Happy birthday to us...

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So this week Barely Regal turned five years old. FIVE YEARS. That’s probably not really even all that long in the grand scheme of things, but considering we were shocked we even made it to five months it seems like a long time to us.

We’ve been pretty terrible at celebrating our birthdays to date (mainly because, at 30 years old any acknowledgement of aging is a bit of a sore subject), but seeing as this feels like something of milestone, we’ve worked with Welsh coffee roasters Coaltown Coffee on putting together something that brings together two of our biggest loves - coffee and music, releasing a new 16-track compilation as a bag of coffee with a download code.

Featuring tracks from Barely Regal OGs like Olympians and Theo, plus recent additions to the Barely Regal family including Arkless and Weddings, stream the compilation in full HERE, buy the thing HERE.

Five years ago, we put out or first release, a zine/compilation called ‘Zero Years of Barely Regal’ (a joke that, like our name itself, seemed funny at the time). We were inspired to start a label in the first place by the incredible community of musicians, labels and promoters we met while living in Cardiff, and while we’ve since moved away from the city, dragging the label kicking and screaming with us, both Cardiff and indeed Wales remain places that are very important to us. As such, we’re really pleased and honored to able to work with a Welsh coffee roasters on the release that marks us miraculously somehow having made it to five years as a label – particularly one that shares our grassroots ethics.

The coffee bags are super-limited - we've only done 20, and once they're gone they're gone, so you'd be wise to grab yourself one now if you're keen.

Here's to five more years, I guess. Oh, and if you see us around you're more than welcome to buy us a pint. Or a coffee, we're not picky.