY COLDCUT
  3. Punky reggae party: BY LEE PERRY AND Z TRIP
  4. Czech neck: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  5. Bunsen burner: BY JOHN OTWAY
  6. Burning up: BY DUB THE EARTH
  7. Come around: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  8. We do it ourselves; BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
  9. Watching the grass grow: BY NICK TURNERS SPACE RITUAL
  10. Phoenix: BY SYSTEM SEVEN
  11. Vacation town: BY THE FRONT BOTTOMS
  12. The Devil went down to Jamaica: BY DAVID ALLEN COE
  13. Bella’s kiss: BY FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
  14. Internal riot: BY THE SUBHUMANS
  15. Blank page: BY BAND OF THE UNDERHAND
  16. Hard edged few live: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  17. Fessytune: BY SKIPRAT
  18. Skiprat: BY BUFF
  19. Gun fury: BY THE DAMNED
  20. Fight dem back: BY THE AUTONOMADS
  21. Let’s stay together: THE SKINTS
  22. PAIN: BY PAIN
  23. Hierarchicide: BY BOLSHY
  24. Looking too closely: BY FINK

Show first broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on 12th September 2017.

As usual, high five to our sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government Area Branch of UNISON, the union for public service groovers

 

Watch out for our next show, which will be an end of festival season party – with guest host Gail Something Else – who will be along to talk about this year’s Something Else in the Dean Festival, which will close the season in style.

 

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

landed festivalAs usual, the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio Show featured a selection of some of the bands playing festivals in the next two weeks.

With the calibre of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks, including Feral Fest and Common Ground, it was inevitable the play list was going to be top draw. But no need to take our word for it. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Landed Festival but were afraid to ask

the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year
the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year

Landed? What’s that all about then? Well, it is a cracking little festival in Mid Wales.

The fact that Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska and the Defekters are headlining means the gig is punching above its weight, that’s without all the other awesome bands on the bill, and the amazing location, and the cheap ticket price.

You want to know more? Well, here is everything you ever wanted to know about landed but were afraid to ask.

Are you sure you are going to the right festival this weekend?

SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

DSC_0054For the last four years the Surplus Festival in South Wales has been one of the highlights of the grass roots festival scene. Over the first weekend in July 2017, the event went up a gear, putting on their best event yet and throwing down the marker for other grassroots festivals. It will take some doing to beat Surplus this year.

Arriving at the site near Bonvilston, just outside Cardiff, it was almost immediately obvious that this year was a more organised event.  More Stewards, better organised parking, more security – yet at the same time, the laid back vibe that makes Surplus what it is, was still there.

Once in the main arena the changes from 2016 were obvious straight away. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Surplus Fest Sampler Volume 1 (Surplus 2017)

surplusCan’t wait for the festival season to start? Fear not, this fifteen track sampler from the Surplus Crew will help blow those winter blues away.

Given that most of the best bands on the underground festival circuit have played at Surplus, an album put together by the crew would inevitably be worth a listen. “Of course it will be good”, we thought to ourselves. But then – “Hold on – who are this lot?” Yes, fair play to the Surplus Crew, they have managed to dig out some bands we had not come across before – and boy is this album a belter. Continue reading VARIOUS ARTISTS: Surplus Fest Sampler Volume 1 (Surplus 2017)

LISTEN AGAIN Peppermint Iguana Radio # 123 – 02/08/16 – Green Kaya Special

DSC_0220This week we showcased the forthcoming Green Gathering and Kaya festivals, talked about current affairs, took the piss out of each other, spun some new tunes and some hidden gems from the past. Same as usual then!

Play list as follows

1. Chicken Squawk: BY MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS
2. Captivity is cruel: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
3. Summer time : BY BILLY STEWART
4. My woman’s love: BY JIMMY RILEY
5. Immigrants and dissidents: BY WILL TUN AND THE WASTERS
6. Living in a rut: BY THE MOON BIRDS
7. Christian dior: BY ADAM AND THE ANTZ
8. Hookup girl: BY VIV ALBERTINE
9. I could be free: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
10. What you see is what you are: BY HERE AND NOW
11. Fever: BY LITTLE WILLY JOHN
12. Too late to turn back now: ALTON ELIS
13. Anarchist in Homebase: BY TARANTISM
14. Hope and glory: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
15. What’s so funny about peace love and understanding: BY ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
16. Don’t touch me tomato: BY PHILYS DILLION
17. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
18. Naxalite: BY ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION
19. Thinking of the USA : BY EATER
20. Natty pass im GCE: BY SHORTY THE PRESIDENT
21. Hear the trumpets sound: BY COSMO
22. Spirit of the radio: BY RUSH
23. You don’t know where your interest lies: BY DANA VALERY
24. I can only give you everything: BY NAZ NOMAD AND THE NIGHTMARES
25. The old school will rise: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
26. Skank it out: BY DOPE BISCUITS
27. You’ve got a friend: BY CAROL KING
28. That summer feeling: BY JONATHON RICHMOND

First broadcast on 2nd August 2016 on Dapper FM.

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

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sunday (01/05/16)

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Now is our winter of disco in tents

We surfaced at the crack of mid afternoon. We had planned on getting up for Reverend Dread’s Sinday Service set in the dance tent at noon, but it was too warm and dry in the tent.

Mmm Steamers
Mmm Steamers

First stop was the cafe for a caramel Steamer then to stand at the back of the dance tent watching the big box little box crew grooving to one of the many DJs that made up Psy-Sunday. We then had a bit of a wander, took some photographs of the kids on the bungee swing, stuck our head inside the ‘psychonaught’ machine for a psychedelic ten minutes and back over to the buskers stage.

Again, there was some sort of hip hop jam going on. Clearly they had not spent half the day in bed like we had, ‘cos at four in the afternoon they had the thousand yard stare and mile wide grins, but still managed to get a decent free style beat box and rap session going. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sunday (01/05/16)

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday (30/04/16)

Someone has got the horn
Someone has got the horn

Waking up at the crack of noon we went for a day time reckie. The site is on land owned by descendents of James Watt, the steam engine bloke. Apparently they have the honour of being heirs to the title Lord Watt of Wye. The site is at the bottom of a beautiful valley, has the A470 and Doldowlod Hall on one side, with the River Wye bordering the other side of the site.

In between is beautiful flat lush grass land with some magnificent ancient trees dotted around the site.

Fruit (they are not real you know, really!)
Fruit (they are not real you know, really!)

For this weekend the trees are complimented by several stages, a bar, several small cafes, a craft area, a small market space, kids area, circus area, the deliberately trippy psychonaut tent and the obligatory dance tent. Scattered around this are random acts of beauty, in the shape a variety of sculptures. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday (30/04/16)

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Friday (29/04/16)

The sttely home of Lord Watt of Wye
The sttely home of Lord Watt of Wye

Preparing for a festival we don’t normally have to worry about being prepared for snow and ice, but amazingly this was potentially on the cards for Landed Festival this year. It was with some trepidation we set off up the A470, but we needn’t have worried, the festival was always going to eclipse anything Mother Nature had to throw at us.

Arriving on Friday evening it was clear from the off that this was going to be a laid back friendly event. The gate crew were warm and welcoming and as we drove into the site lots of familiar faces reminded us what a tight knit and welcoming community the festival family is.

Once we had plotted up for the weekend it was time for a quick sprint around the site to get bearings and establish what was on the menu for tonight. Only on site an hour and we had our first ‘clash’. Was it to be Kilnaboy on the Main Stage or Cosmo in the Verbal Melodies tent. Fortunately, with a site this size, it was not too difficult to flit between the both.

Kilnaboy (and girl)
Kilnaboy (and girl)

Kilnaboy have been slowly but surely slogging away at it for over a decade now. With each year they get tighter and – once the perennial support band – now claim decent slots on the bill of any half decent festival. Their usual rawkus set of punk fuelled celtic rebel music had the well wrapped up crowd losing layers and warming up the tent. Being so familiar with a band you sometimes assume everyone knows them, but it was clear from the response that even those that had not come across them before were loving it. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Friday (29/04/16)