- Box office 0141 565 1000
- Opening times Opening times vary, see individual shows for details.
- 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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The Sheffield-based four-piece plays instrumental post-rock.
Alternative rock with several influences by the London-based singer-songwriter, Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi.
Colours Winter Party
Scotland's biggest commercial club party returns for its traditional Boxing Day bash.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
London electro and hip hop duo who scored a cult hit with their commandments single 'Thou Shalt Always Kill'.
The Anglo-Irish band plays instrumental Celtic music.
A Gay in a Manger
Alternative Christmas experience presented by Tranny and Roseannah featuring Adrian Howells as Grandma. Ages 18+.
Big night of hardcore, trance, rave and hardstyle to see in the New Year, with a simultaneous live broadcast on Clyde 1 FM.
Glasgow's Whisky Festival
Glasgow's festival of the national tipple is especially interested in distillers and bottlers from in and around Glasgow itself, but they welcome all, big or small.
Goose Flesh Zine Exhibition
An exhibition of works from each of the contributors to the second issue of Glasgow-based photography zine Goose Flesh, including Tristan Hutchinson, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Emily Macinnes, Robert Ormerod and Marco Scerri.
The Swedish DJ pairing of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt perform dance music with electro and pop influences.
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Sonic Youth-endorsed singer/guitarist from Philadelphia. That's his real name, by the way.
The 2010 X-Factor winner plays pop rock sounds.
Mull Historical Society
Colin MacIntyre performs his unique brand of poignant, melodic indie folk.
The New Mendicants
Collaboration between Toronto neighbours Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Joe Pernice of the Pernice Brothers playing new material and songs from their back catalogues.
The Night Before Christmas
Seasonal offering from The Arches. It's Christmas Eve and everyone's excited except for Carol who hates Christmas. Until one night when she finds an elf under her bed. Ages 3–7.
Thu 12 Dec
Fri 13 Dec
Sat 14 Dec
Minneapolis-based outfit who have a fan in Jay-Z.
Kieran Hurley's combination of living room gathering, play and gig stitches together a set of stories into a patchwork of Scottish folk tradition.
A post-Christmas party like no other with house music from the newbies and the veterans.
Scottish Ensemble: Seavaigers
Sally Beamish's Seavaigers, performed with ace Scottish/classical/improvisation fusion-meisters Catriona McKay (clarsach) and Chris Stout (fiddle).
Youthful zesty West Highland dance music from this esteemed band.
Fri 24 Jan 2014
£14 / 0141 353 8000
With Archie McAllister, Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson and members of the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band.
Joined by Archie McAllister, Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson and members of the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. Part of Celtic Connections.
Winston McAnuff & Fixi
Paris-based reggae singer McAnuff and collaborator pianist/accordionist Fixi.
Yves Lambert and the Bebert Orchestra & The Martin Green Machine
Once a member of leading Quebec folk band La Bottine Souriante, Yves is now gaining equal recognition as a solo performer.
Sat 18 Jan 2014
£14 / 0141 565 1000
With Damian Helliwell's Metta. Part of Celtic Connections.
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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