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In January 1994, a brand-new House night named Tempus Fugit was launched at the magnificent Coal Exchange building in Butetown Cardiff. The name of the night was taken from the gold inscription beneath the large clock on the balcony that is still there today. Cardiff Orange double-decker buses were hired by the promoters to ferry clubbers from the student campus area of Cathays, via the city centre, down to this superb Docks venue. 50p fare each way and a fiver to get in – not bad for a night out when David Morales was among the headliners.
After three parties the event moved to the splendour of City Hall – the centre piece of Cardiff’s civic centre – and the name of the night was changed from its Latin name Tempus Fugit to the English translation “Time Flies”. Full of marble pillars, portraits of the Royal Family and statues of Welsh legends, City Hall became home to Wales’s newest and most exciting night out.
Over the next three decades Time Flies would go on to stage nights right across Wales. Partnering up with BBC Radio 1 and clubbing bible Mixmag on many occasions, Time Flies put Cardiff and Wales firmly on the map of UK clubbing. They were instrumental in securing late entertainment licenses that the city and the rest of Wales enjoy today; the first to secure Bank Holiday Sunday licenses in Cardiff and late-night licenses in many other Welsh towns such as Aberystwyth and Merthyr Tydfil. In the year 2000 they presented the Essential Mix Live! at Wales’ National Ice Rink with Pete Tong, Timo Maas and Seb Fontaine. They also toured across the bridge in the West Of England on occasion, and rammed out the seminal Lakota Nightclub in Bristol.
In 2003 they co-promoted One Big Weekend in Cardiff at Coopers Field with the Chemical Brothers and Eric Morillo headlining. In 2006 & 2007 they helped stage the Metro Weekender Festival, again in Coopers Field, with Carl Cox, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk.
And the party has never stopped since 1994.
Ladies and Gentlemen – on Saturday 27th April 2024 we proudly present the Time Flies 30th Birthday at where else but Cardiff City Hall. The celebrations will be staged in exactly the same rooms as our original events in the 1990s. Dress-up to get down in the stunning Assembly Rooms with its magnificent huge oak chandeliers; mingle and catch up with old friends in the exquisite Marble Hall or step in to some funkier House grooves in the Ferrier Hall. There’s even an exclusive VIP Bar this time where you can relax and rub shoulders with the guest DJ stars and South Wales’ movers and shakers.
DJs Graeme Park, Seb Fontaine, Jon Pleased Wimmin and Brandon Block headline alongside the best DJs in South Wales.
Then following City Hall the party continues at District Nightclub just across the lawn on Greyfriars Road with the one and only John Kelly headlining! Limited capacity.
So grab your places and join us to make Welsh Clubbing History. And a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us throughout the last 3 decades!
Smart Dress Only – cool trainers are okay!
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