Category: Longer Read

The impact of music tourism on the post-pandemic live music economy

Since the comeback of the live music and travel industries post-pandemic, music tourism has seen a huge increase in the UK. Scotland reportedly brought in 1.5 million music tourists in 2022 who attended live music events. Events ranging from festivals such as TRNSMT and Celtic Connections and arena tours like Harry Styles and Dua Lipa […]

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Smalltown Boys and Immaterial Girls: Revisiting Bronski Beat in a post-SOPHIE Glasgow

In light of Glasgow becoming one of Europe’s top five queer destinations, Joy Kerr explores the legacies of two of the city’s most influential queer acts: Bronski Beat and SOPHIE. Despite the years between them, she finds pertinent parallels in both their ambivalent relationship with the city and defiance in the face of prejudice. I […]

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Strike up the band? Music, precarity and the cost of living crisis

Recent months have seen workers across many different industries take strike action in response to below-inflation pay offers in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis that shows no signs of ending, creating uncertainty for many.

What does this mean for musicians in Glasgow and beyond?

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Working in Music: 432 presents

I enrolled for the Music Industries degree with a background in community music. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Aberdeen, I had spent all of my academic and working life striving to take the formality out of making and experiencing music which I thoroughly enjoyed and continue to pursue, but as soon as […]

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What’s unique about Glasgow’s music scene?

Glasgow is renowned for its strong, vibrant and diverse music scene. It has been named the UK’s top cultural and creative city and is a UNESCO city of music. Consistently praised for its iconic venues, it hosts more live music events than any other city in Scotland. As Adam Behr notes, “to be a “music […]

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From Brazil to the Barrowland

‘Sepultura, from Brazil! One, two, three, four…’. For over two decades now, this phrase has been shouted from the stage every time Brazilian metal band Sepultura are about to play their biggest hit: Roots Bloody Roots, featured on the band’s sixth studio album, Roots (1996). On the stages of Glasgow alone, this sequence of events […]

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Jazz in Glasgow: pasts and futures

The recent nomination of Fergus McCreadie for the Mercury Prize has turned attention on the Glasgow jazz scene. Similarly, when Glasgow jazz DJ Rebecca Vasmant released her album With Love, From Glasgow in 2021, it came with the confidence that new listeners would find a thriving jazz scene based in Glasgow, but also acknowledging a […]

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No shoegaze without Scotland?

Shoegaze, a subgenre of indie-rock categorised by obscured vocals, distortion, and noise, is most often associated with bands like My Bloody Valentine (MBV), Slowdive, and Ride. MBV’s landmark album loveless, released in 1991, is often seen as the pinnacle of the genre. However, the foundations for this peak were laid throughout the 1980s as part […]

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The never-ending search for the next Oasis

Venturing up the renowned stairs from the bar to the stage in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, you read the names of the celebrated artists who have played there over the years. Oasis, Paolo Nutini, Florence and the Machine, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi are a few names you may glance through the 300 pairs […]

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