The Exchange Hotel's Guide to What's On in Cardiff: May 2019
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The Exchange Hotel’s Guide to What’s On in Cardiff: May 2019

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Check out all the best of what’s on in Cardiff this May and enjoy everything from top live music events to exciting food markets and superb must-see attractions.

Cardiff kicks off the season of sun in style this month, and we’ve hand-selected all of the top Cardiff events, you just have to see during your visit.

New Jersey Nights in Cardiff

When: 7th

Where: New Theatre Cardiff

A taste of New Jersey Nights comes to the New Theatre in Cardiff this May, taking audiences on a nostalgic musical journey not to be missed.

The gifted cast will bring all the best songs of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons to life, showcasing the long journey of one of the greatest boy bands of all time.

Come sing along to hits like Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry and Walk Like a Man and enjoy a spectacular stage production this May in Cardiff’s New Theatre.

Drag Brunch for Queens

When: 11th

Where: DEPOT

Time to shine, dazzle and amaze as DEPOT hosts a Brunch Fit for Queens . . . Drag Queens that is.

Drag Brunch - what's on in Cardiff May
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Come along to enjoy a delicious selection of lip licking treats provided by local street food vendors, unlimited fizz and endless laughter from a knockout line-up of live drag acts.

There’ll be lip sync battles and side-splitting comedy, plus the chance to drench yourself in glitter and dance around like a disco ball with the Dizzy Pineapple Glitter Bar and Disco Motel DJs in attendance.


SoulJam Let’s Dance and Shout

When: 14th

Where: Clwb Ifor Bach

Get down and boogie in Cardiff this May, as Soul Jam returns to the city with another fabulous evening of funk.

Join crowds of soul enthusiasts, as they all come together in celebration of the grooviest soundtracks from the past few decades.

Plus, you’ll be able to dance the night way strutting your stuff in one of Cardiff’s top live music venues.

Take Part in The Great Big Game of Thrones Quiz

When: 16th

Where: DEPOT

Have you caught up with the last and latest epic instalments of the Game of Thrones yet?

If so, you’ll no doubt know your stuff about the seven kingdoms and be well versed in the realms of Kings Landing, Winterfell and even beyond the wall.

You’ll know your Sansa from your Cersei and your Stormborn from your Stark and you’ll be ready to fight for your place on the Iron Throne of all big quizzes.

Think you know all there is to know about Game of Thrones? then get yourself down to DEPOT for their Great Big Game of Thrones Quiz.

Pick your house and don your finest furs, for a chance to win not only the quiz but the best in show for fancy dress as well.

Enrol at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

When: 17th

Where: St David’s

Ever fancied yourself a superhero?

Now’s your chance to try your hand at becoming one of the Avengers, inside an immersive world where you can attempt to lift Thor’s hammer, tinker in Iron Man’s engineering bay and see the scientific studies of Bruce Banner aka. The Hulk.

This is the ideal place for all Avengers Superfans and a must-see event in Cardiff this May.

Get Your Fill of Wine and Cheese

When: 17th

Where: The Little Man Coffee Co

Love your cheese? We know right, who doesn’t?

Welsh Cheese Co.
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Join the Welsh Cheese Co. at Little Man Coffee Co. for a fantastic night sampling the finest Welsh cheese, wine and beers.

This carefully curated collection of cheesy goodness will be perfectly paired with 2 different Welsh wines and a beer. Up to 25 different cheeses will be on offer ready to scoop up and slather with crunchy crackers, pieces of bread and delicious chutneys.


Rock Along to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

When: 18th

Where: Tramshed

Check out a cover band with a difference this May in Cardiff, as the Red-Hot Chilli Pipers bring Bag Rock to Cardiff.

Hailing all the way from Scotland the cheeky chappies transform the sound of popular rock and dance anthems, giving them a raw Scottish edge and plenty of highland clout.

Get ready for a live rock concert unlike any you’ve ever seen before at Tramshed.

St Fagan’s Real Food Market Returns

When: 18th

Where: St Fagan’s

Pop along to enjoy a selection of the finest quality local food this month at St Fagan’s, and nibble your way around the stalls of the famed Riverside Market.

Real Food Market - what's on May Cardiff
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Enjoy sampling some of the hottest chilli sauce known to man at Dragon Chilli-hot sauce or take the time to sip some gin from Da Mhile Gin.

Bakeries, chocolatiers, organic specialists and seasoned butchers will all be in attendance and so should you at St Fagan’s Real Food Market this May.

See Noel Gallagher & His High Flying Birds

When: 24th

Where: Cardiff Castle

Rock royalty will be making an appearance at Cardiff Castle this May, as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds come to nest in the capital.

The gig will be the start to a sensational summer of live music in Cardiff, supporting acts include local lads Boy Azooga, who’ll be warming up the crowds in the grounds of the city’s iconic landmark castle.

What a way to start the season off in style, watching Noel Gallagher gracing the stage of Cardiff Castle this May.

Dare You Go See Circus Extreme

When: 24th – 22nd June

Where: Cardiff City FC

Gone are the days of not so funny clowns and performing animals. When Circus Extreme rolls into town, it certainly makes a splash.

Circus Extreme - what's on May Cardiff
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This death-defying daredevil circus has become known across the globe for its adrenalin-packed performances and sensational stunts.

Expect hair-raising, high-wire acts, marvellous magicians, crazy contortionists and awesome acrobatics as you enter the world of Circus Extreme.

The Strictly Professionals Come to Town

When: 25th & 26th

Where: Motorpoint Arena

The glitz and glamour of everyone’s favourite TV dance show will be waltzing it’s way to Cardiff as part of the 2019 UK professionals tour.

Take this chance to see your favourite dancers take to the floor to perform bewitching dance routines, with all the dazzling attire and stage production we’ve come to know and love.

All your favourites will be shimmying their way across dancefloors in the Motorpoint Arena in May, including superstars Pasha Kovalev and Karen Clifton, Neil Jones and Gorka Marquez plus many, many more.

Pizza, fizz and Pop Music

When: 26th

Where: DEPOT

Matching the food and drink with the entertainment and theme, DEPOT is throwing one heck of a Cardiff event that simply cannot and should not be missed.

Pizza and fizz - what's on May Cardiff
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Pick up a slice of cheesy pizza, listening to equally cheesy pop music whilst sipping on a bottle of bubbly all covered, in glitter.

This will be a great night out for those who like to add a little sparkle to their evenings and enjoy singing along to songs from a bygone era of pop.

Viva Forever the Spice Girls Are Back

When: 27th

Where: Principality Stadium

And speaking of cheesy pop tunes, Cardiff is looking forward to welcoming the princesses of pop back to the city, to perform a section of their UK tour.

Spice Girls - what's on Cardiff May
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The Spice Girls have added an extra date to their UK show dates to cope with demand. This May they’ll be pulling up in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to Spice Up the Lives of fans all over the city.

If you Wanna Be in with a chance of seeing the divas of dance, get your tickets quick stocks won’t last long.

Inside Out Festival Adds an Extra Day

When: 31st – 2nd June

Where: Bute Park

Now in its fourth year, the Inside Out Festival will be returning to Cardiff with another knock out line-up of music top acts and DJ icons, and this year they’ve extended the event another day.

Inside Out Festival - what's on in Cardiff May
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2019 sees special guests Sean Paul taking to the stages alongside talented DJs such as Hannah Wants, Artful Dodger and Danny Howard.

For two terrific days of non-stop dance music that spans every genre, get your tickets to attend Inside Out Festival at Cardiff’s own Bute Park.

Live and Orchestral Ministry of Sound

When: 31st

Where: St David’s Hall

Time to reach for the lasers and celebrate an evening of classic dance music, re-imagined and brought to life by a 50-piece orchestra and a series of talented vocalists.

Ministry of Sound, The Annual Classic, will be performed in St David’s Hall for audiences who simply adore their dance anthems.

Tunes from the legendary Paul Oakenfold, Fat Boy Slim, Dario G and the Chemical Brothers will be remastered and showcased in an entirely new and exciting format.

Go and get your groove on to your favourite dance anthem from years gone by at St David’s Hall in Cardiff this May.

Everything from live music to fabulous foodie events will be taking place all over the city this month and our what’s on in Cardiff guide should take you to the very best of them all.

Book to Stay at The Exchange Hotel

Whilst visiting Cardiff this May book to stay at the very heart of all the action in The Exchange Hotel.

Our luxurious hotel is built inside a historic Cardiff landmark and each exquisite room reflects the buildings character and old-world charm.

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Our affordable accommodation offers make visiting Cardiff even easier, as they can help you save money when booking unique group hotel rooms, so you can spend more in and around the city.

What’s more, The Exchange Hotel is a great base to discover all that Cardiff has to offer, from the stunning waters edge of Cardiff Bay to the city’s oldest pubs and best jazz bars.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Wales’ Capital city and, here at The Exchange Hotel, we’ll help you find it all.

Call 0151 236 0166 or email to book your stay today.

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