The Arches: Main venue

The Arches: Main venue
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.

As of Fri May 15 2015, The Arches is prohibited from trading after midnight.

Event times

There are 10 events at this location

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Being Human Launch

A programme of visual art by Iranian refugee artists living in Scotland that explores a central theme of ‘being human’ and how the refugee experience has influenced their practice. Join us for the launch of Being Human featuring live performances from Iranian rappers, keynote speeches from the artists, a showcase…

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Blood Brothers

SHOCK Theatre Company are staging the play ‘Blood Brothers’ based on Willy Russell’s award-winning musical at The Arches in Glasgow 3rd & 4th July 2015 at 7:30pm each evening and matinee performances both days at 2pm. Tickets Adults: £11 Students/OAP/Concession: £9 This is a fast-moving, perceptive and entertaining…

Iman Tajik: Human Just Like You

A powerfull and engaging installation of photographic portraits of asylum seekers living in Glasgow. Born in Tehran and living in Scotland for two years, multi-award winning photographer Iman Tajik is currently studying Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art.

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Fri 5 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

…and 15 more dates until 21 Jun

Iman Tajik: Lost Life

An exhibition of photographic portraits highlighting the emotional journey of Iranian refugees as they attempt to rebuild their lives in Scotland. Born in Tehran and living in Scotland for two years, multi-award winning photographer Iman Tajik is currently studying Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art.

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Fri 5 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

…and 15 more dates until 21 Jun

Nervo

Australian sisters Mim and Liv Nervo used to write hits for artists like Ke$ha and Kylie, remix superstars from Katy Perry to Cobra Starship and they co-wrote David Guetta's huge Grammy-winning hit 'When Love Takes Over', and now they're hitting out on their own.

Fri 26 Jun

£28.17 / 0141 565 1000

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On the Verge

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform devised pieces, new writing and solo works based on everything from classic texts to their own experiences of modern life.

Wed 3 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Thu 4 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 565 1000

Paria Goodarzi: Iranian Ancient

An exhibition of seven batik textile works. Each art work incorporates an ancient Iranian symbol, simplified and condensed to reflect the constraints imposed during certain periods in Iran and married with the artist’s own personal experiences and cultural influences. Passionate about colour and textiles, Paria Goodarzi…

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Fri 5 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 0141 565 1000

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

…and 15 more dates until 21 Jun

Peace

Four-piece rock band from Birmingham with a sound akin to the Maccabees and Vampire Weekend.

Sat 26 Sep

£15 / 0141 565 1000

The Point

Drama about a trio of sex workers.

Fri 19 Jun

The Polyphonic Spree

Tim DeLaughter's Dallas-based mass member choral symphonic rock collective.

Fri 11 Sep

Reviews & features

The Arches club closure: key clubbers respond

19 May 2015

Members of Glasgow's renowned club scene respond to the closure of The Arches as a nightclub

There’s nothing more appealing than controversy. You could argue that it goes hand in hand with any club worth its salt. Music, like probably every other artform, began scaring people in authority from ancient Greek times to today with its power to…

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: Main venue 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: Main venue 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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