Article Source: The Glad Cafe
First Published: 30 August 2021 11:46
Updated: 30 August 2021 11:46
Over lockdown this Southside stalwart, not for profit, social enterprise has done all it can to serve its incredibly loyal community-base by establishing The Crossmyloof Bakery takeaway, streaming live gigs of some of their most loved bands and artists, and online collaborations between local artists and musicians- but the physical community hub that is the Glad has been sorely missed by locals, families, and music lovers alike.
The Glad Cafe is thrilled to welcome the long-awaited return of live music to the venue after 18 long months of silence. The Scottish Government’s recent move ‘beyond level 0’ has been embraced by the live music industry, allowing for a meaningful return to live gigs for artists, crew, and audiences - and as an official Music Venue’s Trust ‘Revive Live’ venue The Glad can’t wait to throw the doors open to audiences and artists alike.
The Glad’s Venue Manager, Kim Blyth, sums up the anticipation: “It’s really exciting to finally have live music coming back to The Glad Cafe. We have had wonderful support from our community of gig-goers, artists, industry peers, and most notably Music Venues Trust, who have worked tirelessly to get Grassroots Music Venues all over the UK in a position to safely reopen their doors. It’s going to be an amazing buzz to welcome everyone back to The Glad Cafe and experience live music together again, at long last!”.
An eclectic programme of live music will kick off this September with a whole host of great shows to suit all musical preferences, including mesmerising Irish singer/songwriter Brigid Mae Power, Netherlands-based multi-instrumentalist Bhajan Bhoy, members of London-based collective Curl featuring the incredible Mica Levi, Brother May & Coby Sey and Danish composer and viola player Astrid Sonne. Plenty of homegrown talent will be on offer too, including Scottish folk legend Alasdair Roberts, Alex Rex, Burd Ellen, Adam Stafford, Constant Follower, sumshapes, Jill Lorean and many more still to be announced!
As preparations continue to welcome customers back through The Glad Cafe doors, they have been carefully considering how best to keep gig-goers safe, whilst protecting live music. Customers will be expected to continue to wear face masks except for ‘The Three Ds’: when drinking, dining, or dancing; QR code Test & Protect check in, and hand sanitising stations will still be in effect; importantly, they will be encouraging attendees to self-test regularly, particularly before and after attending live shows; increased cleaning, monitoring air quality, and maximising ventilation will all be paramount in keeping customers safe.
The Glad also bids farewell to co-managers Joe Smillie and Sarah Reid, who, after guiding the cafe through the challenges of the past 18 months, are moving on to new projects - they will, however, remain on as board members, helping shape the Glad's future as it enters its 10th year.
Stepping into their shoes is long-time Glad Foundation Project Manager, and Glad Community Choir Director, Rory Haye: “The Glad’s played such an important role in shaping my past decade, so I feel honoured now to be working alongside the whole team of amazing staff to make Glad’s 10th year a worthy celebration of everything achieved since first opening its doors in 2012”.
Taking on the role of Managing Director, Rory will help to solidify the ties between the Glad’s activities as both a music venue, and provider of music education for the young people of the Southside.
Support your local music venue, cafe and community hub... book your tickets now and get along to The Glad from 9 September!
September opening hours will be:
Gigs and drinks: Wed-Sun, 6-11pm
Pizzeria: Fri & Sat, 6-9pm
Weekend brunch: Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm
For full listings of gigs and events, visit www.thegladcafe.co.uk
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