Amidst the worrying issues faced by venues on Womanby Street in Cardiff currently(more on this shortly).Cardiff Transport Club, the social club for the capital’s transport employees is opening its doors in the Riverside to the wider creative, music and arts community from this April.
To launch the venue and introduce it to the city, Cardiff Transport Club is putting on a gig on the 13th April 2017. They have hand-picked three bands to play: Pink Grapefruit (Cardiff) , Young Black Americans (Cardiff), and two day coma (Bristol). There is no set entry fee, just a minimum £1 donation to be split between the bands. Here’s what they say about the venues set up ‘unlike other, bigger central venues, this 120 cap space does not have to bring in as many bodies to make events profitable, meaning the concentration can move away from balancing the books and more towards supporting the musical, artistic and other events that performers, promoters and artists want to hold there, in a safe, affordable space that lets them grow.’
‘Cardiff has been going through some changes recently that have worried and upset the musical community. In this ‘Land of Song’ we currently seeing our live music venues under threat, despite having a thriving music scene. There have been closures, and now campaigns such as ‘Save Womanby Street’ are trying to call to action all music lovers to fight for their cities musical heart beat.
South Wales’ biggest exports include bands like the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals, all cut their teeth in grassroots venues, playing in spaces to smaller, attentive crowds thirsty to hear and support new music across the city.
Cardiff Transport Club is a new endeavour that seeks to offer a fantastic space and facilities just outside the town Centre, in Riverside, and not just to its valued members and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Excitingly, in a city that needs to feel more connected and less anonymous this new space open for all artistic endeavours is being offered by the historic and recognisable institution of the Transport and Bus Social Club. The club is now open to all and offers special student drink offers. The upstairs venue/performance space is fully accessible with a stairlift, an important point to make when many venues sadly struggle to be accessible to those with disabilities. There is also on-street parking after 6pm.’
All ages welcome. Doors 7:30pm
“Grungegaze with added sprinkles. We are trash.”
Young Black Americans
Young Black Americans have the singular aim of making a lot of noise. Inspired by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Trail of Dead
two day coma
Playing their first Cardiff show, this new Bristol band is part Postal Service, part Bon Iver… and it works. Beautifully.
Cardiff Transport Club, 59-61 Tudor St, CF11 6AD
Stay up to date on upcoming shows at the Transport club here: https://www.facebook.com/transportclubgignights