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LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio Show # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special

With less than three weeks to go to this year’s Merthyr Rising Festival, this week we had festival director Lyn Williams in the studio along with Peter Crews, of UNISON, the festival’s main partner.

The play list was made up (almost) entirely of bands playing the event and we chatted at length about all things Merthyr Rising.

To listen again, check out the mixcloud below


  1. Fight the power: BY DREADZONE
  2. Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
  3. Cave song: BY PRETTY VICIOUS
  4. Living in a rut: BY THE MOONBIRDS
  5. Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
  6. Each mans hell: BY ROUGHNECK RIOT
  7. The windrush: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  8. Money for war: BY BEANS ON TOAST
  9. Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
  10. Bells of Rhymney: BY THE ALARM
  11. Speedboat dreaming: BY FFUG
  12. Love thing: BY AFROCLUSTER
  13. Human Camouflage: BY PARKVIEW
  14. Afflictions: BY THE PITCHFORKS
  15. Lots of fun: BY FOREIGN LEGION
  16. Sex and drugs and rock and roll: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
  17. Freedom for Palestine: BY ONE WORLD
  18. Deep cover: BY COSMO
  19. Gunshot: BY FLORENCE BLACK
  20. Here we go again: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
  21. Hangover me: BY O’CONNELL AND LOVE

Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 8th May 2018

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales


DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

Dreadzone @ the Globe, Cardiff

Dreadzone make their first trip of the year into the land of song – and dub.

Rumours that the earthquake that shook wales on 17th February was caused by Dreadzone sound checking have not been confirmed, but tonight they made the globe vibrate and rattle with their basslines. Continue reading DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

merthyr rising t shirtMerthyr Rising 2018 looks set to stay on it’s spiritual home ground. The event will take place over the weekend of 25/26/27 May 2018

Since its monumental success in 2017 where the likes of The Alabama 3 and the Stereo MC’s shook the ground that the festival stood on to their core, there has been talk that the Merthyr Rising Festival had outgrown its spiritual home on Penderyn Square and that the next step was to go to a larger area within Merthyr Tydfil to hold the event in 2018. Continue reading Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 145 – Pre Merthyr (rising) Tuneage – 23/05/17

guitar fist colourWith Merthyr Rising on the horizon and an election around the corner, we lined up a play list heavy on the politics to get us in the mood. We play some of the bands playing the festival and look at some of the subjects that will be covered in the debates at the festival.

Tragically, twenty four hours before the show, thousands of kids went to a pop concert in the Manchester Arena and not everyone came home. So the show includes love vibrations going out to the Peoples Republic of Madchester.


Play list
1. Life love and unity: BY DREADZONE
2. Are you ready for me: BY PRETTY VISCOUS
3. Le responsible: BY JACQUES DUTONIC
4. Connected: BY THE STEREO MCS
5. You’ve got the numbers: BY THEE FACTION
6. I wish the Guardian believed I exist: GRACE PETRIE AND THE PC BRIGADE
7. Freedom for Palestine: BY ONE WORLD
8. All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
10. Heart and bones: BY DANIEL RACHEL
11. Jah war madness mix: RUTS DC
12. Stand down Margaret dub: BY THE BEAT
13. Cheap school meals: BY BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE
14. Keep on keeping on: BY THE REDSKINS
15. Big A little a: BY CRASS
16. Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
17. Fall of capitalism part one: BY CONSCIOUS YOUTH
19. The devil went down to Ibiza: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
20. Breach the peace: BY SPIRAL TRIBE
21. Age of the robber barons: BY DAVID ROVICS
22. Chip away: BY TONY BENN
23. I feel like Jeremy Corbyn: BY SAM HARRISON
24. For the sake of the children: BY BEANS ON TOAST
25. Breaking into heaven: BY THE STONE ROSES

Show first broadcast on 23rd May 2017 on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Big fist pump to our sponsors www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales – the union for public service groovers

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 145 – PMT (Pre Merthyr (rising) Tuneage) 23/05/17

The Sandinistas
The Sandinistas

Music and Politics. Do they mix? Of course they do. And to prove it, this week’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show (also sponsored by UNISON) will be a Pre-Merthyr Rising Tunage special – featuring Stereo MCs, Alabama Three, Thee Faction, David Rovics, Efa Supertramp, Daniel Rachel, Dave Randall, Crass, The Redskins, The Beat, Ruts DC, Regime, The Sandisnistas, Pretty Vicious and much more.

And needless to say – lots of talk about Merthyr Rising Festival

To listen live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock till 22:00 hrs ish GMT on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 AD

Show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Governmnet Area Branch of UNISON

TEENAGE KICKS – Sandinistas live at UNISON Young Members gig

DSC_0870Tredegar’s six legged Sandinistas continued their rise to the top with a blistering set for young members of UNISON, the union for public service groovers, in Cardiff’s Ten Feet Tall.

Fresh from playing South by Southwest in Texas and string of sold out shows in the UK, the Sandinistas showed they have not forgotten their roots by playing the launch party for UNISON Cymru Wales’ Charter for Young Member’s.

They may stand like the Clash, walk like the Clash and be named after a Clash album (or maybe the South American rebels), but their music is fresh and original, taking only the energy and enthusiasm from the Clash sound.

With high octane guitar laid over machine gun drumming and menacing bass, they lay down a sound that has enough punk sensibility to remind the older members of the crowd of their youth. But they also have a clean sophistication to their sound that will entertain the younger audience, who demand more than the three chord wonders of the past.

They tore through their set with confidence and swagger, but still found time between numbers to interact with the audience and big up the cause they had come to promote. As they put it, ‘You can’t spell UNISON, without U and I’.

The Sandinistas
The Sandinistas

They had the gathered masses gyrating and smiling from ear to ear; from their tyre smoking start, through their ‘Ready to Blow’ single, right up to the end of the set.

The problem with being in a new band is that you can get caught out. If you blow your entire repertoire of songs in your main set, what do you do when the crowd demand an encore? Well in this case, we were given Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ – on steroids. Then, by way of punishment for Mark Turner of UNISON for trying to be a young member, he is dragged up on stage to give us a rendition of the Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’.


Watch out for the Sandinistas when they play Merthyr Rising 26th to 28th May, the festival sponsored by UNISON. You never know, Mark Turner might be up on stage again – he has got a month to actually learn the words!

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 142 – Merthyr Rising 2017 Special

merthyr rising t shirtOn 28th March Lyn Williams, one of the directors of the Merthyr Rising Festival, joined us in the studio to chat about what is coming up at this year’s event, which takes place between 22nd and 28th May 2017.

We chatted about what is on the agenda this year, changes since last year and logistics – tickets and so on.

To listen again, check out the cloud cast below. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 142 – Merthyr Rising 2017 Special

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 142 – Merthyr Rising Special

merthyr rising coverThe Merthyr Rising Festival will be back for a fourth year between the 22nd and 28th May 2017. Peppermint Iguana has invited the people behind the festival in to chat with us for a preview of the events on our show on March 28th 2017.

The show will feature music from some of the bands performing this year and a chat about the films, debates and art that will be part of the diverse line up of this event.

To listen to the show live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on Tuesday 28th March

The event marks the 1831 workers uprising. Throughout May 1831 the coal miners and others who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and general unemployment. Gradually the protest spread to nearby industrial towns and villages and by the end of May the whole area was in rebellion, and it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers’ revolt.

The event, now in its fourth year, is growing to become a major feature on the calendar of the labour movement, alongside Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and the Durham Miners Gala. It takes place between the 22nd and 28th May 2017, climaxing in a three day music event in the town centre over the bank holiday weekend.
The event will include political debates, film screenings, art, theater and music. Headliners for the event are The Alabama Three and The Stereo MCs. There will also be a wide range of local beers and food available.

Merthyr Rising Festival and the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show are sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers

For more info, go to http://www.merthyrrising.uk/

To interact via social media during ths show go to Facebook Event Page

To listen to the 2016 special, check out the cloudcast below

Peppermint Iguana Radio Merthyr Rising Special 31/05/16

UNISON keeping the red flag flying in Merthyr
UNISON keeping the red flag flying in Merthyr

Over the weekend 3rd/4th/5th June, Merthyr Tydfil will be commemorating the uprising of 1831 with the Merthyr Rising Festival. Now in its third year the festival features music, talks, walks, films and much more. Highlights include music from the Farm and Henry’s Funeral Shoe, talks from the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Tariq Ali and comedy from Mark Thomas.

To provide you with a warm up for the event, Peppermint Iguana Radio have invited organisers from the event to join us in the studio to talk about the idea behind the event and talk about what is instore for us this year.

We will also be spinning tunes by some of the bands playing the festival and one or to tunes that fit in with the spirit of the Merthyr Rising.

To listen live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on Tuesday 31st June.

Peppermint Iguana Radio, like the Merthyr Rising, is sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers.