Top music experiences in Glasgow

A famous music venue and dancehall in Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom is the place to go for gigs. Simple Minds filmed the video here for their 1983 hit Waterfront, while Oasis, U2, The Stranglers, The Clash, The Smiths, and Muse have all played there.

With such a rich and eclectic music heritage, what better way than to take it all in on a guided city tour of Glasgow’s music scene. Discover the places and people that have all contributed to the world of music on these lively tours.

Glasgow’s annual Celtic Connections festival celebrates Celtic music and its roots in cultures across the globe. More than 2,000 international musicians descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life with concerts, ceilidhs, talks, exhibitions, workshops and free events.

Glasgow Mela – Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival – lights up Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park every summer in a kaleidoscope of colours and taste from around the globe with music, dance and performance.

Make sure you are part of a week-long piping festival in August: Piping Live! It makes Glasgow the centre of the world stage for piping brilliance.

The spectacular music venue Hydro has brought a contemporary feel to the banks of Glasgow’s River Clyde and an impressive array of stellar acts, with the likes of The Vamps and Ellie Goulding have already played there.

With gigs almost every night of the week, it’s easy to see why King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has built a reputation as a hothouse for new talent. But big names get a look-in, too. The likes of Florence and the Machine, The Killers and Pulp have all graced its stage.

The Vintage Festival in Glasgow is the destination to go back in time to celebrate 7 decades of British cool. Bringing together the music, fashion, film, art, dance and design from the 1920-1980s that made Britain the world's creative and cultural hotbed.

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