Why Glasgow is this summer’s cultural hotspot

Jul 22,2015

One of the most significant moments in Glasgow's history came in 1990, when it was awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture. Since gaining this prestigious and highly sought-after status, the city has gone from strength to strength, retaining its reputation as a hub of culture right up until present day. With an ever-evolving, thriving music scene, some of the best museums and art galleries in the world, and an array of seriously exciting festivals, we're naming Glasgow as a cultural hotspot for holiday makers this summer. So if you're currently looking for hotels in Glasgow for your next getaway, read on for some ideas on how to soak up the city's never-ending culture.

Get your Glasgow groove on: Music

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is home to one of the best music scenes in the UK (and perhaps even the world). Its copious music venues provide world-class gigs daily, and the city has also been known to host some huge music events such as the 2014 MTV European Music Awards.

This summer, people will be getting their groove on at Glasgow Summer Sessions to the likes of Paolo Nutini, Calvin Harris, The View, Grace Jones and John Newman. They'll also be jamming with some big-music names throughout August at the Magners' Summer Nights open-air gigs (6-8 August and 13-15 August), which will see The Flaming Lips, Roddy Frame, Glasvegas, The Waterboys and many more play.

If you're not up for a last minute festival, but are headed to bustling Glasgow this summer, you'll still be spoilt for choice when it comes to music. It's thought that the city hosts around 130 music events each week.

For some of the world's best, unapologetic rock and roll, head to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (which is where Oasis were spotted and signed), and where the party never ends. Or make your way to Nice N Sleazy, which offers an eclectic range of live music almost daily. To step back to the hedonistic 1970s, hop along to the Woodside Social, which has refused to be changed since its glory days some four decades ago (the fact that it doesn't even have its own website is testament to this).

Take your pick of Glasgow galleries: Art

Since its pinnacle stint as the European Capital of Culture, Glasgow has gone from a sort of creative underdog to a full-blown artistic powerhouse. From the gritty atmosphere of SWG3, a studio that is nestled amongst railway arches and industrial warehouses, to the prestigious and domineering Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow has something for every artistic taste.

A known catalyst in the city's art-boom is the Glasgow School of Art (GSoA), which has birthed some of Glasgow's key gallery founders. The school is open for tours, which is a must for any art enthusiast, or simply those looking to explore one of Britain's most renowned buildings.

Glasgow's Transmission Gallery is also one to visit, which is housed in an old building that was taken over by graduates from the GSoA due to their frustration that was no decent space for young artists to showcase their work at the time.

Let Glasgow entertain you: Theatre & comedy

The Royal Concert Hall, the Pavilion Theatre, the Strand Comedy Club and Theatre Royal: just a few of the impressive entertainment hubs you may find yourself in upon a visit to Glasgow. Whether you want to be tickled (figuratively of course) by some of the world's best known comedians or are up for a sparkling, jazz-hands-and-all musical, you won't be short of choice when it comes to a good fun night out. There's a vast array of comedy clubs to choose from if you're up for some light entertainment, including Yesbar, Jongleurs Comedy Club and The State Bar. But for something more epic you might prefer to catch Bugsy Malone (Theatre Royal), the critically acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Kings Theatre), or Filter's Macbeth (Citizen's Theatre).

Glasgow really is a capital of culture, and should be visited at least once in every person's lifetime. Whether you're visiting to be educated or simply to have fun, there's no doubt you'll learn a thing or two along the way.


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