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Glasgow Carling Academy
Established in 2003 to meet the demands for the city’s energising live music, club and comedy scene, Carling Academy Glasgow is the fifth live music and club venue to be acquired by the Academy Music Group Limited, a leading player in the UK’s music industry sponsored by English Beer giants Carling. This grand music venue is located in Eglinton Street in Glasgow’s South Side in a magnificently refurbished art deco building that previously housed the New Bedford Cinema, a legendary Glasgow institution.
The New Bedford originally opened in 1921 and like many art deco cinemas across the UK, it was subsequently transformed into a Bingo Hall in the 1970s as a result of the decrease in cinema audiences and the advent of the petrol shock of the 1973. In today’s setting, this aesthetically pleasing art deco showpiece has undergone extensive restoration and refurbishment at a cost of £3,000,000 to produce one of Glasgow’s most exciting live music venues en par with the Glasgow Apollo (closed in 1985), fondly remembered by avid concert goers and world-class performers from the 1960s onwards.
Exquisitely restored to its former glory, The Glasgow Carling Academy incorporates the essential state-of-the-art technologies required for a 21st Century live music venue including first-class sound and lighting system adapted for both live gigs, DJ and Club nights, stand-up comedy and to avant-garde dance and theme events. The Academy accommodates up to a maximum of 2,500 people both seated and standing and has the flexibility to convert into a shorter hall configuration for small-scale events and gigs with a maximum capacity of 1,100.
The venue is also a popular choice for various live acts at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and since 2004, it has attracted the crème of British stand-up comedy to the Academy stage including Johnny Vegas, Jerry Sadowitz, Dara O’Briain, Paul Merton and Al Murray amongst others. The Auditorium can be adapted to an all-seated option tailored for such events and is set to retain its leading position for showcasing the diversity of talents featured in the city’s high-octane annual festival programme.
A welcome addition to Glasgow’s entertainment scene by both music aficionados and the entertainments industry alike, Glasgow Carling Academy is crowned for its thrilling and electrifying atmosphere by the many live acts who have wooed audiences at the Academy stage since its inception in March 2003. With such an eclectic diary of rock music, R&B, indie, blues, pop and dance events, this magnificent venue assures an exceptional programme of outstanding talents on any given week during your visit to Glasgow, ranging from the biggest international performers such as The Flaming Lips, King’s of Leon to host of mainstream UK. artists with the likes of Mis-Teeq, Sugababes, Ian Brown, Basement Jaxx and Prodigy to name but a few.
The Glasgow Academy has proven to be a success and continues to enthral popular music lovers from Glasgow and beyond with its magnificent sets and live acts scheduled throughout the year. Concertgoers have a selection of 5 bars within the venue to indulge in a drink or two during concerts or intervals, some of which include large plasma screens and first-class audio systems that relay the event as you order your round of drinks. For more information on up and coming events, see below.
Carling Academy Glasgow
121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow G5 9NT
Tel: (+44) 0141 418 3000