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A centre of music and a stomping ground for both young and seasoned bands — think Belle And Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Travis, and Primal Scream — Glasgow is a melodious smorgasbord. From snug, unpretentious cubbyholes to renowned band haunts, here are the best music venues in Glasgow.
Visionary and innovative, The Glad Café is the most happening spot in Glasgow. A laidback atmosphere compliments the vast array of musical styles from indie and electronic, to experimental, world and traditional. Like Jack Kerouac’s beat generation, both internationally renowned bands and local musical prodigies flock here. The stellar acoustics, cracking menu, craft beers and The Glad Foundation (a charity committed to providing Glasgow’s youth with affordable and free music lessons) adds to the wondrous appeal.
The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 636 6119
Having a belter of a time at ABC is as easy as, well…123! Kicking about since 1875, this glorious Art Deco edifice has worn many hats over the decades. Originally one of the first cinemas in Scotland, this beauty is now a magnet for epic gigs and concerts. With over 400 events a year, in tandem with the slinky bars and wild club nights, there’s always something going on. Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Sheeran, Chvrches and Bruno Mars have all worked wonders under the resplendent rays of the giant mirror ball amidst the arty 19th-century steelwork.
O2 ABC, 300 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 332 2232
The kind of place you can really let loose and get swept away with the night’s festivities, Nice N Sleezy is devoid of unnecessary pomp and pageantry. And yet, it couldn’t be more enticing. With kaleidoscope walls, food that hits the spot, nooks and crannies to be discovered, and most importantly, an infinite supply of bands casting their spell across the crowd, this fine music establishment sports the ideal blend of intimacy and freedom. A creative sanctuary suited to cool kids and music buffs.
Nice N Sleezy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 333 0900