Student Guide 2015: Glasgow's best gig venues
- Claire Flynn
- 2 September 2015
The best places to catch live music in Glasgow
Best for budget
The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane
From free gigs to those costing a mere fiver, this independent arts centre offers a cheap way of getting into the Glasgow music scene. Acts set to play in September include two-piece girl group Brataklis and psych pop band The Bellybuttons.
Also try: Stereo, The Hug and Pint, Mono.
Best for pop
SSE Hydro, 36–38 Blair Street
If you're the kind of person that likes to spend money on seeing chart-topping acts, you will be spending a lot of time at one of Glasgow's biggest concert venues, which has a 13, 000 capacity. With concerts scheduled for a range of music giants over the coming months, from Duran Duran to Little Mix – and not forgetting One Direction in October – this is Scotland's ultimate pop music hub.
Also try: O2 ABC, O2 Academy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Best for rock
Barrowland Ballroom, 244 Gallowgate
The Barrowlands is one of the most renowned rock venues in Scotland, and has recently played host to FFS, the collaboration between art rockers Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. The Cribs, The Lafontaines and Idlewild have dates lined up here before the end of the year.
Also try: The Art School, The Garage, Òran Mór.
Best for DJs
Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street
Offering fans of electro and house music a place to spend almost every night of the week, Sub Club hosts several wild club nights and regularly invites guest DJs to spin the decks. Richy Ahmed and Erol Alkan both play sets this month.
Also try: La Cheetah, SWG3, Broadcast.
Best for acoustic
Nice'N'Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street
Famous for its cheap but delicious White Russians and popular for its gigs, this Sauchiehall Street bar provides music lovers with an acoustic night every Monday, hosted by Gerry Lyons.
Also try: Star Folk Music Club, Tchai-Ovna, Glad Café.
Best for up-and-coming artists
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street
One of the most iconic music hubs in the UK, this was the place where, legend has it, Oasis were signed by Alan McGee back in 1993. Having won a number of awards, including NME's Best Small Venue in 2011, King Tut's continues to host new acts. Some of the next couple of month's highlights include pop-punk group State Champs, actor and singer Raleigh Ritchie and alt-country quintet Jess and the Bandits.
Also try: The 13th Note, CCA, Box Glasgow.