Glasgow venue guide: the best local music and comedy clubs

It’ll come as no surprise to hear that Glasgow is a hotbed for comedy but there’s a thriving music scene for the city to be equally as proud of.

Here, we round up the music and comedy venues not to miss whether you’re visiting or moving to town.

The SSE Hydro

Where: Exhibition Way, G3 8YW

Why: Glasgow’s premium venue, The SSE Hydro welcomes all the big name comedy, music and sporting events to the city.

Who: One Direction, U2, Kevin Bridges, Kelly Clarkson, Michael McIntyre, The Prodigy, Faithless and Artistic Gymnastics.

The Stand Comedy Club

Where: 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG

Why: With venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow, this is a go to for new and established comedians.

Who: Daniel Sloss, Chris Ramsey and Markus Birdman are a handful of our top picks.


Where: 244 Gallowgate, G4 OTS

Why: Glasgow’s most iconic music venue? This is it.

Who: Hot Chip, The Cribs, Vintage Trouble, Frank Turner, The Kooks, Twenty One Pilots, The Maccabees and Maximo Park are all coming up.

King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Where: 272a St Vincent Street, G2 5RL

Why: The beating heart of Glasgow’s new music scene, this venue has given a platform to future legends like Coldplay and Radiohead. Expect rock, indie and electro today.

Who: State Champs, Lethal Bizzle, Spector, Radkey, Every Time I Die, The Ordinary Boys, We Are The Ocean and loads more.

O2 ABC Glasgow

Where: 300 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JA

Why: Rock, indie, grime, hip-hop, electro, pop and tribute acts, plus regular club nights.

Who: Wolf Alice, Leon Bridges, Skepta, Mallory Knox, UB40, Circa Waves, Editors, Kid Ink, Foxes and Asking Alexandria are just a small dose of the upcoming action.

O2 Academy Glasgow

Where: 121 Eglinton Street, G5 9NT

Why: Major rock, indie, electro and pop tours.

Who: James Bay, Editors, Jess Glynne, Death Cab For Cutie, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Kodaline, Enter Shikari and Sleeping With Sirens are just a snippet of the packed schedule.