UNESCO City of Music
Glasgow: Moving to its Own Beat.

As the UK's first ever UNESCO City of Music...

Glasgow is a place where music is not simply confined to the four walls of its venues – it is threaded through the city’s DNA.


Glasgow hosts an average of 130 music events every week and music generates an estimated £75m (€88 million, US$103 million, CA$129 million) to the city’s economy each year.


With a scene that stretches across urban and hip-hop, electronica and indie through to classical and Celtic, Glasgow lives and breathes music 365 days a year. This vast musical offering is equalled by iconic venues of various shapes and sizes, all with their own unique atmosphere.


Be wowed by a global superstar in The SSE Hydro, check out international bands on the rise at Barrowland and King Tuts (consistently voted the top live music venue in the UK) and discover the next break through act in much revered bars like Nice n Sleazy or traditional music hot spots like the Ben Nevis.


Glasgow is famous for its fantastic club offering. Clubs such as Sub Club, The Berkeley Suite and SWG3 play host to world class DJs and are packed full of music fans every week.


And then there’s the audiences. The people that make Glasgow gigs truly memorable. There’s a reason that bands frequently choose to start or end their tour here; our audiences rock!

In 2009 Glasgow was the first city outside London to host the MOBO Awards, which were held in the city again in October 2011, 2013 and returned again in November 2016 for a fourth time.

Popular music website, Tenement TV started broadcasting in 2011 from a flat in Glasgow’s West End.Since then, their sessions have reached over 4 million unique views and have been watched worldwide. Bastille, The Twilight Sad and Jake Bugg are among the many talented artists who have recorded sessions.


Glasgow has the highest density of higher education institutions offering courses in music, and the largest population of music students in Scotland.


Among the musicians/bands hailing from the city are: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Primal Scream, Texas, Travis, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines, Glasvegas and Belle and Sebastian, as well as more recent newcomers such as Chvrches, Twilight Sad, Twin Atlantic, Sparrow and The Workshop, Frightened Rabbit, White, and Admiral Fallow.


Acts like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie form part of LuckyMe, the Glasgow collective of rappers, DJs and producers.


"Glasgow has a more consistent track record of DJs, producers, labels and promoters than most other cities in the UK - and has managed to remain forward-thinking along with this consistency."

Thump Magazine

"But fans the world over know that it's the city's unrivalled music scene that really embodies Glasgow's energy and swagger"

National Geographic