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 47 events at this location

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30:60:80

Autobiographical piece where Amy Conway tries to adjust to the big 3-0 and explores what both her mother and her grandmother had endured and achieved by the same age.

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 11 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

AARG!!!

The Arches Alternate Reality Game. Sign up via the box office and find yourself a player in a game whose rules aren’t always clear – a blend of treasure hunt, murder mystery, parlour game and immersive theatre with the chance to unlock unique performance encounters throughout the festival.

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

…and 7 more dates until 11 Oct

Aby Watson & Alexander Horowitz: There's No Point Crying Over Spilt Milk

A collaboration between composer Alexander Horowitz and performance-maker Aby Watson exploring the difference between childhood ambition and adult reality through live music, choreography and multimedia.

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

Arches LIVE

A selection of the boldest new work being created across the country encompassing a selection of formats including experimental performance, narrative theatre, one-on-one experiences, live art, visual art and more.

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / £26–£32 for a festival pass; £12–£16 for a day pass; individual shows £6–£8 or FREE / 0141 565 1000

To avoid disappointment, festival and day pass bookers must also book into the individual events they wish to see at time of purchase. One-on-one performances are not included in the festival or day pass.

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Architecture Meets Art Gala Dinner

Gala dinner in aid of the GSA fire fund.

Thu 30 Oct

£110 includes welcome reception, three-course dinner, half a bottle of wine, liqueurs and tea/coffee, entertainment / 0141 565 1000

Assessment

The Vacuum Cleaner invites you to delve into your own mind to be assessed for common mental health conditions. Co-commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and Anxiety 2014.

Tue 14 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Wed 15 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

An Audience With Marco Polo

Marco and his band, unably assisted by his illiterate biographer Rustichello, take you on an epic journey through Glasgow. Directed by Eve Nicol, dramaturged by Michael Pannikou and performed by Ryan Paterson and Kevin Carr.

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Big Music Project Live

Learn about the opportunities available in the music industry and the skills necessary to get a career in music. Includes appearances by Plan B and industry professionals. Suitable for ages 14 to 24.

Sun 21 Sep

Free via the website / 0141 565 1000

Ages 14-24. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Blasterjaxx

Dutch duo playing big room electro and house.

Fri 24 Oct

£28.17 / 0141 565 1000

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Chase & Status (DJ Set)

London duo Chase & Status with MC Rage journey through the best in drum and bass, garage and house.

Sat 25 Oct

£20.70 / 0141 565 1000

Cloud Mushrooms

Contemporary dance choreographer and performer Louis Ahl performs with Fritz Welch in piece where they claim to 'dance like snakes on a legless sunrise'.

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Deke Mcgee Band

Swing and R&B from the saxophonist and his band.

Sun 16 Nov

£11.25 / 0141 565 1000

Dowry

A one-to-one installation and interactive performance using image and action to demonstrate the ‘handing over’ of the daughter on her wedding day and its devastating effects.

Drew Taylor & Julia Doogan: HOWL(ish)

HOWL(ish) is HOWL(ing) in progress. Drew Taylor & Julia Doogan present snippets of ideas for their epic poem for post referendum Scotland using beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s seminal piece ‘HOWL’ as a basis.

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

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Duke Dumont

The London-based DJ, Adam Dyment, performs his dance material.

Wed 1 Oct

£15 / 0141 565 1000

Dusky

The London-based duo of producers Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell performs house and techno with touches of soul.

Fri 5 Dec

£15; £10 Earlybird / 0141 565 1000

Eton Messy

House and electronic music from the pair that started out as a YouTube channel.

Sat 1 Nov

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

FK Alexander: Recovery

A sound-based sensory experience performed using live singing bowls and medicinal noise music created in response to FK Alexander’s own withdrawal from medications. Audience members participating in this performance will be invited to remove shoes and coats.

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fmin: Privates

A multimedia one-on-one performance that looks at what we’re not supposed to show one another. By developing an intimate dialogue between two strangers in a room, FMIN invite you to experiment with relationships, open the home and question your ‘privates’. Ticket holders will be required to provide their email address for…

Fri 10 Oct

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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

£19.60 / 0141 332 2232

Hey, I'm Alive

A performance exploring the fact that people with cystic fibrosis cannot socialise with one another due to the increased risk of infection. Eaxh of the five performers, one of whom has CF, is trapped inside a balloon. Audiences are free to wander amongst them, interact with them, observe them and listen to their stories.

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 11 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Hot Since '82

Leeds-based producer and sometime Fabric DJ Daley Padley, aka Hot Since '82.

Sat 11 Oct

£12.50–£15 / 0141 565 1000

HOWLing

Epic poem for post-referendum Scotland, using Allen Ginsberg's seminal piece HOWL as a basis.

Tue 21 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival & Glasgay!.

Jack Webb: Inside Opulence

A new offering from one of Scotland’s leading choreographers and dancers following three performers who mysteriously descend in to madness.

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

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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

Kate Gallagher: American Aparel

The Glasgow based artist and winner of the Blackbox Award for Visual Art subverts the advertisements of American Apparel in this drawing exhibition.

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 4 Oct

Times vary / Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

…and 7 more dates until 11 Oct

Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits

Artist Rosana Cade takes a look at Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which has been used in India to rule against homosexuality. Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits explores the sexual legacy of colonialism.

Thu 23 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Fri 24 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Sat 25 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Late

Scotland's first club night for people with learning disabilities, in conjunction with Dates n Mates, a Glasgow based dating agency for people with learning difficulties, and C-Change, a supported living charity.

Thu 16 Oct

£4–£6 / 0141 565 1000

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Lost in Transition

Mona Bozdog & Nikoletta Thoma look at what is means to be a Romanian immigrant in present-day Britain. Twenty five years after Romania’s transition to democracy began two million immigrants, both country-less and language-less, wander Europe in search of a better life.

Fri 10 Oct

Sat 11 Oct

Make A Hoo

Solo performance by Sita Pcharting the journey of a girl caught in an elaborate game of call and response with a shape-shifting being who only comes to life at night.

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

The Phantom Band

Glasgow's compelling Krautfolk ensemble.

Fri 12 Dec

£12.50 / 0141 565 1000

Prides

Synth-led electro indie from the Glasgow trio.

Sat 6 Dec

£9 / 0141 565 1000

Please note change of venue.

Revealed Records Party

The dance label hosts a party, with Dyro, Thomas Newson, Kill the Buzz and Julian Calor.

Fri 10 Oct

£20.12 / 0141 565 1000

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Ringside

You've probably been to a theatre piece with just one performer but Ringside also has just one audience member at a time. An intimate circus performance that explores female strength, danger, power and the thrill of physical prowess.

Robin Trower

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

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

Ron Athey: Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains

The final in Athey's Incorruptible Flesh series explores enlightenment and death.

Tue 11 Nov

£11 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Wed 12 Nov

£11 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Scratch Night

Join well known and up-and-coming performers as they get ten minutes each to try out new ideas in front of an audience and seek feedback. 'Part of Arches Live!'.

Wed 8 Oct

£5 / 0141 565 1000

Line up includes Tidy Carnage 'ReAD', Annie Lowry Thomas & Mary Bell 'The Audition', Ishbel McFarlane 'O is for Hoolet' and Tricotaé Riña 'Napalm Yes, Pudding No'. Part of ArchesLIVE.

Smashy Smashy

A participatory installation where you help build the worst city in the world and then pretend you're Godzilla and destroy it.

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

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Summoning Swayze

Dylan McCaughtry returns to the theme of celebrity obsession and leads audiences through an intimate séance in an attempt to make contact with the late, great Patrick Swayze.

Thu 2 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Fri 3 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Temples

Psychedelic indie quartet from Kettering. Bring on the fruit salad lightshow.

Wed 10 Dec

£12 / 0141 565 1000

There They Carved A Space

Performance mapping the relationship between politics and architecture that mixes lyrical text, film, psychogeography and memory to investigate what visions architecture serves.

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 11 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Thomas Hobbins: Max Powers Says…

Thomas Hobbins explores the ideas surrounding self-help, control and decision-making as self-help master Max Powers.

Fri 10 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Sat 11 Oct

£8 (£6) / 0141 565 1000

Part of ArchesLIVE.

Wilkinson

Drum & bass DJ/producer signed to Andy C's RAM records.

Sat 4 Oct

£12 / 0141 565 1000

Ages 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an 18+ adult.

Zoom

Big-room trance night, featuring special guests and world exclusives.

Sat 27 Sep

£19.55 / 0141 565 1000

Mauro Picotto guests be playing a special producers set of his biggest tracks.

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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