Newport band returns to popular city venue for intimate homecoming gig in December

Garage-rock four-piece Finding Aurora is set to play at Le Pub on 3 December

Newport band Finding Aurora
The four-piece will be playing at Le Pub on 3 December
Credit: Mitchell Williams @mitchellsvisuals

After a couple of years where live music ground to a halt, South Wales quartet Finding Aurora are back with a bang – and a homecoming show in Newport to boot.

The garage rockers are set to play an intimate show at 100 capacity venue Le Pub on 3 December to round off the year, a day after playing Manchester venue Aatma. It’s a venue the four-piece are more than familiar with – the South Wales Argus reported earlier this year that they previously sold it out when launching their 2019 single ‘Overdrive’. 

It’s a blessing to be doing this again!

Samuel Wagenaar Jenkins, Finding Aurora frontman
Newport band Finding Aurora
Samuel Wagenaar Jenkins (front) described the return to live music as a “blessing”
Credit: Mitchell Williams @mitchellsvisuals

Talking about the Newport show, frontman Samuel Wagenaar Jenkins described the feeling of getting ready to play in front of local fans again as “strange”, and “like a distant memory in some ways, but also like we had played a gig the night before”.

He continued by calling the feeling of doing a hometown gig “electrifying”, likening it to the feeling of returning back home after a long trip away, and announcing that “It’s a blessing to be doing this again!”

The Newport band, which began as a bedroom project in the city in 2017, has grown since with support slots for the likes of VANT and plenty of the band’s own shows too. The members have stayed active during the pandemic, expanding to a four-piece in 2020 and taking time out to adjust to the new dynamic before coming back with two new tracks this year: The Last Call and Kickaround. 

With influences including Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters, the band is described on Spotify as taking “heavy influence” from later 1990s grunge and “melding with the resonance” of punk and classic rock from the 1970s and 1980s.

Tickets for the show are on sale via Dice and cost £7.50 each, with doors at 7pm.

Who is Finding Aurora?

Samuel Wagenaar Jenkins - frontman
Nick Williams - drums
Luc Simmonds - bass
Sean Spiteri - guitar
Finding Aurora's unskippable tracks:

Kickaround - 2021
The Last Call - 2021 
Blood On You - 2019
Overdrive - 2019
Free - 2018
Time After Time - 2018
Haley - 2018
Nick’s Gone Fishing - 2018
Hell - 2018

You can listen to Finding Aurora’s latest single here: