Music/Urban Life

If you like arty sounds, full on heavy rock, exciting new acts and the biggest names in pop, you’ll find a brilliant live music venue in Cardiff Whatever gets your musical pulse racing, your feet tapping or head nodding in arty agreement to what your ears are hearing, there’s music and events to be heard and discovered in these venues in Cardiff.

Music, Arts & Urban Life

Music Venues

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Away from the floodlights of Principality Stadium and the tiered seating of St David’s Hall is Cardiff’s gritty underground music scene which showcases Wales’ and the rest of the world’s emerging musical talent.

Notable venues at the forefront of this moment include Tramshed, Gwdihw Bar, and Buffalo Bar.

  • Tramshed is the latest addition and hosts live music and club nights for up to1,000 people in a building steeped in local history.
  • Gwdihw is an intimate bar which, despite its small capacity, packs a punch with its always stellar line-up of live musicians.
  • Buffalo Bar serves delicious cocktails downstairs and a lineup of fabulous undiscovered artists, musicians and performers upstairs. In 2007, a then-unknown Adele performed there for around 60 people.

SWN Festival

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

RadioOne’s resident Welshman, Huw Stephens, is the face of Cardiff’s independent city music festival Swn. It champions new music from around Wales and the UK in the best-loved venues from the capital’s thriving music scene.

Empty Walls/Street Art

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Walk the city streets for no more than a few-dozen paces and you’ll discover some amazing murals illustrated by the capital’s most talented guerilla street artists. From the political to the poignant,to the downright bizarre – Cardiff really is a work of art.

Robert Montgomery – ALL PALACES ARE TEMPORARY PALACES

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

The renowned artist and poet has brought his illuminated message on European migration to the skyline of Cardiff. Sat high on a carpark in the city centre are the words ‘all palaces are temporary palaces’ – a reminder that circumstances for all of us can change at any time.

Laura Ford – Keepers of The Wall

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

The Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

It was made famous for hosting some of cricket’s most prestigious events – including the Ashes – but now it’s not just wickets and sixes you’ll see at the venue. Throughout the year is a schedule of conferences, expos and gigs, with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Simply Red headlining shows for thousands of people last summer.

Cardiff Contemporary

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

For four weeks a year, the city celebrates its contemporary visual culture with a hive of activity when venues across the capital fill with a diverse programme of exhibitions and events that showcase Cardiff’s community of artists, designers and architects.

No Fit State Circus

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

You won’t find clowns and lion tamers here – this excitingCardiff-based performance group have redefined what a circus is supposed to be. Blending traditional circus skills with live music and theatre, this cool contemporary collective create immersive spectacles that leave audiences gasping in amazement.

Welsh National Opera

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Based in one of Wales’ cultural hotspots, the Wales Millennium Centre, this opera company is steeped in history and known to work with some of operatic music’s most influential names. This year the ensemble performs Puccini classics Madam Butterfly and La Boheme as well as Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbe.

Cian Ciaran’s Orchestral concert in WMC

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Super Furries keyboard player, Cian Ciaran, joined forces with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff last November to perform his first live orchestral work. A far cry from the psych-pop music he has become known for, the work, penned Rhys and Meinir, tells an ancient story of heartbreak using only music and spoken word.

Artes Mundi

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

This arts organisation is probably best-known for its international exhibition and prize which takes place in Cardiff once every two years. Previous winners include Xu Bing for her works on the value of language and most recently John Akomfrah, who explored migration through beautifully-shot cinema.

Principality Stadium: Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Robbie Williams

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Some of music’s biggest names will fill the city centre with sound this summer. Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Robbie Williams will all headline shows at Principality Stadium to tens of thousands of fans in June for what will be one of the busiest months in the entertainment calendar for Wales.

Motorpoint Arena shows and events

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

The entertainment keeps on coming in the city with Brit-Award winning musicians, comedy legends and major sporting events scheduled at Cardiff’s 7,500-capacity arena. Emili Sande, Olly Murs and Blink 182 are among the major music names set to perform while John Bishop and Micky Flanagan also bring their comedy tours to the capital.

St David’s Hall

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

This intimate event space has become renowned for its personal music performances and cultural shows. Expect a schedule comprising of world and classical music, the latest tour dates from Britain’s favourite comedians and the odd curveball show in an amazing art form you never knew existed.

Spiller’s Records

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

When Henry Spiller opened his phonograph shop in 1894, he would have no idea it would live to become the world’s oldest record shop. Today, the shop in Morgan Arcade sells the latest vinyl releases from up-and-coming bands as well as the seminal albums from music’s most influential artists. It sells local gig tickets too.

Sherman Cymru

Cardiff Arts, Music & Urban Life

Sat next to the Student’s Union in Cathays is a twin auditorium which celebrates the theatre of Wales-based writers. It has a strong catalogue of shows booked for 2017 that includes comedy, amateur dramatics, dance and theatre which ranges from the cerebral to the silly.