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Barrowland Ballroom, The

Located in the east end of Glasgow City Centre, the Barrowland Ballroom is surrounded by the Barras Market. Built by Maggie McIver who had developed the Barras Market in the 1920s, the ballroom opened its doors on Christmas Eve 1934. It went on to become one of Glasgow's most popular dance-halls, with Billy McGregor and the Gaybirds serving as its resident band. This original ballroom burned to the ground in 1958, but a replacement opened two years later. Now a music venue with a capacity of over 3000 people, it is generally regarded as the city's best venue for rock and popular music concerts, if not the best in the UK. To play at the Barrowland, is regarded by many bands to be the peak of their careers. The outside of the building is illuminated with distinctive neon lighting.


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