The City of Music – Glasgow

April 23, 2014

As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is renowned for its culture and style, and those who know the city well will be aware that it has a long-standing reputation for its live music scene.

Named UNESCO City of Music in 2008, Glasgow was recognised for its musical riches, its thriving music scene and its role as a world player in music.

In preparing its bid for UNESCO status, Glasgow counted an average of 130 music events a week ranging from pop and rock to Celtic music and opera. Whether it is contemporary, classical, Celtic or Country, Glasgow has some of the most famous music venues in the UK and a thriving music industry.

Bringing art and music to unusual spaces, Glasgow Open House Festival will take place 11th - 21st April. With over 80 artists and 32 venues, they’ll be exhibitions and events in flats, gardens, sheds and other unexpected locations, reflecting the work of individual artists, collaborative groups and organisations. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 6pm at weekends, with different events taking place throughout the week.

Are you a fan of popular music? Then you’ll probably have heard that Radio 1’s Big Weekend arrives in Glasgow for two days of music festival on the 24th May. The festival will take place in Glasgow Green, the oldest of the city’s parks which is within easy walking distance of the city centre. With fifty thousand tickets selling out in just half an hour, look out for crowds of music lovers ascending upon the city, joined by some of the top selling artists in the world.

Discover music, theatre and dance at the West End Festival 1st – 29th June. Glasgow’s largest cultural event, the West End Festival doesn’t disappoint, with a wide variety of events and performances. Over 100 Glasgow-based organisations, arts groups and local and international artists deliver a mixture of activities and projects.

If festivals aren’t your thing then why not visit one of Glasgow’s prestigious music venues, SSE Hydro. After opening in September 2013, the largest entertainment venue in Scotland has a seating capacity of 12,000. Playing host to around 140 events every year, including national and international music stars as well as global entertainment and sporting events.

If you want to experience Glasgow’s music scene for yourself, our Menzies Glasgow is centrally located, putting you in a prime position to experience the hustle and bustle of city living. Relax in your beautifully appointed room, pamper yourself in Waves (our luxurious Health & Leisure Club) or unwind with a delicious meal in our contemporary Brasserie restaurant. The hotel also houses twelve exquisite apartments – ideal for those requiring a little additional living space and further privacy.