Foo Fighters play first Welsh gig in 17 years

Dave Grohl
Fronted by Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters' Principality Stadium gig was their first in Wales for 17 years [Getty Images]

Foo Fighters fans attending the band's Cardiff gig on Tuesday were advised to keep hydrated as the UK basks in warmth.

The Principality Stadium's roof was open for the band's first performance in the Welsh capital for 17 years.

Free water dispensers were available inside the arena as temperatures rose on the hottest day of the year so far in Wales.

Their Everything or Nothing at All tour is the band's first in the UK since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

The 19-date, four-month tour coincides with the release of their 11th album But Here We Are, their sixth number one record.

They have already packed out stadiums in London, Manchester and Glasgow and, after playing in Cardiff, will head to Birmingham for the final date of the two-week UK stopover.

The Principality Stadium show follows sell-out concerts at the 70,000-capacity venue from fellow US superstars Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Pink.

The stadium advised fans to "stay safe and hydrated whilst queuing in potential hot weather".

"Once inside the stadium there are free water dispensers throughout the public concourses which we encourage fans to utilise," a spokesperson said.

"Extra water will be handed out from the barriers for those on the standing floor areas."

The band Wet Leg performing at a festival
Support band Wet Leg's debut album reached number one in 2022 [Getty Images]

Bottles were not allowed in in the lower tier or standing areas of the venue.

"Collapsible bottles" were allowed in the middle and upper tiers but must be empty with tops removed upon arrival.

There were free water dispensers throughout the public concourses of the stadium.

In addition, extra water was handed out from the barriers for those on the standing floor areas.

Are there any road closures?

Map of Cardiff's road closures
A map of city centre road closures on the day of the Foo Fighters gig [Principality Stadium]

Scott Road and Park Street were closed from 07:00.

A full Cardiff city centre road closure was then enforced from 15:00 until midnight.

The roads included in this:

  • Duke Street

  • Castle Street

  • High Street

  • St Mary Street

  • Caroline Street

  • Wood Street

  • Central Square

  • Westgate Street

  • Quay Street

  • Guildhall Place

  • Golate

  • Park Street

  • Havelock Street

  • Scott Road

  • 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

  • Plantagenet Street and Beauchamp Street from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street

Foo Fighters fans in London
Foo Fighters fans at the London Stadium in June 2024 [Getty Images]

What about trains, buses and parking?

Drivers were urged to check the Traffic Wales website before setting off.

Fans were also warned against parking in restricted areas.

Transport for Wales and GWR provided extra capacity on trains in and out of Cardiff wherever possible, but warned rail services across south Wales would be very busy.

Buses wwere diverted due to the road closures. Full details of Cardiff Bus diversions can be found here.