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20 Mar The Top Ten Venues In Glasgow

Glasgow is full of live music venues, concerts, and local up and comers. During your stay in Glasgow, you will find there is always something going on to interest everyone. To help you find the best bands and performances, we have put the top ten best venues in Glasgow in one place.

1. Barrowland Ballroom

 

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The Barrowland Ballroom originally opened in 1934 and was rebuilt in the late 1950s after a fire destroyed most of the venue. Since then this grand venue has seen big names, rising stars, and local bands play to audiences. This legendary rock music venue also turns into an event location for events such as comic fairs and corporate shows as well as seeing a more diverse range of music played in recent years.

2. SEC Armadillo

 

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Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the SEC Armadillo is one of three venues situated on the Scottish Event Campus. This one, in particular, is iconic to Glasgow and has become a landmark in itself. The venue hosts talks and performances throughout the year, but if what’s on doesn’t tickle your fancy then the building is worth a visit anyway.

3. City Halls and Old Fruit Market

 

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City Halls and Old Fruit Market have kept their period charm and character with a vaulted roof, balcony, and cast iron columns. This unique venue, that is hidden from view in the city’s Merchant City district, plays host to a variety of performances and concerts as well as club nights and fashion shows. This magnificent venue is also home to bars where you can grab a quick drink before the performances start.

4. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

 

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This grand venue was built in 1990 during Glasgow’s reign as the European City of Culture. Situated in the heart of Glasgow, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a prestigious venue with a lot going on. Whether you fancy listening to the Harry Potter soundtrack being played live, or evenings with incredible composers this is the place for a sophisticated evening out.

5. Òran Mór

 

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Òran Mór is  located in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, with a mural ceiling, whisky bar, and brasserie restaurant, this venue is the perfect place to spend an evening, even if you are not intending to watch a performance. Òran Mór has many events going on throughout the year, from Jazz shows to comedians.

6. SSE Hydro

 

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If you want famous names and large extravagant concerts, then the SSE Hydro is the place to be. The SSE Hydro, like that of the SEC Armadillo is located within the Scottish Event Campus and this is the venue to be at for the major performances and concerts this year in Glasgow. Housing shows from the likes of P!nk and George Ezra.

7. O2 Academy Glasgow

 

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The O2 Academy Glasgow is bound to have something on during your stay that will excite you and make your city break unforgettable. From Greatest Showman singalongs to the Dropkick Murphys, this venue is one of the best in the city.

8. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

 

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King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is a small but mighty venue hosting local emerging and new bands. This wonderful venue has seen bands such as Biffy Clyro, The Killers, and Radiohead play, as well as Oasis being signed at the venue in 1993. You can also treat yourself to food and drink here as well.

9. Kelvingrove Bandstand

 

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Kelvingrove Bandstand was originally built in 1924 and is the only original bandstand left in Glasgow. Closed in 1999 the site fell into neglect, but in 2012 it began to be transformed and restored to its former glory and reopened in 2014. The venue is now a thriving performance centre in the summer, with open air seating the audience can enjoy the sunshine whilst listening to bands perform.

10. The Ferry

 

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The Ferry is a unique venue, a passenger ferry built in 1952 and restored to feature an event space, kitchen, and bar. With live music playing you can dine on the wonderful food and drink whilst listening to what The Ferry are known for, tribute acts.

 

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