Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and the capital of a country made famous by its choirs. So it’s no surprise that music is taken seriously here and you’ll find a wide range of venues, some huge concerts and many famous musical alumni.
Among Cardiff’s famous sons (and daughters) is Charlotte Church. Charlotte came to the public’s attention singing Pie Jesu on the phone on ITV’s This Morning as an 11 year old and she grew up into bona fide pop star. Charlotte famously supported the pride of Cardiff, Dame Shirley Bassey, the only artist to have sung the theme tune to three Bond movies! And, to complete our trio of famous Cardiff ladies is Cerys Matthews and her band Catatonia, known for hits including ‘Mulder and Scully’ and ‘Road Rage’.
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There are some massive venues in the city, including the Motorpoint Arena with a capacity of 7,500 and the Principality Stadium (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium), also home to the Welsh national rugby union team. On a smaller scale is Cardiff’s newest music venue, the 1,000 capacity Tramshed, set in an attractive and historically significant building. St David’s Hall – the National Concert Hall and home to the Welsh Proms – is also well worth a visit.
These venues have played host to some big names in recent years. The biggest boy band on the planet, One Direction, kicked off their 2015 European tour at the Principality Stadium, their first concert on UK soil as a foursome after the departure of Zayn Malik. US singer and songwriter Bob Dylan played at the Motorpoint Arena in 2015 and the 74-year-old had the crowd rocking to all his big hits. Welsh favourites Stereophonics played a mixture of old songs and new when they played the Cardiff City Stadium in June 2016.
No matter what your taste in music – from heavy metal to pop – there is an act coming to Cardiff in 2017 that you will love. For those who like their music on the heavy side, a treble bill of Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and In Flames hits the Motorpoint Arena on 19 January. If you’re a fan of pop music, who better than Olly Murs to entertain you for the evening? He’ll be playing at the Motorpoint Arena on 20 March. Or, if you like a more intimate venue, try indie band Blossoms at the Tramshed on 25 March.
If you’re looking for tickets for any of these concerts – or many more that will take place Cardiff during 2017 – look no further than GetToTheFront. We’ll have all the latest news about tour announcements and tickets you can trust.