Over the past decade Cardiff has developed from simply being the capital city of Wales into a thriving cornucopia of culture, boasting an exceptional tapestry of food, drink and exciting live music. Indeed, Cardiff is simply bursting at the seams with exciting things to do, see and experience, and its music culture is right up there with the best things about the city.
With our studio based in the heart of the city, many of our scouters enjoy doing the rounds in Cardiff’s bars. Here are the 10 best live music venues in Cardiff that any music lovers simply must experience!
Clwb Ifor Bach
Clwb Ifor Bach is a cult classic music venue in Cardiff, focusing on homegrown acts and offering the luxury of seeing big names in a completely intimate venue. The venue, which is also an extremely popular nightclub, hosts a wealth of concerts from a range of different genres but is most loved and most known for its rock roots, adding a dash of edge to the Cardiff music scene.
Gwdihw Cafe Bar
Reggae, Indie and Soul are the three dominating genres of music that can be enjoyed live from Gwdihw Cafe Bar, making it a hip and urban location full of excellent music and an even better atmosphere.
The Live Lounge
The Live Lounge is somewhat of an iconic venue for local Cardiff dwellers, open til 4am and boasting a selection of the cheapest drinks in town. As well as these impressive accolades, it’s also a music venue, and is renowned for giving promising local talent a platform to perform.
The Globe Live Music Venue
Based on the unique and lively Albany Road in Cardiff, The Globe Live Music Venue is an intimate former cinema with a balcony, which hosts well known rock bands and DJs regularly.
The Full Moon
Arguably the most eclectic music venue in Cardiff, The Full Moon is a seriously cool contender with a reputation to match. From folk to reggae, bebop to hip hop, this incredible bar hosts a range of amazing bands and DJs, offering a simply electric atmosphere which is incredibly difficult to find elsewhere.
The Motorpoint Arena
The go-to destination for show-stopping concerts by prestigious and well known artists of all genres, The Motorpoint Area is undeniably Cardiff’s premier live music venue. Located in the vibrant centre of Cardiff and close to a host of incredible bars and restaurants to ensure you have a fantastic night all round.
St David’s Hall
St David’s Hall named after the patron Saint of Wales is a concert venue and conference hall which is incredibly majestic. With stunning acoustics and theatre style seating, the venue is simply perfect for orchestral performances or those of a more intimate nature, and seeing a gig here offers something quite special indeed.
Brewhouse is a rock and roll pub on St Mary’s Street decorated with fun imagery of some of Wales’ many musical talents. Boasting live music every single day, it’s a fantastic place to see up and coming local artists singing classic singalong tunes as you enjoy a drink and some simple but delicious pub grub.
Buffalo Bar is a cool and quirky cocktail bar with a difference; some of the hottest local DJs can be found playing here. As well as some of the best made drinks in the city, you can also relax to some of the coolest vibes enjoying either a DJ set or a band, which would play upstairs.
Wales Millennium Centre
Arguably the most aesthetic of this list of venues, the Wales Millennium Centre is quite a sight for sore eyes, located in the wonderful Cardiff Bay and hosting a stunning selection of musical performances. From musical theatre to concerts, this place is a celebration of the arts and we simply adore it.