Music venues in Glasgow
Music venues in Glasgow
As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, it’s no surprise that Glasgow has many amazing music venues across the city. From gigs in bars to incredible shows in city parks, Glasgow is a hotspot for live music and is a must on your visit.
Iconic music venues
Known for its iconic sign and sprung dance floor, the Barrowland Ballroom is synonymous with Glasgow. Opened in 1934, this incredible venue has played host to Blur, Oasis, David Bowie and Metallica. It’s a popular venue not only for music fans but artists too. Check out what’s on at barrowland-ballroom.co.uk.
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Iconic yet intimate, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has its place in music history as the location where Oasis were signed. With a capacity of 300 people, King Tut's has supported some big names early in their careers including Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Frightened Rabbit. Book a ticket at kingtuts.co.uk and discover the next big star.
The OVO Hydro is Glasgow’s largest indoor arena and plays host to the biggest names in music – Rod Stewart was the first to perform when the venue opened in 2013. It’s part of the Scottish Exhibition Centre (SEC) Campus which also includes Glasgow’s iconic SEC Armadillo building. Find out what’s on at OVO Hydro’s website.
O2 Academy Glasgow
A former cinema and bingo hall, Glasgow’s O2 Academy is a music venue brimming with history. It’s iconic art deco frontage and period features inside make for a memorable setting to watch your favourite artist. Check out what’s on at academymusicgroup.com.
Club and live music venue The Garage has been rocking out on the city's most famous street for nightlife, Sauchiehall Street, since 1994. The Garage has hosted thousands of bands and artists of all genres, from Prince to One Direction to Coldplay. Visit The Garage's website for listings.
Cathouse Rock Club
Like The Garage, the renowned Cathouse Rock Club was opened by rock guru Donald Macleod in the early 90s. Live music is at the heart of this 350 capacity venue, with the likes of Anthrax and Fall Out Boy having played. The 'Catty' as it's affectionately known, continues to host stars of the future in the world of rock. Visit cathouse.co.uk for info.
Glasgow has a few concert halls which provide a more traditional music setting.
- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and regularly hosts events including the annual folk and roots festival, Celtic Connections.
- City Halls is steeped in history and has hosted many famous names including Charles Dickens and Dr David Livingstone. Today, it regularly hosts performances from its resident orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
- Old Fruitmarket is another spectacular concert venue which is adjoined to the City Halls and has retained the original greengrocers’ signs from a time when the building was, you guessed it, a fruitmarket.
The Glad Cafe
A not-for-profit southside gem which is both a licensed cafe and music venue, regularly hosting gigs by traditional, indie and electronic artists. Visit The Glad Cafe’s website to see what’s on.
A vegan cafe bar and somewhere to discover new music, you can find Mono in Glasgow’s Merchant city area. There’s also the fantastic independent record shop, Monorail Music, right next door. Head to monocafebar.com to find out more.
Housed in a former church, Òran Mór is a beautiful bar, restaurant and venue with ornate décor throughout. Enjoy live music with previous artists having graced the stage including Amy Winehouse and The Proclaimers. Find out more at oran-mor.co.uk.
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
As the name suggests, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is a hub for all things art in Glasgow, including gigs. With a diverse and experiential calendar of events, check out what’s on at cca-glasgow.com.
Head to the east end of Glasgow for drinks, delicious food and a gig at St Luke’s. Playing host to a diverse range of artists, the converted church venue has something for everyone. Visit St Luke’s website to see what’s on.
Found in the heart of Glasgow’s nightlife scene on Sauchiehall Street, and next door to each other, are three dive bars – Nice N Sleazy, Box and Broadcast. Each are renowned for their calendar of diverse music events. Check out nicensleazy.com, boxglasgow.co.uk and broadcastglasgow.com to find out what’s on.
Many of Glasgow’s much-loved parks play host to music events throughout the summer months.
- Nestled amongst the greenery of Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre is a beautiful outdoor venue. It hosts performances from Glasgow Mela, Scotland's biggest free multicultural festival, and the annual Glasgow Summer Nights Festival.
- Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park, hosts the Scottish pop and indie festival TRNSMT, the World Pipe Band Championships and BBC Proms in the Park every year.
- Queen’s Park Arena can be found in the southside park of the same name and caters for smaller music festivals and family events.
Visit the Glasgow City Council website to find out more about the city’s parks or head to the event websites for more info.
Barras Art and Design (BAaD)
An indoor venue with an outdoorsy feel, the covered Barras Art and Design (BAaD) Courtyard hosts loads of gigs. Near to the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, it’s also the perfect spot for pre-gig drinks and dining. Head to baadglasgow.com for more info.
The stylishly industrial SWG3 is a warehouse complex with multiple venue spaces, ranging from the intimate Poetry Club to the largescale Galvanisers. A venue which oozes cool, head to SWG3 for gigs and club nights. Find out more on SWG3’s website.
The Berkeley Suite
Hidden in plain sight with a pawn shop sign outside, The Berkeley Suite has an art deco style bar upstairs and a basement club downstairs. The club hosts a mixture of well-known resident DJs and some of the biggest names in the dance music scene from around the world. Get tickets at berkeleysuite.com.
Drawing in the crowds on Sauchiehall Street is student favourite, The Garage, which runs a different club night seven nights a week, ranging from chart-toppers to indie nights. Also hosting gigs, having welcomed Prince, Marilyn Manson, One Direction and Paolo Nutini in the past. Find out what’s on at garageglasgow.co.uk.
Did you know that Glasgow's status as a UNESCO City of Music makes it one of 13 UNESCO sites in Scotland? In a world first Scotland's UNESCO sites have been brought together to form a trail - discover more about each of these 13 wonders and the UNESCO trail at visitscotland.com.
Article last updated: September 2021