What’s on in Cardiff this weekend: Easter bank holiday 2015 bonanza!

Okay, so EVERYTHING is happening in Cardiff this weekend. I’ve tried very hard to filter out all the gross smeary oily crud you find on the top of the fridge when you haven’t cleaned it for ages … and just leave you with some delicious, tasty, joyful Easter bank holiday event morsels! Now get out there and ENJOY!

*** update: We’ve added in a massive house night



THURSDAY 2 APRIL: Easter fun at Cardiff Castle
11am – 4pm
A week of traditional Easter treats with games, egg decorating and egg rolling.

Easter fun Facebook event


THURSDAY 2 APRIL: Seren Morgan jones: ‘portraits of protesters’

2 April – 2 May 18.00 – 17:00
Gallery/ten, 23 windsor place, cf10 3by Cardiff

seren morgan jones | portraits of protesters
exhibition launch thursday 2 april 6-8pm – welcome to all
exhibition open from 3 april – 2 may 2015
a solo exhibition of 13 new paintings documenting welsh suffragists at the beginning of the twentieth century
portraits of protestors: Facebook event




Clwb Ifor Bach, 22.30-03.00, £3/4

Brooklyn Zoo is a dedicated hip hop night currently taking Bristol’s hip hop scene by storm. In a market saturated by unbelievably dull club nights ran by walking steroids, the Zoo was started to bring back fun and charisma to a night out – whilst focusing and playing the most durable and well-respected genre in music.

Brooklyn Zoo Facebook event


THURSDAY 2 APRIL: Blues Dragon Electric Jam

Cathays Conservative Club, CF24 Cardiff

Yes folks, it is that time of the month come on over bring your various instruments and join in the fun. Although mainly blues, other genres of music are more than welcome to join.

It is also good Friday the day after and that means many of you do not have to get up for work, so come on down and make a night of it!

Blues Dragon Electric Jam: Facebook event



Undertone, 10.00 – 04.00, £2/£4, 100% Techno.

Due to popular demand, Sprung Records will be returning to the basement on Church Street this Easter weekend, with a later closing time and two new guests. Capacity will once again be strictly limited. No advance tickets, and entrance will be on a first come, first served basis – once it’s full, it’s full.

Whether you missed out last time or you want to experience the sounds of Sprung Records again, we invite you to descend into the smoke and strobe on the 3rd of April to rattle your ribcages with us once more… Check out a video of the last Sprungnacht instalment…

Sprungnacht Facebook event


FRIDAY 3 APRIL: Wales Goes Pop! 3-6 April, The Gate, Roath

WALES GOES POP! – An all-ages pop weekender over the long Easter bank holiday, Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th April 2015 at The Gate, Cardiff.

3-day / 1-day tickets are now on sale from http://www.wegottickets.com/f/8702 + seetickets and they’ll also be in Spillers/Diverse shortly. £40 for 3 days, or £15/£15/£16 for 1-day tickets. Under 12s go free.

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL (1.30pm doors) – The Pooh Sticks, The Lovely Eggs, Feature, Martha, Tyrannosaurus Dead, Cave Ghosts, Mowbird, The Catenary Wires, Jen Schande, Oh Peas! followed by DJs Trev Odd Box Records vs Hue Pooh Sticks

WALES GOES POP! Facebook event


FRIDAY 3 APRIL: Cafe Jazz late night sessions …. Nico ZZ Band

Cafe Jazz, Cardiff

The French man returns! Nico’ZZ are a four-piece blues band from France led by guitarist and vocalist Nicolas Zdankiewicz. Nico draws on an eclectic mix of blues, r&b and funk and has developed his own style whilst developing new sounds. Performing mainly original music and some standards.

Band on at 10pm £4 on the door.

Cafe Jazz late night sessions: Facebook event


FRIDAY 3 APRIL: The Allergies

Gwdihw, 3 April, 21.00

Bristolian duo DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat have made it their mission to take vintage sounds and reshape them for the modern dance floor.

Future classics like ‘Heartbreaker’ [Tune of the Month – Mixmag] and uptempo stomper ‘As We Do Our Thing’ have been championed on radio by the BBC’s Craig Charles, and live their DJ sets mash up their dusty influences with hard-earned hip-hop skills.

Since forming in 2012 they’ve racked up two EPs, a handful of remixes, and won over crowds from Greece to Bestival. 2015 looks like a big year for The Allergies. They’ve been snapped up by Jalapeno Records, and plan to release a new EP on the label, featuring guest rappers from both sides of the pond.

If you think the fun (and funk) factor has been missing from the breaks recently, then The Allergies have the remedy.


Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/314439
The Allergies Facebook event




SATURDAY 4 APRIL: Cardiff Indoor Flea Market – Easter Bank Holiday Event

4 April – 6 April, 09.00 – 17.00 each day
Cardiff Indoor Flea Market
2 Clydesmuir Industrial Estate,Tremorfa CF24 2QS, CF24 2QS Cardi

Saturday 4th April, Sunday 5th April, Monday 6th April

Want to see what’s going on inside Cardiff Indoor Flea Market? We ran a story about it a few months back: Cardiff Indoor Flea Market – a peek inside

Cardiff Indoor Flea Market – Easter Bank Holiday Event: Facebook event


SATURDAY 4 APRIL: Skaters! listen up! Bootcamp with Mercy, Left Turn Coaching (Rose City Rollers + Team USA), hosted by Tiger Bay

09.00–17.00, USW Sports Centre, Lodge Road, Caerleon, NP18 3QT

Tiger Bay Brawlers are super excited to announce that Mercy, Rose City Rollers, Team USA and Team Vagine power house, is joining them South Wales to host a day long bootcamp.

Now coaching full time with Left Turn Coaching, as the captain of the Wheels of Justice in 2014 Mercy lead her team to a gold medal for International Playoffs and a silver medal for International Championships. We all remember that game, right?

Onskate tickets are £55. Off skates tickets will also be available for £10.

Mercy: Facebook event



12.00 – 21.30, Pipes Beer, 183A Kings Rd, CF119DF Cardiff

PIPES BEERS available on the day…

– Bohemian Pilsner 4.2%
– California Pale 5.0%
– American IPA 5.6%
– Saison (Farmhouse Ale)6.1%
– Smoked Lager 5.4%
– Vienna Red Lager 5.3%
– Schwartz Lager 4.8%

We’ll also have our house blend cider – wine & soft drinks for the non-beer drinker also.

This month we roll out our 2015 rotational kitchen offering and we’re really pleased to house Cardiff’s latest Street Food outfit…. La Ffroga. La Ffroga specialise in “Raclette”. A delicious alpine dish that is traditional to both France and Switzerland. Their Raclette cheese is prepared authentically, melting and layering cheese from a half round onto a hearty bed of new potatoes, adding cornichons (gherkins), white pickled onions, or top it off with cured meats, or for the vegetarians try balsamic glazed shallots and fresh salad.

La Ffroga will also be serving gourmet raclette cheese sandwiches. And a warming French chestnut and root vegetable soup (vegan and gluten free). Moist chocolate brownies, and yummy lemon polenta cake are on offer also!

Pop down try some amaizing food and enjoy a beer with friends.

As with all our ‘BAR OPEN’ events – we welcome all. Our courtyard is a people, child and dog friendly venue – we only ask that all children and pets are accompanied by an adult when in attendance.

In the event of forecasted rain, we will have gazebo shelter ready to hand…

Pipes Beer: Facebook event


SATURDAY 4 APRIL: Wales Goes Pop! 3-6 April, The Gate, Roath

SATURDAY 4TH APRIL (1.30pm doors) – Ballboy, PINS, Echo Lake, Oscar, Trust Fund, Tigercats, Tuff Love, The School, Emma Kupa, Tramgirl Karaokeclub feat. Edine & Maskopet, Two White Cranes followed by DJs Ready Steady Girls vs Twisted By Design

WALES GOES POP! Facebook event


SATURDAY 4 APRIL: Blue Honey Bank Holiday – Saturday

21.00 – 04.00
Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ Cardiff

DANIEL WANG (balihu)

Californian born Daniel Wang made his name during the 90s with a string of disco driven house records released under his Balihu record label. Within this period, Wang’s music was sample heavy and released under a myriad of pseudonyms (including our favourite, Eugene Tambourine).

Nowadays Danny resides in Berlin and you’ll catch him travelling all corners of the globe spreading his infectious love of disco and dancefloor culture behind him. Known as one of the cheeriest people you’ll see behind a pair of turntables, we can’t wait for 2 hours of wonderful wangdom and see Balihu in Gwdihw.

M.ONO (rose records)

The man behind one of the most sought after represses of 2015, Germany’s M.ono (m dot ono) has been turning heads with his own blend of house that is firmly rooted in today’s dancefloor whilst nodding toward the past. Limited pressings of M.ono’s Easydance EP sold out in no time causing a swathe of mild hysteria on discogs and ever increasing demand for an EP that combines the deeper side of house with other bits that incorporate an afro-latin tinge.

OWAIN K (arthouse / city bass)

Bristol born and Cardiff bred, Owain Kimber is one of our favourite people. Regulars to Cardiff’s club scene will have no doubt caught one of Owain’s sets that peruse the vast landscape of dancefloor culture with enviable ease, whilst newcomers to Owain will itch to catch him again. Today, he releases new music on Arthouse and pens pertinent words through his own website Inn8.

Blue Honey – Facebook event



19.30 to midnight
Sherman Cymru, Senghennyd Road, CF24 4YE Cardiff

OCTA the multi-stage music event returns for its second year showcasing some of the best music from Cardiff and further afield. Featuring the fearsome talents of: Cotton Wolf, Gwenno, Rhodri Brooks & Eugene Capper, Totem Terrors, Albatross Archive, Jon Ruddick and his magnificent camera tracking Ping Pong table! Casey Raymond and Nic Finch doing horrible and terrible things to your eyes! Peski DJs and Gareth Potter

Octa Facebook event


SATURDAY 4 APRIL: Back to Basskicks presents JMAN & PETE CANNON + Traffic

22.00 – 03.00, £5 all night
The Moon Club, Womanby Street, CF10 1BR Cardiff

Known for his multi faceted style, explosive energy, unmatched live shows and some of the best underground music to have come out of the UK in recent years, Jman – UK joins us for our April show with the right honourable Pete Cannon spinning dem tunes!!

Basskicks Allstars feat MC Little Tree: F Block, Mikey Nitro, Hud Son

Room two TRAFFIC: Effigy, Blokeye, Rory Fisher, Shanti-Squire

Basskicks Facebook event



Cardiff Masonic Hall, 8 Guildford Street, CF10 2HL Cardiff

For the first time ever, American Lucha Libre wrestling show CHIKARA comes to the UK! CHIKARA is one of the top US based professional wrestling promotions which was founded in 2002 and is potentially the most unique. Combining a combination of Lucha Libre, Puroresu, and high quality technical wrestling with story lines and characters that are most comparable to that of a comic book, the CHIKARA brand is something that can not be found anywhere else.

The company is very focused around tag team matches with one of their annual highlights being their King of Trios tournament featuring six-man tag team bouts. The company did not crown a singles champion until 2011 with the introduction of the CHIKARA Grand Championship.

In 2013, CHIKARA looked to be lost, closing its doors and appearing to be gone for good, however, on May 25th 2014 CHIKARA re-emerged even stronger than it was before. The return of CHIKARA has been so well received that it has now spawned into a UK tour, something that has never happened before.

With such a range of talent, diverse styles, and colourful characters this is set to be a series of shows like nothing that UK fans have seen before.

In 2015 it is time to join the CHIKARMY!!!

Chikara Wrestling Tickets



Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute Street, CF10 5EQ Cardiff
Doors 7PM.

Go see the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at Portland House! Support from Stephen Russell and Nakesha Esnard.

Tickets for Lee Scratch Perry



22.00 – 04.00, £5 before 11
Undertone, (10 Feet Tall’s basement) 12 Church Street, CF10 1BG Cardiff

We bring you a series of intimate Basement parties, showcasing our Resident’s and other home grown talent. The Undertone Basement is stripped back, and perfect for a raw House/Techno party, and suited to just how us, and you like minded people like it. Plus, we get to party on a Bank Holiday Sunday, and for our first party we bring you one of Bazzra’s finest, Mr Anthony Ham, aka Haematoma.


The Organ Grinder, Scott Kerr, Sinky, JV

MEMOREX Facebook event


SUNDAY 5 APRIL: LAmerica Bank Holiday

22:00 – 04.00, Admission £10 earlybird £13.50 general motd
Clwb Ifor Bach, 11 Womanby Street, CF10 1BR Cardiff

LAmerica Tickets

Lamerica return to the amazing Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, for the first in a series of exclusive bank holiday Sunday parties, that showcase the finest DJ talent the world has to offer. Lamerica – it’s what bank holidays were made for ……

room 1 – the best in soulful vocal house
The legendary Paul Trouble Anderson (3 hour set ); Craig Bartlett; Silver ( radio Cardiff )

room 2 – #HoUsE: house music pioneer and Hacienda legend will take us on a journey through house 1985-2015
Graeme Park ( 3 hour set); Dave Mills (coolhouse); Gareth Hopkins

room 3 – discopup
House disco techno Balearic and more
OOFT! (Foto recordings); Chris Massey (El Diablos Social Club Manchester); Darren Stewart

LAmerica Facebook event

SUNDAY 5 APRIL: Blue Honey Bank Holiday – Wookie, Mo Kolours at Gwdihw

Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ Cardiff

SUNDAY DAYTIME – OUTDOORS – Gwdihw car park 4pm – 10pm

MO KOLOURS live (One Handed Music / 22a)

We love Mo Kolours. No, we really love Mo Kolours. Those already conscious of the half-Mauritian, half-English producer will know that we are truly blessed to hear a live interpretation of Mo Kolours percussion driven sound. A finely tuned one-man-band, Mr Kolours uses loop pedals and anything else that he can get his hands on to create lush rhythmic patterns blended with dream-like vocals. His 2014 self titled album released on One-handed Music (an aptly named label for the man we think you’ll agree) pays a hypnotic homage to soul, afro, groove and a myriad of other genres. It’s an 18-track winner of a debut album that deserves to be in every collectors home. His latest EP, How I (Rhythm Love Affair), has just been released and you’d be very foolish indeed to not get accustomed with it before this appearance.


Not only is Tenderlonious the head honcho of emerging tight-knit Peckham label 22a, he also has a string of superb and lustrous releases under his own moniker. Sharing both a living space and musical direction with Mo Kolours, Tenderlonious pinpoints Roy Ayers and John Coltrane as influences amongst a cross-genre and historical approach to collecting music. The eclectic approach to music and digging is overtly apparent in the ethos of 22a and fan’s of Al Dobson Jr’s recent showing at Groove Theory will no doubt dig the undoubted beauty in Tenderlonious’s craftmanship. We’ll also be showcasing some serious local talent from Slymoove AKA Lou Hekla giving a live take on his own productions that look toward lo-fi beats, hip hop and other nuggets that peak at the glitchier end of the spectrum. All this alongside some of Cardiff’s most well versed, clued up and top promoters Sure Shot, Hully Gully & Groove Theory.

SUNDAY NIGHTTIME – indoors 10pm – 4am


Known affectionately as one of the pioneers of the UK Garage scene, Wookie AKA Jason Chue has become synonymous with the sound that transfixed London in the early 2000s and then went to dominate Britain’s club landscape. Working in the mid 90s with Soul II Soul and many other jewels in the crown of British club music, Wookie’s dedication capitulated with the massive 2000 release ‘battle’. After a long awaited return to touring and djing, Wookie’s sound crosses the spectrum of the underground whilst still taking a look back to the days of snapback caps before Steve Jobs was the real big mac.


The kings of Cardiff’s club culture, City Bass have been peddling everything underground since 2010. With an impressive alumni that reads like a who’s who of dance music and a crew that rolls deeper than most actual families, we couldn’t think of a group of people more fitting to wrap up a weekend of Cardiff club music. Here’s to 5 more years boys!

Support also from the well capable hands of our friends Woo Ha & James Morgan-Rees

Needless to say, We can’t wait!

Blue Honey – Facebook event


SUNDAY 5 APRIL: Wales Goes Pop! 3-6 April, The Gate, Roath

SUNDAY 5TH APRIL (2.30pm doors starting in the cafe) – Emmy The Great, Duglas T Stewart & Chloe Philip (BMX Bandits) are Dreamers, Freschard, The Drink, Jessica Pratt, Little My, Trwbador, Thomas Truax, Alpaca Sports, Barefoot Dance Of The Sea followed by DJs Daytrip vs Wales Goes Pop!

WALES GOES POP! Facebook event


MONDAY 6 APRIL: Welsh Hoop Convention 2015!


Jacobs Antique / Vintage / Retro Market, West Canal Wharf, CF10 5DB Cardiff

We wrote a preview of the event: We Are Cardiff – WHoopC

An intense one day wonder, filled with workshops from Internationally celebrated hula hoop teachers and performers with classes varying from dance, yoga, circus and skills sharing! Lunch is provided by Penylan Pantry: a seasonal honest delicatessen and food store that aims to promote local producers, the environment and health lifestyle. Provides vegan, gluten free.

See the timetable for WhoopC

WHoopC: Facebook event


MONDAY 6 APRIL: Chapter MovieMaker – April 2015 – CIFF Special

Chapter Cinema, Market Road, CF5 1QE Cardiff

Chapter MovieMaker is a monthly event where we screen and chat about short films with the people who made them. SPECIAL PROGRAMMING ALERT: This month we’re going to be showcasing several fine films from the Cardiff Independent Film Festival PLUS a few shorts from local MovieMakers too.

Admission is free, but tickets still need to be reserved/collected from the box office and it’s often best to get them early (Cinema 2 only has 57 seats). Please note that confirmation on Facebook unfortunately doesn’t guarantee you a ticket. Though obviously we’d love you to come.

If you have something you’d like to show at a future screening – the next one after this is on the 4th of May – message Tom Betts or email moviemaker@chapter.org. Submissions should now be as digital files (Quicktime or mp4 are ideal). We recommend sending via wetransfer.com or Dropbox.

As ever, the programme may contain strong material that’s only suitable for over 18s. Details of previous films screened can be found on the MovieMaker blog at http://chaptermoviemaker.blogspot.com/.

We’re continuing to team up with Shooting People (www.shootingpeople.org) to host Cardiff’s own ‘Shooters In the Pub’ networking events straight after our screenings, so why not stick around for a drink and a chat in Chapter’s lovely bar with several other intelligent and attractive filmmakers? We’ll be in the area near the cinema posters. And here’s an additional Facebook group you can join: Shooters in the Pub Facebook group

Chapter Moviemaker: Facebook event


MONDAY 6 APRIL: Hamlet with Maxine Peake: Encore

Chapter Cinema, Market Road, CF5 1QE Cardiff

Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief Hamlet struggles to exact revenge with devastating consequences. The ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Every Hamlet is defined by the actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced version, Maxine Peake creates a compelling Hamlet for our time.

“fast, fluent and revelatory” – The Guardian

Hamlet – tickets
Hamlet: Facebook event


MONDAY 6 APRIL: Monday Blues with The Rumblestrutters & Viv Hinds-Payne

Monday Blues returns in April with the 3rd instalment of monthly music influenced by classic, Mississippi, Delta and Dust bowl Blues, alongside finely paired Southern Food and Cocktails.

Telling tales of bootleg liquor, all-night parties and bacchanalia abound, all tapped from a rich musical source, the Swansea band authentically evoke images of the prohibition era with their rich, finely crafted Jazz & blues, shot through with Roots texture.

Support comes from VIV HINDS-PAYNE

Southern Cocktails & Southern Platters available all night!! Arrive early and order some tasty goods!

Monday Blues Tickets
Monday Blues Facebook event


Gwd Mondays: Northern Lingo Bingo

6 April at 19:30 to 1 June at 22:30
Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ Cardiff

We LOVE Mondays in Gwdihŵ, and that’s why we’ve got a brilliant free entry event every single week. Not only do we give you lucky blighters 50% off EVERYTHING, we’ve also got Bingo, Comedy, Quiz and Open Mic Nights on rotation!

Get all the latest deets n’ treats on Gwd Mondays at Gwdihw at Facebook.com/GwdMondays!

Eh’ up chucky eggs! What better way t’ kick off t’ start of the week, than with a whole heap of northern lingo, hilarious banter, prizes and of course a mashoosive amount of bingo with the ever charming Katie-Louise Green!

Northern Lingo Bingo Facebook event



AND THAT’S IT! (what, IT? yes. It.)

Have we missed any events off? Let us know in the comments. And whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a good one! (and take a scarf, in case it’s cold)


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2 thoughts on “What’s on in Cardiff this weekend: Easter bank holiday 2015 bonanza!”

  1. There’s also a massive night on at the welsh club called lamerica

    Lamerica present Best Of British
    The legendary Paul Teouble Anderson
    Graeme Park
    Chris Massey
    Craig Bartlett
    Dave Mills
    Gareth hopkins
    Darren stewart

    10-4 13.50


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