IF you want to dance to some live music and then dance the night away, the 02 ABC is where you want to be.
The 02 ABC Glasgow, situated in Sauchiehall Street, was first constructed in 1875 under the name of the ‘Diorama Hall’ as a cinema venue playing the first cinematic movie in Glasgow in May 1896. The Diorama hall could seat 2359 people in total in the stalls and balcony with public movies played in an upstairs room to allow parking in the downstairs room. Over the years the Diorama has changed it’s name multiple times, in November 1929 the name was changed to ‘The Regal’ and was opened as an ABC Cinema venue with a new design layout from CJ McNair.
However it was in October 1967 the venue changed it’s name to ABC1 with an 922 capacity extention added to the venue known as the ABC2. On 13 December 1979 the ABC introduced five new screens into the venue but was closed on29 October 1998 to open the venue as a number of small bars and rooms to hold concerts.
Regular music employee David McBride spotted the potential the ABC had to be a high quality concert venue and throughout 2002 to 2005 the site was renovated to hold music concerts. The ABC opened on June 10 2005, after having to cancel bands at the last minute due to health and saftey reasons. When the ABC opened on the 10th Roddy Frame and the Trashcan Sinatras played for the first crowd to see a concert at the reforemed venue. In 2009 owners changed the branding of the club to 02 ABC Glasgow after Academy Music Group took a major stake in the venue.
If you have ever been to the ABC for concerts you will appreciate all the hard work that has went into the venue. Bands who perform always play at high quality due to the great sound systems, good quality of microphones and importantly the vast amount of space the venue has to offer. Like most venues in Glasgow the ABC has friendly staff to help throughout any concert to make sure every concert goer has the best time they possibly can. But, most importantly for the over 18′s, when the gig is finished the ABC open the bars to allow the night to continue into the early hours.
If you’re into Nicki Minaj JellyBaby will send you away in starships or if you want to admit that you’re not nineteen forever Propaganda is good for all the old school and new skool Indie kids. The ABC is also a favourite amongst bands for after show parties with Enter Shikari and You Me At Six holding DJ sets after their gigs.