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Four nights of live music at Castell Caerdydd to support grassroots venues

Castell Caerdydd (Image: Gwalia)

Four nights of live music, curated by Cardiff's grassroots music venues, will take place at Castell Caerdydd over the August bank holiday weekend, as part of a Cyngor Caerdydd to "support live music and put culture at the heart of the city's recovery from Covid-19".

Three acts will perform each night, and independent venues Clwb Ifor Bach, Porters, Fuel, and The Moon, will curate the music, sell the tickets, retain all ticket income, and pay the musicians involved, which Cyngor Caerdydd says will provide "much needed support for an industry that has been hit hard by the strict public health guidelines needed to control the spread of Covid-19".


Starting on Friday August 27, the opening night of music programmed by Clwb Ifor Bach, will feature local bands Panic Shack, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and the Bug Club.

Porters will programme Saturday night, presenting Yasmine & the Euphoria, Year of the Dog and more.

Fuel will host Sunday night, with their line-up including Those Damn Crows, Cardinal Black, and Scarlet Rebels.

The Moon will bring the Bank Holiday weekend to a close on Monday with Afro Cluster, celebrating the launch of their new album, The Allergies (DJ set), Niques, DJ Trishna Jaikara, plus host Prendy.

Tickets and more information will be available on the individual venue websites or social media from Wednesday July 28, including details of the acts added to those listed above.

The events will offer both seating and standing areas for the gig-goers to choose from.

As a condition of entry all attendees will be required to present a negative Lateral Flow Test (taken within the previous 24 hours). Photo ID and track and trace information will also be required.

Leader of Cardiff Council, and Chair of Cardiff Music Board, Cllr Huw Thomas, said: "Live music venues and musicians have had to deal with huge challenges throughout the course of the pandemic. Even now, as restrictions are relaxed, some challenges remain, but our hope is that by staging this series of events at the Castle, we can support the industry and the people who work in it, and importantly, bring some joy back to the city.

"The last 17 months have been a time when music has perhaps been needed more than ever, so it's been particularly poignant not to be able to see it performed live in public. I've said before that music is a national utility for the soul that requires investment, but it's more than that, it's one of the things that make life worth living.

"We want music and culture to be at the heart of Cardiff's recovery from Covid-19 and I'm delighted that we can now start making that happen, with four nights of live music celebrating the talent and diversity of Cardiff's music scene."

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