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Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon: the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

tour group up on the stage of the Panopticon

Tucked away in a nondescript lane off Argyle Street in Glasgow is the entrance to the world’s oldest surviving music hall, the Britannia Panopticon. It’s one of our favourite stops on our Merchant City Music Past and Present tour, and it never fails to astonish our guests —including Glaswegians. Our guide Fiona onstage at The Panopticon with guests…

Tenement TV: Guest blog Nadine Walker

At Glasgow Music City Tours we’re always proud to highlight what our musical partners in the city are up to, and we’re delighted welcome to our guest bloggers this week, Tenement TV. This weekend will mark the third consecutive Tenement Trail Festival. Created by and for the music fans in Scotland, Tenement Trail is a unique,…

The strange tale of Scarlett Johansson’s Bum

One of the real pleasures of doing Glasgow Music City Tours is the experiences that our guests bring to the tours. We have had people who remember going to the dancing at Barrowlands and guests who have performed on the band stand at Kelvingrove. Some have met their life partners in the venues we visit and others have had their lives changed…

Paolo Nutini on routines, laser beams and…Advocaat…

This Saturday Paolo Nutini headlines Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park. With support from the amazing Grace Jones, the line up also features sets from The View, Soak and one of our own favourites, Tuff Love. Earlier this year one of Glasgow Music City Tours’ founders, Fiona Shepherd, met up with Paolo for what can only be…

Let’s keep the Barrowland Park Album Pathway

Barrowland Park Album Pathway

On each of our Glasgow Music City Tours, there are places that evoke particularly strong memories. The site of the late, lamented Apollo, which features on our Music Mile Tour, is a favourite, where people pause and sigh at the memory of what used to be. Such is the fondness in which its memory is…

Straight Outta Westwood (In A Green Jacket): Roddy Frame’s East Kilbride

Domino Flats – Green (Photograph Anne Ward)

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s blog, in which Roddy Frame shared memories of his formative gig-going at Glasgow’s lamented Apollo in the late-1970s, we called on our pal Anne Ward, who has kindly agreed to share some of her photographs of the town that was helping to form Frame in the same period. Ladies and gentlemen: East…

Glasgow City Music Tour Playlist

glasgow music city tours fiona and group on scott street

To mark the success of our first rehearsal run of the Glasgow’s Music Mile tour on Saturday and in anticipation of the maiden voyage of our Merchant City Music Past and Present tour this Friday, we are pleased to launch our Spotify playlist. It’s over there, on the right. You’ll probably need to scroll down Like any good jukebox,…