One of Cardiff’s most loved independent music venue is set to close at the end of January.
Despite a proposal by Cardiff Council to grant Guildford Crescent protected conservation area status, the landlords have decided not to renew their lease and so this much-loved spot for grass roots live music and club nights will be closing at the end of January.
The venue, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in November, has hosted a number of up and coming and established acts including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Gruff Rhys and Boy Azooga. The news is expected to trigger an outpouring of frustration from Cardiff’s music community, coming on the back of last year’s Save Womanby Street campaign.
The owners are looking for help to find a new home for the venue in 2019 and urge anyone who might be able to offer a space or contribute in any way to get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The venue have issued a statement on social media saying:
“It is with a heavy heart we announce that we’ll be closing our doors on Guildford Crescent at the end of January.
Our landlords have taken the decision not to renew our lease – despite, or perhaps because of the Cardiff Council proposal to grant Guildford Crescent protected conservation area status – and so on 30th January we have to leave.
We’d like to thank everyone who’s made Gwdihŵ such an incredibly special place to be over the past 10 years. From all the promoters who’ve put on such magical shows and vibrant club nights, to the talented musicians who’ve graced our colourful little stage. Finally, a massive thank you to all our staff and customers past and present. Truly, the best thing about Gwdihŵ is how much of a family it is and we are so lucky to have had such friendly and supportive people be a part of the family.
However, this isn’t the end for us. We’re looking to carry the Gwdihŵ name into 2019 so we urge anyone who might be able to offer a space or contribute in any way to get in touch via social media or by email to email@example.com.
We hope to see as many of you as as possible over the next few weeks before we close to celebrate the past 10 years so come down and party with us one last time on Guildford Crescent! Thanks for all the Gwd times!”
Find Gwdihŵ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @gwdihwcafebar and www.gwdihw.co.uk.