As the capital and largest city of Wales, Cardiff has become the focal point for the Welsh music scene, with international artists and local talents gravitating towards it's centre. Of course, they wouldn't have anywhere to play if it wasn't for the city's fantastic selection of live music venus, but a few stand out from the rest...
Originally a fully functional cinema, The Globe made quite the career change when it transformed into a live music venue. Now it’s a stable bastion within Cardiff’s student central, with a standing floor and balcony to let people see their favourite acts perform.
They’ve had wide variety of acts sell out the venue in the past, from Royal Blood and Skindred to the Catfish & the Bottlemen. Coming soon will be the rising star Tom Grennan, as well Young Guns and Frank Iero and the Patience.
How to get there: 125 Albany Rd, Cardiff CF24 3NS
After the Full Moon was closed, formed staff grouped together and raised money via Patreon and Indiegogo to keep the music community in Cardiff alive. They joined forces with the Creative Republic of Cardiff, to establish an environment for collaboration, networking, development and showcasing of the raw talent Cardiff has to offer.
They strive to keep a great line-up acts inside their doors, opening whenever they have event, so keep your eyes peeled by following them here! Coming later this year are This Feeling, Meadowlark and Wille and the Bandits!
How to get there: 3 Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Another staple of the Cardiff music scene on Womanby Street, Clwb Ifor Bach (named for a Welsh leader who rebelled against the English in the 12th century) has kept in touch with its strong Welsh language roots, still acting as a social centre for Welsh speakers in the city.
Inside there are three floors, with a bar, stage, dance floor on each level, with the top floor being the largest, and if there’s not live music, you’ll probably be able to catch an alternative music night or even a comedy night! This week they’re hosting the viral poet Neil Hilborn, with Charly Bliss, John Joseph Brill and The LaFontaines to come later this year.
How to get there: 11 Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR
This venue sits just on the edge of Cardiff’s city centre, and since 2008 it has been an independent space for alternative music to flourish. They are usually the ones to bring some of the most cutting edge and intriguing events into the Welsh capital, with their weekends bring a veritable musical menagerie of afrobeat, funk, jazz, hip-hop and just about everything else that you can think of.
Throughout the week you’ll see some seriously talented live acts, from touring bands to local gems of electronic & indie punk goodness. If you’re coming down on a Monday you’ve lucked out, because you’ll be able to take advantage of 50% off on drinks! Coming this October are Sound of the Sirens, with Brooke Bentham taking the stage in November!
How to get there: 6 Guildford Cres, Cardiff CF10 2HJ
The Tramshed is one of the newest music venues to hit the Cardiff scene, located right across the River Taf from Central Station. Ironically enough it’s also one of the oldest, with the actual building being over 100 years old. In the early 1900s the Tramshed was exactly what it sounds like, a depot for trams, and it became listed as a Grade II building in 1997 as a rare surviving large remainder of the major tramway system.
Since then it’s undergone a huge redevelopment, reopening as the music venue we know and love today in 2015! Inside they have their own cinema, as well as a delicious restaurant called The Waiting Room, making queuing for your favourite artist just that little bit more bearable!
They always manage to put on a great array of live acts, with bands like The Amazons, New Found Glory, Songhoy Blues and Sundara Karma coming soon to their stage. If solo acts are more your thing, don’t worry because they’ll also be hosting Manchester favourite JP Cooper!
How to get there: Clare Rd, Cardiff CF11 6QP
Of course if you’re looking for large touring musicians making a stop in Cardiff, then you’ll be after places like the Motorpoint Arena or St David’s Hall, with Cardiff University’s Student Union hosting a number of great acts in their Y Plas and The Great Hall!
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