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5 Great Music Venues in Cardiff

Cardiff is a creative city full of unique musical acts. With Covid restrictions being lifted, you might be itching to see a gig sometime soon. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 5 great music venues in Cardiff. 

1. Clwb Ifor Bach. 

Clwb Ifor Bach is a live music venue and nightclub on Womanby Street. Since opening in 1983, Clwb has become an integral part of the Welsh music scene. This is THE place to see some of Cardiff’s best homegrown acts.

Spread over three floors and welcoming all genres of music, you’ll find regular gigs from international and local bands alike. Notable past performers include The Strokes, The Killers, Super Furry Animals, Wolf Alice, and many more.

If there isn’t a live band playing, don’t worry! You’ll always be able to find alternative club nights to enjoy, or sets from world-famous DJs instead. 

Clwb Ifor Bach, 11 Womanby Street, CF10 1BR.

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Image sourced from Clwb Ifor Bach Facebook Page

2. Porter’s

Tucked away on Harlech Court just opposite the Motorpoint, Porter’s bar is easy to miss. However, when you do find it, you’ll quickly realise this place is an absolute hidden gem.

Open every night of the week. This quirky venue hosts weekly comedy nights, regular live gigs, open mic nights, and “Bandaoke” (karaoke with a live band).

Best of all, these events are 100% FREE. Porter’s is perfect if you’re looking to discover new bands without parting with your cash at the door! The bar has a great selection of drinks, and they do student discounts on weekdays, always a bonus!

Porter’s, Harlech Court, Bute Terrace, CF10 2FE.

Image sourced from Porter’s Facebook page

3. Cardiff Students’ Union.

By day Cardiff Students’ Union houses everything from lectures to freshers’ fairs. By night, it becomes one of the best music venues in Cardiff.

The union has been a popular spot for musicians since the 1970s. The 1500 capacity “Great Hall” continues to be a popular destination and is a great place to see a gig without breaking the bank.

Click on the link below to find out more!

Cardiff Students’ Union, Park Pl, CF10 3QN.

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Image sourced from Cardiff Students’ Union Facebook Page

4. The Motorpoint Arena.

The Motorpoint Arena is a multi-purpose venue that always attracts big names. The arena has a capacity of 7,500 people and is a popular stop for artists during world tours.

Over the years, The Motorpoint has seen the likes of Beyonce, Bob Dylan, Sir Tom Jones, Lady Gaga, and hundreds more. It’s hands down the best venue in Wales if you’re looking to see international artists.

The arena also hosts a variety of non-musical events, including boxing matches, stand-up comedy, WWE wrestling, and comic conventions. There is always something interesting around the corner, so keep an eye on their events list!

The Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, CF10 2EQ.

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Image sourced from The Motorpoint Facebook Page

5. The Globe.

The Globe is another music venue in Cardiff always worth visiting. With a cosy capacity of 350, this former cinema offers a diverse selection of local and international events.

The Globe has become an important part of Cardiff’s live music scene and hosted sellout shows from Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Pink, and hundreds more.

The venue is always adding new events to their schedule, so make sure you click the link below!

The Globe, 125 Albany Rd, CF24 3NS.

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Image sourced from The Globe Facebook Page

FROM 11 OCTOBER 2021, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE WELSH GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED THE USE OF THE NHS COVID PASS TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED. You may need an NHS COVID pass or negative lateral flow test to attend certain events, so make sure you check the entry requirements before attending these venues 🙂 


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