- By Catriona Aitken
- BBC News
Cardiff is gearing up for a big weekend, with events taking place across the city.
Pride Cymru 2023, Peter Kay, Blondie, Inspiral Carpets and Wales v Armenia are all set to draw large crowds.
Travelers are being urged to plan ahead, due to road closures and busy train services.
This is Peter Kay’s big return to the stand, while Pride will feature stars like Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Claire Richards of Steps and Ian “H” Watkins.
An organization representing businesses in Cardiff said it hoped the city would “really benefit” from the hectic weekend activities.
He canceled his previous tour due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.
He will perform at Cardiff International Arena on June 16 and 17.
The long-awaited show launched in Manchester in December 2022 and is expected to travel around the UK until December 2025.
Officials at the Cardiff venue said the show would begin as soon as 20:00 BST each night.
“It’s good to be back at what I love most, stand-up comedy and if there’s ever a time when people need a laugh, it’s now,” Kay said.
The American rock band will perform at Cardiff Castle on Friday.
They will be supported by London-based The Molotovs and the show will begin at 19:30 BST.
Blondie has performed six shows in the city over the past 25 years, but this will be their first at the castle.
Council officials said there were no scheduled road closures, but those passing through the city center should be aware of increased traffic around the castle as the event concludes.
Wales vs Armenia
Wales will host Armenia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night in a Euro 2024 qualifying match.
The team will be looking to claim another home win and take one step closer to the tournament in Germany next year.
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The match kicks off at 19:45 BST, but the Football Association of Wales advises supporters to arrive early as the match is sold out as more than 33,000 people are expected.
Alternative rock fans won’t be missed this weekend, when Inspiral Carpets performs at Tramshed on Friday.
The band Manchester is perhaps best known for giving Noel Gallagher his big foray into the music industry as a guitarist.
The event will start at 19:30 BST and open at 18:30.
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Pride Cymru will return in 2023, with a weekend filled with activities celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
The ticketing event features two stages of live music, as well as a parade that begins outside Cardiff Castle at 11:00 BST on Saturday.
There will be closed roads across the city center, starting at 06:30 BST and ending at 22:30 BST on Saturday.
The Cardiff and Traffic Wales Council websites will be updated with the latest information.
Feeling, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Claire Richards of Steps and Ian “H” Watkins are among the big names that will appear.
A host of other performers, including local talent like X Factor’s Russel Jones Jr and lip-sync artist Felicity Saunders, will also be entertaining.
Carolyn Brownell, interim managing director at FOR Cardiff – which represents businesses – said: “Proud Cymru is an important weekend for businesses and with the main event taking place at Cardiff Castle This year, we hope downtown will really benefit from its impact.
“To encourage visitors to explore the city, FOR Cardiff has launched the first Cardiff Pride Show – an audiovisual journey celebrating Cardiff’s LGBTQIA+ community.”
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Activities set up include BMX, scooters, skateboarding, 3×3 basketball, kicking, and street dancing.
The event was organized by Welsh youth organization Urdd Gobaith Cymru and took place at Roald Dahl Plass.
What’s going on with the trains?
Football, music and Peter Kay fans are encouraged to plan ahead as there are fewer trains to and from Cardiff east on Friday because of the Severn Tunnel – linking south Wales with London, Bristol and the west. south england – frozen close the door.
Journeys between London and south Wales on mainline services will take longer and don’t stop in Bristol – as trains will divert via Gloucester instead of using the tunnel.
There will be no trains between south Wales and Bristol so alternative bus services will operate instead – but only two buses leave Cardiff for Bristol after 22:00 BST.
The Welsh Transport Authority said it planned to add one more train to north Wales after the international football tournament – with the last train from Cardiff Central to Wrexham set to depart at 22:09 BST.
Cardiff council cabinet member for culture, parks and events, Jennifer Burke, said: “Cardiff is such a vibrant and eventful capital city as weekends like this are part of it. important – they attract people to the city and provide important support to the local economy.
“As usual, council teams will be working for Cardiff throughout the weekend to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible and hopefully we’ll see more people out enjoying the sunshine and wonderful city of we.”