Pulse: Sei A's Guide To Glasgow
Pulse: Sei A's Guide To Glasgow
In a world where only music mattered, Glasgow's most obvious twin city would be Detroit. The two share much common ground - from their freezing winters, industrial landscape and struggling economies right through to the contrasting lush techno sounds that have been born and bred in each city over the years. Home to one of the UK's most important techno labels, Soma, and having spawned countless groundbreaking artists of its own, Glasgow may not be able to lay claim to having actually invented techno, but it nevertheless has played a vital part in its cultivation, particularly in Europe. To get under the skin of where the city is right now with regard to music and culture, we asked one of its natives, Sei A, to run us through where to go out in Glasgow.
Best places to go out with clubbing in mind - and a club I persist to bang on about - is the Sub Club, with a Bodysonic dancefloor system. Two top class residents every Saturday and on top of that a special weekly guest. Only a 300/400 capacity but every time I've played in the there it's always been special. The Scots are such a receptive crowd and really know how to party. There's a whole host of nights throughout the week showcasing different parties and sounds which really does make the place legendary.
Partying on a much larger scale throughout the cavernous archways with having a 2000 + capacity. The famous monthly night 'Pressure' is one party which showcases the best DJ's in Techno and House.
The city’s best kept clubbing secret, Chambre 69 is steadily growing in reputation as a top quality underground music venue. With a state of the art sound system and guest list which has included the likes of Joy Orbison, Milton Jackson and Andrew Weatherall, it is a highly recommended alternative to Glasgow’s aforementioned clubs.
Located nearby Central Station. Quality Eastern Cuisine is served within the basement topped off with an intimate bar upstairs which regularly host pre-parties on Friday and Saturday nights.
McSorley’s Music Bar
With both the Sub Club and The Arches on it’s doorstep, McSorley’s has its obvious charms, and is often packed at the weekend. Away from that, an old school ambience and a diverse music policy including live acts means it’s always interesting to those who like it a little different.
Glasgow’s late night bar celebrates its 12th year in 2012. Moskito has a chilled daytime vibe meaning it’s popular with the lunchtime crowd but once the sun goes down, or when Glasgow gets even greyer(!). It can easily be considered the busiest and best bar in town. Music laid on by top Glasgow talents including Stevie Sole, Mash and Chris Harris.
One last bar/restaurant I have to mention is Chinaski's situated at the top end (just off) of Sauchiehall Street (beside the motorway). Fantastic intimate pub which reminds of me of some of my favourite bars in London now. Has a nice heated outdoor area situated at the back. Also, my oldest/longest friend from yearssssss back works behind the bar. When you visit - say hello to Andy Kelly, who's also famous for being in the James Bond films...