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The Intimate Venues Hosting The Next Big Thing Scotland

Posted on Monday 13th May 2024 at 16:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell

Independent Venues in Scotland


Intimate venues are vital for grassroots music and arts communities. They are an important first step for future great artists and a space where local people can express themselves and define the region’s creative accent.

Gigantic Tickets applauds the efforts of all independent venues plus the hard work of everyone involved in running them. This week, we look at the top places across Scotland to see shows.

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The Garage

The iconic Glaswegian club and music venue

The Garage

The Garage is Glasgow’s biggest nightclub. The unique venue is open seven days a week, 365 days a year and has welcomed such esteemed guests as Prince, Marilyn Manson, and Once Direction since opening in 1994. Rock group Kris Barras Band, Virginia indie-rockers Turnover and intense Finnish power-metal group Battle Beast are all booked to play in 2024.

CLICK HERE for full listings at The Garage.



Making noise in Glasgow since 2007

Stereo Glasgow

Post-punk pop collective Blue Bendy, Detroit garage-punks The Gories and pop-rock singer-songwriter Emma Blackery are all booked to play Stereo in the coming months. The striking art and music venue was designed by famed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh which is a popular destination for Glaswegian revellers.

CLICK HERE for full listings at Stereo.


Saint Luke's

Glasgow's newest music and arts venue

Saint Luke's

Saint Luke's in Glasgow houses a 700-capacity main hall plus a smaller 200-capacity second room and can be found on the outskirts of Merchant City in the vibrant East End. Grab tickets right now to see madcap indie-rock duo The Lovely Eggs, Scottish new-wave stalwarts Altered Images and Orange County blues-rock quintet Robert Jon & The Wreck.

CLICK HERE for full listings at Saint Luke's.



The killer venue found in the heart of Glasgow

Slay Glasgow

Slay is a new addition to Glasgow city centre and is a huge boost to the city's nightlife. The 550-cap venue hosts stand-up comedy shows, stage plays and live music. Gigantic currently offers tickets for rampaging deathcore group Spite & Bodysnatcher, Perth prog-rockers Voyager, horror-punks Wednesday 13 plus many more great gigs hitting Slay in the near future.

CLICK HERE for full listings at Slay.


The Liquid Room

A stunning setting for unmissable gigs

The Liquid Room

The Liquid Room is a renovated 19th-century church found in the Old Town area of Edinburgh. The converted 800-cap music venue has been thrilling rockers, ravers, and pop fans for nearly 30 years with a diverse lineup of crucial live acts and club nights. See bluegrass stars Hayseed Dixie, tremendous tribute act Fleetwood Bac and DIY covers band Punk Rock Factory when you book tickets with Gigantic.

CLICK HERE for full listings at The Liquid Room.


La Belle Angèle

The Edinburgh venue with a rich legacy continues to push underground acts

La Belle Angèle

La Belle Angèle first opened in the early 90s and became one of Edinburgh’s premiere nightclubs, hosting the best in underground music including early performances by Oasis and Radiohead. The venue would be destroyed by a fire and left derelict for twelve years before it would be refurbished and open to the public once again. Now, it reclaims its mantle as one of the city's main music attractions, with upcoming shows from The Lovely Eggs, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Bad Manners and more.

CLICK HERE for full listings at La Belle Angèle.


Lemon Tree

A central hub for creatives in Aberdeen

Lemon Tree Aberdeen

Performing arts venue Lemon Tree is a valuable asset to Aberdeen's cultural scene. The 550-capacity venue and 166-seat studio theatre is the perfect place to enjoy comedy, drama, and live music. Book now to see hard-rockers FM, riotous tribute act Punk Rock Factory, and sensational soul band Stone Foundation at The Lemon Tree.

CLICK HERE for full listings at Lemon Tree.


Tivoli Theatre

Incredible shows at the historic venue

 Tivoli Theatre

The majestic Tivoli Theatre is one of Scotland’s most historic buildings. The grand Grade A listed building has been a jewel in Aberdeen’s crown since 1872 which has been newly renovated into a multi-functional venue embracing the best of the old and new. Book tickets with Gigantic to see Scottish indie-pop songwriter Lloyd Cole, indie-rock Mercury Prize nominee King Creosote, blue-eyed-soul legends Hue & Cry plus many more top acts.

CLICK HERE for full listings at Tivoli Theatre.

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