THE CARDIFF venue that hosted early performances by artistes such as Adele, Stormzy and James Bake has closed after 14 years.
The 150-capacity Buffalo Bar in the city’s central Windsor Place, announced its closure on social media at the start of the year, citing rising business rates as the reason.
“It’s with heartfelt sadness we’ve had to close Buffalo,” the statement reads.
“Twenty-one months ago, we had a massive increase in our business rates. That coupled with rent increases and change in behaviour of consumer spending, we had no other option than to close doors.
“It’s a tough market to be in and independent venues will find it tougher and tougher this year. Make sure you support them in the city centre otherwise they will be gone before you know it.”
Buffalo suffered financial difficulties in 2013 too, but survived when management company 8 Bar Blue bought the venue.
Cardiff promoter John Rostron, who founded the multi-venue Swn Festival, tells LIVE UK, “The loss of the Buffalo Bar is one that will be particularly felt by local independent club night promoters.
“Buffalo housed many great nights of electronic, bass, beats and club music of all genres, with the likes of Disclosure, Stormzy and more all doing early shows there.”