Venue Closure: The Riverside Club


Utter Gutter at the Riverside Club, Glasgow, Sat 3 Mar


The Riverside Club may be a big old ceilidh hall on the south of the Clyde that has doubled as a club venue for the past decade. But it has become one of the best leftfield venues in Glasgow, home for many years to nights like Goodfoot, Melting Pot, Mish Mash and Saltlick, not forgetting the ceilidhs that have run there for 22 years. It was also the spot where a young Mylo played out his first (now legendary) live show. But if you are a Riverside regular we have some sad news to report: Utter Gutter hosts the final night at the beloved Glasgow institution before the developers get their hands on it and turn it into luxury flats. Bloody capitalism.

So what made it so special? The DIY ethic of the place; the clubnights that didn’t fit into mainstream clubland; the door staff that were nothing like door staff; the low fi ambiance (candles and a disco ball); the fact it was run by a women in her 60s who knew nothing about clubs but who loved the crowd and the music nonetheless; the punters who always knew how to party but never caused any agro . . . the list is endless.

But there’s still time for one last goodbye as Utter Gutter’s Madame S, Hushpuppy and DJ Bitch! will play the final tunes before the bulldozers move in. Big crowds are predicted as are riots and looting, so get your feet down there for early doors.

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