The Arches

The Arches
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

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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

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Beardyman

The first person to retain the UK Beatbox Champion title for two years in a row embarks on his Beardytron Beta tour.

Wed 4 Feb 2015

£12.50 / 0141 565 1000

Behaviour

The Arches continues its quest to support innovative live performance with six weeks of events representing the forefront of arts practice from the most exciting international artists and their Scottish counterparts.

Wed 1 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Thu 2 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Fri 3 Apr 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

…and 43 more dates until 16 May 2015

Butterfly

From the award-winning Ramesh Meyyappan comes a unique adaptation of Madame Butterfly.

Tue 27 Jan 2015

£10–£14 / 0141 565 1000

Colours Winterparty

Scotland's biggest commercial club party returns for its traditional Boxing Day bash.

Fri 26 Dec

£25 / 0141 565 1000

With Aly & Fila, Ummet Ozcan, Quintino, Jordan Suckley, Mightyfools, Michael Calfan and Ferry Tayle.

Dillon Francis

Electronica sounds from the American producer who specialises in 'moombahton', a fusion of house and reggaeton, since you ask.

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£10 / 0141 565 1000

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Fantazia

The legendary hardcore rave blowout returns for another huge party.

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£25 / 0141 565 1000

A lovers ball, specially for Valentine's Day.

Federation of the Disco Pimp

Jazzy funk tuneage and disco groove from the Glasgow-based seven-piece.

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£14 / 0141 565 1000

With Dumb Instrument. Part of Celtic Connections.

Four Year Strong

Pop punk from Massachusetts.

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£14 / 0141 565 1000

Gary McNair: War on Christmas

Gary McNair presents an anarchic take on the Christmas spirit. Step into the shoes of an enthusiastic young Santa working one of Glasgow’s poorest grottos, as he embarks on a journey to find the true meaning of the season. Ages 18+.

Sun 21 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Mon 22 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Tue 23 Dec

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

…and 2 more dates until 28 Dec

GBX NYE: Welcome 2015

Big night of hardcore, trance, rave and hardstyle to see in the New Year.

Wed 31 Dec

£30 / 0141 565 1000

Featuring George Bowie, Mallorca Lee, Steve Cocky, Crypsis, Chain Reaction, Obsession, Marc Loage and more.

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Gunz For Hire

Dressed in suits and masks Ran-D and Adaro perform hardstyle as Gunz For Hire.

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£16 / 0141 565 1000

"L'Homme tranquille" François & The Atlas Mountains & Burkinabé Guests and Kid Canaveral

Creating a lush, dreamy, multilingual melange of romantic indie-pop, French chanson and Afro-funk, the charmingly quirky Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains are hard to classify but easy to love, especially after listening to their newly sophisticated 2014 album Piano Ombre. Following a recent tour in Africa, they’re joined…

The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot

The feelgood tale of a young boy who doesn't enjoy Christmas or exchanging gifts … until the tradition suddenly disappears. Ages 3–8.

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Mànran and Harald Haugaard

After the award-winning success of their self-titled debut album, Scottish folk-rock sextet Mànran followed up in style with 2013’s The Test, and confirmed their burgeoning international reputation at 2014’s Australian Celtic Music Awards, where they were crowned International Artist of the Year. Their richly…

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£15 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Celtic Connections.

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics with Trinity Roots

The legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and saxophonist Orlando Julius has won renewed international recognition as a pivotal Afro-pop pioneer, following the 21st century re-release of his classic albums from the 1960s and 70s. Teaming up with psychedelic jazz/funk collective The Heliocentrics, he garnered fresh…

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£15 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Celtic Connections.

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Pressure

More techno action from Slam featuring some big-name guests.

Sat 27 Dec

£18–£22 / 0141 565 1000

End of year party.

Robin Trower

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

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

Rustie

Tour in support of his Green Language album, Rustie spins discs with Fox Gut Daata and P.O.L Style.

Fri 20 Mar 2015

£10 / 0141 565 1000

The Typist

Flamenco theatre production with film and live music.

Thu 12 Feb 2015

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Fri 13 Feb 2015

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

World Beat Bothy

A diverse array of acts fusing folk and world music with heady dance beats. Artists include Da Lata, Halcyon and La Chiva Gantiva.

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Times vary / £14 / 0141 565 1000

Part of Celtic Connections.

Zoom

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

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£16 / 0141 565 1000

Valentine's day special.

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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