What's on in Cardiff: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

What's on in Cardiff: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

The vibrant city of Cardiff offers a thriving arts scene, featuring big-name acts and local talent alike. From Cardiff International Arena to the historic Cardiff Castle, there's always an exciting concert or show happening in the Welsh capital.

Indie Gigs in Cardiff

The Orielles

The Orielles take elements from indie rock, psychedelic rock, surf rock, and funk, and stitch them back together into something that is entirely their own. Their infectious energy makes them a real treat to see live - expect to hear a mix of material from their two albums as well as some new songs when they pull into Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach.


Often heralded as one of the most influential bands in alternative and college rock, Pixies’ concert at the Cardiff International Arena is hotly anticipated. Following the warm reception to their latest album ‘Doggerel’ last year, Black Francis and his Bostonian band continue to excite with their new material just as much as they delight with their beloved hits.


Doncaster’s alternative rock and hip-hop alchemist, Yungblud, is set to raise the roof at Cardiff International Arena. Bursting with all the youthful energy and defiant lyrics that his name would suggest, Yungblud’s thought-provoking take on more serious social issues such as mental health and poverty belie his tender age, with plenty to offer older music fans as well as young.

Reverend and the Makers

Reverend and the Makers, friends and frequent collaborators of fellow Sheffield heavyweights Arctic Monkeys, are coming to the Tramshed in Cardiff for what’s promising to be one heck of an evening. Fronted by Jon ‘the Reverend’ McClure, the Makers’ Madchester-inspired mix of indie and electronica will transport you straight back to the halcyon days of the Hacienda.

Panic Shack

DIY indie upstarts Panic Shack are scheduled to deliver a stellar show at the Clwb Ifor Bach in their hometown of Cardiff. It's sure to be a night of non-stop dancing, as they showcase their latest material alongside their rapidly expanding roster of classics.

Rock Concerts in Cardiff

Black Stone Cherry & The Darkness

Black Stone Cherry & The Darkness, two of the most iconic and influential rock bands of the 21st century, will be performing together at the Cardiff International Arena. Expect a night of classic rock hits, high-energy performances, and plenty of guitar solos as they take the stage together. Fans of either band are in for a treat from both as they experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see two of the biggest bands in the genre together on one stage.

Don Broco

Don Broco’s catchy, melodic rock anthems will be ringing true at their upcoming show at the Cardiff International Arena. Get ready for a night of non-stop entertainment as Don Broco tear through their latest material - not forgetting a few old favourites - as they fuse rock, pop, and electronic elements to great effect.


Paramore are back with a vengeance, ready to storm the stage at the Cardiff International Arena to remind us of the huge impact they had on the emo and pop punk scenes the first time round. Relive the angstiest days of your mispent youth as ‘Misery Business’ and ‘Still Into You’ whip the crowd into a frenzy - and listen out for their latest material too, which proves Paramore have lost none of their blonde-streaked edge.


Blondie will be gracing Cardiff Castle’s stage this summer, churning our hit after punk and new wave hit to thousands of adoring fans. Dance the night away as Debbie Harry seranades you with ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Atomic’, and countless other timeless classics.

No Devotion

If intense and emotive live shows are your thing, you’re going to love No Devotion. Firmly rooted in alternative rock and post-punk, No Devotion are no strangers to introducing electronic elements to help deliver their message - head to Clwb Ifor Bach to hear it for yourself.

Pop Concerts in Cardiff

Billy Ocean

Legendary R&B and soul artist, Billy Ocean, has invited fans to dive headfirst into his upcoming show at St David's Hall. Ocean has built up an extensive discography over his four-plus-decade reign, making a splash with such hits as ‘Caribbean Queen’, ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, and ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going’. Looks forward to a night of non-stop bangers from the Trinidad-born artist.

Katie Melua

Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua will be blending jazz, folk, and pop as only she knows how at St David's Hall this year. Melua’s music has won the hearts of audiences all over the world, scoring multiple hit albums during a career spanning just over 15 years. Her emotive voice, backed up by her captivating stage presence, promises to be a night to remember.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles, the former One Direction member, is bringing his ‘Love On Tour 2023’ solo tour to Cardiff. Styles' solo career has established him as a household name in his own right, with hit singles such as ‘Sign of the Times’, ‘Watermelon Sugar’, and ‘Adore You’ ruling the airwaves and topping the streaming charts. His electrifying stage presence and versatile vocal range are sure give his legions of fans the night of their lives.

Olly Murs

Singer and TV personality Olly Murs has enjoyed a career filled with hit albums, singles, and successful tours - you can tell by his ever-present smile. Honing his onstage charm presenting ‘The Xtra Factor’, ‘The X Factor’ and the ITV talent show ‘Starstruck’, Murs backs up his impressive vocal range with an unrivalled likability. A great time is guaranteed for all!

Sophie Ellis Bextor

St David's Hall will be temporarily transformed into a discotheque later this year for an enchanting evening of pop excellence, courtesy of singer, songwriter and model Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Scoring a worldwide top ten hit with ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ (Europe’s most-played song of 2002!), Ellis-Bextor has proven time and time again that she is more than deserving of her dance-pop crown. This is definitely not one to miss!

Metal Gigs in Cardiff


Death metal, groove metal, progressive metal - Gojira will be bringing it all to their upcoming show at the Cardiff International Arena. The French metal band have built up a die-hard fanbase over the years as they continue to experiment and innovate across genres of heavy music - and, thanks to what will undoubtedly be another mind-blowing performance, you will soon become one of them.


Sabaton are rallying their troops as they prepare to take the Cardiff International Arena by storm with their Swedish power metal. Renowned for their historical and military-inspired lyrics, the band's live shows are marked by a powerful stage presence and a dedicated fanbase. With a career spanning over two decades and spawning multiple hit albums, Sabaton is a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene.

Electric Callboy

Cardiff University Students' Union won’t know what it’s in for when electronic and industrial metal band, Electric Callboy, roll into town. Gaining a huge social media following thanks to their endless stream of online music videos - each one more outrageous than the last - Electric Callboy clearly don’t take themselves too seriously. When it comes to irresistible pop hooks juxtaposed with crushing riffs, however, this band clearly know exactly what they are doing - even if newcomers to the group might be left scratching their heads while they’re still nodding them.

Comedy Shows in Cardiff

Mike Bubbins

Beloved raconteur Mike Bubbins will be delighting old and new fans alike during his short stay at the Cardiff Glee Club. A regular on BBC Radio Wales and a familiar face thanks to his several appearances in BBC sitcoms, the Barry-born Bubbins promises you a night of laughter an entertainment from a self-professed ‘man’s man’.

Garth Marenghi

Garth Marenghi, alter-ego of British writer, actor, comedian Matthew Holness, is ready to terrify and titillate audiences with readings from his latest literary creation, the ‘Terrortome’. Featuring a mixture of live performance, pre-recorded sketches and a comedic commentary, Garth Marenghi threatens you with an evening of laughter, literature, and literal terror.

Randy Feltface

Randy Feltface, the purple Australian puppet, offers a stage presence like no other comedian. This off-beat combination of stand-up comedy, musical performances, and, of course, puppetry is definitely not for kids, but kids-at-heart are sure to feel right at home in the bizarre world of Feltopia.

Simon Brodkin

Simon Brodkin, known for his comedic characters such as Lee Nelson, his prankster stunts, and becoming TikTok’s most-viewed British comedian, is performing his latest show ‘Screwed Up’ at the Cardiff Glee Club. After selling out its run at the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Screwed Up’s national tour is heading the same way - so don’t miss your chance to see the hilarious Brodkin in action!