Glasgow lives for a good night out! Regardless of day of the week, the city is host to countless live acts from up-and-coming, hungry new bands to old favourites. From the best examples of undiscovered, overseas talent to established global acts there is always someone cool, fresh and exciting to catch.
Decades of the best live music has shaped Glasgow and our music venues continue to evolve. The varied selection of bands and artists are always encouraged by passionate crowds, partying in some of the most atmospheric venues in the country. Here is Holiday Inn Express Glasgow's guide to those top Glasgow gigs venues.
Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom
A truly legendary live venue, the Barras Ballroom as it's commonly known as, is Glasgow's favourite venue for bands and gig-goers year on year. Originally a ballroom (no prizes for guessing that) in the 1930's, the venue was converted in the 60's and thankfully kept the famous 'bouncy' sprung, wooden floor and is now considered Glasgow's most iconic venue. Gaining a reputation for having a fantastic atmosphere and brilliant acoustics bands such as The Who, The Kinks, Radiohead, The Cure, Metallica, Oasis and Primal Scream have all played on the Barrowland Ballroom stage throughout the years.
Voted the best small venue in Europe and the best live venue in the UK by Radio 1's poll of sixty top bands, the Barrowlands has always drawn spirited gigs and highly-memorable performances from every act. Due in part to the history, perfect acoustics and intimate staging but mostly because the energetic Ballroom's audience demands it!
Not one for the shy and retiring but for raw musical energy, the Barrowlands is simply brilliant!
Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom
King Tuts – Wah Wah Hut
Catching a gig in King Tut's is a special thing; you might just be discovering your new favourite band. Many bands that have gone on to superstardom; Oasis, Beck, Radiohead, The Strokes, Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand all played King Tut's at the start of their careers. It's achieved a history and nostalgic fondness that other venues can only dream of.
With a capacity of only 300, this small wee spot is famous in Glasgow for being small, sweaty and loud, very loud – everything a rock venue should be. With a great bar downstairs and interesting memorabilia all over the place this place always has a great buzz about it.
Bands and audiences will remember their gigs at King Tut's for years!
King Tut's - Wah Wah Hut
272a St Vincent St
Second only to the infamous Barrowlands Ballroom, ABC is the more composed, alternative spot to see great live acts. Whatever your taste in music ABC manages to achieve the hardest of venue feats and cater for all indie rockers, dance music faithfuls and hip-hop purists.
ABC was once a cinema in the early 20th Century is now Glasgow's biggest dance floor. If you're lucky enough to be in town for one of the top gigs here, keep your eyes out for the distinctive 30's features and the world's largest rotating mirrored disco ball.
Unassuming and authentic, ABC makes for an awesome night out.
300 Sauchiehall St
In the quieter reach of Glasgow's city centre, Sub Club has seen DJs spin crowd-pleasures since the late 80s. Not limited to just digital maestros, The Sub Club doesn't hold any prejudice towards acts and is known for hosting all sorts of genre-bending bands bleeding innovation and energy.
Make sure you plan a night on one of the UK's largest bodysonic dance floors for the best unruly, underground, niche stars and frighteningly-good festival headliners.
The Sub Club
22 Jamaica St
Not to be missed Mono is a wholly original musical encounter. A laid-back spot to discover new and established live bands from all over the country, Mono also encompasses a micro-brewery, vegan restaurant, record shop and specialist grocery shop.
Spend a few hours flicking through the vast collection of vinyl, catch exciting exhibitions, sit in on some book readings or enjoy the art workshops before taking in brilliant eclectic, counter-culture bands that swim proudly against the mainstream.
12 Kings Court