Do you know the story about the Barrowland star falling on David ‘The Starman’ Bowie?
Or how Sydney Devine stopped a rock ‘n’ roll riot? What about the legend of Lou Reed’s one song Apollo set?
Alex Harvey’s Nessie obsession? Glasgow council’s punk wars?
From Stan Laurel’s disastrous but career-setting stage debut to the discovery of Oasis, Glasgow Music City Tours have collected Glasgow’s musical tall tales, myths, lies and wicked rumours.
Buckle up your blue suede walking shoes and hear them all with today’s Big Deal from Glasgow Music City Tours.
Led by guides with years of experience in Glasgow’s music scene, the tours deliver an irreverent, informative look at the city’s iconic bands, the famous venues they played and the incendiary performances which became legends in their own show time.
The genres covered swing from folk to punk while the eras mentioned run from the music halls to the modern day.
And, with guest numbers limited to fifteen, these tours are the equivalent of an intimate, unplugged gig.
Perfect stocking filler
Valid for tours from early February to the beginning of August, the offer is perfect for a Christmas stocking filler or, if you want to plan ahead, a quirky Valentine’s gift.
The vouchers are for two people to enjoy one of the following tours:
Merchant City Music – Past and Present
Walking the oldest streets of Glasgow, Merchant City Music – Past and Present covers cherished venues such as the mighty Barrowland Ballroom and the venerable Britannia Panopticon – Britain’s oldest surviving music hall.
Takes place every Friday from 2pm, starting from Clutha and Victoria Bar, Stockwell Street. Lasts approximately 2 hours.
Find your favourite bands on the Barrowland Pathway
Unlock the who’s who of the Clutha mural
Listen to tales of the Barrowland Ballroom
Stand on the stage where Stan Laurel was discovered
Trace the links between Paddy’s Market, Postcard Records and Glasgow’s unique post-punk scene
Includes 25% discount on food at Mono Café Bar
Glasgow’s Music Mile
From the site of the late, lamented Apollo to King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow’s Music Mile tour is a whistle-stop guide around the city centre, an area teeming with music venues past and present.
Takes place every Saturday from noon, starting from Killermont Street entrance of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Lasts approximately 2 hours.
Stand on the stage at King Tut’s – selfie time!
Listen to the legends of the Apollo
See the Royal Conservatoire – home to hobbits, Outlander stars and Dr Who
Jump from arts to charts – Glasgow School of Art as band factory
Discover the forgotten sounds of Sauchiehall Street
Reusable 25% discount card on food at King Tut’s
Since launching in August, Glasgow Music City Tours have had plenty of applause on TripAdvisor. This was from a guest who came out on the Glasgow’s Music Mile tour in October:
‘Loved this tour. Great guide, great way to spend a couple of hours in Glasgow. Just back from a very relaxed and enjoyable tour of some great Glasgow music venues. The guides… were knowledgeable and friendly. They know their music and have lots of good stories and patter! Brought back great memories of gigs in Glasgow and the many famous acts that have performed. Was good to hear about stuff behind the scenes. Learnt new things and had a laugh. Would recommend to visitors and locals. Looking forward to trying the Merchant City tour next.’
Christmas gift idea
These walking tours of Glasgow’s music scene make fantastic gifts.
Whether you are a hardcore gig-goer or simply keen to see a little of the city’s famous music scene, Glasgow Music City Tours will strike a chord with young and old.
They are ideal for Christmas and with validity stretching to the beginning of August 2016 they could also be used for birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, graduation rewards or simply as a present for the music fan in your life.