Exchange Hotel: Guide to the best Cardiff events January 2019
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Exchange Hotel: Guide to the best Cardiff events January 2019

Now that the festive season is done and dusted we can all look forward to the start of a fresh new year. Make sure you check out some of these amazing Cardiff events in January and start 2019 off as you mean to go on.

As usual, the city’s best events venues are hosting some unbelievable shows and performances, not to mention there’s a whole roadshow of wine coming to help break your dry January.

So, explore the city in style during January 2019, make the best of your visit with our amazing Cardiff events guide.

Party at The Ultimate 80’s DJ set

When: 5th 

Time: 20:00

Where: Tramshed

Go back to the old school with a guy who was a pupil there as Martin Kemp brings all the best tunes of the 80s to Cardiff this January.

Martin Kemp - Cardiff events January

The familiar Spandau Ballet band member will share his favourite 80s tracks and songs that put the decade and head and shoulders above the rest when it came to floor filling tunes.

So, grab your leg warmers, hairspray and shoulder pads and watch as Martin Kemp shows us how he rolls at Tramshed.

You Gotta Have Faith, Faith, Faith

When: 11th

Time: 19:30

Where: Motorpoint Arena

Over two years have passed since George Micheal died yet his legacy lives on in his music and all the wonderful things he did for the world.

Covering 35 years of amazing musical talent, Faith: The George Michael Legacy gives audiences a chance to relive the magic of his most popular songs.

From Wham! to the end, George’s music covered every genre of the musical spectrum and often paved the way for others to strike out and do things a little differently.

See what effect the Faith tour will have on you and get your ticket to see George Micheal’s legacy brought to life in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

Not Giving In with Rudimental & Friends

When: 11th

Time: 19:30

Where: Tramshed

An ensemble who have rocked the world over since their arrival in the 2013 charts will be bringing themselves, their sound system and a few friends to Cardiff this January for one of the amazingly intimate jam sessions they love to perform.

The dynamic sound of Rudimental means they can conquer large-scale stadiums as well as charm the audiences of smaller venues too and this promises to be one of the most unmissable Cardiff events taking place in January,

Make sure you’ve got tickets to see the show.

Remember the Time

When: 12th

Time: 19:30

Where: St David’s Hall

If you weren’t lucky enough to see Michael Jackosn perform live, then how’s about the next best thing; Michael starring Ben.

This tour has been hailed a triumph by audiences who praise Ben Bowman’s performance as exactly replicating the Prince of Pop, almost as if he were the Man in the Mirror.

From the hits of the Jackson Five throughout Michael’s solo career, this production takes audiences on a journey through the musical carer of one of pop’s most iconic performers.

Tale As Old As Time


Time: 13:00 & 17:00

Where: New Theatre

One of the greatest Disney creations of all time has been given yet another makeover in a vibrant stylistic panto at Cardiff’s new theatre this January,

Expect nothing less than showstopping sing-alongs and laugh out loud hilarity as the heartwarming love story plays out before you.

We all know how the story goes but, as with any panto, there be a few surprises to see when the curtain lifts on Beauty and the Beast The Spellbinding Pantomime.

The 1975 Live

Time: 19:00

Where: Motorpoint Arena

Grab your tickets to see the band who have provided the soundtrack to the last few summers.

The 1975 have risen through the charts since the release of their self titled debut album and since then have gone to play at Coachella, 2013 iTunes Festival and other mainstream music events all over the UK.

Their style encapsulates the music of the era, having a rock-indie-pop style that traverses more than just one genre.

The melody will make you dance but the words will make you cry, the perfect group to kick off a year of live music in Cardiff at the Motorpoint Arena.

WNO Orchestra “A Night in Vienna”

When: 15th

Time: 19:30


Saying Happy New Year in their own special way the WNO is putting on an orchestral extravaganza, bringing the joy and spirit of a Viennese music hall to Cardiff.

Get your seats to enjoy a powerful performance of traditional waltzes and energetic polka’s and imagine yourself sitting in an ancient concert hall in Vienna.

See the African Children’s Choir

When: 17th

Time: 19:30

Where: St David’s Hall

The uplifting voices of the African Children’s Choir are exactly what the soul needs to get over the January blues.

Their work has been popular all over the US and the UK for nearly 30 years, giving audiences a taste of African culture and an understanding of the world these kids come from.

By watching their performance you would be actively supporting ongoing improvements in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Sudan where proceeds for the choir’s work goes towards building schools and providing education for those who need it.

The Boys are Back in Town

When: 16th – 26th

Time: 14:30 & 19:30 showings

Where: WMC The Donald Gordon Theatre

One of the greatest tours to tackle the country will be stopping off in Cardiff this January and you’ll have to move quickly to get your tickets.

Jersey Boys - WMC - Cardiff events

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were a boy band sensation in the 60s and 70s and The Jersey Boys brings that story to life on stage.

See how the lads came together, the troubles they had coming up through the ranks and how they remained together so long once they’d found their signature sound.

You’ll laugh, cry and sing at this amazing musical documentary covering one of the worlds most famous boybands ever!

Real Good Food at a Real Food Market

When: 19th

Time: 10:00

Where: St Fagan’s

Just in case the cheese supplies are starting to run low, or you didn’t get quite enough food over the festive period, St Fagan’s will be hosting one of their popular food markets in January.

The Welsh Cheese Co - St Fagans Food Market - Cardiff events

One of the most hotly anticipated Cardiff events, St Fagan’s Real Food Market gives everyone the opportunity to taste and buy real locally sourced foods for bargain prices.

The event is also the perfect way to discover the grounds of St Fagan’s whilst nibbling on perfect pastries and the finest Welsh cheeses.

Boyzone “Thank you and Goodnight”

When: 20th

Time: 19:30

Where: Motorpoint Arena

One of the biggest singing sensations to come out of Ireland, Boyzone were the heartthrobs of the 90s with over 20 singles to have reached the UK top 40 and six No.1 selling records.

Boyzone Thankyou and Goodnight Tour - Cardiff events

The lads have reunited to celebrate the songs of their careers and give their fans the chance to say a final farewell.

Taking to stages, arenas and stadiums all over the UK, this final tour honours the boyz 25th anniversary and promises to be the last time they’ll perform together in public again.

This Feeling – Cardiff Big in 2019

When: 23rd

Time: 19:00pm

Where: Clwb Ifor Bach

If Rock n’ Roll is in your soul then This Feeling is where you need to be this January in Cardiff. A club night hailed for providing emerging artists with a platform to showcase their talents, This Feeling are bringing new music to hungry audiences all over the UK.

Artists such as Noel Gallagher, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys have all been known to attend and perform at the shows and the club night has spawned some of the most well-known talents of the age

Check out the latest up and coming talent in Cardiff this January at This Feeling and see what’s set to be “Big in 2019”.

The Classic Rock Show

When: 23rd

Time: 19:30

Where: St David’s Hall

More for all you rock and roll stars out there at the Classic Rock Show set to be hosted in St David’s Hall this January in Cardiff.

The Classic Rock Show - Cardiff events

Air guitars at the ready as power ballad after anthem after smash hit song is pumped out from the stage in a non-stop showcase of the rock legends of our time.

All your favourites from Meatloaf to The Eagles, AC/DC to ZZ Top will form the epic set of sing-along classics we all know and love.

Go Westival x Cardiff

When: 24th

Time: 09:00 – 03:00

Where: Undertone

In one of Cardiff’s top event venues, there’s an amazing event coming in January to start everyone’s year off with a bang; welcome Westival.

This amazing events will be making its first appearance in Cardiff after a successful run in its hometown of Pembrokeshire and will be bringing a non-stop session of awesome underground house, disco and techno tunes.

If you like to reach for the lasers and dance til you drop then book your tickets to Westival inside The Undertone for a proper party this January.

Break Dry January at Laithwaites Wine Roadshow

When: 26th

Time: 18:00

Where: Cardiff City Hall

Some of us may be tackling Dry January and flying through it with ease after overdoing things at Christmas. For those of us who have sufficiently recovered from all the festive tipple, a visit to Laithaites Wine Roadshow is a must.

Celebrating 50 years of the brand there will be over 100 different wines to taste at City Hall this January and if that weren’t enough to complement the delicious beverages, local food vendors will be setting up camp too.

Wine and dine in Cardiff this January at the Laithwaites Wine Roadshow, after all, it’s been a month since Christmas so by now you’ll deserve a tipple treat or two.

Oye Santana Woodstock 50th Anniversary

When: 26th

Time: 19:00

Where: The Globe

There’s nothing more familiar than the sound of Carlos Santana and his agile guitar plucking tunes and yet tribute act Oye Santana do the amazing artist more than justice in their technically perfect performances.

Oye Santana - Cardiff events

Come check out their special Woodstock 50th Anniversary performance at The Globe this January in Cardiff and dance, sing and sway along to the “Smooth” sound of Santana.

Celebrate the Velvet Voice of Luther Vandross

When: 25th

Time: 19:30

Where: St David’s Hall

Come along as the greatest hits of the biggest soul singing legend are celebrated in a winning tribute performance brought to you in St David’s Hall this January.

All the biggest and best songs that make up a back catalogue everyone is familiar with including “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, “Never Too Much” and “Endless Love” will be showcased by a talented tribute act, Harry Cambridge.

This is a must see soul sensation and one that will have you swaying along in your seat.

It’s Time to Catch a Cracker of a Drag Show

When: 28th

Time: 19:30

Where: Glee Club

Thanks to the success of Ru Paul’s Drag Race there’s been an influx of talented Drag superstars emerging on the comedy scene of late and none throw more shade than the talented Miz Cracker.

Miz Cracker It's Time - Cardiff events

Expect nothing less than laugh out loud lip-synching performances spiced with comedic tidbits and sketches that will make for a truly cracking night at The Glee Club in Cardiff this January,

Don’t Wanna Be An American Idiot

When: 29th – 3rd February

Time: 17:30, 19:30 & 20:30

Where: New Theatre

In an award-winning production, the songs and concept of Green Day’s Album American Idiot have been transformed into an epic stage play which centres around the life stories of three young American men.

Greenday's American Idiot - Cardiff events

Telling their story using the songs from Green Day’s album of the same name, and a few more from the bands back catalogue, audiences go on a journey of life and love learning all about what it truly means to be an American in a post 9/11 era.

Critics have hailed the show “a thrashing collage of songs fused together with hypnotic movement and eye-popping visuals” since it appeared on Broadway, a must-see for theatre and music lovers everywhere.

Gardens Walk and Talk: Winter

When: 30th

Time: 11:00

Where: St Fagan’s

What better way to enjoy winter in Cardiff than by taking a guided stroll through the most admirable garden in the city.

At St Fagan’s their seasonal walks teach those in attendance all the effect the changing of the seasons has on nature and wildlife in the area.

Not only is this an educational visit but some of the sights are simply stunning and visitors get to explore the beauty and history of St Fagan’s when it’s looking its best.

Book Your Stay at Exchange Hotel

Throughout January, Exchange Hotel have some amazing offers for groups, couples and families to visit the city. Located at the heart of all the action guests can easily explore all the best Cardiff events taking place at the start of the New Year.

Enjoy overnight trips or long weekends away in the lap of luxury and check out the newly opened Culley’s & Co. Bar and Restaurant for your breakfast lunch and evening meals whilst you are with us.

There’s no better way to spend a city break in Cardiff than at Exchange Hotel. Call 0151 601 8801 or email and book your visit today.