Excellent Tut's Celebrates 20 Years of Live Performance in 2010 with Manics One-Off and More
With all of the bad news recently about venues closing down or struggling to make ends meet, it is refreshing to see that the landmark gig-spot King Tut's - Glasgow in Glasgow is still going strong. Why is it a landmark I hear you enquire? Radiohead, Blur, The Verve and Pulp all played here during their formative years while a certain pair of Gallaghers got spotted here by Creation bods who signed them up in 1993. The building has a lot of memories but plenty more history in the making.
Manic Street Preachers
One such band that was given a warm welcome (quite literally) was Manic Street Preachers in 1999. They paid tribute to the venue at a T in the Park performance that year with the words "King Tut's was the first venue to treat us properly and give us hot food on tour". Aw bless. Whether the lamb casserole or beer-battered cod will be laid on for the band's next appearance, remains to be seen. But yes, the Manics are coming back to Tut's as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2010.
Their date is on Thursday 18th February and tickets go on sale on Wednesday 27th January at 9am. Tickets will be very limited (the venue is only 300 capacity) so you'd better click quickly! They cost £25.
Their 2009 album, the Richey Edwards-penned 'Journal For Plague Lovers' courted small controversy when a few supermarkets sold the album in a plain cover (due to the artwork - yeah I'm at a loss as to why as well). It reached number 3 upon it's release and, apart from a remix EP featuring Andy Weatherall, Four Tet and New Young Pony Club, there was little promotion.
If you can't make it to the Manics then there is an enviable line-up coming up. Gogobot bring their highly agreeable disco-rock fusion to the venue on Wednesday 27th January (£6.70) while the celebration month 'proper' starts on Feb 1st with US trash rockers, Municipal Waste (£13.75).
The full line-up is available below, but highlights include Iglu & Hartly (Feb 3rd - £8), Codeine Velvet Club (4th - £10.75), Enter Shikari (8th - £18.75), Brett Anderson (9th - £15), Paolo Nutini (17th - £28.75), under-rated Tom McRae for two dates (24th and 25th - £17.50) and The Undertones with a bit of 'My Perfect Cousin' and 'Teenage Kicks' on the 27th for £19.25. Many tickets will sell out very quickly of course.
March is also chock full of nuggets with confirmed dates from the exquisite singer Kathryn Williams (2nd - £17.75), Bella Union-label sparkly rockers Kissaway Trail (7th - £9.20) and one-man-band Babybird (18th - £13.75). Looks good for the Tut's I reckon.