Free music gig to close the University of Glasgow’s two-week ARCadia Festival

Published: 16 September 2022

Award-winning Scottish performers will play a free live music gig in one of the University of Glasgow’s newest buildings to help mark the end of the ARCadia Festival of Ideas.

Award-winning Scottish performers will play a free live music gig in one of the University of Glasgow’s newest buildings to help mark the end of the ARCadia Festival of Ideas.

ARCadia is a two-week programme of events, starting today until Friday 30 September, involves the University of Glasgow community, its collaborators, and members of the public to celebrate the opening of the Mazumdar Shaw ARC (Advanced Research Centre).

The closing party, which will be an evening of discussion and live music, is a partnership between the ARC and music collective Hen Hoose, who were longlisted last night for The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award – Scotland’s national music prize.

Hen Hoose was founded by Tamara Schlesinger and unites a rich array of talented and award-winning and non-binary Scottish artists, writers, and producers, collaborating to created new music across genres. The line-up for the ARCadia Fesitval of Ideas includes Emma Pollock, founding member of the Delgados; Rachel Aggs (Sacred Paws) and Inge Thomson.

Tamara Schlesinger, Hen Hoose founder, said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to curate the closing party of ARCadia Festival on behalf of Hen Hoose - showcasing some of the most exciting and established women and non-binary artists in Scotland.”

Collaboration will be the theme of the night of music on Friday 30 September 2022, with a discussion chaired by pop music expert and musician Dr Matt Brennan about how musicians work together, and the challenges currently facing the creative industries that require a collective approach.

Dr Brennan, University of Glasgow music lecturer and researcher, said: "It's fitting that the ARCadia culminates in an evening of music, given the city's deserved reputation as a rich centre of musical activity and the university's track record in creative economies research.

“My hope for the ARC is that it makes new connections between the citizens of Glasgow - including those who make up the city's music sector - and university researchers, and this event will hopefully serve as an invitation to anyone interested that the doors of the ARC are open for collaboration."

ARCadia Festival of Ideas

The ARCadia Festival of Ideas, runs from 16- 30 September 2022 and celebrates the opening of the University’s new £116 million research Mazumdar Shaw ARC – a research hub and community venue

Over the two weeks, some 65 events will take place including the Hen Hoose closing party, brass bands, a retro video game arcade, comedy and drag shows, an outdoor ceilidh, art exhibits, a virtual reality celebration of Robert Burns, and much more.

ARCadia Closing Party

Tickets are now live for the Hen Hoose closing party and available to book at this link to Eventbrite.

Hen Hoose

Hen Hoose is a music production house based in Glasgow founded by Tamara Schlesinger. It unites a rich and diverse array of wonderfully talented and award-winning female and non-binary Scottish artists, writers and producers collaborating on the creation of exciting new music across multiple genres.

Hen Hoose website -


The Mazumdar Shaw ARC

The ARC, the Advanced Research Centre, is the creative and collaborative heart of research at the University of Glasgow.

The £116m building will help bridge the boundaries between research, cross subject collaboration and true societal impact. It was officially opened in June 2022. To learn more visit the ARC website.






First published: 16 September 2022