Cardiff is not only home to the oldest record shop in Wales, Spillers Records, it is also the home of a number of notable bands, including Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers. A number of festivals celebrate live music in the city, including the Sŵn festival, which takes place annually. Tying it all together, the city boasts a range of venues that cater to all styles of music — Welsh language bands are well represented and encouraged. Check out our 10 favorite live music venues in the Welsh capital.
Hours: 7:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
The Full Moon/Moon Club
The Full Moon describe themselves as “Purveyors of Fine Music and Hard Liquor,” and it’s hard to question their claim. With a wide range of spirits and liquors to sip while enjoying a gig, this small venue hosts a diverse range of music genres inside its walls. The venue has a room capacity of 260 for club nights, and 180 for live gigs. Its location makes the Moon Club an ideal place to see local bands whilst remaining in the heart of the city.
Hours: 5:00 p.m.-Late
Address: Womanby ST, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)2920373022
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7:00 p.m.-3:30 a.m.; Wednesday-Sunday 7:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m.
The Live Lounge is exactly what it sounds like. All day, everyday, the venue provides multiple live acts, starting from midday and playing until late. The stage at the front of the bar hosts a mixture of local bands, tribute acts, and a few bands from further afield. When the live music finishes, the stage becomes a dance floor. The venue is popular with locals and students alike. The Live Lounge is not limited only to night events, so pop in to enjoy an act or two while testing out the in-house restaurant.
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.; Weekends 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Address: 9 The Friary, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)2921328159
Hours: Varies Everyday
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Motorpoint Arena
Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, located in the heart of the city, is a multi-purpose venue which attracts big names from all over the world. This is a popular stop for artists to make when on their world tours. The arena has seen the likes of Beyonce, Bob Dylan, and Lady Gaga, among other stars. Opened in 1993 by Dame Shirley Bassey and owned by Live Nation, the arena has a maximum capacity of 7,500 people. Attending a concert here won’t be an intimate experience, but it’s the best venue in the country to see international artists.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-600 p.m.
Address: Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, UK, +44(0)2920234500
Hours: Monday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hours: Open 24/7
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