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Favourite Venues – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Siobhanne Beattie


“Quite possibly the finest small venue in the world” – NME

Taking it’s name from a music/comedy club, popular in 80s New York, King Tut’s has come a long way since opening it’s doors in February 1990.  King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is responsible for bringing some of music’s biggest names to their debut Glasgow audience, as well as showcasing some of the best as-of-yet untapped talent.

You can’t even walk the stairs of this 300 capacity venue without getting a real feel for it’s impressive musical history – some of music’s most important bands are forever cemented in Tut’s staircase.

Owned and managed by Glasgow-based gig promoters, DF Concerts, King Tut’s has played host to a wide variety of bands, including Snow Patrol, The Verve, Pulp, Radiohead and The Killers, to date, and the venue is where Creation Records boss, Alan McGee first saw Oasis playing their track Supersonic.  McGee would later sign Oasis based on the strength of their Tut’s gig and Supersonic became their debut single in 1993.

King Tut’s was originally opened in order to give unsigned bands a platform and opportunity to play live gigs in Glasgow’s City Centre.  You’ll find some of the finest Scottish bands available for your listening pleasure playing a sweaty Tut’s gig almost every night.

Aerials Up, who supported singer/songwriter, Paolo Nutini, at his sold-out gigs at The Royal Albert Hall last summer, headline the famous Tut’s stage at the end of this month.  Sultry Jazz songstress, and punter favourite, Lou Hickey played a sold-out headline slot last June. Hickey also played alongside former Fratelli and one-time bandmate, Jon Lawler, as part of Codeine Velvet Club, in December 2008.  Unsigned regulars, and Tut’s favourites, The Mode and The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, are also frequent visitors with gigs on 14th and 15th of this month.

Reaching legendary status as a music venue simply wasn’t enough for our beloved King Tut’s, in 1999 the venue launched it’s monthly comedy night.  Phil Kay and Fred MacAuley have split punters sides to date, along with many of Scotland’s upcoming comedians.

Last year saw the intimate venue reach a milestone 20th Birthday and it celebrated in style with 10 days of special one-off concerts, parties, and surprise guests, including a headline (and sold-out, very quickly!) slot from Paisley’s own Paolo Nutini.

Radio 1 has praised the venue calling it, “Best Launch Pad Venue 2000” for the opportunity it allows unsigned acts, and “UK’s Best Live Venue 2002”.

King Tut’s effortlessly encapsulates what live music was once, and should still be, about.  King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has certainly accomplished it’s mission of bringing music to the masses in it’s 20 year history – here’s to the next 20!


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