Glasgow Music Blogs
Glasgow’s thriving music scene has a strong grassroots foundation; it is also a city rarely left off the map for global artists on arena tours. Every city’s scene beats to its own rhythm and is celebrated by the inhabitants, but the hype around the Glasgow music scene is so much more than the city-dwellers banging their own drum.
Glasgow was the first city in the UK to receive the UNESCO city of music award in 2008. In 2019, Glasgow was dubbed the United Kingdom’s top creative and cultural city by the European Commission.
Glasgow is home to several prestigious arts companies, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Glasgow doesn’t fall short on homegrown talent either. Some of the biggest acts in the UK have roots in Glasgow, including The Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Glasvegas, The Fratellis, Bis, and Texas.
Glasgow’s most prodigal sons, Arab Strap, started making waves in 1995; with their comeback album, As Days Get Dark, in 2021, they got to the top of the UK Record Store sales chart and held the number 1 position for quite some time.
There are plenty of famous venues in the Glasgow music scene for up and coming artists to cut their teeth. Even with a 300-capacity, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is one of the most famous indie venues in the world for the part it played in Scotland’s history of indie. When Oasis turned up at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and demanded a place on the bill, their superstardom went supersonic. The hut also hosted other legendary alt-90s artists, including Beck, Manic Street Preachers, the Verve, Blur and Radiohead. For three years in a row, the venue was dubbed the UK’s Best Live Venue. If that wasn’t a big deal, the fact that it featured in the number 7 spot in a follow-your-bliss bucket list curated by New York Magazine.
Other iconic venues in Glasgow include Barrowland Ballroom, Nice N Sleazy, Bar Bloc, Mono and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Glaswegian music fans also have the reputation of raising a roof, regardless of the venue or genre.
Glaswegians are spoilt for choice with the wide range of radio stations. For the freshest indie fixes, listeners turn to BBC Radio Scotland. For pop hits, Clyde 1, and the biggest beats, electro fans tune into Trancetechnic.