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Sub Club (Glasgow, Scotland) 🪩

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Type of venue: Underground nightclub

Year founded: 1987

Capacity: Around 350 people


Owner/founder: Mike and Vicky Fleming. Inspired by the Chicago house scene, envisioned a space dedicated to showcasing this emerging sound in Glasgow. He converted a former bank vault into the club, opening its doors with the philosophy of inclusivity and accessibility for music lovers of all backgrounds.

Ticket price range: Varies depending on the event, but generally falls within the £10-£20 range.


Innovations:

- Early adopter of house and techno: Sub Club played a pivotal role in establishing these genres in the UK, 

- Focus on inclusivity: Sub Club has always welcomed diverse crowds, creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all, regardless of background or identity.

- Support for local talent: The club consistently provides a platform for up-and-coming Scottish DJs and artists, nurturing the local music scene.


Accessibility features and inclusivity efforts:

- Step-free access: The club is accessible for people with disabilities, including a ramp and accessible toilets.

- Gender-neutral facilities: Sub Club promotes inclusivity by offering gender-neutral bathrooms and facilities.

- Safe space policy: The club has a strict policy against discrimination and harassment, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all.


Famous performances/events: Jeff Mills, LCD Sound System, Carl Cox, Aphex Twin, and Laurent Garnier


Film/doco's:

- 24 Hour Party People (2002): This fictionalized biopic of Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson portrays the vibrant Manchester music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with scenes filmed at Sub Club showcasing its early days.

- Subculture (2010): This documentary specifically focuses on Sub Club, exploring its history, cultural impact, and influence on the development of techno and house music in the UK.

- Beats Per Minute (2017): This critically acclaimed drama set in New York City's early 1990s underground club scene pays homage to Sub Club through an iconic sequence inspired by the Glasgow venue.

- Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012): This documentary charts the history of LCD Soundsystem, featuring footage of the band performing a memorable live set at Sub Club in 2007.

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