Glasgow’s Music Mile tour is a great way to see what makes the city's music scene tick.
Join us as we explore a neighbourhood rich in both musical myths and scuzzy backroom stages where the next generation of guitar heroes are paying their dues.
Your tour starts in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This is home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Celtic Connections - the world's biggest winter music festival.
While here, we time travel back and hear tales from the heyday of the Empire. A former neighbour of the Concert Hall, the Empire is long gone but its fierce reputation for having the UK's most critical and passionate audience lives on.
Our next stop is the Pavillion which has hosted everyone from Houdini and Charlie Chaplin to Sydney Devine, Glasgow's very own rhinestone cowboy.
The former Odeon gets a mention here. First and foremost a cinema, it was also a stomping ground for bands like The Beatles, Little Richard and The Rolling Stones.
Moving onto the Conservatoire, your guide has plenty stories about associated hobbits, Outlander stars, Dr Who actors and even Bob Dylan.
Musical heritage and contemporary culture
The tragic 2018 fire at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building and the ABC badly damaged two venues which have played large parts in Glasgow's musical heritage. In a small way, we like to think that our tours help keep that heritage alive while the fate of the buildings is decided.
This section of the tour explains how Glasgow School of Art was and is a band factory that helped many a would-be performer make the jump from arts to charts.
The tour pauses at Nice 'n' Sleazy, a big-hearted dive bar that plays an instrumental part in nurturing young talent. As well as offering the opportunity for guests to buy a refreshment, Sleazy's is where we tell visitors all the rock 'n' roll legends from the late, lamented Apollo.
It is also where guests hear about the changing sounds of Sauchiehall Street, an area that has been the city's night-time playground for decades.
The Music Mile tour finishes at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut where you have the opportunity to follow in the early footsteps of Oasis, Blur and the Manic Street Preachers.
Depending on access, you may have the chance to stand under the lights at King Tut’s and grab a selfie on the stage that helped launch so many great acts.
Lasting a little over two hours, the Music Mile tour covers diverse genres and eras from dancehall and traditional jazz to punk, pop, and today's guitar heroes.
It has plenty of detail for the dedicated music fans but, like all our tours, it is packed with great stories that will entertain the casual fan who wants a different way to see the city.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
King Tut's Wah-Wah Hut
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