Independent Venue Week

Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

CLWB IFOR BACH 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR | Venue Cap. 280 | Website

Located on Womanby Street, a narrow alley located across the road from Cardiff Castle, Clwb Ifor Bach – you might find it referred to as ‘Y Clwb’, or merely ‘Clwb’, or ‘The Welsh Club’ – opened in 1983.

Names scattered among Clwb’s back history include DJ Shadow, Roni Size, Scratch Perverts, 808 State, LTJ Bukem and Roots Manuva, to name a mere handful.

The rule on which the club was established – that membership, for which one was given a card, required an ability to speak Welsh or a commitment to learn – was relaxed in the late 90s.

It’s 2008, and Clwb Ifor Bach has driven its foundations further still into the earth. Promoters and club nights have come and gone, and so have other music venues. Live music has been on both the top and bottom floors since 2005; the capacity on the top floor has recently been increased, yet there are still plenty of sell-out shows. It’s not at all unknown for some proper famous boys to choose it for an ‘intimate’ gig on the down low – Super Furry Animals, Bullet For My Valentine are two recent examples. Notable shows in the last 12 months have come courtesy of Blood Red Shoes, Dead Meadow, Turisas, Foals, Black Lips, Future Of The Left, Los Campesinos!, The Cardiacs and Surgeon….

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