There’s a new venue, The Glad Cafe, just opened on the Southside, which looks as if it might be promising. It’s at 1006a Pollokshaws Road, more or less directly opposite Langside Halls and the 5-a-side pitches at the south-west corner of Queen’s Park. The premises were originally a billiard hall and more recently Camflava African restaurant. If you’re coming from another part of the city, plenty of buses stop nearby, and it’s within easy walking distance of Queen’s Park and Crossmyloof railway stations.
The Glad Cafe was apparently directly inspired by Cafe Oto in London, one of the UK’s main venues for avant-garde jazz and experimental music, and especially by Cafe Oto’s combination of being a decent community cafe and restaurant through the day and an adventurous arts venue by night:
Cafe Oto exuded a cool inclusiveness which coupled with its amazing programme of experimental music nearly every night of the week, left us asking ‘Why haven’t we got this on our home turf? Why is there no such place in multi-ethnic southside Glasgow?’
Initially there will be gigs on three nights a week, from Thursday to Saturday. In the immediate future they will mainly be indie pop and electronic music, but their publicity makes it clear that “we expect to see a wide range of music styles showcased at the Glad Cafe”, with the aim of becoming “a home for creative new and world music and other artforms that exist outside of the mainstream.”
So, if you’re a jazz musician looking for a place to play in Glasgow, or a promoter looking for a place to put on jazz, it might be worth getting in touch. You can find the contact details on their website.
Here’s the Glad Cafe’s promo video: