Whether you like some nostalgic early noughties pop, indie rock or hardcore punk, we’ve got all the hottest gigs in Glasgow in 2016 for you.
THE LIBERTINES – SSE HYDRO, THURSDAY 21 JANUARY
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat have successfully reformed the legendary band and they’re embarking on their biggest tour yet, starting at the Hydro. They will play tracks from new album Anthems for Doomed Youth along with some classics.
BLOC PARTY – BARROWLANDS, FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY
Bloc Party have went through a major change in their line-up with drummer Matt Tong and bass player Gordon Moakes leaving the band, but they are set to release their fifth album ‘Hymns’ with the new line-up in January, and just a few days later they will play the Barrowlands.
FOALS – SSE HYDRO, FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY
From playing house parties arranged through MySpace to the Hydro, indie-rock band Foals have come a long way since their debut album ‘Antidotes’ was released in 2008. Their sound has become bigger and Q voted them the Best Act in the World this year, as well as the Best Live Band in 2013 – you shouldn’t miss this one.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT – QMU, TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY
The American rock band are known for their energetic live performances, so the QMU is the perfect intimate setting. ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ will be their fourth album and is set to be released on December 18.
GRIMES – O2 ABC, SUNDAY 13 MARCH
Canadian pop artist Grimes released her latest album ‘Art Angels’ on November 6 to critical acclaim. The electropop single “Oblivion” is Pitchfork’s Song of the Decade So Far, so check Grimes out at the ABC in March to see why she is such a massive hit with fans and critics.
WOLF ALICE – BARROWLANDS, WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH
Rock band Wolf Alice were nominated for the Mercury Prize this year for their debut album ‘My Love is Cool’. Clash describe their sound as “the lovechild of folk and grunge’, a sound that can be seen live at one of the greatest venues in the world this March.
ELLIE GOULDING – SSE HYDRO, FRIDAY 18 MARCH
Massive pop star Ellie Goulding will be coming to the Hydro this March. Since topping the BBC Sound of 2010 list, she has went on to have 10 top 10 UK singles and two number one UK albums. Fans can expect her to play the mega hits “Love Me like You Do” and “Burn”.
THE 1975 – O2 ACADEMY, FRIDAY 18 MARCH, SATURDAY 19 MARCH, SUNDAY 20 MARCH
Music fans will have a difficult decision on March 18, with The 1975 also playing across the city at the ABC. Luckily, the indie-rock band from Manchester will play three nights in the city.
MUSE – SSE HYDRO, SUNDAY 17 APRIL AND MONDAY 18 APRIL
This is sure to be a big show, with Muse famous for their extravagant light shows and massive live performances. They play the Hydro in April, their first date in Glasgow since the release of their seventh album ‘Drones’ earlier this year.
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – SSE HYDRO, THURSDAY 21 APRIL
If you miss the legendary Noel Gallagher at the Clyde 1 Hydro show on December 8, fear not because High Flying Birds will be returning to the venue in April. They will play songs from the 2015 album ‘Chasing the Light’ and some more from Noel’s impressive back catalogue.
FATHER JOHN MISTY – O2 ACADEMY, THURSDAY 12 MAY
The American folk singer-songwriter is a former member of Fleet Foxes but has made a name for himself as a solo artist. His latest release “I Love You, Honeybear” was released to critical acclaim and his music is worth seeing live.
BUSTED – SSE HYDRO, FRIDAY 13 MAY AND SATURDAY 14 MAY
The massive noughties pop band will be reforming properly this time after the success of McBusted (McFly and Busted). They will play to nostalgic fans over two nights at the Hydro in May.
COLDPLAY – HAMPDEN PARK, TUESDAY 7 JUNE
One of the biggest bands of all-time will play Hampden this summer. There is talk that their seventh album released on December 4, ‘A Head Full of Dreams’, could be their last, so it may be one of the last opportunities to see Coldplay live.