Sauchiehall Street is the best street in Glasgow, if not the planet.
At number 490 is legendary dancing den The Garage, where every student in the city has spent their nights and much of their loans not knowing when to call it a day. Stumble a few doors down to 482 and you’ll find post-club Chinese grub at The Noodle Bar and a plethora of guilty pleasures (you can’t go wrong with the Szechuan chicken). At 468 is Capitol: part bar, part gig location but, more importantly, the little-known keeper of private karaoke booths that are FREE to hire from Sundays to Thursdays.
Best of all, though, are the three host venues chosen by the organisers of THE SAUCHIEHALL CRAWL, an inaugural mini-festival on June 1 featuring a starting XI of some of the country’s hottest independent music acts.
421 Sauchiehall Street: Nice ‘n’ Sleazy. More commonly known as Sleazy’s a.k.a. The Pub. You won’t get chucked out before 3am at weekends, Kronenberg’s just £1.50 a bottle and Trail of Dead is on the jukebox. We call it our local despite being a 20-mile round trip from The Pop Cop HQ.
292-333 Sauchiehall Street: ABC. A gig/club venue for the 21st century. Spacious, plenty of raised vantage points, the biggest mirrorball in the world and its very own mini-me is downstairs, the 350-capacity ABC2.
375 Sauchiehall Street: The Beat Club. The new kid on the block is small but perfectly formed. It gets more than its fair share of quality touring bands (Vampire Weekend and MGMT have stopped off in the past year) and you can get on the guestlist just by registering on their website.
This holy trinity of indie institutions will be The Sauchiehall Crawl’s focal points on Sunday from 7pm until 11pm. You get 11 acts for your £15 ticket, although overlapping is unavoidable as the organisers are effectively running three gigs at the one time.
Tickets holders will be given a wristband and a programme of stage times when they arrive at any of the venues and can then pick and choose who they want to see from the following (we’ve given you a song from each act if you need help making your mind up):
Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
The Beat Club
Also included for your £15 is entry to the club night which will feature DJ sets from members of Idlewild, My Latest Novel and Errors until 3am. Tickets are available from Tickets Scotland, the ABC box office and Mono.The Pop Cop will be reporting back next week to let you know what we thought of it.