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What’s on in Cardiff – Easter weekend 2018 special

Okay, so the sun is FINALLY out, hopefully everyone’s bank accounts have recovered slightly from the Christmas mash up, and you’re all revved up and you want to go out! Also, in case you’re visiting Cardiff for the Joshua fight and looking for something else to do around watching grown men slowly beat each other to a bloody pulp, LOOK! There’s loads on!

Or maybe you’re a local, suffering from event overload – after all – maybe there is TOO much on, and you’re having trouble deciding what to do? Don’t fear, the We Are Cardiff What’s On – Easter Special Guide is here to haaaaalp!

There are two music festivals taking place across the whole of the weekend – Wales Goes Pop! at The Gate in Roath, and The Moon’s Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (which is F R E E!), which explains why you’ll see multiple entries for those. Other than that, we’ve got art exhibitions, yoga for runners, litter picks, as well as ALL SORTS of live music you can enjoy at gigs and club nights.

So don’t delay – read on and book your tickets where you can, a bunch of these are approaching BEING SOLD OUT!

What’s on in Cardiff – Thursday 29 March

STAR PICK! Cardiff Music Awards 2018
Thurs, 29 Mar · Tramshed Cardiff, 6pm – 11.30pm

YES YES! The Cardiff Music Awards are bringing the noise (and the party) with this rather smashing line up at the Tramshed. The event celebrates the BEST of our city’s musical talents, from bands to producers to promoters. The line up includes some of our fav Cardiff acts – Afro Cluster, HMS MorrisRainbow Maniac, and DJs GRL TLK. TUNE IN TO SEE WHO GONNA WIN! Yagetme. Etc.

Cardiff Music Awards – tickets / Cardiff Music Awards – website


Kicking off the Moon’s weekend of epic tunes is Blowout Presents – No Violet + Support, Esuna, Cult of Hands and DJs til late. Grunge / Alt-Rock / Fuzz – FREE ENTRY!

Cardiff’s longest running club night (we’re nearly at its 19th birthday, people!!!) returns with its standard mix of twisted rock, indie, Britpop and all manner of things in between. Free entry til 11pm, get your shuffle on.

If you want to shake your thing to a wild cocktail of UK Funky, Bass, House and Afro Disco, we suggest you take yourselves down the steps to Undertone for this Rough’n’Tumble. Buy Rough n Tumble tickets

What’s on in Cardiff – Friday 30 March

Star pick! Astroid Boys | Y Plas, Cardiff Students’ Union
Fri, 30 Mar · Y PLAS, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Our very own local grime punks are bringing their super lively style to the big stage! Astroid Boys have been all over your doink recently, with superstyle collabs with Adidas, and having their track Dusted chosen as the theme song for the WWE UK Championship Tournament. And DON’T MISS THE AFTERPARTY AT METROS!

Astroid Boys – website / Astroid Boys at Y Plas – buy tickets / Astroid Boys afterparty


It’s the first day of Wales Goes Pop! Celebrate with the best indie pop around: Sweet Baboo + Jeffrey Lewis + Peaness + Drahla +Charmpit + PURS + The Echo and The Always / cafe sets: Jemma Roper +Thee Manatees + Private World / DJs til 1am

Wales Goes Pop! website / Buy Wales Goes Pop! tickets

If you happen to be in town for cheeky drinks before you go out, make time to head into Queens Arcade to visit the Three Doors Up gallery with their latest exhibition, ‘Lomography’. Free entry plus culturally induced smugness.

If you’re an old raver (like I am), then let me let YOU into a little secret: Tramshed host all sorts of wicked house music nights that START EARLY AND END EARLY. So you can party like it’s your birthday until midnight, and then leave all the kids to go on to the afterparty. Anyway, this is one of those events – with Knee Deep In Sound head honcho, Hot Since 82. Expect house music all night long! (until midnight). Also there’s the Hot Since 82 afterparty, with Mella Dee headlining at infamous Cardiff venue, The Vaults!

If you’re indie, indie, all night long, then you’ll probably appreciate everything on the Nice Swan roster. Supported by Cardiff band, Sock! Buy Nice Swan tickets

The Moon continue their free music festival with headliners The Audio Pirates
& support! There will also be DJs playing alt rock indie punk psych til 4am. Head to Womanby Street and feel the beating pulse of Cardiff’s alternative music scene!

For those ragga enthusiasts in the building, make sure you grab tickets now for General Levy! We’ll be skanking by the left speaker at this one, make sure you come and say hi! Buy General Levy tickets

What’s on in Cardiff – Saturday 31 March

If by some miracle your hangover’s not that bad on Saturday, there are a bunch of great daytime events happening this Easter Saturday. To get your shop on, head for the Vintage Kilo Sale (10am, Canton) or the Boutique Gift Market at the Norwegian Church (10.30am, Cardiff Bay). For those of you that need to move, you could try the Welsh Hula Hoop Convention (10.30am, Cardiff Bay),  Yoga for Runners (10.45am, Pontcanna), B-Girl Dance Workshop (2.30pm, Cardiff Bay), or an Adults Roller Skating Session at Cardiff House of Sport (5pm, Leckwith).

Oh, and if you’ve been naughty, you can always attempt to atone by attending the Keep Splott Tidy litterpick (10am, Adamsdown), and if you’re hungry, head to the third in the Wasteless Supper series (7.30pm, city centre), where you can get fed and feel smug at the same time.

Don’t forget, Saturday is the day of the Joshua vs Parker fight in Cardiff, so town is likely to be a carnival of epic proportions!

Now, onto the main events …

Star pick! Wales Goes Pop! 2018, 1.30pm – midnight
Sat, 31 Mar · The Gate, 1.30pm – late

Although Wales Goes Pop! is carrying on all weekend, for us the Saturday line up is The One: just check this out …

Dream Wife + Kero Kero Bonito + Desperate Journalist + Personal Best + Axolotes Mexicanos + She Makes War + The School / cafe sets: Buzzard + The Yearning + Rafa Skam (THE YELLOW MELODIES) / plus DJs til 1am.

Wales Goes Pop! website / Buy Wales Goes Pop! tickets


If normal clubs melt your mind and you yearn for something a bit less beaty, how about checking this – the first Ambient Afternoon, which aims to create a relaxed listening environment where anyone can have a cup of tea and wind down. The music will be non invasive, cross many genres and will soothe your soul. How good does that sound? In case you have no idea what we’re talking about, listen to this: Aquarium – Rainy Night in Shibuya. Vibes.

If you like your beats reggae based and dubby, head to the Moon for The Barefoot Bandit & support! Reggae / Dub all night long, plus DJs playing reggae funk soul dub punk hip-hop til 4am!

Our favourite night cafe bring the noise with Studio 89 -New Beat | EBM | Italo | HiNRG | Industrial. Come prepared to dance (and also potentially eat some of the amazing food they make at this place…)

Signor Funk does what he says on the tin – expect to hear from the likes of Northern Soul favourites Dobie Gray, Al Wilson, Jimmy Radcliffe and Epitome of Sound to more obscure rarities, all mixed in with cool dirty disco tunes. Also there’s 50 per cent OFF ALL DRINKS between 9-10pm! Get the party STARTED already!

If your idea of a good night starts late and finishes when most people are still fast asleep – oh, and takes place in a bank vault – then grab your dancing daps and head to The Vaults for the biggest d’n’b lineup to hit the city so far this year. Basslayerz, MC Fatman D, Grime Minister, MC Juiceman, AAA Badboy and MC Comma Dee will be performing for your pleasure (and no, we didn’t make up any of those names). Buy tickets for Concept vs Circle 8

What’s on in Cardiff – Sunday 1 April

Seriously?? You’re still looking for things to do? You’re not tired yet? For those of you with the stamina to keep going, you’re in luck! Daytime events taking place on Easter Sunday include an Easter Egg hunt on Flatholm Island (6.30am, Flatholm), a circus convention with workshops at Up Side Down Circus (10am, Tremorfa), you can watch Donnie Darko in a Victorian arcade (6pm, city centre), or join Cardiff’s unicycle club (8pm, Leckwith).

If it’s music you’re after, then read on for other events …

Star pick! Blue Honey Bank Holiday w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa
Sun 1 April · Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 3pm – 2am

Yes yes! It’s Blue Honey’s fourth annual day/night party at Gwdihŵ Café Bar car park. And they’ve got a pucker headliner – AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA making his Cardiff debut! Support comes from the untouchable Darkhouse Family, Esther, Rotary Club and Blue Honey DJs.

Blue Honey event page / Buy tickets for Blue Honey present Awesome Tapes from Africa


Wales Goes Pop! brings out the big guns for the Sunday line up –  Shonen Knife + Brix & The Extricated + Goat Girl + Colour Me Wednesday + Bad Parents + El Goodo / cafe sets: Adwaith + Perfect Body + Think Pretty. Plus DJs til 11pm!

If house music all night long in a secret warehouse is your thing, be sure to grab your tickets NOW for the Delete Warehouse residents party – featuring Matt Owen, Marc Parsons, Lee Graves, Kofi Tarris, Owain Kimber, Gerrard and Aled Wynne. Location TBC direct to each ticket buyer! Buy Delete Warehouse Party tickets

On Sunday, the Moon wrap up their weekend festivities with CVC, Mike Dennis, Hash-Hann (Beatbox Hann), Papa Jupe’s Taurus Club, Anonymous Iconoclasts, Luke Bennett Music + DJs playing alt rock punk reggae funk soul dub hip-hop til 4am!

We don’t talk much about metal on this blog. Which is a shame, because in terms of subgenre descriptions, metal is probably the most inventive genre out there. Don’t believe me? Well, this line up that contains the following: Dutch grind / death /  sludge / crust / black metal; Swedish death metal fused with UK hardcore; Scouse hardcore; London grind / powerviolence / mathcore; and finally, my favourite of all, London nutella grind.

No I didn’t know they were still going EITHER. Buy Embrace tickets

If you’re in need of a lovely sit down jazz gig, make sure you get your tickets to this – she’s hotly tipped by Jamie Cullen and Michael Ball. More jazz please vicar! Buy Sarah Munro tickets.

I hope they’ve got decent cleaning staff in the Vaults for this mega bonanza heavy tuneage weekend. Sunday’s party brings you techno – in a bank vault – all night long! Buy High-Fi 002 tickets

If you’re gagging for some d’n’b, then back down the stairs you go to the warm, sweaty embrace of Undertone. Rising stars on this line up – Apollo, Hoodfellaz Hoodfella development, Shanny Shan and Obsidian, with the night hosted by Hoodfellaz, Slim Teng, MC XL. Buy XL Invites – Critical Impact tickets

Well I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely exhausted just going through those. Might invoke the concept of JOMO and lock myself in my house …
Nah! We’ll be out all weekend, and we can’t wait. See you on the dancefloor (or, potentially, at a litter pick or in an art gallery)





What’s on in Cardiff for Halloween 2016!

You guys! It’s (nearly) Halloween!!!!


Of all the excuses for dressing up throughout the year, this one is pretty much my favourite. Wanna be a Mexican Day of the Dead senorita? Or a unicorn? Or a lobster? Or a blood splattered Mrs Mia Wallace? Fine. What other holiday embraces all these dressing up options??

Anyway. Seems like I’m not the only one that likes it, as the following Halloween parties are being held all throughout the city!

Treat yo-self to a natty outfit and get thee to a knees up – we’ve got disco, Bowie tribute nights, death metal, storytelling nights, cocktail parties, trampoline park events – everything you need for a good night out!

What’s on in Cardiff for Halloween 2016

Friday 28 October

Day of The Dead Halloween Fiesta Cardiff (The Depot)


A halloween fiesta like no other! With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes. Giant Skull processions around the venue, ‘The skulls’ dance troupe & acrobats, DJs all day accompanied by the live section, Pinatas, Free skull face painting, Confetti, co2 and light show

Venue: DEPOT, Dumballs Road, Cardiff

Please note: this event is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at our show.

Day of The Dead Halloween Fiesta Cardiff FB event

Day of The Dead Halloween Fiesta Cardiff tickets


Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) Bowie Celebration! (Cardiff Speaker Hire)

After sell out shows at The Full Moon and Porter’s earlier this year and smashing it at Truefest last month, Let’s Dance: A Bowie Celebration are delighted to be gracing the stage in Cardiff once again to pay a Hallowe’en homage to he who can only be described as a most magnificent man, the late, great, David Bowie.

This event will be at Cardiff Speaker Hire, which is on Dumballs Rd, right by Depot.

It’s sure to be fabulous, featuring a fantastic array of Bowie’s greatest musical hits (not to mention the fantastic array of outfits) so put on your red shoes (if you don’t have red, any other colour will do) and come and join us for an absolute banger of a gig on the Friday before Halloween! Expect visuals and 2 hours of the best Bowie hits.

Scary Monsters fancy dress is compulsory. Tickets are £10, which includes a free spooky drink on entry.

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) Bowie Celebration FB event

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) Bowie Celebration tickets


Cauldron of Regeneration – a Storytelling Workshop for Samhain (Chapter)

Christine Watkins and Cath Little are offering an exploration of stories of transformation, decay and release. The day will include performance, discussion and reflection on what the old stories mean to us, as tellers and as listeners. Open to anyone over 16. £35

Cauldron of Regeneration – a Storytelling Workshop for Samhain Facebook event


Saturday 29 October

Monster Ball (Cardiff Speaker Hire)

Blood Thirsty Bands, Vampire DJ Sets, Skull & Bones Bar, 2 Live Music Stages, Howling Open Mic, Creepy Cocktails & Craft Beers, Trick Or Treat Shots, Scary Hour Til 7, Best Costume Competition, Spooky Student Discounts, Ghoulish Gifts & Ghostly Activities, Classic Horror Movies, Smokey BBQ & Vegan Stall, Free Reserved Entry,

Monster Ball tickets

Monster Ball Facebook event


The Big Top presents: The Halloween Freakshow Spectacular

Bearded Ladies & Strong Gentlemen… Dog faced children of all ages… Step right up and be part of the greatest Halloween show on earth! It’s time to step out of the shadows with your two heads held high… and join us for this sideshow spectacular as we try and gather the largest collection of circus freaks and sideshow oddities ever seen on this side of the Severn Estuary! Making sure things get extra freaky on the dancefloor throughout the night will be the Gung-Ho Carny Collective bringing with them their usual special blend of party beats!!

Music: House/Funk/Disco/Hip-Hop
Date: Saturday 29th October
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Entry: £5 (This will give you access to both The Big Top & 10 Feet Tall)
Guestlist: £3 until 11pm with name tagged on the event wall

Dress code: Circus Freaks & Sideshow Oddities

If Freaks don’t take your fancy then there’s always room at The Big Top for carnival queens, circus performers, mythical creatures and angry townspeople (who else is going to chase the freaks out of town with their pitchforks and torches!)


The Big Top presents: The Halloween Freakshow Spectacular Facebook event


Go Scare – Halloween Event (Go Air trampoline park)

Go Air Trampoline Park Cardiff are holding a super spooky night that will literally have you ‘jumping’ out of your skin! The 2-hour event will be taking place on Saturday 29th October, 5pm – 7pm and will include the following –

– Trick 4 treat (show the Go Air staff your best tricks onto our Foam Pit and you may be awarded with candy)
– Ghostly Go Air games to be played on the trampolines
– Live DJ playing all of your favourite funky tunes
– Best Halloween costume prizes
– A one-off Go Air Ghost Snapchat filter
– Dracula Dodgeball
– Smoke Machine

£12.50 per person (if you already have Go Air socks, please bring them with you)
Over 6’s only. To book, please call the park on 02920 099899

Go Scare – Halloween Event Facebook event


FHED Halloween Party Night Two (The Moon)

F H E D presents a god-awful amalgamation between a Halloween Show and Sam Wall Appreciation Night! £6 ADV // £7 OTD // £10 weekend ticket for Night one and two

Cancerous Womb / Verdelet / Agrona /Judas Cradle / Narayana / Anal Floss Is Boss

FHED Halloween Party Night Two Facebook events

FHED Halloween Party Night Two tickets


Tiki’La Day of the Dead Cocktail Party (Kemi’s)

Tickets are £12 and include a tapa and special cocktail upon arrival… We may even surprise you with a Mexican spirit taster.

Mezcal, Tequilla, Margarita’s, Day of the Dead cocktail specials and Mexican inspired tapas night!

Get your face paints out and come join us for an awesome “tiki-la takeover” Mexican Day of the Dead themed party.

Tiki’La Day of the Dead Cocktail Party Facebook event

Tiki’La Day of the Dead Cocktail Party tickets


Sunday 30 October

Abertoir International Horror Film Festival: Cardiff 2016  (Chapter)

Once again, Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival, is uprooting from mid-Wales to take over Chapter Arts Centre’s Halloween line-up!

Best of all, if you want to come for the full day, these four films will only set you back £20! You’ll need to call up Chapter (029 2030 4400) for the full day pass, and all individual tickets are available on Chapter’s website.

2pm THE LOVE WITCH (15 adv) Anna Biller, USA 2016, 120 mins

4:30pm A DARK SONG (15adv) Liam Gavin, Ireland 2016, 100 mins

6:45pm BAD FILM CLUB: THE HOWLING II (18) Phillipe Mora, USA 1985, 91mins

9pm CARRIE (18) Brian De Palma, USA 1976, 108 mins

Abertoir Facebook event page

Abertoir tickets


The Shining in the Angel Hotel at Halloween (The Angel Hotel)

Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.

Come and play with us: experience ‘the scariest moment in cinema history’ in Cardiff’s historic Angel Hotel on Halloween night. You’ll want to stay there forever … and ever … and ever …

Tickets on sale now at the Chapter Cinema box office.

The Shining in the Angel Hotel at Halloween Facebook event

The Shining in the Angel Hotel at Halloween tickets


Day of the Dead (Canary) Party (The Dead Canary)

Big Halloween party! Think punch pong, apple bobbing, music, fancy dress and partying ’til late. More info TBA.

Day of the Dead (Canary) Party Facebook event



Monday 31 October

Zombie Zombie / Hipicat / Totem Terrors / My Name Is Ian & more (The Moon)

The Moon Club, Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Ages 18+
£8 adv / £10 doors


ZOMBIE ZOMBIE: Immense live act embracing their retro influences like THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP, sci-fi B MOVIES, ITALO DISCO, MEDITERRANEAN PROG ROCK – all done with a sense of humour. Playing with electronic music’s trippier origins, they breathe new life into these influences while mixing in DOUBLE DRUMMING and reverberating AFRICAN PERCUSSION, synth orchestration, KRAUTROCK, and ELECTRO bass. . Tribal, trance-like, danceable riffage!

Facebook event



Halloween Horror Quiz and An American Werewolf in London (Roath Park pub)

Halloween Special – Horror Movie Themed Pub Quiz (7pm) with special petrifying prizes followed by John Landis’ AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (8.30pm)
Donations on the door in aid of the Trinity Centre.

Halloween Horror Quiz and An American Werewolf in London Facebook event



The Lost Boys: A Private Screaming (Penarth Pier Pavilion)

You are cordially invited to our haunting Halloween screening of The Lost Boys. The private showing will be held at the mystic Penarth Pavillion.

What better way to spend Hallows-eve than watching a spooky 80’s classic, surrounded my some fantatsic people (if we do say so ourselves), all in aid of a pretty fantastic charity!

Doors will open at 7.45pm with the screening starting at 8pm. A bar service will also be available.

Tickets: £10

And…. crucially, all ticket sales will be going directly to The Wallich charity as part of our #ClashOfTheCorporates battle

The Lost Boys: A Private Screaming Facebook event

The Lost Boys: A Private Screaming tickets

The Fest does Fright FEST! Glam Monday’s Halloween Special! (GLAM)

If you’re a student, you’ve probably already got yourself a ticket for this – Cardiff’s biggest Monday night is holding a super spooky & speical Halloween event this year!  The Fest does FRIGHT FEST! There’s no two ways about it, this will be THE BIGGEST Halloween event in Cardiff this year!

Expect: ❥ Insane Halloween Decor  ❥ Terrifying Halloween Performers  ❥ Giant Cobwebs  ❥ Spooky Halloween Inflatables  ❥ Thousands of Free Sweets  ❥ Cash Prize for Best Dressed  ❥ Sh*t Loads of Fake Blood & MORE!

Fright Fest Facebook event

Fright Fest tickets


CYNT Halloween w/ Monki (Clwb Ifor Bach)

This is a proper Halloween party. Haunted house décor, apple bobbing, jack-o-lanterns and one CYNT annual guest list space up for grabs to the best dressed! Monki will be headlining the show with all of the CYNT residents on support. We’ll have a few surprises for you inside Clwb Ifor Bach.

MONKI – An underground tastemaker for Radio 1 who’s been championing new electronic talen on her regular show. At just 21 years old she is a resident at Annie Mac’s critically acclaimed touring club night ‘AMP’ and a regular fixture behind the decks at clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe. Her box-fresh bass music inspired sets include everything from piano house to thumping sub bass to classics.

If you’ve seen her play before, you’ll be aware of the energy she can bring to a room, she has a real talent for bouncing between genres of house whilst keeping it all linked together and people fixed firmly to the dance floor

CYNT Facebook event

CYNT tickets



What’s on in Cardiff: this week, 20 – 26 June

It’s been a weird week. People got murdered. Suddenly xenophobia is everywhere, seemingly. Someone stole a huge flowerpot from the front of my house today, like literally right outside my front door. Who does that?

Anyway. Stuff is happening. Be informed. Make decisions. Get drunk. That’s what we’re doing.

This week, there’s Cardiff’s first fringe theatre festival, a vegan restaurant relaunching, an outdoor film showing, a mic cypher, some tropicalia, and a craft market.

Above everything, we’d like to draw your attention to the event on Wednesday to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP. We’ll be there.

Hope not hate.

Amen. x

What’s on in Cardiff: this week, 20 – 26 June

The Sho Gallery, Summer Sho!

Open now! 16 June – 6 July, The Castle Emporium, Womanby Street

A vibrant group exhibition of illustrative works featuring a collection of great contemporary design by local & national artists, including works by Phil Morgan, Lu West, Tom Findlay, Ian Watson, Suzanne Carpenter, Matt Joyce, Emma Tickner, Ben the illustrator and Snowskull.

The Sho Gallery Facebook

Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival (CFTF)

20 – 25 June, various venues across Cardiff

We posted about our inaugural fringe festival a few weeks ago, and it’s finally here! Go buy some tickets, see some shows, and support our local arts scene!

CFTF – buy tickets

More in Common: Cardiff festival of action to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP

Wednesday 22 June, 4-7pm, Temple of Peace

See our full post about this: More in Common

Wales and Norway in the times of Roald Dahl

Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 6.45pm for 7pm start, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay


The Welsh Norwegian Society present a special event to celebrate the Roald Dahl centenary: Wales and Norway in the life of ROALD DAHL. Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents in 1916, and was christened in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Cardiff Docks, now the Norwegian Church Arts Centre.

To mark 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, his biographer Donald Sturrock will explore the influence of both Wales and Norway on the life of the world’s greatest storyteller. Signed copies of Donald Sturrock’s new book Love from Boy: Roald Dahl’s Letters to his Mother will be available to buy on the night.

Speaker: Donald Sturrock, Author of the acclaimed biography: Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl

Tickets £4 (free for WNS members). To book tickets, call Mary Allen Tel: (029) 2075 7311 / marymartellallen@aol.com.

Wales and Norway in the times of Roald Dahl – Facebook event

CFTF scratch night

Thursday 23 June

10 acts. 3 hours. 1 night! This year CFTF  opened submissions for ten pieces of work to be performed at the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival Scratch Night. Here are the results!

CFTF Scratch Night Facebook event

(Also, Thursday is the EU referendum, so don’t forget to vote!)

Lost Lands Rooftop Cinema presents Purple Rain

Friday 24 June, 6-11pm, Jacobs Market

Celebrate the artist who captured imaginations like few others – party like it’s 1999! The night will commence with a mix of tunes from 1999 and of course Prince remixes and tunes until sunset, when the classic 1984 film ‘Purple Rain’ will show.

The theme of the evening will be purple and fancy dress is welcome! The guest food pop-up for the evening will be Little Bao Peep, serving deliciously fluffy Taiwanese Bao plus a cocktail bar serving a selection of themed cocktails and popcorn.

Our events are for adults, no under 18s admitted. Please ensure that you bring along I.D. if you’re lucky enough to look under 21!! A licensed bar is available so you can enjoy a drink watching the sun go down and the stars appear.

Purple Rain Facebook event 

Anna-Loka relaunch

Friday 24 June, Anna-Loka

A vegan and raw foods party night at this re-launch event for one of Cardiff’s favourite vegan hangouts!

Anna Loka relaunch

Jazz at Porter’s

Friday 24 June, 10pm, Porter’s

Who loves jazz? We do. Do you love jazz? If the answer is yes then get down here to take in some smoothe tunes. If the answer is no, come down and let the band prove you wrong.

Jazz at Porter’s 

Selecta! UK Garage / Grime / Garage!

24 June, 11pm – 4am, Undertone

Where the crowd go BO!


◄◄ DEETS ►►
Classic. Garage. & Grime

►► TAX ◄◄
Free entry guestlist with names tagged on the event wall till 11:30pm, £4 OTD

◄◄ LIQUOR ►►
£2.50 shots
£3.00 Single mixer
£4.50 doubles
£3.50 cans or 4 for £10.00


Night Ride to the Coast – Cardiff to Swansea

Friday 24 June, 11.30pm, Wales Millennium Centre

Registration is now open for the annual South Wales edition of the FNRttC, which this year is a midsummer ride! We depart the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay at midnight, meeting 11:30 pm.

Our exit from Cardiff is business-like but effective – it is not long until we turn off the A48 at Bonvilston into quiet swoopy lanes. In the likely event that we are blessed with one of our traditional tailwinds, this will iron out the undulations all the way to Llantwit Major, where we regroup in whispers in the centre of town. From there we join the Dimlands Road, which (on a clear night) offers tantalizing glimpses of the moon on the Bristol Channel. We stay close to the water as far as our halfway tea-sandwiches-and-cake stop in Ogmore-by-Sea.

When we leave Ogmore, refreshed, there is just half an hour until sunrise. We spend this wending our way gently upwards through Merthyr Mawr and Laleston to the lower end of a ridge called Cefn Cribwr. This affords us some stunning dawn glimpses of the threatened Port Talbot steelworks, inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

As we reach Port Talbot, we take a loop up-valley, to show off a little of the local landscape and avoid the worst excesses of highways engineers. There is a short but sharp climb that will be testing on tired legs or macho gears, but there’s no shame in walking it. We take a breather at the top and enjoy a fast wide descent into Neath. We take a quiet back route into Swansea, with views over Crymlyn Bog (home of the notorious Great Raft Spider – lingering is not recommended).

A short stretch of urban ordinariness, and then we meet the sea again, for perhaps the finest five-mile finish in the Fridays’ calendar, around the great sweep of Swansea Bay to the pier at Mumbles for breakfast.

Click the Ticket link to sign up! If this is your first FNRttC of the year, please read about how to register  – before you do the ride, read The Basics

Friday night ride to the beach

Protest: after the referendum, defend all migrants

Saturday 25 June, 12 midday, Aneurin Bevan statue, Queen Street

DEMONSTRATE: against racism, for migrant rights, against fascist violence – on the Saturday after the EU referendum

The EU referendum has created racism and division which reached a bloody crescendo with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist terrorist. What will happen in the aftermath is uncertain, but leave or remain, it’s likely that there will be further attacks on the rights of migrants.

Migrants are being used as a political football. There are calls from all sides to limit immigration and renegotiate EU freedom of movement – but it is our government taking away our jobs, housing and public services. Our fight is against austerity, not against any other group of people wherever they come from.

The tone of anti-immigrant politics is not just set by the far right. It also comes from within mainstream politics and the media, and years of insisting that immigrants are a “problem”, while UKIP clean up in the wake.

We need to take a stand against this – whatever the result of the referendum on Thursday – Migrant or non-migrant, we stand together as friends, family, lovers, work colleagues, trade unionists and members of our communities. We stand side-by-side and share our lives.

Cardiff has long been enriched by migrant communities, our city is home to some of the oldest Black and Muslim communities in Europe and people from all four corners of the globe have come to settle here and build a life. We will not allow a wave of racism to threaten our lives and wellbeing.

Join us to show solidarity with all migrants and refugees.

Supported by Cardiff People’s Assembly, Welsh Refugee Council, Stand up to Racism, Unite Against Fascism, Stand Up To UKIP, PCS, NASUWT, Unite Community and others. To add your name to this call email cardiffpeoplesassembly@gmail.com

After the referendum, protect all migrants

Inner City Cypher

Saturday 25 June, 12 – 5pm, Oner Graffiti Store, Church Street

Monthly cypher session and instore jam.

A regular Saturday afternoon open mic cypher at the Oner Graff shop in Cardiff city center.

Everyone is welcome, emcees, beatboxers, DJs or just lovers of the culture. Each month we’ll have at least one DJ booked in to keep the beats going and a pretty much open mic.

This is a central, regular place and time to meet, hang out, try out new material and generally connect with one another.

So, even if you’re only in town for a few hours, or on ya way to or from work or doing some shopping etc just pop in, even for 5 minutes show some support for the thing we love and the people involved.

Feel free to invite other like minded heads as you see fit.

Inner City Cypher

The Afro-Tropical Discotheque!

Saturday 25 June, Gwdihw

Disco and funk are all good and proper. Add a bit of that Caribbean crush though and now we’re talking! Think of the last Saturday of this month as Tour de exotica!

Shaking from the heart of Africa to the South of America via funky Jamaica! A melting pot banansa!

Afrobeat & Cumbia & Latin & Tropicalia!

Helping the party along we have grandiose guests Miles Day & Mr Downs.

Miles Day, of Sure Shot fame, has been getting fruitier by the day specialising in unknown Highlife / Afro tresures. For good measure we’ve asked him to bring along that lovely niceness from South American and all.

Downs, of the mighty Club Tropicana, will be approaching the situation with pina colada in the one hand, Zimbabwe twists in the other. If he’s feeling especially lively he’ll even provide a touch of the middle east!

As always the bar staff will be providing half prices drinks before 10 with joyous grins on their faces 🙂

The Afro-Tropical Discotheque

Glasnost Festival

Friday 24 – 25 June, The Full Moon

Glasnost Festival 2016! returns for its 5th year!

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June 2016
The Moon + The Full Moon, Womanby St, Cardiff

Didn’t get a ticket for Glastonbury? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back..

Wet Painttt + THE CULT OF DOM KELLER + The Moon Birds + Himalayas + Winter Coat + Shiny Tiger & more tba
followed by
Ultimate Power – Cardiff June 24th (power ballads clubnight) til 3am! http://www.facebook.com/events/1707346846206237

Iron Eye + Zion Road + Rum Puppets + Thee Manatees + Ivan Moult Music + Art Bandini + PARCS & more tba
followed by Five Dollar Shake DJs downstairs til 3am!

Cheese & Chocolate – vegan comfort food including nachos, mac’n’cheese, paninis, garlic cheesy pizza rolls, thickshakes, Fentiman’s bottles

Vegan Pizza Co. – hand-stretched, stone baked pizzas made from meat-free dairy-free recipes, for vegans & omnis alike

Gravity Station Cardiff – just moved in upstairs! Selling a wide range of local, national and international beer bottles

Friday night after the bands upstairs, we have nothing but the greatest power ballads ever written, celebrated by the friendliest clubgoers around, creating a night of pure euphoria.. “A fun-as-fuck communal club experience” – NME. (Please note Ultimate Power is £4)

PLUS … the return of our hay bales and astro turf, stalls, plenty of legendary ‘Green Shit’ and more to come!

Glasnost Festival  /  The Moon Club  /  Glasnost Event

Penarth’s Handmade Market

Sunday 26 June, 11-4pm, Paget Rooms, Penarth

This June, PHM returns to the Paget Rooms for a children’s themed special featuring the very best makers and food producers. Join us and browse our 43 stalls, come and have fun and get creative, or sit down and enjoy a bite to eat in our vintage popup tearoom.

After the huge success of our Christmas and Mother’s Day markets, we can’t wait to come back to the Paget Rooms.

See you there!

Penarth Handmade Market

Ab Fab Vegan Food Market

Sunday 26 June, YMCA PLAS Plasnewydd Community Hall, Roath Cardiff


Vegan Fair

Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2016

26 June, 12 midday – 11pm, Gwdihw

Now in its fourth year Cardiff Mini Film Festival will be taking over Chapel 1877, Gwdihw and Little Man Coffee Co. on the 26th June for a day of short film screenings, Q+As, Film Pitch Competition, Awards Ceremony and a large networking party with a free glass of prosecco on arrival!

Early Bird Day Tickets are £11 (Limited availability), Day Tickets are £15 on the day.

We will be handing out awards for the best Welsh and International films for each category shown at the festival, including Fiction, Comedy, Factual and Music Videos. There will also be a chance to vote for your favourite on the day as part of the Audience Choice Award. The winner of the Audience Choice Award will receive a 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (Worth £500) so make sure you choose your favourite wisely!

The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Boyd Clack and Kirsten Jones and it’s not just for those that have been shortlisted. After the ceremony we will be having a massive networking party that we want everyone to come along to in order to network with fellow filmmakers and special industry guests whilst listening to the sweet tones of our live music act, Naomi Rae.

Cardiff mini film festival website 

Music Without Borders

Sunday 26 June, Wales Millennium Centre

Free event in Cardiff bay featuring the diverse sounds of Cardiff underground. Full line up tbc, but we have: Jaguar, Oud Resists, Eric Ngalle Charles, Fatima, Kibrom, and more!

Music Without Borders 


Most importantly, like we mentioned: the referendum is Thursday. Your opinion is important. People died for the right to vote. Many don’t have the option. Don’t take it lightly.

Peas and rice

We Are Cardiff

What’s on in Cardiff! HALF TERM EDITION! 15-21 February 2016

Oh holy moly, it’s HALF TERRRM! Ready?? There is SO much stuff going on. Gigs! Lectures about Victorian buildings! Clothing fairs where you can buy KILOS of vintage clothes! Dubstep! Techno! Go go go!

What’s on

Mon 15 Feb – Curry, Comedy, and Candidates. In Cardiff!

curry and spices

Hosted by Cardiff’s Green Party, this is their Cardiff and Vale fundraiser in Cardiff centre – enjoy a veggie curry feast with a belly full of laughs from quiz-master-comedian Dan Mitchell. Only £15, all welcome.

19.30 | Vegetarian Food Studio. Cardiff, 109 Penarth Road, CF11 6JT | Curry, Comedy, and Candidates Facebook event



£5 entry | 18+ show | The Moon Club, Womanby Street | Black Tambourines Facebook event


Tues 16 Feb – Juke Open Mic Night: Superheroes and Villains

superheroes and villains

It’s the first proper themed night for this Open Mic night – Superheroes and Villains. This isn’t limited to the sparky, comic book characters but can be interpreted in whatever way you want. Maybe think about the heroes and villains from the past like Dracula or Jack Sparrow, or you could think about real life people who you think fit these titles. Get out your capes and eye masks and celebrate the age old battle between good and evil!

19.00 | Little Man Coffee | Superheroes and Villains Facebook event  | Juke Open Mic WordPress


Tues 16 Feb – Half term tropical encounters at Cardiff Castle

William Burges and Lord Bute were fascinated by exotic animals which is why they feature in the decoration throughout the Castle. In this interactive session, there is the chance to see and hold live exotic animals such as snakes and lizards, a skunk and meerkats. Find out more about their natural behaviour and habitats through this fun presentation.

£3  |  10:00 |  Cardiff Castle | Half term tropical encounters Facebook event


Weds 17 – 18 Feb – Half term at Cardiff Castle – Warrior School!

An exclusive opportunity for children to learn how to sword fight under the expert tuition of The Warwick Warriors. This special sword school is held indoors in the atmospheric Undercroft.

Prices vary | 10:00 |  Cardiff Castle | Warrior School Facebook event



Beautiful music! Hosted by Sound Nation and Clwb Ifor Bach

19:30–22:30 | Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street | C DUNCAN Facebook event


Weds 17 Feb – Let Spin, by Jazz @ Dempseys

A very welcome return to Jazz @Dempsey’s for the terrifically distinctive and talented outfit LET SPIN: MOSS FREED on guitar, CHRIS WILLIAMS on alto sax, FINLAY PANTER on drums, and RUTH GOLLER on bass.

21.00 | Dempseys | Jazz @ Dempseys Facebook event


Thurs 18 Feb – Celt Tap Takeover and Meet The Brewer

Brewdog are psyched to be getting the guys from Celt down to showcase some of the fantastic beers they have to offer. Don’t miss out on the chance to talk everything beer with the guys from Celt!

15.00 | Brewdog Bar, Westgate Street | Celt Tap Facebook event


Thurs 18 Feb – Wine and Chocolate

The Apothecary Cardiff invite you to an intimate event that will share with you the joys and benefits of Chocolate (There are some, we promise!)

Guests will be provided with treats all through-out the evening, while also being entertained with a guest talk from Jacques, Chocolatier and creator of Coco Caravan – providing pairings of Chocolate and Wine. As well as a talk from Herbologist and Apothecary owner Michele Daramat on the benefits of good chocolate. Tickets are available instore.

19.00 | The Apothecary, 18 Llandaff Road, Cardiff | Wine and Chocolate Facebook event


Weds 18 Feb – Lecture: Cardiff’s Victorian Buildings

Cardiff is rich in 19th century architecture, and this lecture looks at buildings of all types throughout the city. It also looks at the architects themselves and explores the diversity of styles that characterise the period. Call 029 2087 8100 to book tickets.

18.00 | Cardiff Castle | Cardiff’s Victorian Buildings lecture Facebook event




From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz and early Hip Hop – Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy aka Yusef Rumperfield) has become a standard bearer for the current hip hop beats scene. Through a steady stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops, he has won fans across the world, including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Anthony Valadez, Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and countless others. With the tangible beginnings of worldwide recognition, Tall Black Guy has established himself to be one of the most influential producers working today. He’s had releases with Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings, bstrd boots, First Word Records, Roy Ayer’s label Ubiquity Records and his own imprint Tall Black Guy Productions (TBGP).

21.00 | Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Guildford Crescent | Modula Beats tickets


Sat 20 Feb – Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair 2016 Ffair Lyfrau Anarchaidd


Bookfairs are the anarchist movement’s shop window and main gathering space outside protests. Just like last year, there will be three workshop spaces for talks and discussions, and a main hall of stalls, plus creche, bar, cafe and more. In the evening there will be a benefit gig and social. If you’d like to host a talk or workshop, or have a stall, please get in touch: cardiffanarchistbookfair@riseup.net

10.00 | Cathays Community Centre, 36 Community Centre | Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair 2016 Facebook event


Sat 20 Feb -Right Hand Left Hand – Album Release Show w/ Wylderness & Roundheels

Feb 20th sees Right Hand Left Hand finally release their 2nd album!

Right Hand Left Hand

Album Pre-order

£6 | 10.30 | Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street | RHLH Facebook event


Sat 20 Feb – Apex Cardiff Launch Party w/ Skream

If you like your beats heavy and space aged, check out the Apex Cardiff Launch! Held at the Tramshed Cardiff there’s also an Official After Party at Cube w/ Deep Inside

Tramshed 20.00 – 00.00: Skream (3 hours) / Apex Collective

After party at Cube 23.00 – 04.00: Special guest + Apex and Deep Inside Residents

£8 earlybirds – http://bit.ly/apexcardiff | Limited £15 tickets w/ Official After Party | 20.00 | Tramshed, Clare Road | Apex Facebook event


Sat 20 Feb – Cellar Door Black and White Ball

Cellar Door are BACK! This is set to be the craziest Cellar Door yet… This will not be the typical place for an all night rave, but trust us, when we get our hands on it with full Cellar Door production values, this night will be something very special!

Rockin until 5am, (YES 5am!) we bring the most incredible lighting production ever installed into any of our events… You will be dancing here, there and everywhere 😉 Wear white or black to enhance the vibe, but dress code is not essential…

This event is for 500 people who should find their way to St Mary’s St on the night of the event. At 9pm, we shall announce the location on our pages and Twitter. It is as simple as that…

Tweet us: cellardoorCDF
FB: cellardoorCDF
Email: info@cellardoorcardiff.comTo be held at a Secret Cardiff Central Location (announced 9pm on night)

22:00 – 5:00 | SECRET LOCATION! | Cellar Door Tickets


Sunday 21 Feb – Cardiff Vintage Kilo Sale

CARDIFF’S FIRST VINTAGE CLOTHING KILO SALE!! Thousands and thousands of kilos of vintage clothes will be making their way to the Tramshed on Sunday 21st February. including:

– Faux fur jackets
– Sheepskin coats
– Piles of knitwear
– branded sports jackets
– Dresses from all eras
– Denim jeans & jackets
– Shirts (A variety of Styles and brands)
– Bomber & suede jackets
– &&& much, much more


– handbags & rucksacks
– hats & caps
– trainers & shoes
– & loads more

The concept is simple:

1. Grab a bag on entry
2. Fill it as you browse
3. Bring it to the checkout when you’re done and we’ll weigh it.
4. You pay just £15 per kilo!

We’re bringing literally tons of clothing to the Tramshed (5 mins from central station) with styles to suit all. The kilo sale is the perfect way to completely change your wardrobe without the need of a bank loan.

£2 | 11.00 – 17.00 | Tramshed Cardiff, Clare Road | Vintage Sale Facebook event


Sunday 21 Feb – Absolutely Fabulous Vegan Fair, Wales

This is set to be a fun filled, family friendly day out!

£1 entry, kids free | 11.00 – 16.00 | The Paget Rooms, Victoria Road, Penarth | Vegan Fayre Facebook event


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What’s on in Cardiff! 8-14 February 2016

Part two in our series of ‘what’s on’ posts for each week in Feb. If you like them, make sure to comment and we’ll do more. If you hate them, comment, and we won’t do more. If you’re indifferent, say nothing, and we’ll meh along with you.

Here we go!

What’s on in Cardiff this week

Monday 8-13 Feb – The Rocky Horror Show

Bursting at the seams with timeless classics (Sweet Transvestite! Damn it Janet! Time Warp!) Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party. Be warned, this show has rude parts!

19:30 – 23:00  |  New Theatre Cardiff, Park Place  | Book tickets for The Rocky Horror Show


Monday 8 Feb – Creative Cardiff Show and Tell

Creative Cardiff’s Show and Tell is a quarterly event that gives a platform to some of the exciting range of creative people and projects in the city. It will bring together Cardiff’s creative community, from emerging talent to old hand, to hear about their current projects and ambitions.

Each of the speakers will give a 10 minute lightening talk. And they’ll bring an object. The object might be the source of their inspiration, a tool of their trade or a comfort blanket. The speakers will share their work and explain the importance of the object they’ve brought along.


Anton Faulconbridge: Anton has worked in creative and interactive media since 1994, specialising in the development and delivery of multi-platform creative software products.

Claire Hill: Claire fell in love with making jewellery after taking an evening class and discovering the zen-like qualities of making after long days working as a director/producer in factual television. She’s also a co-founder of Dirty Protest Theatre and also co-runs the Push:Auto network for people who work across all aspects of broadcasting in Wales.

John Rostron: John is a key figure in Cardiff’s music scene, founding both the Sŵn festival and the Welsh Music Prize. John promotes live music in Cardiff through his company Sound Nation and is the current Vice-Chair of the Association of Independent Festivals.

18:00 – 19:30 | Porter’s, Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 2FE | Book tickets for Show and Tell


Tuesday 9 Feb -The Devil Inside

A gritty, glittery, Faustian folktale, set firmly in the twenty-first century. Inspired by The Bottle Imp, a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this brand new opera echoes his most famous tale The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Two friends stumble upon a bottle that will change their lives, a bottle that can grant any wish. But there’s a catch and the bottle demands a payment…

This evening of magic and enchantment, with a touch of Tales of the Unexpected, will keep you guessing, and leave you thinking ‘be careful what you wish for’.

19:30  |  Sherman Cymru, Senghennyd Road | Book tickets for The Devil Inside


Tuesday 9 Feb – Wonderbrass: ANNUAL MARDI GRAS with Barracwda

Mardi Gras is time to be bold. It’s time to be colorful. And it’s time to shake your festival shoes to Wonderbrass as they bring a bouncing night of internationlist world brass-jazz riot to headline our Mardi Brass! As perenial Gwdihw brass-blasting, heat-bringing, booty-shaking favourites, there’s no-one betterto bring the party to the Mardi Gras than the huge (literally, there’s dozens of them!) Wonderbrass, with the release of the “What The Actual Funk” EP!

They packed us out early doors when supporting Broken Brass Ensemble with a stunning set and we expect this to be another cracker, with Mardi Gras party tunes designed to get you shaking your tail, head and shoulder feathers about the room. As if that wasn’t enough, Barracwda will be bringing live Samba drumming to kick things off, and as it’s Shrove Tuesday, expect some free pancakes if you get in early!

WONDERBRASS – https://www.facebook.com/wonderbrasswales/
BARRACWDA – https://www.facebook.com/barracwda

20:00 |  Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent  |  £4/£3 adv  | Wonderbrass tickets


Friday 12 -14 Feb – From Now On Festival 2016

mark thomas shape records by adam chard

Now in its third year of sonic discovery, From Now On is here, to fill Chapter with adventurous, fresh and boundary pushing music!

This year’s line up: Julia Holter / Stealing Sheep / Meilyr Jones / Laura Cannell / Happy Meals / Laura J Martin / Bas Jan / Apostille / L’Ocelle Mare / Mark Lyken / Giant Swan / Threatmantics / Anna Homler & Steven Warwick: Breadwoman / Tim Parkinson: Time with People / H. Hawkline Gwaed Ar Y Sêr / Sweet Baboo: Synthfonia Cymru / Sleeper Society / CAM Sinema / Chapter Cinema / Club Foot Foot / Arc Vertiac.

Read our interview with Sparky Mark (yeah, I still call him that) from Shape Records from last year’s event

18.00 – 23.00  |  Chapter Arts Centre  |  From Now On Facebook event


Friday 12 Feb – Bullion Presents Break / Dead Mans Chest (Eveson) / Boston

If your idea of a good Valentine’s celebration is some chest-vibrating jungle / drum’n’bass, then get yourself to Clwb for Bullion: Break and Dead Mans Chest (aka Eveson) plus Cardiff local boy Boston will bring some serious Symmetry sounds.

Room two hosted by Switch – electro house music, all night long!

22.00 – 04.00  |  Clwb  |  Bullion Facebook event


Saturday 13 Feb – 6 Nations: Wales v Scotland

giant rugby ball

It’s rare we promote the mainstream sportz on this blog (especially as the game is sold out), but this game’s going to be a BIG ONE – so take this as a warning about getting into / out of / around town on Saturday if you’re planning a casual visit during the day …


Sunday 14 Feb – Cardiff’s Affordable Vintage Fair


If you’ve got shopping on your mind this Valentine’s Day, go vintage! Situated in Portland House – a historic banking hall near Cardiff Bay, it’s the perfect venue for Judy’s affordable vintage fair. Expect over 30 stalls packed with the finest vintage from 1940s onwards! Fashion, homewares, accessories and a full tea room for those feeling a tad peckish!

11.00 – 14.00  |  Entry £2, Under 12s free | Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute Street, CF10 5EQ | Vintage Fair Facebook event


That’s it for this week! Did we miss anything out? Let us know in the comments!

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What’s on in Cardiff! 3-7 February 2016

It might be cold and drizzly outside but somehow you Cardiffians are just gagging to get out and about, am I right? There are SO many events on this February, we thought we’d experiment and do a ‘what’s on’ style post for each week this month.

If you like them, make sure to comment and we’ll do more.

If you hate them, comment, and we won’t do more.

If you’re indifferent, say nothing, and we’ll meh along with you.

Are you ready? Then let’s begin!

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What’s on

1 – 20 Feb: Henry VI

Following the success of last year’s all-female production of Richard III, Wales Millennium Centre are collaborating with Omidaze (Oh My Days!) once more; this time on an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI (The Wars of the Roses).

Exploring notions of power, leadership and trust, director Yvonne Murphy’s new production abridges the three classic history plays into one hard-hitting instalment, focussing on the personal journey of Henry’s rise to power.

Performed in the Centre’s roof void, this usually unseen part of the building will be transformed into an immersive performance space, offering an opportunity to see the Centre from a new perspective. With an inspired soundtrack, aerial circus, original costumes and imaginative set designs, audiences can expect a captivating and fully immersive experience as they are guided around the space, following the action as it takes place around them. Henry VI Tickets £12: Age Guidance: 9+ (No Under 2s)

Thursday 4 Feb – The Lonely Crowd Winter Readings: Cardiff


A winter’s evening of readings from the new Cardiff literary journal, The Lonely Crowd. Featuring Tom Vowler, Rhian Elizabeth, Jane Roberts, Christina Thatcher, Kate Hamer, Zoe Ranson and Susmita Bhattacharya. Hosted by Lonely Crowd editor John Lavin.

Thursday 4 Feb – British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1

The BAA Public Choice Screenings are your chance to vote for winners in the British Animation Awards! This year, Cardiff Animation Nights and the University of South Wales have teamed up to bring the BAA Public Choice Screenings to Cardiff.

There will be three programs of animated short films, commercials and music videos, screened on three Thursday nights in February in the Ground Floor Theatre at the ATRiuM, Cardiff. Come along and watch some of the best of British animation from the last two years and vote for your favourites!

19.00, Atrium, Cardiff  |  British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1 Facebook event

Thursday 4 Feb -Harry Potter Book Night

Calling all wizards and witches in Cardiff and beyond! Celebrate Harry Potter for A NIGHT OF SPELLS! There will be quizzes, treasure hunts and great prizes to be won! Fancy dress is encouraged and all are welcome – witches, wizards, and muggles! There will be activities for all ages – kids, tweens and teens and beyond.

Free entry | 17.30 – 20.30, Waterstones Cardiff, The Hayes | Harry Potter Book Night event page | Harry Potter Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Soul In The City #3

The best of Motown, Northern Soul, Stax and more all on vinyl. Tickets on the door on the night!

20.30, St Joseph’s Social Club, Whitchurch Road |  Soul In The City #3 Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Vaults D&B Presents LTJ Bukem

If you’re looking for a rave up, The Vaults is your place! They’re kicking off the year off in fine style with drum and bass legend, LTJ Bukem. Since 2012 The Vaults has brought you the creme of the drum and bass crop for a monthly night of unequaled fun with the scenes biggest headliners.

Support in the main bank Vault come from Ransom, Kooley, Apollo, Lubi J, Speedo and Tribe One.

In Vault Two is Neil Young & Friends with Submerge taking care of the banking hall.

Check out this LTJ Buken mix on the Tom Ravenscroft 6 Music show

22.00, The Vaults, 113 – 116 Bute Street |  LTJ Bukem Facebook event page  | LTJ Bukem tickets £13



Arts and culture are facing a potential funding crisis and we would like to raise our voice.

Culture makes life worth living. And Cardiff a city worth living in. Cardiff Council want to cut £700,000 from the arts budget. Which threatens the future of culture in the city.

As Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff enjoys national arts organisations and institutions including two symphony orchestras, the National Museum, the Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre, National Theatre Wales, National Dance Company Wales, St David’s Hall; and high profile events such as Artes Mundi, Cardiff Singer of the World, and Cardiff Contemporary. Not to mention countless grassroots and community arts projects.

This kind of activity keeps the city alive, and demonstrates how much it values creativity. It provides rich ground for new ideas and innovation, grassroots engagement and renewal. This is what attracts both people and investment. Where would a city be without this?

Our burgeoning reputation for arts and culture, built over many years, impacts on education, social services, employment, community cohesion, criminal justice, tourism, refugee agencies, youth services, the third age, library services and more.

Culture is all around us from the moment we wake to the moment we sleep. If the next generation of designers, makers, musicians, artists, writers, actors, dancers are placed in an environment that does not encourage them, what kind of Cardiff will we live in? Wales prides itself on its cultural heritage. We need to ensure that our future heritage is as strong.

Join us on Saturday 6th outside the National Museum to call upon the Council to cancel arts cuts and to celebrate Cardiff WITH culture. Bring your banners, signs, instruments, energy. We will end outside the Central Library.

Meet 14.00 outside the National Museum, Cathays Park  |  March for Culture Facebook page

Saturday 6 Feb – Open Studios at the Boneyard and Printhaus

Residents at The Bone Yard will be opening their doors alongside the PrintHaus for the first of their 2016 Openhaus! Our residents have a wide variety of skills from art therapists to jewellers; there will also be a pop up vegetarian and vegan brunch from Commune with their orange container becoming our on-site cafe for the day. So come and have a chat, take a peek at the artists’ workshops, see how they work and buy directly from the makers themselves!

10.00 – 14.00 | The Printhaus / The Bone Yard, Llandaf Road Industrial Estate (Rear of Romilly Crescent, CF11 9NL)  |  Open Studios Facebook event

Saturday 6 Feb – Kitty Daisy & Lewis / Barns Courtney

Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a group of highly talented and original musicians who play more or less anything they can lay their hands on. Their musical references and skills are rooted in the old tradition where songs and music are handed down, played and enjoyed at gatherings of family and friends. From a very young age Kitty, Daisy and Lewis’ performances have been blowing away and inspiring audiences, building up an impressive fan base from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin and Eagles Of Death Metal to Dustin Hoffman and Ewan McGregor. They have had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, Jools Holland among others.

£12 | 20.00 | 18+ | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1dVr2mR  | Kitty Daisy Lewis Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – The First General Auction of Cardiff’s Newest Auction House

You are invited to the Capital’s Newest Auction House’s First General Auction on February 7 2016! General Auctions every Sunday, Auction starts at 10.00, Viewing on Saturday 9.00 – 17.00 and Sunday from 9.00.

Antique and Household Furniture, Art and Collectables, Jewellery, Books, Garden Furniture, and other Miscellaneous Items.

Antique and Fine Art Auctions the first and third Friday of the month. Auction starts at 18.00, Viewing from 9.00 Friday. House Clearances undertaken, Professional Valuations by appointment.

9.00, Unit 7 Clydesmuir Industrial Estate, Clydesmuir Rd, Cardiff CF24 2QS   |  www.cardiffcityauctions.com |  Cardiff City Auctions Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – Charity Quiz Night

Penylan Pantry are having a charity quiz! They would like to invite you all to a charity quiz night at the Pantry on 7 February from 18.00. The charity they are supporting is the Welsh Refugee Council.

There will be running a pop-up bar stocked with local craft beer, organic wine, soft drinks and they will be making a seasonal cocktail. They will also be making a pantry winter stew to buy on the night.
The prize for winning the quiz is the GLORY! All ticket proceeds will go to charity. £3 per ticket (or more if you’re feeling generous!) Book your ticket online and pay in cash on the night. Limited availability!

18:00–20:30 | Penylan Pantry, 72 Kimberley Road, CF23 5DN | Quiz night tickets | Quiz night Facebook event

Sunday 7 Feb – Something DIFFerent: Stories of science

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful means of human communication. Stories fuel our imagination and inspire our curiosity. Storyteller Christine Watkins joins forces with Cardiff University’s Prof Mike Edmunds and Dr Edward Gomez, to share with us some of science’s stories. In one hour they are going to travel through the galaxy, help Kepler find a wife and look at how science and scientists ask and answer questions.

The Institute of Physics is very excited to present this unique collaborative event in the cosy Gwdihw Cafe Bar in Cardiff. Entry is free but they ask that if you’re planning on joining that you register with their EventBrite page.

18:30 | Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ | Stories of Science Facebook event


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We are happening: Cardiff news and events round up for early January 2016

HELLO CARDIFF! Helia here, wishing you a very happy new year! Enjoy yourselves a Cardiff based links and blog round up!

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We Are Cardiff Instagram

First up, podcaster and local footy fan Alex Feeney is looking after our Instagram account for January, so follow us on there: We Are Cardiff Instagram


Did I mention that Al’s podcast is called EatSleepFootyRepeat? It’s a podcast about Welsh football. I might be a future guest on that shiz, because hey – who else is more qualified to talk about football than me?? (clue: almost everyone else at this party). Listen to previous episodes of EatSleepFootyRepeat and join their EatSleepFootyRepeat Facebook page. Because sportz, okay?


The Oddball Blog

I recently came across a newly launched site called The Oddball Blog, which has a great alternative events guide for January: Alternative events guide

The Oddball Blog also has a great blog about Cardiff music in years past, with interviews with Keith Murrell and Moira Morgan: Retrospect: Cardiff’s musical subculture of the 70s and 80s

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle have announced a series of lectures that will be taking place over the next couple of months:

They look pretty great, eh? You need to register for tickets, details on each individual event. See the overview of all events on the Cardiff Castle Facebook event page

Fundraver for Sharedydd

Sharedydd (Share’ + Caerdydd) – part of Cardiff City of Sanctuary – is a network of ordinary people in Cardiff and beyond who host destitute asylum seekers in their homes – sometimes just for a few nights, sometimes longer – helping people who have nowhere else to turn. On January 14, there will be a fundraiser at Undertone to help raise monies for them. Well worth attending! Check the FB page for other ways to help: Fundraver for Sharedydd Facebook event

The Golden Cross

Urban 75 have posted this great blog about the Golden Cross: Glazed tiles, Grade II listing and drag acts

Cardiff Flea Market’s Auction House!

Exciting news about Cardiff Flea Market, which is opening an auction house and will be holding its first general auction on February 7, 2016, (and every Sunday thereafter). More details on the First Auction Facebook page

Love food, hate waste!

Supported by the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, Green City Events has teamed up with Lia’s Kitchen and Cynefin Cardiff to host a series of pop-up food waste awareness roadshows and cooking events in Cardiff to help people to make the most of the food they might be throwing away.


Food Waste Roadshows:

  • Saturday 16 Jan – Albany Road
  • Saturday 27 Feb – Roath Farmers Market
  • Tuesday 8 March – Cardiff Students Union

Love Food Hate Waste Cook Ups:

  • Saturday 6 Feb – Plasnewydd Community Hall, 2 Shakespeare St, Roath
  • Saturday 13 Feb – Oasis Refugee Centre, 69B Splott Road, Cardiff. CF24 2BW

Tickets for these events can be booked here; www.greencityevents.co.uk/events or by emailing cookup@greencityevents.co.uk.


Uber in Cardiff

In case you hadn’t heard, the Airbnb-new-year’s-eve-orgy-party-of-taxi-cabs that is Uber is coming to Cardiff. Yes! Are we ready for it? Are we big enough for it? Will anyone use it? All these questions and more to be answered at a taxi rank near you: soon, very soon. Booking app Uber granted licence to operate in Cardiff (BBC)

In other news:

Pint of 45 does Chapel 1877

Iolo’s top ten locations in Wales for 2016

A blind woman from Cardiff has had some of her sight restored with an electronic “bionic” eye implant

Cardiff Astronomical Society is opening its Dyffryn Gardens observatory to the public to coincide with BBC Stargazing Live

Are you affected by the Cardiff local development plan? As a resident of Butetown, I personally cannot WAIT for more flats to be built down here. If that’s something we’re short of, it’s flats. Amirite? As Cardiff gets the go-ahead for thousands of new homes, what will the Local Development Plan actually mean for the city? (Wales Online)

Also the NosDa hostel and car opposite the Millennium Stadium has made a wee video, with some nice footage taken around Cardiff

And, what else could I sign off with, but the fat squirrels spotted in Bute Park? Apparently the mild winter has meant the greedy little buggers have just eaten and eaten and eaten, but it hasn’t been cold enough for them to hibernate. Climate change has a lot to answer for …

Also, if you’re looking to increase your book collection and improve your mind with reading this new year, may I recommend the debut publication from We Are Cardiff Press, an anthology of short stories about a bus route around Cardiff? The book is called The 42b – Dark journeys in Cardiff, and would make the perfect treat yo’self gift! Buy The 42b here.

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Til next time!




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Can you help Dylan with his trip to Cardiff?

Every so often, we get an email asking us about what people should do, see, or eat when they visit Cardiff. Yesterday I was emailed by Dylan. His email (and my response) are below.

But I need your input! I’ve suggested music venues and events, pubs, and places to eat and go for a walk – but what would you suggest for Dylan to do? Please leave your suggestions in the comments!

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Hey there!

My name is Dylan, and I’m going to be visiting Cardiff from the US the weekend of Sept 18-20with my brother and my dad.
We are trying to shore up a schedule of events right now, and have found an incredible wealth of options in Cardiff. We’re all really into music of all kinds, but wanted to see if there are any cool shows (folk, rock, electro-afro-industrial—whatever!) you could recommend that weekend? We also love pubs and eating (duh) and were wondering if you could recommend two favorites?
We’re also aiming to get out into the country on Sunday, so I don’t know if there are any places you’d recommend to see/hike.
I realize this is a big ask from a stranger, but if you find time to throw out a suggestion, anything would help!
All the best,


Hi Dylan,

Hello and thanks for your message. I’m very happy to suggest some things for you to do on your weekend in our fine city!

There really is a lot going on that weekend in Cardiff, and in some great venues too!

Music wise, I’d suggest on the Friday you pick one of these:

Clwb Ifor Bach, Young Promoters Network & Wales Online Present: A SOUND REACTION – STRAIGHT OUTTA MERTHYR.

Clwb Ifor Bach is one of Cardiff’s longest standing venues for independent promoters, bands, DJs and club nights, and this is a new night where the Young Promoters Network have teamed up with Clwb Ifor Bach & new music superhero A Sound Reaction (aka. Local music journo David Owens) to bring you a new monthly live night bringing his amazing weekly playlist to life. This month is a straight outta Merthyr special, where they are bringing you three of the best bands from Merthyr’s ever blossoming, diverse and richly deep music scene.

It’s only a fiver on the door: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628286074082635/

The other option is also in a great independent local venue, with a local band:

Gwdihw presents Johnny Cage & the Voodoogroove’s Rock n’ Roll Revue

Sept 18th | 9pm | £5/4adv. Johnny Cage & the Voodoogroove are a much loved local rock’n’roll outfit who always bring a brilliant party.

Again, just a fiver on the door https://www.facebook.com/events/1667912606772862/

On Saturday, If you fancy something a bit off the wall, there’s this in an antiques market! Babylon Cardiff Rooftop Party || The Last Dance.. Honest


Personally, my favourite (other) venue in Cardiff is the Moon (https://www.facebook.com/TheMoonClub?fref=ts) – always have a right good knees up in there (it’s on Womanby Street, opposite Clwb Ifor Bach – known here are the Welsh Club, btw!).



Wales has a couple of beer breweries, but the main one is called Brains (isn’t that a great name?), also there’s Pipes beers and Tiny Rebel. All local, all your should try.

I’m often found nursing a pint at:

– Urban Taphouse (local beers and ciders, nice old school place that sells Tiny Rebel)https://www.facebook.com/urbantaphousecardiff?fref=ts

– Porters (a co-operative bar with its own theatre and open mic nights, I really love this place)https://www.facebook.com/Porterscardiff?fref=ts

– Sunflower and I – If you have time, there’s this great little place in Cardiff Bay called Sunflower and I – which is a café/bar/florist (!) run by two amazing ex-opera singers. Definitely worth a peep if you make it down to the Bay https://www.facebook.com/pages/SunflowerI/349724635131752?fref=ts


Eating out – it totally depends on what you want!

One of my favourite places to have lunch in town is Wyndham Tea – a teahouse in the Wyndham Arcade (Cardiff is full of arcades, make sure you explore them all!) http://waterlootea.com/pages/tea-shops It does lovely wholesome type meals (quinoa, glass noodle salads, etc).

For a fried English breakfast, definitely head to the Cardiff Indoor Market and go upstairs – you can get an amazing cooked breakfast for very cheap, and get a lovely view of the market and the people who wander around in it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Market


Getting out of the city

Depending on the weather, there are a few really nice places to get out and see/hike:

–        Cardiff Bay 10k barrage walk. If it’s sunny, this is lovely http://www.cardiffharbour.com/objview.asp?Object_ID=69

–        Castell Coch: lovely fairytale castle, not too far from Cardiff (and if you’re eager, you can walk up the Garth Mountain, opposite the castle) http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/castell-coch/?lang=en

–        Brecon Beacons (if you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb Pen y Fan, the tallest mountain in the south of the UK) http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356405780951/

I’m going to post this on We Are Cardiff and invite our readers to suggest places for you to visit, eat and drink at. The power of the pack! I’ll send you the link so you can keep an eye on comments.



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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What’s on in Cardiff this weekend: 28/29/30 November 2014

If you’re looking for a wide variety of things to do this weekend, look no further than the borders of yon fair Cardiff. We’ve got Christmas markets! We’ve got techno! We’ve got plays! We’ve got literary events! We’ve got a Christmas cabaret! We’ve got grime!

So, that’s basically saying there’s a lot on this weekend. Have a great one, wherever you end up!


28/11 – THE BOILER HOUSE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY (The Boiler House, Papermill Road) 5pm

Get over to the Boiler House for the long awaited re-launch of the new The Boiler House Graffiti Project space! The crew have been toiling away for months preparing the space, and this event is a chance to come and see the freshest event space in Cardiff, enjoy some good beers, listen to good music and hang out with great people.

The Grand Opening features a sensory overload of an exhibition by the UK and NYC based Graffiti crew ILC. Featuring Dash, Shady, Crase, Nawt, Voms, Daps, Dak, and Best.  MUSIC / DJs: Rich Roast (Born to Rock / Peaceful Progress); Dan Jose (Unity crew – London); Alex Kidd (We Run Tings)

The Boiler House is a not-for-profit community interest project. They host pop-up events and graffiti workshops for all ages.

Boiler House launch Facebook event page

28/11 – CARDIFF POETRY EXPERIMENT (Butetown History and Arts Centre), 7pm


Join Cardiff-based writers and artists on Nov. 28 at 7 pm at the Butetown History and Arts Centre for an evening of experimental poetry with readings from Wanda O’Connor and Andrew Duncan plus a performance of an avant-garde piece from composer-theorist-writer John Cage.

BHAC Facebook page


See our post about this event from earlier this week for more info 🙂

Tickets £10.50 adv, for more see Mary Bijou Facebook event page

28/11 – PYRAMID SCHEME II (Printhaus Workshops, Canton) 7pm

Did you miss the massive literary / arts / music-fest that was PYRAMID SCHEME 1? Well, lucky for you, they’re doing another one!



  • RICHARD OWAIN ROBERTS // All The Places We Lived (Parthian, 2015)
  • DAN TYTE // Half Plus Seven (Parthian, 2014) http://dantyte.com/
  • HOLLY MüLLER // A novel, Krampus, coming soon. http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/holly-muller/
  • JOAO MORAIS // Winner of the 2013 Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers.
  • AND LIVE FROM MANCHESTER // CHRIS KILLEN //The Bird Room (Canongate, 2009) and In Real Life (2015) http://www.iamhavinganicetime.com/


28/11 – PLASTICIAN (Boulevard presents; Buffalo) 10pm

Oh my days. This is one for the raving crew! If you’re after a night of sick grime’n’bass, get to Buffalo late Friday night.

More info including links to Plastician’s Rinse FM show on the Boulevard presents Plastician Facebook event page

28/11 – SURGEON (Holodeck; Clwb Ifor Bach) 10pm

If you prefer your beats to be 4/4 in nature and hard enough to drill through concrete, head to Clwb Ifor Bach for some pounding techno courtesy of long-standing Cardiff techno night, Holodeck. Okay, they may have had a bit of a hiatus, but they’re back, baby!

Holodeck present Surgeon Facebook event page


29/11 – The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar (The Abacus) 11am – 6pm

On Saturday November 29th, in conjuction with Somewhereto_, ProMoCymru, and The Modern Alchemists, ON iiiT brings you The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar! A broad mix of Christmas market stalls full or art, crafts, gifts, cards, face painting, creative workshops and performances, this festival in a day is the ideal way to spend a Saturday, whether it’s for Christmas shopping or just a fun day out.

The Abacus, a fantastic space situated in the heart of Cardiff, less than 5 minutes from central station. This not-for-profit fundraising market is raising money for Y Care International ICS, giving young people skills, hands on experience and the opportunity to progress in life. Expect an array of arts, crafts, delights, gifts, workshops and performances. The perfect place to get presents and inspiration.

The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 29th November 11-6pm
The Abacus, Wood Street, CF10 1ER

Christmas Bazaar Facebook event page
 29/11 – Jailhouse Pressure – The Prisoner Within (Butetown History and Arts Centre) 7.30pm

Bringing together members of the general public and people who have mental health problems with the aim of producing art exploring creative avenues.

More info including how to reserve seats at The Prisoner Within Facebook event page


Tickets £10.50 adv, for more see Mary Bijou Facebook event page


30/11 – Mind Christmas Crafternoon (The Four Bars at Dempseys) 1pm – 4pm

An afternoon of Christmas crafting to raise money for Mind. Come along and get creative and eat cake. £3 entry for crafters, £1 entry for non-crafters (those just coming for the cake!)

Crafternoon event page

30/11 – Kula Christmas (Temple of Peace) 9.30am

If you’re after a day of spiritual wellness, get to the Temple of Peace on Sunday for an inspiring day of yoga, raising the vibration for peace on our beautiful planet. The day will consist of the following sessions: a balancing combination of yin and yang yoga, meditation and a blissful sound bath.

Sounds good right? More info at the Kula event page


Well, that’s about it. Apart from…

AND DON’T FORGET: STREET FEAST CARDIFF IS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE DEPOT: the cheeky buggers at the Depot have started charging on the door, so get in before 7.30pm and save yourselves £2 entry. More information at the Street Feast Cardiff Facebook page

Also, if you’re looking for something to do on Monday night, may we recommend the following…

1/12 – Chapter Moviemaker (Chapter Arts Centre) 6pm

Chapter MovieMaker is a monthly event where we screen and chat about short films with the people who made them. Admission is free, but tickets still need to be collected from the box office at Chapter, and it’s often best to reserve/collect them early (Cinema 2 only has 57 seats).

More information at the Chapter Moviemaker December event page

That’s all for this week. Have a grand weekend all!


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