Former soldier sets up record label business


A former soldier is aiming to bring the buzz back to his home town with his new record business and music festival.

Lee Keenor, 33, who served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery for four years, has carved out a career for himself as a DJ since leaving the Army, playing clubs in Bristol and Cardiff.

Now he has set up his own small record label Trip City in his home town, Caerphilly, and has organized the Shanty Street Fest in the town tomorrow (March 5).

The festival will be staged at the town’s Workmen’s Hall from 2pm until just before midnight.

The Grade II listed building will host food, fashion, and music. There will be pop up shops inside and outside the hall, including street food, vintage fashion, arts and crafts and music throughout the day.

Entry to the events in the day is free, with a £5 charge for the evening session.

Lee, who is studying for a BA degree in Music Business at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, said: “I went to look at the hall, and saw what a great venue it is, and realized what potential it has. That was when I came up with the idea for the festival.

“The aim is to bring some buzz to the town, and hopefully help some other small business owners by increasing footfall.”

Stalls will include:

Painted by Poppy

A Guy Called Minty

Perfect Impressions Jewellery…/…

Cocoa Magic

Higher Graphics


Jack Sparrow

Wings & Tingz

Soul Smoke Hot Sauces

Handlebar Barista – Brew bar

Big Daves Beard Care

Trip City

Face Paints

Kassablanca – African Drumming group

Psychedelic fabrics

RockOla Reborn

Shanty Rum Shack & Mojitos

Funk & Soul in a Bowl

Crepes & ice creams

Maria Williams is a copywriter, professional blogger, and PR for small businesses. Visit



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