Tag: Glasgow

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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Glasgow: video star

Since the music video format became popular with the advent of MTV in the early 1980s, Glasgow has frequently provided a backdrop to musicians either performing or honing their acting ambitions with varying degrees of success.

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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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Artist-in-Residence #6: Life Without Buildings

Life Without Buildings were a short-lived but lovingly remembered band whose afterlife means that may be long gone but are not forgotten.   Formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2002, they were were part art-project, part pop band, equally at home on the two King Street venues that played an important part in their short […]

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Artist-in Residence #5: Christian

Chris McClure is one of Glasgow’s most remarkable performers. Still performing at the age of nearly 80, his career began in the social clubs of the 1960s. He was briefly part of the burgeoning beat group scene before returning to a more middle of the road oeuvre as Christian, the name under which he has […]

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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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Glasgow Song #1: The Great Western Road

‘The Great Western Road’ comes from one of the darker recesses of David Byrne’s lengthy and storied career as a songwriter and performer. Yet it is one of his finest creations with and has an obvious and strong Glasgow connection with its references to the titular road, Suachiehall Street and Kelvingrove Park.  It appears as […]

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Historical Interlude #1: Cockburn Hotel

The Cockburn Hotel – on the corner Bath Street and West Campbell Street – is thought to be the location of the first ever commercial recording made in Glasgow. The recording of Iff’s Orchestra took place on the 10th September 1899 and the record was released on a 78 rpm shellac record on the Berliner […]

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