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Live Music in Cardiff Whether you want to catch a glimpse of a world famous pop star or fancy seeing an up-and-coming band in action, there are plenty of live music venues in Cardiff to suit your taste.

Known as one of Britain's top entertainment venues, St David’s Hall [map] is an impressive, modern, 1,900-seater concert hall that is home to the National Orchestra of Wales. Musicians, artists and orchestras from around the world queue up to perform here because of its excellent acoustics. The hall also stages the hugely popular Cardiff Singer of the World competition, the Welsh Proms and a diverse range of classical concerts, shows and solo performances.

Another of Cardiff’s famous music venues is The Coal Exchange [map] in Cardiff Bay, which is a favourite for classical concerts from the likes of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Musicand Drama and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. It also plays host to special rock and pop gigs with past performances from the likes of Robert Cray, Van Morrison, P.J. Harvey, The Manic Street Preachers, Lost Prophets, Feeder and Wheatus.

For some of the biggest names in pop and classical music then the Cardiff International Arena [map] is a must, with many touring stars making it their only gig in Wales. Among the musicians to perform here are LeAnn Rimes, Katie Melua, Dido, Daniel Bedingfield and Bryan Adams.

If jazz music is more your style, there are a number of venues in the city centre offering live performances, including the Jazz Café [map], which is home to the Welsh Jazz Society. This bar welcomes both new talent and international musicians, with Monday nights dedicated to fresh, unknown artists, while Tuesdays and Thursdays play host to traditional jazz music by the Jazz Preservation Society.

You can also enjoy jazz at Riverbank [map], a trendy pub that has gardens with a great view of the Millennium Stadium. In the cellar bar there is a programme of live jazz every Wednesday night with acts including solo guitarists and big bands, all taken from the best of the South Wales talent.

For a bit of Irish folk music head to Callaghan’s [map] in the heart of the city centre, where you'll find bands playing every night of the week. Sunday nights are dedicated to budding musicians who are welcome to take their instruments along and join in the jamming session.

More new talent can be found at Dylan’s [map] on Park Place, which has music every night from DJs and live bands, making it perfect for those wanting to dance the night away.

If you’re after something a little different, then try the Toucan Club [map] on Womanby Street, which offers the very best in original live dance music and DJs with a funk, Latin and jazz dance theme. Saturdays are Latin Club Class nights, when guest bands and DJs from Latin America and beyond come to play a mix of salsa, Afro funk and samba. Alternatively you can check out the original unsigned bands and DJs who feature every Tuesday.

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