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Local Glasgow, UK Music Scene

The Glasgow music scene has a rich history influenced by huge internationally known festivals. Some of the most celebrated artists from the region include Mark Knopfler, Simple Minds, Donovan, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Gerry Rafferty, Lonnie Donegan, Lulu, John Paul Young, Al Stewart, Lloyd Cole, Aztec Camera, Altered Images, Marmalade, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Barnes, The Blue Nile, Teenage Fanclub, Del Amitri and Adventures in Stereo, Travis, Belle and Sebastian and Deacon Blue. In 2006 Glasgow was crowned European City of Culture and two years later it won the Unesco title as World Centre of Music.

An up and coming artist in Glasgow with a lot of potential is Rachel Sermanni, who plays in several different band configurations with her acoustic guitar and vocal presentation. She's one of the most tuneful and memorable artists who plays in town. Her inventive songwriting is very easy to appreciate for anyone raised on soft Scottish melodies delivered with strong vocal talent. She relocated to Glasgow because of its folk scene. Another up and coming artist getting a lot of attention is Camera Obscura.

Rachel Sermanni - Interview 2013 (Beyond the Watch)

Not many cities on Earth have the depth of amazing musical history as Glasgow. It is truly one of the greatest music cities on the planet. It was named European City of Culture in 1990 and became a pleasurable tourist attraction. From that time on it has been hosting year round festivals and events. The city has deep roots in classical, folk and jazz music. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is considered one of the best guitarists in the world while Simple Minds is remembered as one of the most inspiring acts in rock.

Some of the most important live rock venues in Glasgow include Box Music Bar Clu, Kings Tuts, The 13th Note, McChuills and Cathouse. By the 1990s Glasgow had transformed from its wild party night life to more business-conscious clubs enforcing dress codes. During the 2000s the city's image became more associated with art. Today the scene is still vibrant, but the party landscape has changed, as there as less clubs than in the 1980s. Going back further in history, such as the 1960s and 1970s, the music scene had even more excitement.

While many other European cities can only claim a few big names and festivals, Glasgow can claim many big names and big festivals, such as the annual Celtic Connections Festival. An imaginative song about the city is "Glasgow West" by Bell and Sebastian. Some of the best live music venues in the city include The Flying Duck, Milan, The Garage, The Moon, VIper, Savoy Nightclub and The V Club.

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