Talk of the Town: The Glasgowist Mix Tape

Belle and Sebastian at TRNSMT festival

Understand that music is important to this city. Sit on the top deck of a late night bus. Stand outside a chip shop after closing time. Go to a family party or football match. We sing. Sometimes badly, sometimes well. Music gets you through a lot of things.


This passion for rousing choruses – bravado, bouts of exhibitionism or introspection – has manifested itself most profoundly in the bands and singers that have created a rich tapestry of local music.

Three years ago, we wondered what Glasgow sounds like. Asking that question of readers started a discussion that’s still ongoing.

We’ve compiled our own favourites, suggestions from the Glasgowist community and put together this playlist.

This is our Glasgowist Mix Tape.

It’s a formidable collection of troubadours, lyricists, rock stars, innovators and show-offs.

They all share a connection to Glasgow. Some were born here, some settled here, others were inspired by city. The connections can be researched and debated.

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Franz Ferdinand

Let us know if we have missed anyone out. If you are the next best band from Glasgow, the new sound of the city, let us know and we will add you to the mix.

If you are a local musician who has cancelled gigs and has something to promote email [email protected] We can see about streaming to the Facebook page, sharing videos or posting links to your online merchandise and music during this period of social distancing.