9 June 2015
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A SCOTTISH tourism company is launching a new guided walk around Glasgow’s music venues, past and present.
In July, Glasgow Music City Tours will offer fans four tours of the Merchant City as part of the Merchant City Festival, with all four events culminating in a unique show from a different musical artist in the Mono Café Bar. The company’s tour guides are musicians, DJs and writers who are well placed to bring alive the stories of the legendary performers who have stayed, played and made music in Glasgow, which is the UK’s only Unesco City of Music.
From August, the company will also run two weekly tours, each lasting approximately 1½-2 hours.
Glasgow’s Music Mile tells the tale of city centre venues from the Concert Hall to King Tut’s, via the former site of the Apollo. The tour ends at King Tut’s where guests will have the opportunity to take selfies on the stage at Tut’s. The tour will run on a Saturday.
On Fridays, Merchant City Music: Past and Present will explore the venues of the Merchant City and East End from the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall to Barrowland Ballroom.
The company is owned and run by Fiona Shepherd, Alison Stroak and Jonathan Trew. All three have extensive experience of music journalism or publishing in Scotland and see the tours as a unique opportunity to promote Glasgow’s vibrant music scene and its heritage as a music city.
“Glasgow is a music city through and through,” said Mr Trew. “The city hosts an average of 130 different music events every week and Glasgow’s audiences and venues are famous for their passion and atmosphere.
“Whether you remember seeing David Bowie at the Apollo, Paolo Nutini at King Tut’s or are looking forward to Texas at the Hydro, we offer an entertaining exploration of the places, people and performances, which have shaped the city’s musical landscape.”