What Makes Glasgow Great – June: Our Venues

As part of an ongoing feature, each month TSA will be reminding its readers why our city is one of the best places we can be in by looking at something which makes Glasgow great.

While Glasgow’s thriving arts scene is already celebrated world-wide, our city also boasts an impressive portfolio of venues for events to take place in. For example, the construction of the Hydro beside the SECC and Armadillo in 2013 put Glasgow’s West End on the arts map, forming a powerful trio of highly versatile venues which can be utilised to stage ice-skating shows, exhibitions, rock concerts and even Scotland’s infamous Irn Bru Carnival.

119In addition, Glasgow is the proud household of some of the most majestic and appreciated concert halls in the world. City Halls, where the coveted Royal Scottish National Orchestra take homage, is the city’s oldest music venue, having stood the test of time and staged some of the most influential artists of the past 160 years. If culture is what you’re after, look no further than behind City Halls and into the Old Fruitmarket inside Merchant City. Adorned with colourful, radiating lights as well as having kept all of its period charm, the Fruitmarket still boasts its original cast iron columns, balcony and signage. The Royal Concert Hall, though, relatively new in comparison to others, is kitted out with the most up-to-date acoustics making it a world-renowned base for musical performance.

Finally, being a city that is proud to provide a Homebase for all art forms, Glasgow’s extensive venue portfolio also includes prestigious theatres like The Kings, Theatre Royal and Pavilion.

These venues host many free performances and exhibitions for residents of Glasgow. So, come on! Soak up some free culture right on the high street whilst waiting for that loan payment.106

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