The Arches presents
Fri 18 Feb 2011 | 7pm | £16 + bf
// Please note: This event has been rescheduled from its original date of Mon 6th December. Original tickets are still valid. Otherwise, a full refund is available from point of purchase. Please call the Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000 for details //
Mixing activism and music since the late ’70s, celebrated folk activist Billy Bragg is known as much for his grassroots leftist politics as his passionate alt-folk tracks such as New England and Which Side Are You On?
A leading member of the left-wing musicians pressure group Red Wedge in the Thatcher-dominated 80s, amongst many other political initiatives, Bragg has been involved more recently in campaigns to grant Scottish independence, as well as strongly protesting the RBS bonuses scandal in 2010.
Musically, with a total of thirteen albums to date, he blends protest songs and political themes with tales of love and longing, collaborating with many musicians – Natalie Merchant, Johnny Marr, Kate Nash, Florence and the Machine and the late Kirsty MacColl – both live and on record. His latest album, Mr Love and Justice, was released in 2008. Bragg is currently working on an album with Joe Henry and Rosanne Cash.
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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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