DECEMBER-JANUARY | CLUBS LISTINGS
11 Commercial Street, Neath. 07791 923214 / email@example.com
Sat 9 Dec Solo 9pm-4am, £15 adv. House from Patrick Topping plus Solo residents.
Tue 26 Dec Solo 9pm-4am. Featuring London tech-houser Pawsa, who played here in June I believe, plus Reelow and Solo residents.
5-6 Castle Bailey St, Swansea. facebook.com/theatticswansea
Sat 9 Dec 100% Old Skool 9pm-4am, £10 adv. Room 1: funky house, house and speed garage from Greg P, Nicky G, John Steffanick, Karl Newman b2b Jordan Steins and Justin Thomas. Room 2: old skool UK garage from DJ Kai, Greg P, DJ Evo and Nicky G.
Sat 16 Dec Con7rol X Zoo Project Ibiza Xmas Party 9pm-4am, £10-£15 adv. Chunky house/techno from Lee Walker (Defected), Lee Pennington, Lloyd Haines, Taz Meah, Jamie Morgan, Alexander Eley, Vedra & Rinaldi, Bode and Dan Black.
Tue 26 Dec Delusion Boxing Day Classics 9.30pm-4am. Trancemastery from Rob Davies, Rhys Thomas, Digital Horizon, Jonny Griffiths, Callan Christie, Rhys Williams, Dan McShane, Andrew Butty Davies, Ben Saunders and John Hughes.
Broad Street, Barry. facebook.com/cocoabarry
Tue 26 Dec Boxing Day Garage Special 10pm-3.30am, £5 before 10.30. Featuring Kele Le Rob plus DJs James Bourne, Jigga and host Gummi.
Thursdays (from Thurs 14 Dec) Reggae Nights DJs Gadget and The Candyman (Love & Harmony Sounds) play lovers rock, classic and new reggae jams weekly.
Fridays Old School Fridays 10pm-3.30am, £3. With DJ James Bourne.
Sat 9 Dec Regal Nights 10pm-3.30am, £5. With DJs Colin Francis, Paz, James Bourne, DJ T and Gummi.
Sat 16 Dec Christmas Party Ladies Night 10pm-3.30am, £4 before 10.30. Hosted by John and Chris Clark off TOWIE.
The Big Top / 10 Feet Tall
11a + 12 Church Street, Cardiff. 029 2022 8883 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays Rock hits from DJ Andy Rhys Lewis.
Fridays + Saturdays Resident DJs playing soul and funk.
Fri 1 Dec Hey Mary 10.30pm, £5. Cardiff’s top gay/queer/drag/etc night. Hosted by Lucy Fur with Sissy Boy Tears DJs dropping the tunes. Normally on the first Friday of every month.
Saturdays Under A Groove 9pm-3am, £3 after 10. Funk and neo-soul.
49 Cambrian Road, Newport. 01633 243500.
Wednesdays Wild Wednesdays Cocktails, drink deals and tunes as part of a cross-city midweek session.
Fridays Koncept & Friends 11pm, £3-£5. House, techno and bass music with guest DJs, breaking producers and residents from Wales’ freshest nights.
Saturdays Re:work 11pm, £5. Underground and cutting edge club music promised.
Sun 31 Dec The NYE Clubhop 8pm-8am, £6. Twelve hours of merriment in this venue plus The Courtyard, Warehouse54, Meze Lounge, Labamba and Rootys for the price of your wristband.
Blue Honey Night Cafe
Quay Street, Cardiff. 07512 247712 / facebook.com/bluehoneynightcafe
Fri 22 Delete Get Together 9pm-4am, free. Vinyl-only sets from Kofi Tarris, Jessie Belters, Marc Parsons, Lee Graves and Matt Owen.
11 Windsor Place, Cardiff. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-3am, Fri + Sat 11am-4am, Sun until 4am. 029 2031 0312 / www.buffalocardiff.com
Mondays Gin & Juice 10pm-4am, from £2. R’n’b/hip-hop night, replacing the recently departed Bump & Grind in none too subtle fashion. Lots of drinks deals on offer, although not for the drink of the evening’s name.
Thurs 7 Dec Shelter 10pm-3am, £7 adv. Drum’n’bass with DJs Upgrade, Beeson, ERB, Marker, Reload and MCs XL and Westman.
Thurs 14 Dec Switch Up 10pm-3am, £5 adv. Garage, grime, bassline, jungle and drum’n’bass from Tsuki, Mod b2b Apollo, Styx b2b Koncept, Mumble B, Rossi B and Shannyshan b2b Hoodfellaz feat Slim Teng. Mcs: Supa Darkaz, Crash, Razkid and Ez Rah.
Thurs 21 Dec Stickylemons 9.30pm-4am, £6-£10. Jungle and drum’n’bass. DJs: Nicky Blackmarket, Jacky Murda, Zippy b2b Cod b2b Ransom, Shannyshan b2b Bomber b2b Frenzee, Dark D b2b Pabz b2b T-Bone, Reload b2b Plethora b2b Hoodfellaz and more TBC. MCS: Mr Traumatik, XL, Jaydee, Hoodfellaz, Slim-Teng and Chew.
Thurs 11 Jan Gunfingers x Stickylemons 9.30pm-4am. A night of grime and bassline v drum’n’bass. Confirmed so far: Burgaboy, Local, Royal, Nedd, Dubzta, Shannyshan, Jaydee, Wonky Tree and Reload.
Fri 8 Dec TDV – A Tribal Gathering Pt. III 10pm-4am. Drum’n’bass, halftime and jungle with a lineup (and all other details) currently TBC.
Saturdays The Shake Up 10pm-4am, £3. Pop, chart, house, r’n’b funk and soul from residents over two floors. Plus, when you order a drink from the bar you roll a dice and, if you roll a double, it’s half price. My commiserations to this venue’s bar staff for having to put up with this.
6 Station Road, Brynmawr. 01495 315334.
Fri 22 Infinity: Goes Beyond! 7pm-2am, £3. House, techno and trance from Tekno Tom, J-Tek, Just Joe, Tom-E Slim, Jiggy, Spctrm and Rossy D & Brad Dunk .
The Carpet Club
Lost Vegas Hotel, 8-10 St Mary Street, Cardiff. email@example.com
*Fri 1 Dec Blue Honey / Doppler 10pm-4am, £20 adv. Great, years overdue booking in a mysterious venue: Detroit house tripper Omar-S headlines and you can read more about it in Clubs even though we normally don’t feature stuff on this early in the month.
Sat 9 Dec Cardiff Skateboard Club Xmas Party 9pm-4am, £5. Featuring DJs Don Leisure Gareth Evans (90s hip-hop set), Hard Lines Coffee, Ed Carter and Al Power, plus MCs Jim O and Trix. Live: Reid (garage set), Luca and more TBC. Plus skate vids on a big screen and other attractions. Also “free entry for anyone wearing head to toe 90s DC or Droors gear”.
Cardiff City Hall
Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cathays Park, Cardiff. 029 2087 1000 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 27 Jan Time Flies Big Birthday Party 8.30pm-1am, £25 adv. Featuring Jeremy Healy, Allister Whitehead, Craig Bartlett, Dave Jones, Richard Hitchell, Shane Morris, Footlong DJs, Dave Eaves, Tyrone & Rick and Jason King. This was originally booked in for late September but was postponed. Pop over the road to the 29 Park Place bar to continue dancing until 3am, if you like.
Cardiff University Students Union
Park Place, Cardiff. All listings apply to term time only. 029 2078 1458 / www.cardiffstudents.com
Wednesdays YOLO 9pm-2am, £4/£3 adv/free before 11. New midweek club night promising both your favourite tunes and great offers. Good name, really on trend.
Fri 26 Jan Bedlam 9pm-4am, £24.50-£32.50. Very large three-room lineup with, confirmed so far: Chase & Status (DJ set), Friction, Holy Goof, Sasasas, Zinc, S.P.Y, Randall, Kasra, Critical, Distinkt, Bushbaby and 24hr Garage Girls. Looks to be sold out.
Saturdays Juice 10pm-3am, £5/£4 NUS. Chart, dance and pop.
Broadway, Pontypridd. 07771 920726 / www.clubiceponty.com
Tue 26 Dec Cellar Door 8pm-3am, £10 adv. Cardiff house and techno faves trek out to Ponty.
Fri 15 Dec Journey 10pm-3am, £3 before 11. Trance, techno, prog house and classics from Cardiff regulars.
Fri 22 Dec Core Collision & HDUK Black Friday Snow Party 7pm-3am, £15/£10. Hardcore night featuring Destructive Tendencies, Joey Riot, Sy, Ed ET & DTR, Miss Racy & Blocaldini, Deimos and ADHD plus hosts Shocker and Wotsee.
Saturdays Gravity 9pm, £7/£5 before 11. House, techno and dance every week on the club’s new Void soundsystem. Sat 2 Dec is in fact the launch night for this, and features Martin Dibble, Jimpy, K33fey, Liam O’Connol, Sean Andrews, Lewis John and James Wilding.
Sat 3 Feb Core Collision UV Paint & Foam Spectacular 8pm-3am, £5 adv. With DJ Fallon, Blocaldini, Ray Raw, Andy Demize, Lozzie, Webbe, Gee & Atom, Xsiv DJ and DJ Hyde, plus hosts Energy, Venom and Andy Demize.
Sun 31 Dec Core Redemption White Party 2018 NYE Showdown 6pm-3am. With Andy Whitby, Skinny b2b Bundy, Stu Grady, Stylezzy, Gee & Atom, Mr Hyde, Rampage, Con Con, Tone-E, Asbo Aaron v MNL plus MCs MCV, Wingman, Pieman and Swifty
1 Northampton Lane, Swansea. 0844 8849171 / www.globaloxygen.co.uk
Fridays Dance Anthems 11pm-6am, free. House and commercial music all night from Big Al, Nicky G, 3 Bird, Jordan Steins, LJ Isaac and Tom Chizzy.
Saturdays 11.30pm-5am, £5/free before 1. House, house & bass (what is this?), progressive and big room tunes.
Sat 16, Fri 22, Tue 26 + Sun 31 Dec 11pm-5am, £5/free before 1. These are Christmas Party Night, Black Friday, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. I’ve listed them as one thing because the details look to be identical for each one.
Clwb Ifor Bach
Womanby St, Cardiff. 029 2023 2199 / www.clwb.net
Mondays Bump & Grind 10.30pm, £3-£5. Hip-hop and r’n’b night.
Tue 12 Dec Carnival 11pm, £3-£5. Bashment, dancehall and reggae.
Wed 6 Dec Got Bass 11pm, £4-£8. Headlined by bassline don Jamie Duggan who, in contrast to his dad Hacksaw Jim, favours the 4×4 over the 2×4. A joke with a niche audience there, but an audience all the same.
Tue 13 Dec Dazed 11pm. Third edition of new drum’n’bass club night featuring Spyder and more TBC.
Thurs 7 Dec Brooklyn Zoo 10.30pm-4am, £4-£6. Current and classic hip-hop alike.
Thurs 14 Dec Propaganda 11pm, £3-£5. Big national indie disco brand.
Fridays (bottom) Seventy Times 7 11pm-3am, £3-£5. New weekly clubnight offering alt-rock and pop-punk by the looks of things. It’s named after a Brand New song, or at least is at the time of going to press, if that’s any indicator.
Fri 8 Dec Get Funky 11pm-4am, £4-£10. Funk, disco and house from Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Brynn Salter and Eben Rees. This sold out weeks in advance, like all their nights. Don’t understand what their secret is.
Fri 15 Dec Disco Motel 11pm, £3-£5. Disco and classic pop club night.
Fri 12 Jan Helium 10pm-4am, £7-£10. House and techno headlined by Hot Creations’ Russ Yallop.
Saturdays Dirty Pop 10pm-4am, £5. Three floors of fun: The Vinyl Vendettas’ top floor resident indie shindig; Dirty Pop and Mr Potter’s proper disco.
Sun 31 Dec New Year’s Eve With all the Saturday DJs, doing their normal thing but a bit more festive I’d imagine. Also there is some sort of Blade Runner theme, not sure what this will mean exactly though.
Exchange Building, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff. 029 2010 7050 / exchangehotelcartdiff.co.uk
Sat 13 Jan Northern Soul 7pm, £8.50 adv. Featuring Strictly Soul resident DJs and special guests Dave Rimmer, Paul Davies, Hitsville Chalky and Dean Carr.
48 Cambrian Road, Newport. 01633 213161.
Wednesdays Wild Wednesdays Upfront dance anthems and “Urban Vibes”.
Wed 3 Dec The Winter Reggae Fever Tour 9pm-4am, £15. Featuring Jamaican reggae hotshot Gyptian! Nice. Plus Aleighcia Scott, Empireflipz, Love N Harmony Sound, Matt Kirke, DJ T, VJ Jordan plus special guests.
Fridays Spotlight Sessions / The Kickstart 5pm, £3/free before 9. Urban and club anthems and drinks deals. Part of the NPCLUBHOP price deal which also includes entry to Blind Tiger, Meze Lounge and Lambaba.
Saturdays Mischief Beat-driven anthems is the ambiguous description for tonight’s music policy.
Sundays Good Time Social Club 8pm, free. DJs til late and the weekend’s sports highlights.
Sun 31 Dec The NYE Clubhop 8pm-8am, £6. Twelve hours of merriment in this venue plus Warehouse54, Meze Lounge, Blind Tiger, Labamba and Rootys for the price of your wristband.
Old Market Street, Neath. 01639 643892.
Sat 16 Dec Hedone 7pm-2am, £10. House from Oli Furness, who’s had stuff released on Clone and Unknown To The Unknown, Sean Morris and Steve Edge.
4 Quay Street, Haverfordwest. 01437 779595 / www.eddies.co
Sat 16 Dec Hed Kandi 9pm-5am, £9 adv. Night of dimwit house headlined by Lovely Laura, described here as “the most sensational saxophonist on the planet right now!” Ben Santiago and Carl Hanaghan are the DJs, probably the most sensational ones on the planet in fact although this isn’t specified.
Fiction & Vinyl
The City Gates, Little Wind Street, Swansea. 01792 828777 / www.fictionclub.co.uk/swansea
Wednesdays Underground 11pm-3.30am, £3.50/£2 before 1. House, chart, r’n’b and cheese across two rooms.
Thurs 7 Basshunter 11pm-3am, £5 adv early bird. This is part of something called the Jingle Bass tour, although when I googled I could only find this date and one in Cardiff Walkabout on the same night. It’s hosted by the Basshunter Appreciation Society, who I have to assume enjoy top bantz.
Fridays 11pm-3am, £5/£3 adv. Drinks offers and, uh, music I guess.
Saturdays Agenda 10.30pm-3am, £3.50/£2 before 1. Fiction: house, r’n’b, EDM. Vinyl: pop and party.
Sun 31 Dec 9.30pm-5am, £5 adv super early bird. Headlined by Riton, and I had to look this up because I’m not a 21-year-old pillhead like you, but Riton is the same Riton who had some not very sucessful releases on Grand Central in like 2002. He makes mersh pop-house now. Fair play to him I guess. Also he’s playing at Pryzm in Cardiff tonight as well.
5 Womanby Street, Cardiff. 07970 063107 / facebook.com/fuelcardiff
Thursdays FUBAR 10pm-2am. Rock, metal and alternative clubnight.
Fridays + Saturdays Rock and metal anthems each weekend, plus special guests when such types are in town.
Uplands Crescent, Swansea. 01792 475147 / www.whitez.co.uk
Sat 13 Jan Lucidox 9pm-3am, £5. New night offering techno from Blake Parker, Scott Phillips, Ryan Holmes, Sam Balla and Kyle Waters.
Fri 19 Jan Ruin 10pm-3am, £10. Dubstep and grime night brings Commodo, from the Deep Medi Musik stable, to Swansea for a headline set.
Greyfriars Road, Cardiff. 029 2022 9311 / email@example.com
Mondays The Fest 10pm-3am, £2/free before 11. A mashup of chart, r’n’b, cheese and dance across two floors. Mon 4 Dec has a guest appearance from Gemma Collins, given the enviable title ‘queen of memes’ here. King of memes is of course Richard Dawkins.
Tue 26 Dec Mayfair Sessions 10pm-3am, £8-£20. With Colin Francis and Max Denham.
Wed 6 Dec Groove 10pm-4am, £8 adv. Regular house night brings De La Swing and Franky Rizardo to town tonight.
Saturdays Vanity 9pm-3am, £5-£10. Two rooms of quality music, everyone catered for it is claimed.
Sat 23 Dec Groove 10pm-4am, £10 adv. With special guest Pete Tong.
Sun 31 Dec Kisstory NYE Special 10pm-3am, £10-£25. Old skool, hip-hop, dance, r’n’b and garage, the place to be if you want to kiss a Tory and then have to leave at 3am.
125 Albany Rd, Cardiff. 07590 471888 / www.globecardiffmusic.com
Fri 15 Ultimate Power 9pm, £4 adv. Semi-regulart power ballads, air guitar, karaoke night.
Guildford Crescent, Cardiff. 029 2039 7933 / www.gwdihw.co.uk
Tue 12 Dec + Tue 9 Jan Cardiff Electronic Producers 7.30pm. With acts TBC in December and Little Eris confirmed for January, plus an open decks session from 7-9pm.
Fri 22 Pleasuredome 9pm, £4/£3 before 11. Electro, synthpop, italo disco, new wave, funk and more.
Fri 29 That Good Night 9pm, £3 Leftfield dance and acid house and suchlike, normally found in The Big Top.
Sat 2 Dec Sure Shot 9pm. Featuring Late Night Tales DJs plus Groove Theory’s Tom Bateman.
Sat 16 Dec Palomino Christmas Party 9pm, £6 adv. Featuring a set from the band Palomino Party, then Rotary Club DJs until late.
Sat 23 Dec Comfort’s Christmas Crackers Part 2 9pm.
Sat 30 Dec Signor Funk 9pm.
Sun 31 Dec Gwdihw’s NYE Party: A History Of Funk 8pm-4am, £5/£3.
West Canal Wharf, Cardiff. 029 2039 0939.
Fri 8 Teak 10pm-5am. House and disco from Melbourne house DJ Bell Towers, plus Teak resident Rikki Humphrey.
75 St Mary Street, Cardiff. Fri + Sat 8pm-6am. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 2 Dec MC Magika’s Earthstrong Celebration 9pm-6am. No real info on this yet but it’s presented in conjunction with Circle 8 and is partly or entirely drum’n’bass.
Fri 8 Dec Hard Alliance 9pm-5am, £10. Hard dance and hardcore, with McBunn v Stu Grady, Jonny Griffiths v Callan Christie, Racy v Con Con, Narcotic Smugglers, Ray Raw v Chesh, Rhod Morgan v Butty, Asbo Aaron v MNL, Patchy v Vandellio, Rusty Nuttz v Little Jack, Beat Conductors and Demonix v Swift-EE, plus hosts Wotsee, Jay P, Fugitive, DEE and MCV.
Bridge Wharf, Carmarthen. 01267 235648 / www.laserstationwales.com
Sat 2 Dec Concur 9pm-3am, £5. Techno and drum’n’bass from Jody Barr, Gareth Bruce, Ryan Holmes, Scott Phillips and Crawler.
Fri 8 Dec Mass Of New-Sense 7pm-3am, £10/£7 adv. Free party tekno and drum’n’bass from Vandal, Blackley, Justmyday, OliOliOli b2b Jake Radar, DougyRush, Ben Vorteks, Spit, Gem1n1-Tw1nz, Apollo and MCs Ellis McG, Buggz UK, Kross Sektion, Hypnosis MC and Catfish Bobby.
Fri 22 Dec Progrezzion 8pm-3am, £10/£8 before 10. Hardcore, hardstyle etc from Marc Smith, Ganah, D-Grove & Tranz-Linquants with MC K-Ner, Gee & Atom, Turk & Smiler, Shoelace Sion, Kinkybeatz v Arnie & Fakulty, DJ Nova and MCs Smiler, Hypnosis and Venom.
Level 2 @ Kongs
114-116 St Mary Street, Cardiff. email@example.com / www.kongsbars.com
Sun 31 Selecta! 10pm-3am. Classic garage and grime from Leeson, Bandit, El Wot and Onslaught.
89 St Mary Street, Cardiff. Mon-Thurs 4pm-2am, Fri 4pm-3am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-1am. 029 2066 8647 / www.maryscardiff.co.uk
Wednesdays Wednesday Club 8pm-2am. Dance and chart toppers with DJ Chris.
Thursdays Mixxet 8pm-2am. Fun, games, and cabaret with Amber Dextrous and Alphaa Heart.
Fridays Non Stop Party 8pm-2am. DJ Lee plays tunes from the 90s onwards.
Saturdays 8pm-2am. Dance, pop and chart with DJ Billy Joe.
Sundays Service 5pm-2am, free. Bingo with Aunty Ade and Aunty Betty from 5pm, with cash prizes; DJ Mary Golds until 9pm; guest cabaret at 9pm and DJ Billy Joe on the tapes (this is an odd turn of phrase but I like it) until 1am.
Sun 31 Dec 8pm-2am. The biggest chart toppers and party anthems. Plus some kind of transitional calendar content.
Baker’s Row, Cardiff. 029 2039 9942 / www.metroscardiff.com
Wednesdays Cheapskates 9pm-4am, £4/free early bird. Hywel plays ‘alternative mayhem’ and old skool cheese.
Fridays Havoc 10.30pm-4am, free before 11. Mismatched alternative tunes from Hywel.
Saturdays Lose Yourself 10.30pm-4am, free before 11. Stereo Brain playing indie, beats, treats and pop-punk.
Sun 31 Dec 10pm-4am, £6/£4. With Stereo Brain and lots of drinks deals.
6 Market Street, Newport. 01633 259144 / facebook.com/mezeloungenewport
Fridays Panic! Alternative anthems, pop-punk, hardcore and guilty pleasures.
Saturdays Rock You! 10pm, £3-£5. A selection of anthems across the decades plus party/covers bands each week.
Sun 31 Dec The NYE Clubhop 8pm-8am, £6. Twelve hours of merriment in this venue plus The Courtyard, Warehouse54, Blind Tiger, Labamba and Rootys for the price of your wristband.
Minskys Show Bar
Cathedral Walk, St David’s Centre, Cardiff. 029 2023 3128 / www.minskys-showbar.com
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm-1am. Dancing and cabaret with regular drag acts including Tina Sparkle, Miss Babs and Jolene Dover.
84-86 St Mary Street, Cardiff. 029 2037 1315 / www.missoulabars.co.uk/missoulacardiff
Mondays Mojito Mondays 5pm-12am. Motown classics and mojitos 2-4-1 all night.
Thursdays Rock The Night 5pm-12am. Indie classics.
Fridays #Friday 5pm-2am. Funky house and half price drinks from 5-10pm.
Sun 31 Dec NYE – Ministry Of Sound 5pm-3am, £2 adv early bird. With DJ Kisch (from the MOS stable), Chris Evans and special guests.
Mill Lane, Cardiff. Mon-Sat 11am-late. 029 2022 1295 / www.mockalounge.com
Thursdays The Social Affair 9pm-3am. Over-25s night with chart hits through the ages.
Fridays Timeless DJ Dan Nicholas plays r’n’b, funk, disco and old skool. Just old skool.
Saturdays Decorum Soulful and upfront house, plus funk, disco etc, from Sinky and Styles.
Sundays VIP Chris Evans (My Playhouse) plays club classics, funky house and r’n’b.
Sun 17 Dec Mayfair Sessions Christmas Party 9pm-2am, £5 adv. With special guest Robbie Craig, who you might remember as the singer on some Artful Dodger tunes.
Womanby Street, Cardiff. 029 2037 3022 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 20 Dec Womanby’s Clubbing 5.30-8pm. Monthly clubbing events for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health conditions. Run in partnership with Student Volunteering.
Fridays Gigantic Free. Funk, punk, rock’n’roll, hip-hop, indie, reggae, soul until 3am.
Fri 29 Dec Asking For A Friend 9pm-2am, free. Indie, punk, postpunk, DIY and weird pop.
Saturdays Five Dollar Shake Free. DJ Puddlefunk with bebop, funk, soul, Motown, hip-hop, reggae, ska and everything in between.
Sun 31 Dec The Moon New Year’s Eve Party 6pm-6am, free. With live sets from Rainbow Maniac and more bands TBC until 12.30am, then DJing for five and a half more hours or until the first beloved celebrity death of 2018.
Clarence Place, Newport. 01633 533666 / www.theneon.co.uk
Sat 21 Dec Cliché 9pm-3am, £10 adv. This new night is described as “an exciting new brand coming from the white isle”. Will never cease to baffle me how eager much of modern club culture is to refer to stuff it does as a ‘brand’. Anyway, this has George Kwali, Joshua, Modaa and TomCept playing if those names mean anything to you.
Market Street, Newport. 01633 533666 / theneon.co.uk/neon-bar-lounge
Sat 2 Dec Switch Up 9pm-2am, £3. Garage, grime, bassline, drum’n’bass and jungle.
Fri 8 Dec + Fri 12 Jan Soul, Funk & Motown Night 8pm, £3. DJs from Penarth Soul Club and A Basement Full Of Soul with an all-vinyl set on the second Friday of each month.
Penarth Ex-Serivcemen’s Club
69 Windsor Road, Penarth. 029 2070 7530 / www.penarthexservicemensclub.co.uk
Sun 31 Dec Penarth Soul Club 8pm, £5 adv. An NYE of classic soul, northern soul etc in addition to PSC’s Dock Of The Bay night in Portland House.
The Pink Geranium
31-33 Herbert Street, Pontardawe. 01792 862255.
Sat 9 A Night Of House & Techno 6.30pm-12.30am, free. Can’t fault a name like that. DJs: Connor Wills, Dean Morgan (Hedone), Spctrm and Matt Davies.
The Strand, off Wind Street, Swansea. facebook.com/pg/thepitswansea
Fri 8 Dec Funktion Tek 10pm-4am, £1/£0.01 before 12. The pricing structure is a sort of riff on the phrase ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ and whichever one you pay you will get techno, tekno, psytrance and d’n’b from Sam Coady, Rumoke, Mikki Wings v Shaun Edwards, Connor Wills, Welshstan and F-Tek.
Sat 2 Dec + Sat 6 Jan + Sat 3 Feb Dead Of Night 10pm-3am, £3. Goth/alternative club night, on the first Saturday of every month.
High Street, Pontypridd. Fri-Sun 7.30pm-2am. www.platform11.co.uk
Sat 2 Dec 009 7pm-3am, £8 adv. Geordie prog house DJ Christoph, who’s recent forged ties to John Pigweed, Eric Prydz and Hot Since 82, is tonight’s main event.
96 St Mary Street, Cardiff. Mon, Tue + Thurs 9pm-3am; Wed 8pm-3am; Fri 5pm-3am; Sat 1pm-3am. 029 2023 5825.
Mondays Pop Rocks 9pm. A night of what they call alternative pop but their examples (Green Day, Blink, Linkin Park) seem to suggest will be pop-punk and nu-metal. Ah, it’s all just names at the end of the day.
Fridays + Saturdays Popworld Party Until 3am. Drinks deals from 5-11pm (Fri) and 3-8pm (Sat).
Sun 31 Dec The Big Gold NYE Party 9pm-3am, £4/free before 10. “You can be excited about the future, the past won’t mind,” says Popworld’s website. Deep.
Wind Street, Swansea. Mon-Fri + Sun 8pm-3am; Sat 3pm-3am. 01792 470676.
Tuesdays Timewarp Music from the 1980s and dance competitions.
Wednesdays Quids In 8pm-3am. Student night where drinks are £1.
Thursdays Destination Popworld Lots of cocktails, 2-4-1 offers and, naturally, pop music.
Fridays + Saturdays Ain’t No Party Like A Popworld Party 8pm-3am, £2-£4 (Fri)/£3-£5 (Sat).
Sun 31 Dec The Big Gold NYE Party 4pm-3am, £10 adv/£5 early bird. “Celebrate the New Year at the Biggest Party in Town,” says this branch of Popworld, taking a more prosaic stance than its Cardiff sibling.
Bute Street, Cardiff Bay. 029 2048 7602 / www.portlandhousecardiff.com
Fri 15 Dec The Dock Of The Bay Soul Night Christmas Party 7pm-1am, £5 adv. Hosted by Penarth Soul Club, Steve Kaged, Shelley Barrett and Liam Curtin play 60s and 70s soul and Motown off vinyl. See Clubs.
Greyfriars Road, Cardiff. 029 2023 3854 / www.pryzm.co.uk/cardiff
Mondays Quids In 10pm-4am. Student night.
Fridays + Saturdays 10pm-3am, £4. Three music arenas, VIP booths, other stuff.
Fridays Smack. 9pm-3am. Weekly student event described by one enthusiast as “lit Friday nights with chilled fam bams and regular bants”.
Sun 31 Dec New Year’s Eve Special 9pm-4am, £10-£25. Featuring guest sets from James Hype and Riton.
3 Churchill Way, Cardiff. 029 2064 1010 / www.pulsecardiff.com. Gay venue.
Wednesdays Kapow! 10pm-4am. Student night with Jolene Dover and DJ Warren.
Fridays Full On 10pm-5am, £4/£3. DJ Craig downstairs, Opal upstairs. Fri 1 and Fri 8 Dec have X Factor finalists making guest appearances
Saturdays Pop Til You Drop 10pm-5am, £5/£4 b4 11. The very best chart remixes and classic hits all night long.
The Rainbow Rooms
12 High Street, Gorseinon, Swansea. 07563 111225 / www.the-rainbowrooms.com
Fri 15 Dec Heft 10pm-4am, £6 adv. New UK garage and bassline event, lineup TBC right now tho.
Sat 23 Dec Raver Tots Christmas Bash 2-4pm, £9/£7 adv. Rave-style event aimed at babies and toddlers (plus their parents obv), headlined by Brandon Block this month.
Sat 23 Dec Logic 8pm-3am, £10 adv. Headlined by Kissy Sell Out, who still has the Radio 1 logo on the poster for this event despite not being a DJ on the station since 2012.
Tue 26 Dec Logic Xtrahard 6pm-6am, £11.50 adv. Hardstyle, hardcore and schranz with Slipmatt, The Corruptorz and many more. Yes, that is a 12-hour running time.
Sat 27 Jan Logic 7pm-6am. Headlined by Judge Jules, can’t tell you much more than that mind.
Castle Street, Cardiff. Open from 11am. 029 2023 6689 / www.revolution-bars.co.uk
Tuesdays Mode 9pm-3am, £4 adv. Popular student night returns.
Fridays + Saturdays 9pm-3am. DJs, drinks offers, free area hire.
Sun 31 Dec Bring On The New Year 9pm-3am, £7-£25. Featuring a prosecco reception, live performers, dancers, close-up magic and more crap like that.
3-6 St Mary Street, Cardiff. Thurs 9pm-3am, Fri + Sat 10pm-4am. 029 2066 7996 / www.room112.net
Fridays Flavour 9pm-4am, £10/£5 before 12. R’n’b, hip-hop, trap, bashment and Afrobeat.
Saturdays Fusion 9pm-4am, £10/£5. Afrobeats, r’n’b and dancehall.
Sat 2 Dec Likkle More Dancehall 10pm-4am, £10/£5. Monthly reggae, dancehall and bashment night. Presumably on Sat 6 Jan too but couldn’t make any promises.
Dilwyn Street, Swansea. 01792 468892 / www.sincityclub.co.uk
Tuesdays Hustle 10pm-3am, £3/£2 before 12. Motown, r’n’b and hip-hop.
Thursdays Sin Savers 10pm-3am, £3. Student night.
Fridays Monsters Of Rock 10pm-3.30am, £4/£2 before 12.30. Indie in room 1, metal in room 2.
Fri 8 Dec + Fri 20 Jan Bassline 10pm-4am, £11 adv. Bassline, grime and garage from headliner Bassboy plus more TBC (December) and Skepsis plus more TBC (January; price TBC).
Fri 22 Dec Delusion Xmas Party 10pm-4am, £17.50 adv. Trance vibes with headliner Ben Nicky. Already sold out. Delusion are also in the Attic on Boxing Day.
Saturdays Sink 10pm-3am. Hip-hop, drum’n’bass, dubstep etc, with special guests plus resident DJs Dubman, Swiss Elf and South. Sat 9 Dec is headlined by lairy tech-house Brummie Chris Lorenzo, and you can see Clubs for that one but it’s sold out; Sat 27 Jan has DJ Zinc and Shift K3y.
*Sat 2 Dec The Lighthouse Project 10pm, £12 adv. First time in Swansea, I think, for classy techno merchant Cassy.
Sat 3 Feb Rise 10pm-4am. Swansea drum’n’bass promoters are talking up their first 2018 show early, no-one’s announced yet but they want you to get excited and who am I to not help.
Small World Theatre
Bath House Road, Cardigan. 01239 615952 / email@example.com
Sun 31 Dec New Year’s Eve Get Down 9pm, £7 adv. Mr A serves up Detroit soul, New Orleans funk, West Coast wah-wah, Harlem shuffle and New York disco. Advance bookings only please, no rocking up on the night allowed.
St Mary Street, Cardiff. 029 2037 3363 / www.sodacardiff.com
Wednesdays Replay 9pm-4am, £4. Chart, cheese and r’n’b for students.
Fridays Fade 10pm-3am, £4/£6 VIP. R’n’b, hip-hop, house and UK garage from Vijay, Jigga, Monique B and Dan Willow.
Saturdays Soiree 9pm-4am. Three rooms including the Attic which is “the social playground for the high flyers and social elite, the only place to be seen.” Imagine catching your reflection in the mirror just after writing that.
Sundays Soda Sundays 9pm-3am, £4/£8 VIP. Three floors of music for students and industry workers.
Sun 31 Dec 9pm-4am, £5/£10 VIP. Main room: chart, house etc from Giggsy. Lounge: chart and r’n’b from Jay Vivet. Attic: r’n’b classics by Sugar & Spice.
Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-12.30am. 029 2039 1944 / www.tigertiger-cardiff.co.uk
Every Day Lucky Voice Karaoke From £2.50 per session. The UK’s leading private karaoke experience each day of the week.
Wednesdays Shotgun Rules 10pm-3am, £5/£3.50. Exclusive midweek student party. You don’t need NUS to get in though.
Fridays Tic Toc 10pm-3am, £4. Saturdays Kanaloa Polynesian style area with cocktails, VIP booths, dancers etc.
Sun 31 New Year’s Eve Ciroc & Champange Takeover 6pm-3am, £15/£5 super early bird/£30 inc dinner/£25 inc dinner at 6pm.
Clare Road, Grangetown, Cardiff. 029 2023 5555 / www.tramshedcardiff.com
Fri 15 Dec The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club 7pm, £18 adv. As with every CCF&SC here, the locals bought tickets faster than Craig buys jazzmags, so this sold out well in advance.
Sat 27 Jan Drumcode 3pm-12am, £25 adv. Leading label in the realms of boshy modern techno throws an alldayer with Alan Fitzpatrick, Enrico Sangiuliano and Harvey McKay, plus locals Nic Saunders and Lee Charnock.
Undertone (basement of 10 Feet Tall)
11a + 12 Church Street, Cardiff. 029 2022 8883 / www.undertonecardiff.com
Fri 1 Dec + Fri 5 Jan Groove Theory 10pm. House, disco, funk, normally a good headliner or two.
Tue 5 Dec Wile Out 11pm. Bassline.
Sat 2 Dec + Sat 6 Jan Flatline 10pm. Drum’n’bass, 140 and bassline from local DJs and MCs.
Fri 8 Dec + Fri 12 Jan La Fiesta 10pm-4am. Salsa, reggaeton, some bachata and Spanish rock.
Sat 9 Dec + Sat 13 Jan Paranoize 10pm-4am. Grime, garage, drum’n’bass, bass music, some or all of. Sat 9 Dec is headlined by Deadbeat UK.
Wed 13 Dec Society Basement Series 10pm-3am, £4. Headlined A night that takes place around the UK, but always in clubs situated below ground level, for some reason.
Thurs 14 Dec Haws 10pm-3am, £3-£7. Featuring a three-hour set by rising Cardiff house head Harrison BDP.
Fri 15 Dec + Fri 19 Jan Selecta 11pm, £8/£6 adv. Bass house, bassline, garage, grime, dubstep, drum’n’bass and jungle.
Sat 16 Dec + Thurs 18 Jan XL Invites 10pm. Drum’n’bass and hip-hop.
Fri 29 Dec + Sat 26 Jan Temple 10pm. Monthly drum’n’bass night, lineup TBC.
Sat 20 Jan Rotary Club 11pm. House, disco etc, cool parties here most months.
The Old Natwest Bank, 113-116 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay. www.vaultspresents.com
Tue 26 Dec Delete 10pm-5am, £18 adv. Boxing Day house vibes from Magda (late replacement for Nastia because the latter’s agent was being a dickhead – announced too late to change the print edition, sorry), Matt Owen, Marc Parsons and Lee Graves in the main room, plus Rotary Club residents in room 2. See Clubs.
Fri 2 Feb Twisted X 8pm-5am, £15 adv/£25 VIP. New night looking to hark back to the glory days of Club X, and why not. Main room: house, trance and techno from Matt O’Keefe, Stu Grady, DJ Andre and Madame Twisted. Banking Hall: Funkydory’s Tyrone Rose, Gari Worner, Paul Williams Burnett and Richie Evans.
Brtyn Road, Lampeter. 07891 632614 / www.vichall.org.uk
Sat 16 Dec Slamboree Soundsystem 8.30pm-12.30am, £14/£11. Slamboree is a live circus-y psytrance dub thing which I assume is beloved by that harem pants/white dreads/ketamine demographic. This is them doing a DJ/vocals set, with Rezaloot supporting on the night.
54 Cambrian Road, Newport. 01633 213161.
Wednesdays Krazy Wednesdays Cocktails, drink deals and tunes as part of a cross-city midweek session.
Fridays The Good Time Social Club 11pm, £3. Laid back beats and live sessions to kick off the weekend. Entry fee also grants you entry to Courtyard, Blind Tiger, Meze Lounge and Labamba.
Saturdays The Throwback 9pm-5.30am, £5. Club classics and r’n’b. Entry fee, again, gets you into all the clubs listed above.
Sun 31 Dec The NYE Clubhop 8pm-8am, £6. Twelve hours of merriment in this venue plus The Courtyard, Meze Lounge, Blind Tiger, Labamba and Rootys for the price of your wristband.
4 Churchill Way, Cardiff. Gay venue. Free all day Sun-Thurs; before 11pm Fri + Sat. 029 2066 6247 / www.wowbarcardiff.com
Wednesdays Get Pounded Free. Hosted by Gypsy Divine, soundtracked by DJ Basil and named in reference to the £1 drinks offers. And nothing else.
Thursdays Let’s Have A Kiki Free. DJs Basil and Chris soundtrack non-stop fun and games.
Fridays Kitty’s Kabaret Free before 11. With WOW Showgirls Miss Kitty and Marcia, plus special guests every week.
Saturdays Hi Energy Free before 11. Pop and party upstairs, chart and dance downstairs.
Sundays The Cuckoo Club Free. DJ Krys plays the tunes until late.