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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Acapela is actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and we are taking additional precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our audience, staff and artists – this remains our priority.

All members of the Acapela team have been briefed on what actions to take, as per the Government guidance, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. We are taking the following actions to keep everyone safe:

  • Our cleaning teams have been operating throughout the week cleaning and disinfecting all areas. The cleaning products used are hospital standard.
  • We have added additional signage to create more awareness for everyone to wash their hands and to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and dispose of the tissue in a bin after use.
If you are suffering from any symptoms no matter how mild, please stay at home to recover. If you are a returning traveller please follow the Government advice.

Acapela is open for concerts any change to this will be immediately informed to ticketholders.

Programme Director’s Review of 2019 and Top Picks for 2020!

Holy Moly and the CrackersFAVOURITE EVENTS

I am sure you all had a favourite concert but here are my TOP 5 events  of 2019 (excluding tributes) and those I am especially looking forward to in 2020!

1. Beth Rowley – amazing singer a wonderful mix of soul, blues and gospel, sends shivers down your spine!
2. Toploader – What a surprise…this band really rocked Acapela more than anyone else in 2019!
3. Budapest Cafe Orchestra – Amazing musicians and so funny!
4. Tom Robinson – Excellent concert with so many hits!
5. Holy Moly and the Crackers – So much energy on stage – a mesmerising performance!

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020?

The return of Beth Rowley (28th February), Toploader (13th March), Budapest Cafe Orchestra (24th July) and Tom Robinson (9th May) are a must…if you missed them last time, get your tickets now as many of these events are almost sold out!

But also check out these concert top tips for first half of 2020 (there are so many great concerts it’s so difficult to choose!):

and finally just to prove I have a life outside of Acapela – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (regretably not at Acapela) nor Cardiff but in COPENHAGEN!!!!!

LET US KNOW WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE AT ACAPELA …AND WE WILL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO!!!

HAPPY DAYS…SEE YOU SOON.

 

PAUL JAMES – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Review of 2019

Steve Harley at AcapelaIt’s been an exciting year at Acapela here are some of the highlights:
  • Over 200 events
  • Over 20,000 tickets sold
  • In excess of 10,000 pizzas served!
  • Over 80 sold out events
  • Major Names appearing at the venue for the first time included Tom Robinson, John Williams, Thea Gilmore, Jason Lytle, Blancmange, Beth Rowley, Natacha Atlas, Albert Lee, Ralph McTell, Hue and Cry, Peatbog Faeries AND MANY MORE.
  • The return of many other world class musicians who just love to play at Acapela – Steve Harley, Dean Friedman, Toyah, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Skerryvore, China Crisis, Anna Phoebe (AVA), Magenta, Barbara Dickson AND MANY MORE.
  • Studio recorded several major artists – including the M&S Xmas advert!
  • Voted 6th Best Music Venue in Europe by readers of PROG magazine!

Thanks everyone for your wonderful support which has helped to make Acapela one of the most successful independent music venues in the UK!

Christmas and New Year Office Opening

Merry Christmas Please note that the Acapela team will be taking a well earned rest after an exciting 2019!

The office will be closed from Monday 23rd December until Friday 3rd January 2020.

Please note emails will not be monitored daily during this time, so there may be a delay in getting back to you. You can still purchase tickets online and also book tables online.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020. See you again very soon for another exciting year of music and entertainment!

 

Acapela confirmed as “coolest” music venue in Cardiff

air conEarlier this year we contacted regular audience members concerning the impact of the hot weather on Acapela events and our desire to provide a suitable air conditioning system to ensure that the venue was comfortable whatever the weather outside. It was also clear that the humidity and condensation created with the extreme weather conditions especially on sell out events was impacting seriously on the interior fabric of the building something that we urgently needed to rectify.

We asked you for help in finding a solution and we were inundated with suggestions on who could help and how we could pay for the much needed air conditioning system. We have now with the expert help of “Steve” (an enthusiastic audience member) agreed the installation of a air conditioning system in January which will alleviate the above issues. Thanks for your help Steve!

However the cost of this system is in excess of £30,000, which for a small music venue is very difficult to contemplate and obviously has some considerable risk, especially when other music venues are closing down because of financial pressures on all sides. We were however overwhelmed by the response we received from audience members who unsolicited said they were quite prepared to accept an increase in ticket prices to see the improvements made.

As a result in the first week of January a new air conditioning system should be installed ready for those SELL OUT CONCERTS and SUMMER NIGHTS!!

To enable us to fund this we will be adding £1 to all ticket prices for all NEW concerts announced in 2020, hopefully everyone will understand our motivation behind this and I do believe the improvements will both in the short term and long term be beneficial to both audience members and artists. As we already have events booked in our schedule well into autumn 2020 the reality is that it could take us nearly 2 years to finance the much needed developments through this increase.

As we are unable to add this £1 to existing concerts on sale due to the contracts we have already drafted with artists, we have added to all existing events a method of allowing ticket buyers on the website to add a donation to the air conditioning fund if purchasing tickets for events already live.

We would like to thank you for all your wonderful support which has enabled us to confidently make this change ensuring that Acapela is the “coolest” music venue in Wales …..or probably the world!

 

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