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Glasgow: UNESCO City of Music

A must-visit destination for music lovers, Glasgow was the first in the UK to be crowned a UNESCO City of Music.  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.

Experience the world-famous Barrowland Ballroom

Famous for its excellent acoustics and sprung dance floor, the Barrowlands is one of Glasgow's best loved music venues for fans and artists alike. While it is a legendary rock music venue, the Barrowland has held shows in every music genre from rap to classical and is often used to stage specialist events.

Have the VIP treatment at the Hydro

The SSE Hydro is the world’s second busiest live entertainment arena and plays host to national and international music megastars as well as global entertainment and sporting events.  Attracting an audience of more than a million visitors each year, the venue is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top 10 arenas globally, alongside iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and The O2. It is the only UK venue of scale built specifically for live entertainment and is the largest in Scotland. 

Take a guided walking tour of Glasgow music scene

From the world’s oldest surviving music hall to the venue that launched the career of Oasis; Glasgow's musical heritage is abundant and the best ways to uncover these stories is by taking a city walking tour.

Try out the bagpipes at the National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre serves as a national and international centre of excellence for the bagpipes and its music.  For a truly Scottish experience take a bespoke tour, meet a piper and test your skills on a "Come and Try the Bagpipes" workshop which will give you a simple introduction to playing this iconic instrument.  

Experience the largest winter music festival, Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections is the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK's premier celebration of celtic music. Over 2,000 artists perform in 300 events taking place at 20 music venues across the city. 

Dance the night away at a traditional ceilidh...

The word ceilidh comes from the Gaelic for 'gathering' or 'party'  - it's all about having fun rather than knowing all the steps so it's a perfect way to experience a bit of Scottish traditional culture. 

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