A Glasgow icon receives star treatment


A BIT of an odd one for Scene as it concentrates on a book rather than a gig.

But this is a book about hundreds of gigs that were played at one of Glasgow’s iconic venues: The Barrowlands.

Written by journalist Nuala Naughton, it is a love letter penned with great affection for a place “that remains feted by fans and artistes alike”.

The book looks over the past 30 years — and beyond — and contains interviews with many of those who graced the stage, worked on the famous crew and screamed from the audience.

For all intents and purposes, the rebirth of the once-popular dance hall as a place to see live bands is down to the decision of Glasgow band Simple Minds to shoot the video for their song Waterfront using The Barrowlands as a backdrop.

Soon it was attracting bands from around the world — big names too.

One funny story in the book relates to a habit audiences had of tossing pints of lager on stage at the band.

One unfortunate singer catches a pint in the face and remarks, sarcastically: “Thanks very much, but I don’t drink alcohol.”

Moments later, his face catches another pint tumbler, only this time it’s Irn Bru.

This type of humour is typical of Glasgow and Nuala captures it so eloquently.

Opening with a foreword by Garbage’s Shirley Manson, this is a highly entertaining read containing hilarious reminiscences by the people who made Barrowland what it is — a simply remarkable venue.

Barrowland: A Glasgow Experience is on sale now priced £12.99.