Tuesday 3rd of November 2015
1. The Globe Cardiff
In the heart of Cardiff’s student area in Roath, The Globe is known for offering a fantastic environment for live bands and acts. It used to be a cinema so boasts both an auditorium and a balcony and has a 350-seat capacity. The over-sized stage provides an intense and enjoyable experience whoever you’re listening to and it’s a top venue for enjoying up and coming acts.
2. Live Lounge
The name gives a bit of a clue about what this venue offers, live music, all day, every day. It provides multiple live acts with a stage to enjoy, open from 12pm until late and the stage is situated right in front of the bar and invites acts of all different types, with a large faction of local bands, tribute act and occasionally acts visiting the area. Once the live music is over the stage is used as a dance floor and it is a popular venue with locals, the student community and visitors to the city.
3. St David’s Hall
St David’s Hall is one of those venues that brings visitors into the city for top billed acts and performances. If you’re visiting Cardiff to see an act at St David’s it is centrally located and easily reached from the airport in your hire car. It is both a performing arts theatre and the National Concert Hall of Wales. It is home to Wales’ proms and also a wide range of live music from classic to jazz and some contemporary acts. Ticket prices are competitive especially for the lunchtime concert which can sometimes be enjoyed for free.
One of the newest and trendiest music venues in Cardiff, Tramshed is just over the river from Central Station and it has given the old tram station a new lease of life. It has a varying music programme that caters to all kinds of music and it is a venue which is up and coming, attracting acts who like somewhere quirky to perform. Acts including Public Enemy, Alabama 3 and The Charlatans are playing at Tramshed in coming weeks and months.
5. Cardiff University Students Union
Students Unions up and down the UK are known for their vibrant music scene and it’s no different in Cardiff. Gigs at the Union can be enjoyed at two separate venues, Y Plas, which caters to smaller, more intimate crowds and The Great Hall which has a capacity of 1600 and many recognisable names and bands who appeal to more than just the student contingent play at these sites. Drinks prices are competitive too.
6. The Motorpoint Arena
An international music venue with a reputation that stands up amongst the other arenas in the UK. The Motorpoint Arena attracts artists from around the world and was opened in 1993 by Dame Shirley Bassey. It has attracted big name artists from Beyoncé to Bob Dylan and has a maximum capacity of 7,500. For a classic arena experience the Motorpoint doesn’t disappoint and in the coming months artists including Stereophonics, Jason Derulo and Little Mix have dates scheduled at the venue.