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Glasgow Music Venues List for Gigs - Top 5

Glasgow is well known for its thriving music scene, with a multitude of venues, bars and cafes supporting the humble musician. Many famous names have spawned from this creative city and built up their careers by gigging in many of Glasgow's top spots. Narrowing the list of the top Glasgow music venues down to just 5 is near impossible, but here are five venues that any keen critic has to visit:

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

As one of the best known and loved music venues in Glasgow, King Tut's boasts a rather large list of famous acts; such as Oasis, Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini and even the Killers (shown), to name but a few. Not only do they present big names but they also pride themselves in presenting and supporting new talent. It's intimate atmosphere makes it a favourite amongst performers and fans alike. (Photo Credit: Rob Loud)

13th Note

This quirky bar is home to independent music acts, and also caters to art, theatre and comedy shows. If you are vegetarian or vegan you will find many tasty options on their menu as well as a selection of suitable beers and wines. This is definitely the ideal bar if you want to hear something fresh and new. This is definitely the joint for you if are rather artsy, don't mind a venue a bit rough around the edges and enjoy mixing with an extreme variety of creative souls. Notable artists who have their stage are Idlewild, Belle and Sebastien and Franz Ferdinand.

Òran Mór

If you are visiting the West End, you have to visit this gorgeous venue; which puts on a variety of events. Converted from a church, Òran Mór: meaning "great melody for life", is a brilliant setting for gigs with fantastic acoustics. The music venue is downstairs and has acts on most evenings, with a great variety for many tastes. Artists who have played in the past include sell out names like Calvin Harris, Bastille and Sophie Ellis Bextor as well as the well received and always packed weekly open mic night for those up and coming performers. This is a very cosy setting, with sofas dotted around, creating an intimate and relaxed gig environment.


Set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Glasgow's night life is Nice'N'Sleazy, a very popular venue with a jam packed gig schedule. Giving a stage to new talent, this rather well loved venue has definitely earned its place in Glasgow's heart. As the name suggests, the venue is nice but a tad sleazy, perfect if you like a bit of an overly loved venue with a grungy, worn look and buzzing atmosphere. Worth a look if you want to hear the new trends coming through music today.

Barrowland Ballroom

One of the most famous music venues in Glasgow is the Barrowlands; loved so much by performers that is was voted the UK's best venue by British bands. This venue hosts many big names in the music scene throughout the year, which in the past has included U2, Kodaline and Manic Street Preachers. This is considered one of the best venues in Glasgow because of it's amazing acoustics, springy ballroom floor and more intimate atmosphere, with many artists constantly returning because they love playing it so much.

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