Rough (Trade) Guide
Young Marble Giants points of interest in Cardiff and south Wales.
Cardiff (or “Caerdydd” in Welsh) is the capitol of Wales. With a population of more than 300,000, it is also Wales’ largest city. It lies about 149 miles [241 km] west of London, and is bordered by the the Cambrian Mountains to the east, and the Irish Sea to the northwest, west and south. It was in this relatively isolated place that Young Marble Giants formed. If you’re going to Cardiff, you can use the addresses listed below to walk where Giants once did. Click on each link for an online map of each address, and visit the Cardiff County Council’s Transport Information Site for detailed information about city bus, train and taxi services. Know of any other important addresses? Email me.
Disclaimer: I have never been to Cardiff and have no first-hand experience in the various neighborhoods.
1 Walker Road, Splott. Z-Block Records headquarters.
58 Charles Street. Site of the Grassroots Coffee Bar, where YMG, Reptile Ranch, and other Cardiff indie bands often played. Also the site of the annual Charles Street Carnival, at which YMG performed in 1979 and 1980.
48A Broadway, Roath. Stuart and Philip Moxham shared a flat at this address in the late 1970s. With Alison Statton, they recorded the demo recordings that would later turn up on Salad Days.
Duke Street, across the street from Cardiff Castle. During YMG’s early days, Stuart worked at the Capitol Centre Virgin Megastore here. It was (coincidentally enough) one of the only retail outlets to stock the band’s pre-Rough Trade demo tape. The store has since moved to Queen Street, near Newport Road.
Cowbridge Road East, between Llandaff Road and Market Road, Canton. Site of the Chapter Arts Centre, specializing in performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and around the globe. A favorite YMG and Z-Block hangout, and still operating today.
Risca Road, Crosskeys. The founding members of Reptile Ranch, including Spike, met here at Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys campus. It is located about 14 miles [22 km] northeast of Cardiff.