South East Wales

Cardiff's Barfly music venue will not reopen

Image caption The venue has seen acts like Kings of Leon and Funeral for a Friend

A Cardiff music haunt which has hosted many big acts on the cusp of a breakthrough has now closed.

Cardiff Barfly in Kingsway shut unexpectedly last week, much to the dismay of local promoters and bands.

Now its managing director has confirmed it will not be reopening there.

Be Rozzo said. "After 10 years in the Welsh capital, Barfly has closed its doors for the last time", added he hoped to reopen at another venue at some point in the future.

"Over the decade, we've had the opportunity to present an array of extraordinary up and coming artists - some of whom have gone on to become festival headliners and household names.

"Cardiff has a rich musical heritage and many genuine music lovers, for this reason we hope at some point to return to the city in a location that better reflects the needs of the current generation of the artists and audiences."

Mr Rozzo thanked the staff, promoters, agents and tour managers, who he said have placed Barfly at the heart of Cardiff's music scene for a decade.

He added: "Most of all, we'd like to thank everyone that attended our events over the years."

All forthcoming gigs are expected to be moved to alternative venues where possible, otherwise tickets will be refunded.

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The venue has previously hosted local acts like Funeral for a Friend and Lostprophets, as well as US act Kings of Leon before they became a headline act for most music festivals.

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