About Jac’s Music Venue

Many thanks for choosing Jac’s Music Venue to host your gig. As a city style venue in the heart of a South Wales town, we offer our guests something that’s both special and memorable. There’s always been a huge and lucrative audience for live music in South Wales. (Wales isn’t called ‘the land of song’ for nothing.) However, touring musicians have been caught in a kind of limbo. There have been precious few places that can bridge the gap between a large theatre (500+ seats, crazy ticket prices and no real atmosphere) and the back of a pub (appalling sound, the TV on in the background, and a few dozen punters in the audience).

Jac’s aims to fill that gap: it’s a mid-sized custom music venue with affordable prices and a great atmosphere. It’s a full accessible building in the centre of Aberdare, within easy reach of the M4 and M5, and a few minutes’ walk from the town’s rail and bus stations. It’s based in the former home of a wealthy doctor, which served for many years as the United Services Club (known locally as ‘the Shot and Shell’).

Since then, it’s been transformed into a purpose-built venue suitable for audiences of up to 300, with an integrated bar, plenty of seating, and a large dance floor. We have a smaller ‘green room’ where you can chill out with a beer and a game of pool, and there’s ample car parking a short walk away. Our upstairs function room can cater for private parties, and we’ll soon be offering meals and Sunday lunches.

We’ve already established a reputation for an eclectic mix of live music every Friday and Saturday, our occasional ‘theme’ nights and weekends, and our Pleasant Valley Sundays (showcasing the best in acoustic music). We’re proud to host the Blowout indie/alternative nights in Aberdare, and we hope to build a reputation as the ‘go to’ place for musicians and fans alike.

Our 8.5 kW PA and 24-channel mixing desk allow us to tailor your sound to suit the room, while our state-of-the-art lighting rig will show you off at your best. Our Blackstar guitar cabs and drumkit are available as standard – of course, if you’d rather use your own gear, that’s fine with us. Our extensive (and growing) network of contacts means that we can arrange suitable support acts and provide a DJ to fill in between sets. Our team covers all bases, from hospitality and catering, promotion and networking, social media and online marketing, and (of course) technical support on the night. Jac’s really is the one-stop shop for touring musicians heading for South Wales.

Further down the line we’ll be able to offer overnight accommodation. The days of living out of the back of the tour van are long gone (fortunately). We hope you’ll take advantage of the extra free time to explore our historic town and enjoy the spectacular scenery here at the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.