Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Journey's end

Following the closure and demolition of Gwdihw, more depressing news for the local music scene: the Cardiff Transport Club is to shut down permanently on New Year's Eve.

The venue only threw open its doors to bands in April 2017 - at a time when Womanby Street was under serious threat - but one of the first shows it hosted saw Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (then just Buzzard) make their live debut alongside Boy Azooga, who went on to film the video for 'Loner Boogie' there, with Kliph Scurlock playing the part of heckling punter.

I wasn't there for that, sadly - but I did see Sacred Paws play there in September 2017 as part of Swn (their second Cardiff show of that year) and then Sweet Baboo three months later.

The place has a no-frills working men's club vibe perfect for small-scale gigs, which were clearly seen as a means of generating revenue and keeping the struggling venue afloat - so it's a real shame to learn that it's going under.

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