Music in the cityIn an average week Glasgow hosts 123 bands, 72 classical composers, 49 choirs, 38 orchestras and 21 jazz bands. Renowned for discovering acts including Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream, the city has fantastic venues for live music and has recently been awarded UNESCO city of music status.


For sheer atmosphere, the famous Barrowlands East End ballroom is loved by artists and fans in equal measure. A must see musical experience.


When the big bands come to town, the SECC - with it's large auditorium - tends to stage them. The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, and Arcade Fire have all played to crowds of up to 10,000 people here.


The O2 ABC occupies the distinctive Art Deco building that once housed Scotland's first cinema. Reborn for the 21st century, the venue now incorporates two live music and club spaces with four bars and an overall capacity of 1600.

King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

This is the venue where Oasis were spotted and signed by Glaswegian record mogul Alan McGee. King Tuts is the venue to see fresh talent on the brink of big things.

The Arches

The Arches - one of Glasgow's most eclectic venues - is situated under Central Station and attracts an exotic array of performers including Candi Staton and Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

See also: O2 Academy, Barfly, the charmingly ramshackle 13th Note Cafe, Oran Mor, Stereo, and legendary indie haunt Nice 'N Sleazy.

"I really fancied living in a big city for my student days. I’m really into music, and the music scene is really good here."
Lucy MacCrae, English Literature and Gaelic

Montage (L-R): The Flaming Lips at Victoria Park, Peter Davidson; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Rachel Clements; Kasabian at SECC, David O'Hare; Low at Glasgow University Union, Toby Butler; gig at Oran Mor, Carol Jones; Barrowlands sign, Gail McLeary; Bloc Party at SECC, Darren Duffy; hand on guitar, Tom Barrack.