Prepare to be caught under the spell of the Old Fruitmarket as soon as you walk through its doors! Hidden from view in the city’s cultural Merchant City next to our very own City Halls, it forms part of Glasgow’s Centre for Music.
Our entrancing venue has kept all of its period charm, including its lofty vaulted roof (now much more watertight than back in the Victorian era!) cast iron columns and balcony. As its name suggests, this was once where you’d be more likely to find stalls of fruit and vegetables on offer than entertainment!
A gloriously evocative location
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 2
Expect the unexpected, as this hugely versatile venue has already played host to theatre events, jazz concerts, comedy, rock, pop and world music gigs as well as club nights, ceilidhs, fashion shows and banquets. One thing for sure is that an amazing atmosphere is guaranteed.
The Fruitmarket was perfect for the launch. It’s a brilliant venue, it has so much character about it and it’s such a lovely building.
KT Tunstall, (quoted in the Courier)
As one of the city’s most loved performance spaces, it really has to be seen to be believed and is certain to capture your attention!
Did you know?
- The venue can hold 1,200 people standing, 450 cabaret style (plus 300 standing) or 600 theatre style (plus 300 standing)
- During the refurbishment, the stage was moved from one end of the auditorium to the other to allow one entrance to be created for both the Old Fruitmarket and City Halls
- The listed ironmongery and greengrocers’ signs of the original fruitmarket have been retained and refurbished
- The Old Fruitmarket is a popular venue for the Celtic Connections festival – Blazin’ Fiddles were the last band to play there before it closed for renovations at the end of the 2003 festival and Lúnasa were the first act to perform there in 2006
- This versatile space which has a unique character lends itself to a whole host of different events ñ we even hosted the BAFTA Scotland awards in 2006
- There was an impromptu alfresco rendition of The Proclaimers 500 miles, performed on Candleriggs, by 1000 Celtic Connections concert goers, who had been evacuated by fire alarm during the first concert in the Old Fruitmarket.