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 25 events at this location

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Al Seed: Oog

Al Seed's first entirely movement based solo since The Factory.

Thu 30 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Fri 31 Oct

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Sat 1 Nov

£10 (£8) / 0141 565 1000

Architecture Meets Art Gala Dinner

Gala dinner in aid of the GSA fire fund.

Thu 30 Oct

£110 includes welcome reception, three-course dinner, half a bottle of wine, liqueurs and tea/coffee, entertainment / 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

Blasterjaxx

Dutch duo playing big room electro and house.

Fri 24 Oct

prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Calum Ingram

The singer-songwriter and classically trained cellist performs Celtic, blues, jazz and roots.

Thu 6 Nov

£8 / 0141 565 1000

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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

Colours present: Armada

A Christmas night out presented by Colours and featuring Andrew Rayel, Ruben de Ronde and special guest Bryan Kearney.

Sat 20 Dec

£19.55 / 0141 565 1000

Deke Mcgee Band

Swing, R&B, gospel and soul from the saxophonist and his band.

Sun 16 Nov

£10 / 0141 565 1000

Dusky

The London-based duo of producers Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell performs house and techno with touches of soul.

Fri 5 Dec

£15; £10 Earlybird / 0141 565 1000

Eton Messy

House and electronic music from the pair that started out as a YouTube channel.

Sat 1 Nov

£10–£12 / 0141 565 1000

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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.

Sat 15 Nov

Prices vary / 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

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

Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits

Artist Rosana Cade takes a look at Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which has been used in India to rule against homosexuality. Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits explores the sexual legacy of colonialism.

Fri 24 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Sat 25 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

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Let's Bounce

The Let's Bounce tour features Will Sparks nad Joel Fletcher, whose unmistakable sound promises to blow the roof off.

Fri 21 Nov

£23 / 0141 565 1000

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

Raspy-voiced Motown diva whips up a soul party with such classic hits as 'Dancing in the Streets' and 'Heatwave'.

Sat 13 Dec

Nina Nesbitt

Scottish/Swedish folk pop singer who does a spot of modelling on the side.

Fri 5 Dec

£12.50 / 0141 565 1000

The Phantom Band

Glasgow's compelling Krautfolk ensemble.

Fri 12 Dec

£12.50 / 0141 565 1000

Pressure

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

Fri 31 Oct

£16–£20 / 0141 565 1000

Halloween Special with Dave Clarke, Boddika, Agoria, Karotte & Silicone Soul. Slam launch album Reverse Proceed.

Fri 28 Nov

£16–£20 / 0141 565 1000

The night turns sweet 16 with sets from Ben Klock, Slam, Laura Jones and Subb-An.

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Prides

Synth-led electro indie from the Glasgow trio.

Sat 6 Dec

£9 / 0141 565 1000

Please note change of venue.

Robin Trower

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

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£22.50 / 0141 565 1000

Ron Athey: Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains

The final in Athey's Incorruptible Flesh series explores enlightenment and death.

Tue 11 Nov

£11 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

Wed 12 Nov

£11 (£10) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Glasgay!.

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 29 Oct

£5 / 0141 565 1000

Temples

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

Wed 10 Dec

£12 / 0141 565 1000

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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