Long have we been decrying the slow strangulation of our music venues with Millennium Music Hall, Buffalo Lounge and The Globe all having been lost or uncertain in their futures. Bucking the recent trends have been the likes of The Bunkhouse on St Mary’s and The Full Moon on Womanby Street, but the dearth of mid-size venues is a particularly notable flaw in the city’s musical essence. So, thanks to Orchard and the Cardiff University’s Student Union for taking steps to resolve this. Their Great Hall 2 project is embeds itself on Park Place alongside the sister Union venues of Great Hall and Solus, offering an alternative 500-capacity space slap bang in the city centre.
Orchard promoter, Greg Barton, had the following words:
“I’ve been working with Cardiff Uni SU since the summer to get this project off the ground, and now it’s getting established on the touring circuit with a number of gigs booked there in the coming months. Cardiff badly needs a venue of this size after the recent club closures in the city, so this will hopefully come as welcome news for Wales’ live music scene”
Acts lined up include Chimaira, Your Demise and the Rocksound Tour featuring Every Time I Die and Spycatcher. Here’s to plenty more!