Crowd enjoying a concert

Glasgow Entertainment

Glasgow has one of the most vibrant entertainment scenes in the UK and has been home to music artists like Primal Scream, Paolo Nutini, Franz Ferdinand, Chvrches, Simple Minds, Travis and Honeyblood.

The city also has numerous theatres and cinemas to cater to different styles and tastes.

Music

Glasgow is a UNESCO city of Music, and is the largest music economy in the UK outside of London. We are spoiled for the choice of gig venues throughout our city with over 100 music events happening every week. From Classical to rock, Celtic to pop, there is something for all tastes to enjoy.

Some of the best venues in the city include:

Drummer performing at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, with the iconic sign in the backdrop

The 13,000 capacity SSE Hydro was opened in 2013, and regularly hosts some of the world’s biggest acts. It is the world’s third busiest music venue, with over one million tickets sold each year. The Barrowland Ballroom is definitely one of our most iconic venues, cherished by artists the world over. Meanwhile the legendary King Tuts is arguably most famous for being where Manchester icons Oasis were discovered and signed by Creation Records' Alan McGee.

King Tut's: Quite possibly the finest small venue in the world - NME

Theatres

Glasgow has many live performance stages to enjoy plays, musicals, opera, ballet and more. The stunning Kings Theatre, built over a century ago, is located on Bath Street. 

Hope Street’s Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Glasgow, and the longest running in Scotland. Citizens Theatre showcases plays on Scottish culture mixed with a contemporary touch. 

Tron Theatre is one of Scotland’s largest mid-scale production theatres. Its focus is on contemporary classic theatre and creates a thrilling experience for the audience. Lastly, the Pavilion Theatre entertains audiences with pantomimes, musicals, magicians and more.

Cinemas

If you prefer your movies on the big screen, why not visit one of the many cinemas in Glasgow. The nearby Cineworld on Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world, with 18 screens over 6 floors. 

Young people enjoying a movie at the cinema

Odeon is the other major chain in the city, located at the Quay. If you’re looking for a more alternative experience, head to Ashton Lane’s Grosvenor Cinema, just off Byres Road, where you can enjoy your movie on a comfy sofa. 

To venture out of the mainstream and enjoy something unique, head to the Glasgow Film Theatre where you can watch many independent and quirky movies.

Keep active

There are plenty to of great facilities in Glasgow to help keep you active. SnowFactor at Braehead has the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK. The centre offers skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing all year round.

Glasgow Climbing Centre caters for a mix of climbing styles, suitable for all abilities. The centre has good transport links and is close to both Ibrox and Cessnock Subway Stations.

Glasgow also has three trampoline parks to choose from - Ryze, Air Space and Flip Out.

Outside the city GO APE's outdoor adventure forest is a fun-filled day out. Experience a day of fun in the treetops of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.