2000 enjoy Cardiff Market’s first ‘Night Market’
Cardiff Market opened for its first ‘Night Market’ last week. In just three hours the event attracted more than 2000 people and left traders planning to host similar events in the future.

As well as the opportunity to browse the stalls of some of Cardiff’s most iconic independent traders the evening was given a sprinkle of night-time magic by a selection of local artists, musicians and DJs.

Tantrum Records transformed the Celtic Corner café into ‘Buskers Corner’ complete with performances from Jonny NoCash and Cosmo, up on the balcony music was provided by DJ Carly Santana from the legendary Kellys Records and visitors also browsed an exhibition by local artist Eleri Hâf Davies – featuring portraits of some of the characters trading under the impressive glass roof.

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: “As well as playing an important role in supporting small local businesses the Market has the potential to become a unique destination, combining all that is good about the modern capital city that Cardiff has grown into, with the market’s Victorian heritage.

“People say you can learn a lot about a city from its market and with the success of this new event, Cardiff is clearly open for business, vibrant and looking to the future.”

The event, which aimed to attract a new audience to the market has been hailed as a success by traders, with some food outlets selling out and non-food businesses reporting much higher sales than expected.

Allan Parkins of Kellys Records said: “As soon as the doors opened at 6pm the Market was buzzing, it was amazing to be part of the Night Market but it was the visitors that made it a first class experience.”

Jeremy Phillips from Ffwrnes Pizza, said: “The night market was a fantastic event and showcased our market and it's traders to new and existing customers. Hopefully this is the first of many night markets.”