All change at city live mu­sic venue

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

CARDIFF’S live mu­sic venue The Moon Club is clos­ing down – to be re­placed by a new blues, jazz and cock­tail bar.

News of the change at the Wo­manby Street club comes just days af­ter it was an­nounced that the nearby city cen­tre nightspot Dempseys is shut­ting, although that will also be re­opened as a new venue.

The Moon Club will re­open as The Boot­leg­ger, a sis­ter bar to its pop­u­lar Bris­tol site which is run by broth­ers Lee and Gary Miller – orig­i­nally from Haver­ford­west in Pem­brokeshire – and their pal Shaun Bundy.

Lee, who has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in bars in New York and Lon­don, told the Echo: “We are two proud Welsh boys, and an adopted Welsh­man, who want to bring an ac­ces­si­ble speakeasy to Cardiff – one where you don’t have to ring a door­bell.

“You can come in, we’ll serve you amaz­ing cock­tails, you can dance to amaz­ing mu­sic and have fun.”

From now on, The Moon Club team will be fo­cus­ing their ef­forts on The Full Moon, which will re­main next door to The Boot­leg­ger bar.

Di­rec­tor Gwyn Thomas said: “We’ve had five fan­tas­tic years in The Moon Club and can hand over to Lee and his team safe in the knowl­edge that the venue is in good hands. That leaves us free to fo­cus 100% on The Full Moon.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing times for us at The Full Moon at the moment, we’ve up­graded the PA and light­ing sys­tem and now have prob­a­bly the high­est tech­ni­cal spec for a venue of this size any­where in the coun­try, so we’ll be host­ing a lot more gigs in ad­di­tion to our ex­ist­ing live mu­sic and DJs – and not for­get­ting our spe­cial events.”

The Boot­leg­ger will be all about live mu­sic and will play blues, jazz, swing and rock and roll. There are plans to have reg­u­lar swing danc­ing classes and live jazz.

The Moon Club’s Steve Bines also added that since the clo­sure of Four Bars mu­sic venue at Dempseys is im­mi­nent, the new bar would be keen to sup­port live mu­sic. He said: “Boot­leg­ger spe­cialise in jazz, blues and swing mu­sic and are very keen to work with ev­ery­body that hosted events at Four Bars.

“They know its long tra­di­tion of host­ing jazz clubs, lindy hop classes and live gigs and hope­fully they can keep as many of those events as pos­si­ble on Wo­manby Street.”

The Boot­leg­ger is aim­ing to open in early March.

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