Local music venues are the lifeblood of the music scene. It is a statement we are all aware of but one that unfortunately is a common point of discussion between music fans due to the increasing challenges for venues. You hear it all the time, support your small cap venues and ensure bands have somewhere to begin their journey. The importance of this cannot be overstated and lo and behold it is true. At this time when a fan's ability to physically attend their local venue has been stripped away, this issue is more prominent than ever. So we at Noizze have decided to curate a list of the venues we feel are important in the areas we are based.
Local Cardiff venues Tramshed and The Globe are linked in that they are under the same management. For those that have not had the pleasure, The Tramshed is one of the newer additions to the Cardiff music scene and offers an 1000 capacity venue for touring bands and artists as well as offering a diverse selection of events including clubnights, private and corporate hire. Located in a grade 2 listed building that was once a tram depot for West Cardiff the newly redeveloped venue has been open to the public since October 2015. The Globe on the other hand is a 350 capacity venue converted from what was originally a fully operational cinema. Names such as Royal Blood, Skindred, The Misfits, While She Sleeps and more have graced the stage at the venue and it provides for a truly intimate experience. Both venues see a number of touring bands play every year providing massive highlights and notable moments for fans. Both venues unfortunately closed their doors on March 18th.
We spoke with Aree Tziorta who is the Venues Communication Manager for TEG/MJR who shed a bit more light on the efforts being made to to ensure these venues survive the Covid-19 outbreak:
Tramshed and The Globe temporarily closed on March 18th. Prior to closing we increased our cleaning schedules, implemented extra soap and hand sanitizer stations in the toilets and went cashless to limit contact and increase safety for staff and guests.
Since lockdown, we launched an online shop, where virtual pints and gift vouchers were available to buy. Virtual pints purchased can be redeemed at a show once Tramshed reopens, and the money raised will be split between our freelancers and to ease the financial pressure on them while we are closed. The gift vouchers are also redeemable when the venue reopens, and the money raised will enable us to keep the venues running in the background and to continue supporting our staff. The online shop is still open and virtual pints and gift vouchers are available to help support the venues: https://tramshedcardiff.square.site/
The building might be closed, but we have been working tirelessly throughout this time to keep our audiences, artists and community in the picture with rescheduled shows at Tramshed and The Globe. We recently put out a venue creation competition, challenging our customers to build the venues on Minecraft/The Sims, which has had a great response!
We are optimistic that each day that goes by, we are closer to recovery and anticipate better times ahead. Additionally, we are carefully reviewing the Government's advice regarding Covid-19 and preparing additional health [precautions] and are currently developing elevated health and safety protocols to give confidence to our guests and staff. As soon as we are able to open, we will have a schedule of local events for the community to support local artists and external contractors and provide much needed good times.
Make sure to head to the https://tramshedcardiff.square.site/ to show your support and grab your pints and gift cards ready for those post-corona shows!