Club X / Edge Bar

With three bars, two dancefloors, and an outdoor terrace, Club X was the epicentre of Cardiff’s queer dance culture for over a decade; appearing in the 1999 film ‘Human Traffic’ as the fictional nightclub “Asylum”.

Managed by Gordon Tovey Club X was Cardiff’s largest LGBT+ venue from the 1990s into the 2000s. For many, it was the heart of queer dance culture, with two dancefloors, one playing the pop hits of the day and another where you could throw shapes and reach for the lasers well into the early hours. This second room was used as the interior of the fictional club Asylum in the 1999 film Human Traffic and featured in a 2002 episode of the BBC Choice lifestyle programme That Gay Show. In 2005 the club was forced to close for several weeks after a fire caused by a former employee who had broken in after hours. It was closed for good by 2014 when much of the building was developed into flats and offices. Part of the club’s basement level is now the Eagle bar.

“I was there the night they filmed That Gay Show. I remember the presenters being on the dancefloor in the glare from the camera lights, a few feet away from us. It was surreal – we were all ‘in high spirits’, shall we say, dancing with abandon and there was this staged fun happening right next to us. In the early 2000s it was the place to go after Pride, and you’d occasionally spot one or two famous faces there.”