What’s On Glasgow’s Hubs and Clubs

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Glasgow rocks, and it’s apparent. Countless bands have their start here from eighties rockers Simple Minds and Jesus and Mary Chain, to Supernaturals, Texas, Belle & Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit. The music venues of fame include King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and The Barrowland Ballroom are familiar to all. But what about all the other venues and what’s on this spring of note? What do you do if you are a traveler and haven’t a clue where to go. Well, you are in for a rest regardless, there is so much musical going on here.

Like any city you may visit, look at the local clubs and independent papers for where you are traveling to. You may want to do this several months before you arrive as some of the more popular bands may sell out quite early. If you are lucky and have friends and family in the place you plan to visit, you can have them get live tickets for you, but many places use services like eventbrite.com and other online ticket sellers and you can store on your phone. You may not be able to purchase unless you are in the UK as some apps and ticket selling sites are set up for UK addresses only at checkout, even if it’s an online ticket.

Local Papers and Music Resources

I always find and love to look through the local indie rags for any city like Glasgow. All port towns have a great independent news and cultural paper or two, usually online but occasionally you can still pick up a hard copy which is great as you can get that old textile feel for the paper. Music and theatre are a steady, vibrant beat in this town. Another great way to find out who is playing is of course to pick up flyers and promo cards from independent music stores. Some of the local stores are Record Fayre and Rubadub. Check the registers and windows for bank promos, and don’t forget your local cafe and coffee houses. Don’t forget to listen to the Buskers in Buchanan or other mall streets, many of them have CDs or will also tell you about the local music scene and who’s playing.

Some of the music venues are:
Òran Mór
Bar Bloc
O2 ABC
Old Fruitmarket

Like big music events? Spring marks the beginning of the festival season, so along with small music venues, you will find weekend festival events filling the air with sound. Check and see if there is one during your stay. These venues are filled with bands all day and into the night. Festivals coming up in Glasgow are the new May West Festival May 27, 28 TRNSMT 2017 Festival July 7 through 9 and they are hosting the BBC6 Festival this year.

Is This Music ? is a great, Northern UK publication online with music reviews and listings for where bands are playing. Glasgow Music has reviews and information specific to the city and outlying area. Reviews and venue information. And best of all, never forget that the universities in most cities have a student run radio station. The University of Glasgow’s student run station is Subcity Radio. Check out their reviews and music offerings.

Links
Top Music Venues Glasgow
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/the-10-best-music-venues-in-glasgow/

Is This Music?
http://www.isthismusic.com

Glasgow Music
http://www.glasgowmusic.co.uk/GMHome

Local Independent Music Stores
http://www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/record-store-day-2016-glasgows-7755773

Independent Culture
http://www.theskinny.co.uk

Subcity Radio Glasgow University
https://www.subcity.org

May West Festival 2017
http://www.may-west.com

TRNSMT Festival 2017
http://trnsmtfest.com


Photo by Craig Monaghan

The Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, Dublin Interview

IRRME_logo_PRIMARYAll port towns have music going on. It’s traditional. It’s where everything comes in to the people and from hundreds of years of history into the land, you gotta have the music for the masses, played  usually in pubs and taverns. Of course that would hold true for Dublin. Dublin has had a very long music tradition, and Rock ‘n’ Roll is at the heart of it. Many Irish bands start playing pubs and small venues. And many bands that tour Europe know to hit up this town. Anywhere a band can get heard, it will happen. College campus, festivals, roofs, anywhere. I have it on good authority, (Coleman), that the best places to catch the new up and coming bands are The Button Factory, The Academy, and Whelans. And why not, it’s in the Temple Bar district where it’s hot and happening.

IRRME-springtime-fc-coverbAlso, check out the latest sensation band the Strypes. They will have an exhibit coming up at the museum.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Tour on YouTube

Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Experience

8 Cecelia St

Temple Bar

Dublin 2

Hours : Open between 11:00 am to 5:30 pm 7 days a week. But check the website.

To help you get ready for your music education, meet Ed Coleman, General Manager for Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Experience and The National Wax Museum Plus.

How did your museum get it’s start, and how have you seen it grow in the last five years?

The company director Paddy Dunning set up the Irish Rock n Roll Museum in summer 2015 after realising there was nowhere else celebrating the huge amount of talent Ireland has produced over the last 50+ years.

Has there been anything surprising that happened that you just ran with in an opportunity to create an exhibit?

Not that I am aware of.

What do you consider the most challenging part of running a museum of your kind?

Like any new venture the main challenge is getting the word out there. We know we have a great product that people love and have slowly but surely been climbing the tripadvisor ranks as word spreads.

What is the planning process for creating new exhibits? Do you have any behind the scenes video or articles that future visitors can look at?

We listen very carefully to our customers when deciding what our next exhibit should be. For example, we were hearing Cruachan being mentioned time and time again by our German and Nordic customers. We hadn’t realised the impact they have had around the world pioneering folk metal and so we decided they should be our next addition. We approached them and they were happy to donate some amazing items to the museum, including the keyboard most of the early albums were written on. Our fault for not asking them sooner but lesson learned.

Is there a committee that decides to feature something or a finding that becomes available and you build around that? Or does the planning involve a specific structure?

It varies. Sometimes we plan long and hard around a project. Sometimes they just fall into our lap.

It’s the 2017 season coming and what are your plans for exhibits this coming year?

Our next exhibit will be Flogging Molly, the famous celtic-punk band who recorded in Grouse Lodge in Westmeath late last year. And of course it’s a big year for U2 with their tour and 30 year anniversary of The Joshua Tree. So there will be more U2 later in the year.

Do your exhibitions centre on the local only or do you have art and future or contemporary issues come into play occasionally?

The only criteria is that there has to be an Irish connection. An artist might be Irish, of Irish descent, lived in Ireland or maybe recorded or gigged at our venues.