Wales is known as a land of song, and Cardiff leads the way with a vast array of live music venues. From the 70,000-plus supervenue that is the Millennium Stadium to more cosy intimate gigs, Cardiff has the music spectrum covered in both size and genre. Whether you want to see local bands, live jazz, world music, or international super-groups, Cardiff will never disappoint.
A study by the Performing Rights Society revealed that Cardiff is the second most musical city in the UK based upon the number of bands emerging from individual cities. With its revitalised docks, the impressive Millennium Centre, and a sports stadium that has played host to the FA Cup final, Cardiff is no doubt on a roll.
Cardiff’s scruffy port was originally better known for ladies of the night than for opera divas. Over ten years ago, the Welsh capital became the buzzing centre of a vibrant music scene led by Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals and Catatoni, with new acts such as Goldie Looking Chain and the Stereophonics continuing the trend.
In addition to the big venues such as St David’s Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff has a range of mid-sized venues featuring live music, every night of the week. You’ll find laid back acoustic gigs, a myriad of jazz, dance, rock and metal bands, and good old-fashioned pop.
The scene is definitely more vibrant and alive now than ever. There has never been a shortage of amazing bands in Cardiff, making running a singles club a piece of cake. There are more promoters, venues and bands than I’ve ever known; though on the downside, if I hear one more Stereophonics soundalike I may top myself.