My Chemical Romance in Cardiff: what time does it start, set list, where to park and prohibited items you cannot bring
Cardiff will be livelier than ever this weekend with a series of concerts in the city centre. Between Ed Sheeran’s three-night run at the Principality’s Cumulative Stadium on Saturday May 28 and the massive My Chemical Romance comeback concert also taking place at the same time, the atmosphere across the capital should be electric.
Thousands of music fans – of no doubt polarizing genres – will swarm the city in what promises to be a brilliant evening of live music. You can find out everything you need to know about Ed Sheeran concerts here.
But while fans pile into the Principality’s stadium, another huge stadium a stone’s throw from Sophia Gardens will also welcome music lovers in droves for the highly anticipated open-air concert of My Chemical Romance.
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The concert, which is part of the American band’s eight-date UK leg, is currently sold out in Cardiff and Ticketmaster has no tickets available.
With so much going on in the city this weekend, concertgoers might have plenty of questions about what you can take into the stadium, road closures for the event, schedules and the setlist. We’ve compiled this handy guide including everything you need to know when My Chemical Romance makes its mark in Cardiff. Keep up to date with all the latest What’s On news by signing up to our newsletter here.
When is My Chemical Romance playing in Cardiff?
My Chemical Romance will take over Sophia Gardens for one night only on Saturday May 28th. The Cardiff show is one of eight dates on the band’s UK tour.
What time are they on stage?
Entries to the event will open at 5 p.m. and fans have been recommended to arrive early as there will be bags and enhanced ticket checks. My Chemical Romance will take the stage at 9 p.m. Ticketmaster said it could not provide further information on the time set for the supporting acts or the duration of the performance until the sound check has been completed, which is usually the day of the concert.
Who is the supporting act?
There are three supporting acts for the concert, Lost Again, Starcrawler and Funeral for a Friend. The Bridgend Funeral For A Friend quintet burst onto the music scene in 2003 with their award-winning debut album Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, which featured four top 20 singles.
In 2015, they announced that they would be disbanding at the end of their 2016 tour. In October 2019, the band briefly reformed to play three benefit shows for a terminally ill friend. In 2020 they announced a more formal reunion in the form of a 2021 UK tour playing songs from their first three albums. In February 2021, the band confirmed that they had postponed their reunion concerts. The tour was instead set for January 2022.
Can I still get tickets?
The concert is sold out and no tickets are currently available on Ticketmaster.
What do I need to enter the stadium?
The event is e-ticket. You will need to have your tickets downloaded to your phone before arriving at the stadium.
What is the setlist?
We took a look at the band’s previous UK tour setlist at their Dublin gig and, if it still holds up, you can expect…
The foundations of decadence
thank you for the Venom
This is how I disappear
You know what they do to guys like us in jail
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
Famous Last Words
Meet at night
Our Lady of Sorrows
To make room!!!!
Welcome to the Black Parade
I’m not fine (I promise)
Will there be road closures?
As well as My Chemical Romance, Ed Sheeran will also play in Cardiff on Saturday. As a result, Cardiff Council announced a series of road closures. There will be a full downtown road closure in place over the weekend.
On Saturday, May 28, the city’s roads will be completely closed from 2:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. the following day. Closed roads include:
Kingsway from its junction with North Road to its junction with Duke Street.
Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate Street.
Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street (Access for residents and traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment.)
Rue Plantagenet and Rue Beauchamp from their junctions with Place Despenser to their junctions with Rue Tudor (access for residents and merchants will be authorized.)
The following roads will be closed in their entirety: Duke Street, Castle St, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road .
Station Terrace and Guildford Street, from the junction with Newport Road to the junction with Churchill Way, will be accessible to buses only during periods of road closures.
Penarth Road (at the back of Cardiff Central Station) from the St Mary Street junction to the Penarth Road entrance will close between 9pm and midnight to help TfW with fans queuing.
Local bus services will be diverted while city center road closures are in place and Transport for Wales is offering a full train schedule plus 40 extra trains on concert days. Cardiff Central station and rail services are expected to be very busy and travelers have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
Where can I park?
Civic Center event day parking will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each concert day at the Civic Center. Parking will cost £15 for the day.
Sophia Gardens will also have parking for the day of the event which will cost £15. The car park will open at 8 a.m. and close at 12 p.m.
You can also book a parking space for the concert on the Principauté Parking website, at the Ysgol Pwll Coch car park.
There is also an event park and ride facility running from County Hall to Cardiff Bay. Buses will run to and from the city center every 10 minutes before the concerts start and the cost of this service is £10.
The car park will open at 10:30 a.m. with the first bus leaving at 11 a.m. and the last city center bus will run at 12 a.m. and the car park will close at 12:15 a.m. the following day.
What items are prohibited in Sophia Gardens?
There will be bag checks at the stadium before the concert, so make sure you don’t carry any of these items. Concert attendees are strongly advised to leave large bags at home
These items are prohibited:
- Sharp tools such as knives and forks
- Guns, weapons, knives and fake weapons
- Glass bottles and containers
- Cans (soft drinks and alcohol)
- Fireworks, explosives and flammable objects
- Air horns/horns
- All musical instruments including whistles
- Gas containers
- Illegal drugs
- Animals (except guide dogs)