QUOTE (pumps100 @ 20th Dec 2008, 06:12pm)
My son is a musician and when his band tours and plays in Glasgow to the two major venues for live music are King Tuts and the Carling Academy. He says King Tuts is the best for up and coming young bands
Unfortunately these two venues are the very type of venue that doesn't have a regular crowd.
King Tut's was one of the main Tennent's Live venues (see previous post) and rose to fame being almost totally funded by Tennent's and putting on multi-band line-ups of unknown Glasgow bands who would play to a handful of their pals and nobody else.
As "musicthom" mentioned mostly these gigs were comprised of uncompatible acts that had nothing of interest for the fans of the other acts.
The Carling Academy is really a mid-level venue that only opens when there is a gig on and again people only go there to see specific bands. I've been in the Academy quite a few times and it's just a case of turn up watch the band (pay £3.50 for a can of Guinness) and then leave as soon as the band finishes.
The type of thing I miss is that you used to be able to go to different venues on different nights of the week and the people who went there were always there - no matter what band was playing.
i.e. Friday nights everyone into rock music would go to the Venue in Sauchiehall Street and on Saturdays everyone would travel out to the Heathery in Wishaw.
Nobody cared what band was playing - all people were interested in was being part of the rock "scene" and participating. All the bands would go to these venues as well and you could always guarantee to catch up with old mates etc.
I'm in London now and there's still a healthy rock music scene down here - it's just Glasgow that seems to have lost it!