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10 great venues for live music in the West End – Russell Stewart

By on May 2, 2017

There’s no question why Glasgow is one of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) music capitals of the world. We have a brilliantly vibrant, constantly renewing music scene, hosting acts both local and international from all genres and walks of life.

While there are many famed places to go for live music in the city – Nice n Sleazies, Variety Bar, O2 ABC and Academy, and the list goes on – there are a number of venues here in the West End that also showcase the brilliant talent Glasgow has to offer and in a great setting to boot.

Here are some of the best places in the West End to catch live music.

The 78 10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, G3 8NU

This vegan bar and restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with music nights a plenty. Samson Sounds host Dub n Grub every Thursday, the pre-party for the Mungos Hifi club night at Berkeley Suite. There are also selected local DJs playing Friday and Saturday nights, with a cosy Jazz night on Sundays to round off the week.

La Bodega 1120 South Street, G14 0AP

On top of the authentic Spanish cuisine and dance classes in the studio, La Bodega hosts weekends packed with music, including Salsa Night on Fridays, gigs from various bands on Saturdays and a Sunday Jazz session. There is also the weekly Raspberry Jam on Tuesdays, a brilliant night to hear local featured musicians of all kinds followed by an ever-changing jam session. One of Glasgow’s hidden gems.

Dukes Bar 41 Old Dumbarton Road, G3 8RB

Dukes is a brilliant wee bar in Yorkhill, with open mic nights on Wednesdays and the Dukebox every second week showcasing the best Glasgow has to offer. Sounds of Jazz present Glasgow’s finest jazz musicians showcasing a different theme or setting of music every Thursday. Coupled with a great selection of local drinks and pop-up food, Dukes is a place you’ll be returning to week after week.

The Hug & Pint 171 Great Western Rd, G4 9AW

This excellent venue is another place where you can spend a whole evening, with the vegan restaurant and bar upstairs, and the intimate gig space downstairs. There are performances from a variety of acts every night, with some larger touring acts also making a stop at The Hug & Pint.

The Kelvingrove Bandstand

The refurbished bandstand is one of the jewels in the crown of Glasgow’s music heritage. Since reopening, the venue has been reliving its heyday of the summers of the 70s & 80s, playing host to international stars such as Sister Sledge and Van Morrison – with Chaka Khan on the  way – as well giving the chance to community projects and local musicians to perform on its renowned stage. Keep an eye out for the gigs coming up as part of the West End Festival, it’s the best way to spend those Sunny Afternoons and Summer Nights.

Lockhouse 1397 Maryhill Road, G20 9AA

This pub is a brilliant place to spend the night having a drink, a sing and maybe even a wee dance. With a variety of different music events organised each week, great food on offer and the open mic night and jam every Monday, you’re guaranteed to have a great time at the Lockhouse where people of all ages get together to celebrate their love of music.

Oran Mor Byres Road, G12 8QX

Oran Mor lives up to its Gaelic namesake, ‘great melody of life’, by showcasing fantastic music of all kinds. From small up and coming acts to international touring bands, the variety  ensures a different musical experience every time you go. Along with comedy and theatre nights, and brilliant interiors and architecture, this former church has been transformed into one of the city’s best venues.

SWG3 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG

There’s more to this warehouse than just club nights. SWG3 hosts a wide array of events including smaller gigs in The Poetry Club downstairs, high capacity concerts in the studio upstairs, charity fundraisers, community festivals and arts exhibitions. It’s always an idea to keep an eye out for the next event down beside the train tracks, as it’s sure to be a good one.

The Record Factory 17 Byres Rd, G11 UK

With its unassuming small entrance at the bottom of Byres Road, you wouldn’t expect to be greeted with such a huge space as you enter the Record Factory. This basement venue hosts many gigs throughout the week, with touring and local bands, and features a beer garden out the back and a pool table inside. Throw in some good food and you have a great all-round venue.

Tchai Ovna 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

This cosy, wee teahouse at the end of Otago Lane hosts a great selection of live acts throughout the week, along with its selection of vegan food and up to 100 international teas. With a warm and friendly atmosphere, Tchai Ovna is perfect if you’re looking to chill out to music while sinking back into the comfy seats.

Russell Stewart is a singer-songwriter, currently performing and gigging around his hometown of Glasgow.

Picture of Russell Stewart – Jolly Bearded Photography


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