The Icebox Arts And Music Centre, located on the south-side of the river Clyde, within Glasgow’s St Luke’s Business park is by far an extraordinary achievement, a unique space, the size of a small aircraft hangar which has been set up at the end of last year by an the exceptionally devoted non-profit music organization New Hellfire Club. (NHC) This exciting new space provides a distinctive take on supporting local, independent artists and musicians as well as D.I.Y projects and all alternative, imaginative forms and types of creative artistic expression.
NHC has been around for a while, previously owning a small record shop in the west-end of the city, building a reputation in helping to promote bands and musicians within the music scene and has always pushed for a fair, no-pay-to-play code of conduct from promoters who work within the NHC fold, this code of conduct is staunchly carried through to the icebox music venue and the team have expanded the scope of their new space into movie showings, games nights, theatre, art exhibitions, burlesque and cabaret, spoken word nights, talk nights and also a space to shoot music videos, or art videos. Its taken a hard push of four years to bring this venue to life and its most certainly a highly commendable achievement which is fantastic for the city of Glasgow.
Not only is this an entertainments centre of many sorts with live music, video games, snacks, drinks pool tables and Scalextric racing table, it can be a place to chill or study during the day, with an excellent book section (Free books for Kids) and coffee bar. Animals are also welcome…I took some time at the weekend to check out the atmosphere of the place and experience some live music which was hosted by Timotheus McQuester, who helped provide synthpop, drone and noise acts which went down remarkably well.
The venue has a great vibe, very welcoming with top quality sound and visuals, at every point my eyes were drawn to something, with much art around the walls and features to take in. The stand out artist of the night for me was a solo electronic act whose moniker is titled, Jeye, aka John Muir. Who provided a strikingly nuanced, dynamic soundscape to lose our head-spaces within. Glitch Electronics both alluring and uplifting with catchy tweaks and hooks, in contrast to sharp turns and twists in melody and rhythm. A set of hugely atmospheric ambient vibrations which provided hints of both darkness and light, helping of course to propel the imaginative movie reel in my head….
Jaye managed to directly record his Icebox live set and it is available as a free download on the following link for your absolute listening pleasure….
I highly recommend you check out this very special space and get involved with putting on a night or simply enjoying what is on offer. Keep up to date @Icebox Glasgow on social media as there is lots coming up and going down in the future months ahead!.. Can it be said that the Icebox is one of the coolest venues in Glasgow.. Or is that too much of a pun ?
Full batch of photos from the night can be viewed over on the Gobophotography/ Revel Rousers social media page….