Record shopping is dead, you say? Well, while it’s true that the likes of Amazon, with their cheap and convenient means of delivering anything you could wish for straight to your door, combined with the increasing popularity of streaming services have laid waste to many of the high street names you
Local Heroes: Where to Catch the City’s Finest New Bands Any Night of the Week in GlasgowIt’s a long-standing joke that touring bands will always credit the last place they played as having the friendliest and most responsive crowds - but when they’re talking about Glasgow, they tend to be more likely to mean it. My home city’s place in history as
Get Inked: a guide to getting a timeless tattoo in GlasgowWhen the government-backed employment advice service Acas published its first guidance on tattoos in the workplace [http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4998] a couple of months back, the only surprise was that it had taken them so long. With around one in five British adults now spor
Oan yer Bike! A guide to Glasgow’s cycling culture…One of the stated aims of the team behind the 2014 Commonwealth Games was to create a “cycling legacy” for Glasgow - and the early signs are that they are pulling it off. Just before the Games, the city partnered with cycle hire scheme nextbike - and the bikes, easy to spot in their bright pink Peo
That Glasgow is Scotland’s clubbing capital is a long-settled argument, given the number of top-class venues and long-running nights with global reputations that call our streets home. So it shouldn’t be surprising that alternative nights for those of us with less interest in big-name DJs and carefully-worded drinks promos are just as top class. Get your glad rags on and get dancing at five of the best queer, indie, retro and glamorous nights in Glasgow.
Despite its proliferation of dear green spaces, Glasgow’s interchangeable weather means that it’s not always safe to propose an afternoon playing in the park. Luckily, the city offers plenty more temperate opportunities to while away a long weekend - and, best of all, plenty of them won’t break the bank. Here are a few of my favourite ways
With its thriving venues of all sizes and wide variety of noteworthy and successful bands, Glasgow’s status as the de facto music capital of Scotland is obvious to even the most casual of observers. What’s a little less obvious to the untrained eye, however, is the increasingly vibrant ecosystem of blogs, podcasts, promoters and labels doing their bit to get you out to gigs and find innovative, gorgeous ways of enabling you to buy the music that you love.
Of all the latter-day food trends, the proliferation of cosy, cake-filled nooks in which one can indulge in herbal tea and baked goods supped from mismatched crockery is one of my favourites. That said, I can see where those who rage against the Great British Twee-ification of the humble coffee and cake are coming from - which is where Once Upon a Tart comes in.
Being at the quirky/vintage end of the scale when it comes to style, I’m always on the lookout for places that are a little bit different where I can shop. Luckily, Glasgow is home to plenty of trendy and offbeat boutiques - but even these tend to stock the more established brands. If what you’re after is something truly one-of-a-kind, you’re better keeping an eye out for one of the city’s regular craft and vintage fairs. With something on somewhere in the city at least once a month, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up some gorgeous, handmade bargains. Everything from knitted superheroes to sweetie-themed jewellery - plus repurposed, genuine vintage homeware - is here.
Regardless of their previous life working at the Michelin-starred Peat Inn in Fife, James Forrest and Ben Dantzic always had a simpler dream: to create and serve the best burgers around. In mid-2013 that’s exactly what they did when they opened the puntastic Burger Meats Bun on West Regent Street in Glasgow City Centre.
When Glasgow was awarded UNESCO City of Music status in 2008, there can’t have been anyone who was that surprised. From the Jesus and Mary Chain to Franz Ferdinand, via Celtic Connections and the Barrowland Ballroom, our city has consistently pushed the boundaries when it comes to breaking new ground in popular music - and celebrates that heritage at its legendary venues all year round.