Glasgow is a city known for its fantastic live music venues and has recently been awarded UNESCO city of music status. The Scottish city hosts 123 bands in an average week.
Some of best gigs in Glasgow from the last 10 years have come from a wide array of music genres. From AC/DC rocking their way through all their classics at Hampden Park in 2009 to The Proclaimers at The Hydro (now The SSE Hydro) in 2013 playing a mixture of their early hits and songs from their latest album Like Comedy.
More recently, Coldplay lit up the city’s skies with fireworks and confetti when they played Hampden Park in 2016. Their famous light-up wristbands created an unforgettable sight as they worked their way through a set combining old and new anthems.
It looks as though 2017 will continue the strong live music tradition of recent years. The gigs we’re looking forward to in Glasgow in 2017 include The View playing a residency at King Tut’s Waa Waa Hut from 19 to 25 February and Melanie C at the O2 ABC touring her seventh album, Version of Me.
And on the horizon for later in the year are Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees Deep Purple on their Long Goodbye Tour, in support of their brand new studio album inFinite, to be released in 2017. If speculation around the name of the tour is right, this could be your last chance to see this legendary band live. They’re playing the SSE Hydro on 22 November.
There are so many good live music venues in Glasgow, it’s tricky to choose a shortlist. But King Tut’s Waa Waa Hut is good place to start. The 300-capacity venue has been voted Britain’s Best Small Venue and the UK’s Best Live Venue three years running.
The O2 ABC is a stunning venue with an Art Deco facade and a two-metre mirror ball in the main auditorium. Before it became a live music venue in 2005, the building housed an ice rink, a circus and a cinema!
The SSE Hydro hosts some of the biggest acts from around the world, as well as sporting events and awards ceremonies. It has a seated capacity of 12,000 and stages around 140 events each year.
Among the bands and artists that began their lives in Glasgow are Paisley-born singer songwriter Paolo Nutini, the ever popular group Belle and Sebastian, hit 80s bands Deacon Blue and Del Amitri plus rock group Franz Ferdinand who formed in the city in 2002.
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