Old Hairdressers Fifth Anniversary All-Dayer: Mega Hair!
The Glasgow grassroots venue celebration features performances from Ashtray Navigations, Mick Flower, Ela Orleans and Apostille
Over the past five years, The Old Hairdressers has established itself as Glasgow's most adventurous grassroots music and arts space, hosting gigs, club nights, exhibitions, film screenings, plays, talks and experimental happenings.
'We rarely say no to anyone who has an idea for an event,' says programmer Rob Churm, 'so the space is often used by people who want to push the envelope.' Among these have been feminist collective TYCI and Glasgow Commonwealth Games Monitor. Other notable projects include the French artist Fred Nipi's 24-hour performance, and Prawn's Pee, a daily publication printed on site for Glasgow International 2012.
Situated opposite Stereo, in the Charles Rennie MacIntosh designed former Daily Record building, the Renfield Lane venue was a disused hair salon until 2010, when Churm, Raydale Dowler and Tony Swain transformed it into Le Drapeau Noir, a temporary 'artist café' and avant-garde performance space for the Glasgow International. The success of that project encouraged the team behind Stereo to keep the space open as a bar and the Old Hairdressers was launched. Their aim, says Churm, is to 'bring people together, encourage creativity, facilitate new ways of thinking, and of course provide refreshments.'
For its fifth birthday, the Hairdressers is holding an all day music event entitled Mega Hair! featuring UK underground luminaries such as Ashtray Navigations, Mick Flower and Family Elan, alongside Glasgow acts like Ela Orleans (DJ set), Apostille and Sue Tompkins. 'We don't have a birthday party every year,' says Churm, 'so we decided to make this one special!'
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Sat 21 Mar