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The Glasgow O2 Academy
244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT
Tel: 0141 552 4601
Opened in 1934, the Barrowland Ballroom was the leading dancehall in the country. With the decline in dancehalls and the rise of rock and pop music, the hall made the transition into a concert venue and now competes with more modern venues and larger stadia in the country to attract the hottest names in music.
The Barrowlands, easily identified by the enormous and distinctive neon display above its entrance and holding 1,900 standing, boasts a comparatively small capacity to other venues in the city, however due to its reputation has no trouble in booking top-name performers. The Barrowlands’ acoustics benefit from its original purpose – the building was designed with a high ceiling amongst other things for the unamplified orchestras from when the hall acted as a ballroom. Metallica after their Barrowland performance in 1996 stated that because of the design, size and atmosphere of the venue, it was the best gig they had played to date.
The Barrowlands has been voted on a Radio One poll of over 60 bands as the best venue in the UK and at one point the second best small venue in the world. It is due to the affection that bands have towards the Barrowland’s and Glasgow’s music scene that the venue has had so many big names grace its stage. Previously visiting acts include The Foo Fighters, Oasis, R.E.M, U2, Green Day, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Cure, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Arctic Monkeys, Justin Timerlake and Britney Spears.
The second half of 2010 will feature bands such as M.G.M.T, Teenage Fanclub, Frightened Rabbit, Wilco, The Saw Doctors, Grinderman, Cast, Airbourne and Runrig. Barrowlands 2 (a smaller hall and bar separate from the main area) meanwhile will be showing less well-known and up-and-coming acts, both domestic and international, regularly through the year.
The Barrowland’s is situated in the Gallowgate region of the city close to public transport links, and around a 30 minute walk from the McLays Guesthouse. The venue is only a 5-10 minute walk from the St. Enoch underground (subway) station which is only one stop from the nearest station to the hotel – Buchanan Street. The venue is also around a 15 minute walk from both Queen Street and Central train stations and is close to many bus routes coming from the city centre. A taxi would also cost around £5 from most areas of the city centre, including straight from the hotel.
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