King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

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King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
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A starting point for superstars, this venue has seen early gigs by everyone from Radiohead to Coldplay -the atmosphere can be electric.

It’ll forever be synonymous with a particular piece of rock ’n’ roll legend – namely as the place where Alan McGee discovered Oasis. But King Tut’s, which opened in 1990, remains one of the world’s most famous small music venues for much more everyday reasons. With multi-band bills almost every night of the week, 52 weeks of the year, this two-story St Vincent Street gem – featuring an upstairs venue and a café-bar in the entry level basement – has the highest turnover of live music anywhere in the city, maybe even in the UK.

Much of that music comes from new and up-and-coming artists. Since playing early shows here, several groups have gone on to superstardom – including Radiohead, The Verve, Coldplay and The Strokes. Others (Biffy Clyro, Manic Street Preachers and Paolo Nutini included) have returned for special intimate gigs in Tut’s honour.

More so than any natural magic, the secret is in strong management and substantial resources (Tut’s is owned by Scotland’s biggest promoter, DF Concerts). With a low-ceiling, large sound system, and a two-tier standing space that packs bodies to the rafters, the atmosphere can be absolutely electric. The 300 capacity feels slightly large for the room’s awkward L-shape layout – during sell-out shows you can be forced to stand in the bar area with little or no view of the stage.

Should you be forced to beat a retreat downstairs, you’ll find much to enjoy there – the café-bar is as much of a hit as the venue. Food is of the simple, hearty pub grub variety – burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, nachos and the like – all satisfyingly done. Beers on tap include a bespoke King Tut’s lager, specially made by local brewers West.

By: Malcolm Jack


Venue name: King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Address: 272a
St Vincent Street
G2 5RL
Transport: Rail: Charing Cross Glasgow

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