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After 10 years in the Welsh capital, Cardiff Barfly has closed its doors for the last time.
It is thought that the popular 150-capacity venue was struggling to keep afloat in this economic climate.
The news comes as a big blow to local music lovers, who have been attending gigs at the intimate venue for the past decade. It also comes less than a week after we named it as the top gig venue in Cardiff in our Student Guide.
Some top notch bands have played there in recent years, including Ash (which we reviewed in June), Kings of Leon and local heroes Lostprophets.
The first some fans knew about it was a notice on the door and needless to say there is disappointment all round.
Grant Jeffreys, a longtime Cardiff gig-goer, said: “Barfly was the best venue in Cardiff, it’s such a shame it’s gone. I don’t really get why, it was always pretty buzzing when I went there. A sad day indeed.”
A statement released on the Barfly’s website reads: “Over the decade, we’ve had the opportunity to present an array of extraordinary up’n’coming artists – some of whom have gone on to become festival headliners and household names.”
But they leave the city with a glimmer of hope, adding: “Cardiff has a rich musical heritage and many genuine music lovers, for this reason we hope at some point to return to the city in a location that better reflects the needs of the current generation of the artists and audiences.
“In the meantime, we would like to wholeheartedly thank the staff that helped to take us this far and all those we’ve encountered along the way – promoters, agents, tour managers and more – who helped to make sure bands made it there on time, sounded great, and ensured the shows were the best they could be. Most of all, we’d like to thank everyone that attended our events over the years.
Regarding current shows, they say they will endeavour to place all forthcoming gigs at alternative locations. Where this is not possible, tickets will be refunded.

The following shows have been relocated – more to follow.

14th September – Nell Bryden
Support from Paper Aeroplanes, Ivan Moult & Tueur De Lune
Has moved to – The Globe – 125 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3NS
029 2023 0130
Tickets are available through:
Tel: +44(0)29 20230130

15th September – TRC + Lower Than Atlantis
Has moved to – Le Pub – 1 Caxton Place, Newport NP20 4BN
Tickets are available here.

16th September – I Am Arrows
Support from David J Roch & OK
Has moved to – Clwb Ifor Bach – 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Tickets are available here.

26th October – Fenech Soler
Support from Friends Electric & Cafe Zurich
Has moved to – Clwb Ifor Bach – 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Tickets are available from TicketWeb

8th November – Fighting with Wire
Support from More Than Conquerors
Has moved to – Clwb Ifor Bach – 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff CF10 1BR
Tickets are available through TicketWeb