Welcome to Glasgow, the real music capital of the UK! As a fresher, you might be unsure where to start and what are places worth checking out.. We’ve also asked some local bands (Dancing on Tables, Noah Noah, North Atlas) on their opinions as to what’s worth checking so you can keep up to date. Read our full interviews with them here.
The iconic dance hall and music venue is in Gallowgate, to the east of the city centre. Its distinctive neon sign is a sight to behold, and is often used as the symbol for the vibrant Glaswegian music scene in general. The main stage often hosts big-hitters but the smaller stage, Barrowlands 2, hosts smaller bands at this historic venue.
Dancing on Tables: “Glasgow is the central Scottish music hub”
The beating vegan heart of the city. With a friendly atmosphere and delicious food, this place couldn’t get much better. The music venue is a rough concrete arena, in the basement of the pub/restaurant on street level. Always great for an intense, up close gig, and known for putting on an eclectic mix of genres.
North Atlas: “The music scene here is sincere, and everyone wants to be a part of the community that’s here is organic.”
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
One of the most unique venues in the city, with a summer beach party vibe. Rated best venue in Glasgow multiple times in a row, the stairwell leading up to the stage is plastered with the biggest names that have graced its stage. A relatively small venue with a good, open setup and a long bar, this is definitely a space you have to check out at least once.
Noah Noah: “We come here to check out new music and see how it ends up, starting in king tuts and finishing at box. It’s so multi-genre.”
A multipurpose venue with a large basement area for gigs and club nights. Having generated a reputation for giving opportunities to independent promoters as well as having its own record label, Broadcast takes its live music very seriously. Traditional pub food, a cafe and live music, this venue has it all under one roof.
Dancing on Tables: “a great place to listen to new bands, and with box and sleazy’s, you can experience the most of new music”
The Hug and Pint
What this venue lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere. With the artist and the spectator almost face-to-face, this is definitely one of the more interesting new venues in the city.
North Atlas: “Bands have an attachment to to Glasgow as a city, other bands appreciate the atmosphere here, you have to work hard to impress the crowd.”
If you’re serious about your electronic music, this is the venue for you. Almost 30 years old, this is one of the oldest clubs in the UK and is strongly maintaining its reputation for consistency. Cutting mixes and a deeply intimate atmosphere, this isn’t a night to pass on.
The Art School
A whole lot of wholesome, if somewhat pretentious, fun. With an eclectic mixture of events and DJs, this is one venue that always tries (and generally succeeds) in doing something different from the rest of the Glasgow club scene.
Noah Noah: “the student community is really integral to the music scene”
Deathcats, Fuzzkill Records
The fuzzpop three piece had been playing non stop around Glasgow for two years until a brief hiatus last year, they are coming back and it’s going to be well worth it.
Pinact, Kanine Records
Psychedelic grunge pop duo, and no strangers to the Glasgow scene. Enough feedback and reverb to blast you into a wave of noise, accompanied with emo-y screamy vocals.
Breakfast Muff, Fuzzkill Records
Radical feminist pop punk gang, Breakfast Muff is not only a great band name, but with satirical lyrics ranging from David Cameron to gender norms. Another belter and recent addition to Fuzzkill, these gigs will be energetic and messy.
Happy Meals, Night School Records.
Minimalist indie synth electro-pop couple/duo, Happy meals have been going from strength to strength in recent years. Some tracks in English, and some in French, some tracks feel like going back to the cutting edge of 80s synth pop.
Randolph’s Leap, Olive Grove Records
An 8 piece folk-pop band, Randolph’s Leap utilises multiple brass instruments to create slow, softer songs that you can de-stress to. A partially rotating collective, it would be worth seeing them in a smaller, close up venue to feel their full potential.
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