The Arches presents
Sat 30 Jul 2011 | 7pm doors | £15 + bf
Since debut album Vehicles & Animals was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2003, Athlete have amassed both a number of awards, and a tremendously loyal live following.
A band permanently “underrated” in the eyes of fans, the London foursome have in fact clocked up two platinum albums (Vehicles & Animals and The Tourist) and a string of radio hits, as well as an Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song for Wires.
Formed in the midst of mid-nineties Britpop mania, the trio started out trawling London’s pub scene with their “young, fast and punky” tracks before being drawn to the mellower sounds of Pavement, Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips, and duly adding keyboards to the line-up.
Breaking into the public consciousness with early indie pop hits You Got The Style and El Salvador, their sound matured in parallel to a series of traumatic life events. From the delicate poignancy of Wires, based on lead singer Joel’s experience of his newborn being rushed to intensive care, to their later, darker singles such as Black Swan Song, the band’s collective experience has shaped the direction of their music, as is documented on their greatest hits album, Singles 01-10. Providing a bookend to a decade of solid songwriting, it was released last year alongside new single Back Track. The band are currently working on material for a fifth studio album.
Over 14s only (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over)
Please enter on Argyle Street
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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