The SSE Hydro – built just in time for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games – is a truly world-class venue. But don’t take our word for it; in 2016 the multi-purpose arena was named as the eighth busiest music venue in the whole world in terms of ticket sales. The hallowed arena owes its curious shape – it looks rather like a gigantic silver bubble – to award-winning London architects Foster + Partners, and has hosted a number of big-name acts over the years, including KISS, Blink-182, Adele, Iron Maiden, The Libertines, Muse, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Manic Street Preachers and, inevitably, Wet Wet Wet. Able to hold 13,000 baying spectators, the atmospheric Hydro has also been the venue for major sporting events from the worlds of UFC, boxing and gymnastics, as well as theatre performances and stand-up shows, including a sold-out run of Still Game Live which saw hilarious pensioners Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade dust off their bunnets and bring the house down. Dubbed “Scotland’s home of live entertainment”, the SSE Hydro has supplanted the SECC – which is just a stone’s throw away – as the number one choice for major acts passing through the country’s live music capital. Whether you opt for a Seated or Standing ticket, you’ll appreciate the sound quality, as acoustically the venue is unrivalled in Scotland. When night falls, the Hydro’s glass shell glows green, with only a faint thrumming indicative of the carnage unfolding within. The venue, which includes a number of bars and merchandise stands, is ideally located for a night in Glasgow; just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Finnieston and, in the opposite direction, a 15-minute stroll into the heart of of the city. Watch your favourite band kick ass then head out into the night.
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