If music and the arts are your passion, Cardiff has some of the most beautiful venues that host world-class theatre, opera and live music events all year round.

Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the world`s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the Centre is an internationally recognised cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts.

Wales National Opera transforms lives through the power of opera. They do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality.

Sherman TheatreThis special building is a place in which theatre is made, and where children, artists, writers and anyone else has the opportunity to do creative things. Sherman Cymru is excited to present a packed programme featuring the very best theatre,dance,family shows and music from Wales and the rest of the world.

New Theatre Built in 1906, the New Theatre is Cardiff’s oldest surviving theatre. Situated in the city centre, this traditional and beautifully restored Edwardian venue gives the perfect theatre experience

Live Music

Whether it’s Dance, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Punk, Rock there are plenty of bars and live music venues in Cardiff to get your groove on. It may be listening to a live band or solo artist or a hint of background jazz music whilst you sip a cocktail and chat with your friends. Cardiff offers everything.

Gwdihw Welsh for Owl, this quirky bar hosts a number of live events and DJ nights on a weekly basis. The perfect place to enjoy a night out in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Buffalo Bar is a well-loved haunt which offers live music and tasty cocktails. An award-winning bar which is open till the early hours, 7 days a week. You can while away the night sipping on a cocktail or two- try their signature, Cherry Pie Martini, it’s delicious!

Porters For a lively dose of entertainment while you tantalise your taste buds, look no further than Porters. The main bar area features a stage which offers weekly live music, comedy and theatre performances. Centrally located on Harlech Court, a five minute walk from the Principality Stadium (formerly known as ‘Millennium’).

Café Jazz is a Cardiff’s leading jazz, blues and food venue. As its name suggests, Café Jazz is an establishment founded on a love of hosting the best jazz sounds new and old, local and international. Enjoy live performances from some of the World’s finest jazz musicians.

The Globe Originally a fully operational cinema, The Globe is now the much loved hub of live music in Cardiff. Split across both standing floor and balcony and with a room that is wider than it is deep. The venue is a firm favourite on the UK touring circuit.

10 feet tall is a three storey cocktail bar and live music venue with nightclub Undertone situated the basement. As well as a knowledgeable Cocktail menu, the bar presents exclusive club nights and live music events ranging from jazz to drum and bass, offering a unique experience for all.

Clwb Ifor Bach  A major player on the club front and a true variety haven as three separate floors allow for all kinds of music to unfold. Indie, electro, drum n bass, funk, soul, all of it is catered for plus a whole load more! They also attract a wealth of brilliant live acts to their stage.


Cardiff houses large venues that have played host to many a superstar over the years from Stereophonics to One Direction, Beyoncé to Madonna. Whether it’s big names or up and coming artists, St David’s Hall hosts an intimate capacity whilst the Principality Stadium holds up to 74,000 fans!

St David’s Hall is Wales’s largest performing arts venue. Home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff, a world-class Orchestral Concert Series and the biannual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition St David’s Hall also plays host to jazz, soul, pop, rock, dance, children’s theatre, ballet, musicals and stand-up comedy.

Principality Stadium On the live music scene, the stadium has staged an impressive line-up of international stars such as Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Take That and U2. Rihanna returns in June 2016 with her Anti-World Tour.

Motorpoint Arena Ever since local legend Dame Shirley Bassey took the stage on the opening night over 18 years ago, The Arena has been hosting stellar performances from the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Elton John, Iron Maiden, The Killers, Westlife, Oasis, Kings of Leon and Lady Gaga to name just a few.

Cardiff University Students Union By night it is best known as a legendary Cardiff gig venue with acts including Ben Howard, The Civil Wars, Marillion and Mayday Parade.

Swn Festival Takes place in October 2016 in Cardiff, a 3 day music festival showcasing the best of new music coming in and out of Wales. X Music Festival The event takes place over 3rd and 4th June 2016 in the beautiful surroundings of Coopers field, Bute Park, with the beautiful backdrop of Cardiff Castle.

Record Shops

Scattered across the capital are some fantastic record shops for you to hunt down your favourite collectables, rummage through piles of vintage tunes, or simply hang out and chat with your favourite curators of delicious vinyl.

Kellys Records

From its lofty position on Cardiff Market’s balcony, Kelly’s is the biggest vinyl shop in Wales with a stock of more than 100,000 collectables to shout about. There are plenty of rare vinyls, CDs and even a few discs that spin at 78rpm to choose from. Known throughout the world, Kelly’s is a pilgrimage to many regular overseas visitors who come to shop ‘til they drop.

Spillers Records

Universally known as the world’s oldest record shop, The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and as well as housing plenty of Indie treasures, they cater for fans of jazz, easy listening, American roots, metal, goth and even comedy and spoken word. You can pick up gig tickets here and they also host their own occasional in-store shows.


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