Welsh music has a fantastically strong pedigree, and Cardiff has spawned its fair share of great bands in recent years, not least the wonderful Super Furry Animals, whose lead singer, Gruff Rhys, has also made several Welsh-language albums. Hailing from the nearby mining town of Blackwood, Indie/rock champions the Manic Street Preachers have been making thrilling records for the best part of twenty years, while bands such as Los Campesinos! and Future of the Left have recently taken up the baton.
Great places to catch live music include the Cardiff Arts Institute in Cathays, the venerable Coal Exchange down in Cardiff Bay, and the inimitable Clwb Ifor Bach, which has long been a bastion for Welsh-language bands. Cardiff is also home to the world’s oldest record shop, Spillers, founded in 1894; you could easily spend a couple of hours leafing through its hard-to-find tracks of all genres. You’ll find it in Morgan’s Arcade (Mon–Sat 9.30am–5.45pm).