The biggest bands that have played Cardiff’s Coal Exchange

Having hosted some of the biggest names in Welsh music, the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay has seen it all

For more than a century, Cardiff’s Coal Exchange has held an important place in the heart of the city, from a bustling market to a concert hall.

The building was constructed between 1884 and 1886 to a design by Cardiff architects James, Seward and Thomas, and was once a hive of businessmen trading in the city. It has also hosted a number of landmark moments in history.

In 1904 the first check for one million pounds was signed there, and in 1913 a welcome was given to the officers and crew of the Terra Nova before Captain Scott and his party set out on their ill-fated expedition to Antarctic.

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Awarded Grade II listed building status in 1975, it has more recently been used as a concert hall and is now known as the Coal Exchange Hotel, Cardiff.

But we’re here to watch the music legends who rocked the Coal Exchange scene, from Welsh rock royalty the Manic Street Preachers to Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics – and even action star Steven Seagal.

The Welsh Music Awards, Miss Wales and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music are just some of the events that have taken place there.

Below, we’ve put together a collection of images of many of the sensational performances that have taken place at the Coal Exchange over the years, as well as other moments in its long history.

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