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Cooooontenders, are you ready?! Celebrate Gladiators THIS Friday!

Well, kinda. Splatch, the wonderful company that ran the Y Mor circus show in August on Penarth Pier, and Platform Cluedo, are celebrating the 90s TV show Gladiators this Friday 11th November!

Fluidity Freerun Academy and Splatch care coming together to explode the idea of cabaret, with fierce challenges, audience games and contemporary circus.  The event is being run to raise money for the wonderful organisation Performers Without Borders, which teaches performing arts to vulnerable children in countries of high child poverty.

Here’s Esther from Splatch to tell us more… 
We’re celebrating the nostalgic Gladiator TV show using the newly opened freerun academy as a platform to create a high adrenaline night with circus spills and thrills, extreme athletic challenges and classic games. Bring your comfy shoes ready to move around and dance your tootsies off after. It runs 8pm until late with a DJ and drinks. 
And it’s all in aid of a charity that’s close to our hearts …..
Two Nofit State performers, Sam Goodburn and Esther Fuge will be sharing, teaching and creating the life changing experience and skills of circus with vulnerable and poverty stricken children in Nicaragua. They will be joining a team of 8 performers for a three month tour around schools and community groups to build confidence, develop empowerment and overcome social barriers.
Tickets are only £5. What a bargain! Get them here: http://splatch.brownpapertickets.com/
However there are £10 and £15 tickets available if you an afford a larger contribution to donate to the cause. 
We recommend printing or sending a ticket to your mobile (at no extra cost) to be checked at the door.
Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Check out the Splatch Facebook page for more info: https://en-gb.facebook.com/cardiffsplatch/ 

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



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.



LACED 2 at the Boiler House – this Sunday!

IMG_0404 LACED is all about bringing together people with a shared love for the ‘sneaker game’ and all that it represents. This Sunday, the Boiler House graffiti project plays host to the second of these special very special events, from 12pm until late.
Whether you’re into trainers or not, get down there and check out the amazing line up of music, shops and food.
Expect sneaker stalls, competitions, clothing, live graffiti, breakdancing and music.
There will also be:
  •  a pop-up barbers shop from Sleep When You’re Dead offering fresh cuts to all for a discounted price, and Captain Cats beard oil helping tame the wildest of facial fuzz;
  • the cool guys at Punk Bikes, who will be bringing along a range of their wares, and also running a sprints competition for anyone to try;
  • silent film screening of ‘Style Wars’ by OnerSigns;
  • tasty grub will be coming from Pieminister, Dirty South BBQ and Bake my Day cake specialists and vegan fare; and
  • an on site bar selling Pipes ales, Red Stripe, processo by the bottle, shorts and soft drinks for children.

As well as all of that, Cardiff Geek Party will be bringing a load of old Sega and Nintendo consoles, and they’ll be running competitions and bringing back a whole load of nostalgia through the day.
So dust off your freshest kicks, rock that Kangol hat, bring along the kids and join LACED events for the coolest Sunday ever!

Check out their Facebook event  for more info!



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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