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Rihanna Cardiff: Pop megastar descends on Millennium Stadium to kick off UK tour

Months of anticipation come to a crescendo on Monday for Rihanna fans, the pop princess has arrived in Cardiff to perform at the Millennium Stadium, and kick off the UK leg of her Diamonds world tour.

Fans will travel from across the country to catch Rihanna in action, and travel companies have warned fans to plan ahead (you can see travel and parking info below).

Excitement has built to fever pitch among fans, tens of thousands of whom will cram into the national stadium for the top-billing show.

The Barbadian singer, who has sold more than 100m records worldwide, will play a mixture of her greatest hits, such as “What’s my Name?”, “Umbrella” and “Diamonds”, as well as songs from her latest album “Unapologetic”.

Some fans queued through the night when tickets first went on sale back in November and now more than 60,000 have been sold, with people expected to descend on the Welsh capital from every corner of the UK.

The show is the first UK outing of the pop princess’ smash Diamonds world tour and will see Rhianna perform five acts and an encore on the Cardiff stage.

For the showpiece opening she will sing Mother Mary while kneeling in front of a female monument in a “prayer-like” pose.

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Millennium Stadium doors are set to open at 4.30pm, with the music kicking of at 6pm.

Build up acts include a supporting set from house DJ supremo David Guetta, before Rhianna takes to the stage no later than 8pm.

Cardiff city centre is expected to be chockablock and fans are being advised to arrive early.

First Great Western are laying on extra trains towards Swansea and Bristol Temple Meads after the gig.

Westgate Street will be closed between 4pm and 6pm ahead of a full road closure of the city centre, which will be in place until around midnight.



If you are travelling to Rihanna’s Cardiff concert by train,
then please take note of the following information from First Great Western:

Five additional trains will be provided to help Rihanna concert goers return home from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, but First Great Western are warning customers to allow plenty of time.

With 60,000 tickets already sold, FGW is to add carriages to trains as well as provide two additional services from Cardiff to Swansea and three additional late night trains to Bristol Temple Meads.

With the last train to Bristol at 23.27 fans are being warned to allow plenty of time to catch the train home as a queuing system will be in place at Cardiff station to help customers to board trains in safety.

Those travelling from further afield are also being reminded to check journey times to prevent missed connections. Final connections along routes are as follows:

Weston / Taunton / Exeter:
22.04 from Cardiff (change Bristol Temple Meads)

Swindon / Reading / London:
21.25 from Cardiff (change BTM)

Bath / Westbury:
22.04 from Cardiff (change BTM)


The queueing system at Cardiff Central Station has left some commuters unhappy in the past, for example, during the London 2012 Olympics when football matches were hosted at the Millennium Stadium
. So do leave plenty of time to get to your train, and make sure you speak to a steward if you have any doubts as to which queue you should be in.

For further info visit the First Great Western website



Parking restrictions are in place for Rihanna’s concert at the Millennium Stadium.

There will be a small road closure of Westgate Street from 4:00pm to 6:00pm ahead of a full road closure of the city centre including Westgate Street, which will be implemented until approximately midnight.

The route to the front of the rail station – Station Approach in Central Square from its junction with Wood Street – will be closed from 6:00pm to 1:00am, with access for buses to the station being maintained when/if the full closure is not implemented.

Travel and parking is likely to be busy on the day of the Cardiff date of the Rihanna Diamonds Tour
, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

It’s advisable to park just outside of the town centre and to walk to the concert. There are a number of places to park in Cardiff Bay, around a 15-20 minute walk from the centre, or a short taxi ride (approximately £5).

Alternatively, St David’s car park in the town centre has a large capacity for vehicles, and charges a reasonable rate for long stay.

For a list of council-owned car parks, click here
. For a list of NCP parking in Cardiff, click here

Parking is available in a number of on-road areas just outside the city centre, but during the daytime these may be restricted to residents, or might be subject to a parking fee.

These places are often used by commuters who work in Cardiff, and are likely to be busy prior to 4:30pm when the doors open at the Millennium Stadium. Your best bet is to find a multi-storey car park within walking distance.

What time will Rihanna be on stage at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff?

Doors: 4:30pm; Support act: 6:00pm; Rihanna (estimated): 7:30pm


Please note that stage times are subject to last minute change from Rihanna and from the venue, so to avoid disappointment, arrive at Rihanna’s Millennium Stadium concert in time for when the doors open at 4:30pm.

For any questions on parking in Cardiff, or directions to the Millennium Stadium on foot or by public transport, feel free to tweet me –


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