The Arches

The Arches
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
  • Box office 0141 565 1000
  • Opening times Opening times vary, see individual events for details.
  • Website www.thearches.co.uk

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If you're wondering where the edgy, arty hipsters of the city spend their time, you'll likely find them here. A cavernous underground mish mash of bars and stages, the Arches offers a renowned theatre programme, including its own cutting-edge festivals (Behaviour, Arches LIVE, and Conflux), plus larger-scale indie shows, a variety of club nights and DJ sets and a host of events somewhere in between.

From ground-breaking theatre to huge name DJs and hot new bands, The Arches in Glasgow breaks down any traditional notions of what an arts venue should be.

In 1991, former Arches Artistic Director Andy Arnold realised the potential of the cavernous space underneath Glasgow’s Central Station and received the keys to the space from British Rail. Twenty years on, the Arches has become one of Europe’s leading cultural venues, playing host to some of Britain’s biggest club nights and an eclectic range of gigs, as well as exciting new theatre and visual art exhibitions. People often drop in for lunch or a drink in the café bar and end up staying for the rest of the evening – catching a band, taking in some experimental theatre, or meeting up with friends before heading to the dance floor.

The Arches is unique amongst both Scotland’s bars and clubs and the country’s arts venues because of the unique way our programme is funded. We’re a not-for-profit organisation: our clubbing, bar, café, live music and corporate hospitality revenue is reinvested in our arts programme (constituting 88% of our funding) – allowing us to carry on producing intelligent, ground-breaking productions and offering emergent artists a supportive platform for risk-taking. We like to think that we make the arts accessible to new, younger audiences, but we never dumb down to patronise them.

The Arches patrons are Carl Cox and Liz Lochhead. Although theirs are not necessarily names that fit together, Cox and Lochhead were chosen because they represent the diversity of the Arches’ programming. Andy Arnold founded the venue as a theatre space in 1991, and discovered that putting on club nights was an excellent way to help support his artistic programme. This practice continues to this day; clubbing revenue generating income for the theatre, visual art and live music programme in the building.

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Event times

There are 16 events at this location

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Alestorm's Piratefest

Pirate metal from Perth Aaaarrrrr!!!! The band are joined on tour by Red Rum, Rainbowdragoneyes and Lagerstein.

Sun 19 Oct

£14 / 0141 565 1000

Carl Cox

House and techno courtesy of Carl Cox.

Fri 12 Sep

£18 / 0141 565 1000

Curio Cabinet Cabaret

Sita Pieraccini and guests close SURGE with a cabaret show featuring local artists, bands and performance groups.

Sun 3 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Endurance

Created and performed by over 20 women living in Glasgow, Endurance imagines and recreates the historical and personal stories of Commonwealth sportswomen from across the world.

Thu 24 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Fri 25 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Sat 26 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Sun 27 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Gong

You just can't keep a good psychedelic rock band down, and these far-out pioneers have been in the business for eternity.

Wed 29 Oct

£17.50 / 0141 332 2232

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Joanne Shaw Taylor

Originally hailing from Birmingham, the musician and singer-songwriter performs blues-rock.With support from Bernie Marsden

Fri 7 Nov

£17.50 / 0141 565 1000

Jungle

Modern soul, with elements of hip hop and R&B.

Sat 25 Oct

£12.50 / 0141 565 1000

King

A one-woman love letter to the legendary Freddie Mercury. Claire Willoughby explores trauma through the demise of an impersonator.

Fri 1 Aug

Over-18s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

Over-18s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Late Anatomy Fish Fry

Music hall variety show featuring artists, dancers, musicians and more.

Fri 1 Aug

Over-18s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Lou Prendergast: Untouchable

Works created in response to the Indian art project Eyecaste: The Vision to See Past Caste.

Wed 23 Jul

Free / 0141 565 1000

Thu 24 Jul

Free / 0141 565 1000

Fri 25 Jul

Free / 0141 565 1000

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Lucid Interval

Performance piece inspired by our most private places. Comprised of physical theatre, film and photography.

Fri 1 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Sat 2 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

News Just In!

The Tartan Tonight newsroom presents a roundup of all things Commonwealth Games. Keep up with the latest in a tantalising soap opera while getting all the up-to-date Games news and gossip. Featuring a cast of six of Scotland's top comedy actors and a dynamic team of writers.

Wed 23 Jul

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Thu 24 Jul

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Fri 25 Jul

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

…and 8 more dates until 2 Aug

Robert Softley: Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like

A disabled athlete and a disabled artist tell their stories.

Wed 6 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Thu 7 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Fri 8 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Sat 9 Aug

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Culture 2014.

Robin Trower

Legendary rock guitarist who made his name with Procul Harum in the 60s.

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

Slint

Hugely influential cult US outfit, beloved by Mogwai and a host of Scottish post-rockers.

Fri 15 Aug

Over-14s only

£20 / 0141 565 1000

This Is Faruchio Peru

Faruchio Peru is an enigma wrapped in an ego, surrounded by an unpronounceable name, a self-proclaimed 'showman' skilled in the art of delusion.

Sat 2 Aug

Over-18s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Sun 3 Aug

Over-18s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Surge Festival.

Reviews & features

The Arches: 21 defining moments

18 Oct 2012

The cutting edge venue turns 21 this year - here are some of the stand-out moments in its history

1. Cafe Loco October 1991 First set up as an experiment by Arches founder Andy Arnold to bring theatre to clubbers, Cafe Loco showcased numerous emerging and experimental performers including early sightings of performance company Mischief La…

Underneath The Arches

8 Jan 2009

Glasgow’s Arches, as anyone who’s worked there will tell you, is the sort of place that doesn’t so much defy your expectations as consistently confound them. Audiences might marvel at the sort of building that can stage a theatre show, art exhibition…

The Arches

1 Oct 2008

From underground electro to avant garde theatre, the Arches offers a creative haven for every taste. David Pollock explains the appeal of this cavernous venue.

Comments & ratings

2. Catcher /The Smoking Sundays8 Oct 2008, 1:54pm4 stars The Arches Report

6 bands 6 quid cant really argue with that can you.Except sometimes a set flies past you and you cant really remember it.On to the mainstay of the Glasgow scene CATCHER.Well you cant argue that they rocked the joint and you cant argue that they have the songs.
35 Appearances at King Tuts.You wonder if they missed the boat somehow.But ironically they dont seem to care.tonight they finished with the anthem of Different City described by the singer as their entry for the Commonwealth games theme tune.Well Glasgow could do worse.Finally a racous version of white riot no doubt as a warm up for the Joe Strummer anniversary.gig in December.

The Smoking Sundays from Livingstone are young ,very young.Their set is good and their following is very vocal.If they are not the finished article yet then believe me they have plenty of time on their side and to their credit they havent embarked on the talent show, beauty contest of the miserable X factor.

1. Catcher /The Smoking Sundays6 Oct 2008, 12:16pm4 stars The Arches Report

6 bands 6 quid cant really argue with that can you.Except sometimes a set flies past you and you cant really remember it.On to the mainstay of the Glasgow scene CATCHER.Well you cant argue that they rocked the joint and you cant argue that they have the songs.
35 Appearances at King Tuts.You wonder if they missed the boat somehow.But ironically they dont seem to care.tonight they finished with the anthem of Different City described by the singer as their entry for the Commonwealth games theme tune.Well Glasgow could do worse.Finally a racous version of white riot no doubt as a warm up for the Joe Strummer anniversary.gig in December.

The Smoking Sundays from Livingstone are young ,very young.Their set is good and their following is very vocal.If they are not the finished article yet then believe me they have plenty of time on their side and to their credit they havent embarked on the talent show, beauty contest of the miserable X factor.

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