This article has been submitted by FOR Cardiff
Over 100 guests including industry experts, musicians and music lovers became the first to get their hands on the brand new bilingual “Minty’s Gig Guide to Cardiff” map after an exclusive event at Clwb Ifor Bach.
Performances from local artists Boy Azooga, Chroma and Mike Dennis marked the occasion and guests heard from Jo Stevens MP, Music Venue Trust, representatives from the Save Womanby Street campaign and FOR Cardiff before the map was revealed.
The bilingual maps include 30+ hand-drawn illustrations of live music venues from across the city and Cardiff Bay towards outer-city areas, including everything from the Wales Millennium Centre and St. David’s Hall to Tramshed and The Gate Arts Centre.
Following the recent success of the Save Womanby Street campaign, it has become more important than ever for FOR Cardiff to celebrate and promote live music in the Welsh capital.
FOR Cardiff’s Executive Director Adrian Field, said:
“So far, we have invested nearly £70,000 in Cardiff’s entertainment, live music and arts scene as we feel it’s something that makes Cardiff vibrant and exciting.
“We want to make sure people continue to travel from far and wide to see live music in our city which is why we have previously supported Swn Festival and the Iris Prize. This map is the perfect opportunity to encourage tourism and help the people of Cardiff realise the amazing venues they have on their doorstep and encourage them to get out and explore.”
The map was created by Daniel Minty, founder of Minty’s Gig Guide to Cardiff, with the aim of spreading the word about all the venues that people can go to in Cardiff to enjoy live music.
“I am extremely proud of this project and grateful to FOR Cardiff for helping me make it happen. Live music is so important for Cardiff, whether you have a venue capacity of 60 or 60,000 – it makes sure our night life is thriving and gives people so much enjoyment, so it was important for me to bring an element of unity to show what we do in terms live music here in the city and show all the venues in one place. I’m delighted that so many people came last night and I’ve had so much positive feedback already. I can’t wait to see the maps in all the venues from now on!”
Minty’s Gig Guide to Cardiff Maps will be available for free in venues/shops and tourist attractions across the city from 3 November. For more information on FOR Cardiff and their upcoming projects, visit: forcardiff.com