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- Website www.thearches.co.uk
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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Pirate metal from Perth Aaaarrrrr!!!! The band are joined on tour by Red Rum, Rainbowdragoneyes and Lagerstein.
The Arches Political Party
On the day of the referendum and to celebrate the closing of the polls, an evening of live music, artistic interaction and DJs as the results roll in.
Dutch duo playing big room electro and house.
House and techno courtesy of Carl Cox.
Chase & Status (DJ Set)
London duo Chase & Status with MC Rage journey through the best in drum and bass, garage and house.
The London-based DJ, Adam Dyment, performs his dance material.
You just can't keep a good psychedelic rock band down, and these far-out pioneers have been in the business for eternity.
Hot Since '82
Leeds-based producer and sometime Fabric DJ Daley Padley, aka Hot Since '82.
How to Choose?
With the independence referendum looming, Scotland is facing a momentous decision. In this production, Gary McNair and Davey Anderson explore some questions about the nature of choice. How do we choose, and how can we know if it is the right decision?
Imagining Scotland – Pasts, Presents, Futures
A symposium examining different aspects of Scottish Independence, spanning talks on history, philosophy and politics. Panel members include Alan McCombes (Radical Scotland), artist Julia Taudevin, journalist Alex Massie, Prof Johnny Rodger (GSA) and Hannah McGill (film critic).
Sun 14 Sep
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Originally hailing from Birmingham, the musician and singer-songwriter performs blues-rock.With support from Bernie Marsden
Modern soul, with elements of hip hop and R&B.
Synth-led electro indie from the Glasgow trio.
Revealed Records Party
The dance label hosts a party, with Dyro, Thomas Newson, Kill the Buzz and Julian Calor.
Robert Ormerod: Political Youth
Photographic work exploring how members of the Scottish public are expressing their political views.
Legendary rock guitarist who made his name with Procul Harum in the 60s.
A student night with entertainment and décor inspired by festivals across the globe and some hot DJs providing the soundtrack. Each week offers a completely different experience, we're promised.
Psychedelic indie quartet from Kettering. Bring on the fruit salad lightshow.
Vote For Me
Marxus is considering the upcoming independence referendum and whether he can sell his vote. New work by Marcus Montgomery Roche. Ages 16+.
A theatrical panel debate on Scottish independence, where audience participation is encouraged but not mandatory. Work-in-development from Rob Drummond, co-commissioned by National Theatre of Great Britain and The Arches. Developed with support from National Theatre Studio.
The What Now? Brunch
Enjoy a bacon roll as the Arches artistic team mulls over the referendum result. Ages 14+.
Reviews & features
The Arches: 21 defining moments18 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 Arches8 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 Arches1 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.
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