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 22 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

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.

Thu 18 Sep

£5; free free with Wallace ticket / 0141 565 1000

Blasterjaxx

Dutch duo playing big room electro and house.

Fri 24 Oct

£22.42 / 0141 565 1000

Carl Cox

House and techno courtesy of Carl Cox.

Fri 12 Sep

£28.75 / 0141 565 1000

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

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Duke Dumont

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

Wed 1 Oct

£15 / 0141 565 1000

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

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

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?

Wed 17 Sep

£6–£8 / 0141 565 1000

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).

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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

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

Robert Ormerod: Political Youth

Photographic work exploring how members of the Scottish public are expressing their political views.

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

Tue 2 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

Wed 3 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

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Robin Trower

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

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

ShangriLa

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.

Wed 10 Sep

£5 in advance / 0141 565 1000

Temples

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

Wed 10 Dec

£12 / 0141 565 1000

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+.

Tue 16 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

Wallace

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.

Sun 14 Sep

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Mon 15 Sep

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Tue 16 Sep

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

…and 2 more dates until 18 Sep

The What Now? Brunch

Enjoy a bacon roll as the Arches artistic team mulls over the referendum result. Ages 14+.

Fri 19 Sep

Free / 0141 565 1000

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.

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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