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- Opening times Opening times vary, see individual events 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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Pirate metal from Perth Aaaarrrrr!!!! The band are joined on tour by Red Rum, Rainbowdragoneyes and Lagerstein.
House and techno courtesy of Carl Cox.
Curio Cabinet Cabaret
Sita Pieraccini and guests close SURGE with a cabaret show featuring local artists, bands and performance groups.
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.
You just can't keep a good psychedelic rock band down, and these far-out pioneers have been in the business for eternity.
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.
A one-woman love letter to the legendary Freddie Mercury. Claire Willoughby explores trauma through the demise of an impersonator.
Late Anatomy Fish Fry
Music hall variety show featuring artists, dancers, musicians and more.
Lou Prendergast: Untouchable
Works created in response to the Indian art project Eyecaste: The Vision to See Past Caste.
Performance piece inspired by our most private places. Comprised of physical theatre, film and photography.
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.
Robert Softley: Tell Me What Giving Up Looks Like
A disabled athlete and a disabled artist tell their stories.
Wed 6 Aug
Thu 7 Aug
Fri 8 Aug
Legendary rock guitarist who made his name with Procul Harum in the 60s.
Hugely influential cult US outfit, beloved by Mogwai and a host of Scottish post-rockers.
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
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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