From Super Furry Animals to Shirley Bassey, Griff Rhys Jones to Rob Brydon, some of the biggest names in entertainment became stars in Cardiff. So whether you want to watch the best and brightest acts performing on stadium stages or catch the next big thing in an intimate setting, this city has you covered. Hear the crowd roar with laughter at the Motorpoint Arena, see international pop sensations at the Principality Stadium, watch classic drama at the New Theatre or enjoy some operatics at St David’s Hall; you’ll find a vibrant and varied mix of events in Cardiff’s world-class venues. Not sure whether you’re in the mood for music, comedy, theatre or dance? Our guide will give you the lowdown on what’s on where, so you can make sure you catch the best shows in town. Don’t want to be late for show time? There’s a Cardiff Premier Inn nearby that will make sure you get to the venue for curtain up.
Formerly the Cardiff International Arena (CIA), the Motorpoint Arena is a versatile venue where you’ll find everyone from conference speakers to comedians, pop stars to pool champions – not to mention plenty of fans. With room for up to 7,500, the Arena hosts a huge number of different stars and shows each year, including Katy Perry, Lee Evans and kids’ favourite Paw Patrol Live.
The Principality Stadium, previously known as the Wales Millennium Stadium, is the national stadium of Wales and the home of the Welsh national rugby team. As you’d expect from a venue of this size, the stadium has played host to lots of large scale events – from the Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics to top international stars, like Madonna and
Opening in 2004, the Wales Millennium Centre has quickly established itself at the centre of Cardiff’s creative scene and become one of the country’s most iconic arts and cultural destinations. From its dramatic exterior, which has featured in Torchwood and Doctor Who, to the blockbuster musicals, opera, ballet, dance and stand up comedy you’ll find inside, the centre is well worth a visit.
With its red brick curved entrance topped with two small dome turrets, the New Theatre is a striking city centre landmark. Since it first opened in 1906, this Victorian variety theatre has seen some of the country’s biggest names tread its boards in dramas, musicals, comedies and shows. This includes national treasures Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Hopkins.
Located in one of the Cardiff University buildings, the Union is at the heart of student life. Whether you’re studying or visiting, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy in one of its three venues. Larger bands tend to play in the Great Hall whereas Y Plas hosts slightly smaller acts and club nights. For a really intimate show, get up close and personal to acts in the CF10 studio.
The National Concert Hall and Conference Centre of Wales, St David's Hall is a performing arts venue in the centre of Cardiff. Although best known for hosting the Welsh Proms, International Orchestral Series and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, don’t be fooled, it’s not all classical in this venue. You’ll also find a calendar packed with jazz, pop, dance, musicals and light entertainment.
With its twin-auditorium, the Sherman Theatre is two venues in one. Inside the distinctive metal façade, you’ll find a larger main theatre, alongside the smaller studio or arena. This producing theatre has a mission to make exciting theatre by Welsh and Wales-based artists. Over the years they have developed award-winning shows which have travelled the country and beyond.
Often voted one of the best places to drink in Wales, Porter’s is a bar and much more. This lively venue has something different on every evening. From open mic to bandaoke, comedy to quizzes, not to mention the weekend knees up, you’ll find something to watch every day of the week. And if you get bored of the show, there’s even a crazy golf course to keep you entertained!
Purveyors of fine music and hard liquor, The Full Moon – also known as The Moon Club – is a high energy bar with an emphasis on music. Head here on any night and you’ll find live bands and DJs playing everything from folk to reggae, pop to punk, hip hop to bebop. It’s free entry for a lot of shows and club nights, so take a trip to the Full Moon and you’re in for a bargain night out.
Originally a cinema, The Globe is now a hub of live music that’s much loved by Cardiff locals. With its unassuming façade, you could easily walk past this venue but if you step inside you’ll find a great evening of entertainment ahead of you. Whether you’re looking for sixties soul stars, up and coming acts or cracking covers bands, you’ll find something great to listen to at this venue.
Housed in an old tram depot, Tramshed is a music and arts venue in west Cardiff.
This large industrial space now plays host to everything from rock, punk, soul and reggae stars, up and coming comedians and massive club nights.
As well as a huge range of shows, this versatile space is also used for film screenings, food and drink festivals and even fitness classes.
Opening in 2001 in the buzzing surroundings of Cardiff Bay with its array of bars and restaurants, the Glee Club is the perfect place to see the best comedians, music and spoken word performance. Previous acts include comedians like Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and music acts like Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews, Gruff Rhys and The Staves.
Located on the Welsh coast, Cardiff is a haven for rugby fans, Doctor Who devotees, adrenalin junkies and culture vultures looking for a weekend away. Expect great shopping, elegant quayside dining, art, history and sport while never being too far away from the breathtaking Welsh countryside. Our Premier Inn Cardiff hotels are perfectly placed to explore everything Cardiff has to offer.