Louder_Than_War_LogoNewport TJ’s is one of the most legendary venues in the UK.

It may have been shut for several years since the death of it loved owner Jon Siccolo but it’s legend lives on – this was where Kurt proposed to Courtney, Green Day played their first UK gig and was the heart of the noise rock scene for decades with a list of legendary bands that defies belief.

My band The Membranes played there at the famous christmas gig for 15 years in a row – I’ve never seen a crowd like it – wild and brilliantly out of control.

We are sorry to hear that the venue had a serious fire – hope this is not the end to a legendary and crucial space in the town. We always believed that it should still be a venue and rehearsal space and cultural centre in Newport.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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