09 Jun Best Gig Venues
Music to Your Ears: Best Gig Venues in Glasgow
Glasgow has a rich history of housing music-loving folk from the days of the music hall (the Britannia Panoptican is the oldest surviving in the UK, be sure to check it out) to the country music revival at the Grand Old Opry and through to today’s hottest bands. If you’re in town for a holiday or even a short business break, don’t miss out on the huge range of music acts playing every night across the city’s venues. If small-scale and intimate is your thing then you won’t be disappointed but as one of the stop-offs for international acts on their UK tour, celeb-chasers can get their fill too.
For big-name bands the Hydro has everything you could ask for. Recent guests to the venue include Rhianna, Rod Stewart, Drake and Beyonce. It’s 13,000-seat arena was built with ampitheatres of old in mind and the circular arrangement means that wherever you’re sat you’ll never feel too far from the action of the main stage. Tickets don’t come cheap to Hyrdo artists, and can sell out within minutes, but seeing that once in a lifetime gig makes the effort worthwhile. Make a weekend of it at our hotel which is just a short walk or taxi ride away.
Glasgow City Halls
Tucked away down one of the Merchant City’s smaller streets, the City Halls don’t look much from the outside. Step inside though and you’re treated to a mix of modern concert and rehearsal space alongside imposing staircases, giving the place a real sense of grandeur. The venue hosts a range of artists from the classical music world and the size of the place feels just right. Being in the Merchant City you’re spoilt for choice for pre- and post-show food and drink too, so you can make a real night of it.
A real slice of Glasgow history is offer here as the Barrowlands is one of Glasgow’s longest-standing gig venues, having hosted the likes of Iron Maiden, Oasis, The Clash and David Bowie to name a few. By day the Barrowlands houses the Barras Market, an East End institution, while at night is comes alive with young and old alike enjoying the atmosphere of a true Glasgow shin-dig.
After a local campaign to save this disused bandstand and ampitheatre set in the heart of Kelvingrove Park from ruin, it’s flourished into a second life. Each year the venue hosts Glasgow Summer Nights, a series of gigs from internationally-acclaimed bands played out in the open air. This year’s line-up includes city favourites, Texas, as well as Tom Jones, The Divine Comedy and even Ladysmith Black Mambazo. On a sunny summer evening this makes for a truly memorable evening, hearing your favourite music live as the sun goes down over Glasgow.