Hard Rock Café arrives in Glasgow
The Hard Rock chain has announced that its latest restaurant will open in Buchanan Street with a weekend of Scottish Music at the end of this month.
The three-day spectacular called The Scottish Music Weekend, kicks off on Friday 31 January, where Clyde 1 will be broadcasting ‘The Knoxy show’ live from the cafe 10am-2pm. The legendary KT Tunstall will be returning to her Hard Rock Cafe roots and performing an exclusive live set during the afternoon, including hits such as ‘Black Horse and The Cherry Tree’, to win a chance to watch KT live tune into Clyde 1. One lucky listener at the event will have the chance to win a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana in The Dominican Republic. Scottish rockers, We Were Promised Jet Packs will perform in the evening, to win a chance to be there head to the Facebook page.
Hard Rock’s newest home in Scotland’s cultural capital will continue the celebrations on Saturday 1 February with free musical guitar masterclasses from Andy McKenzie and Jamie Keenan (The La Fontaines) Highlighting Hard Rock’s commitment to supporting new and unsigned music, on Saturday Feb 1st from 2:30pm The River 68’s, The Recovery! Bear Arms and The Holy Ghosts will all play free to enter shows on the first floor of the restaurant. In the evening guests will be treated to a performance from Glaswegian natives, Kassidy, to win a chance to attend enter here.
On Sunday 2 February legendary music journalist Billy Sloan and Emu band will be hosting the morning’s free music masterclasses. Glasgow will be treated to grand opening extravaganza and “behind the velvet rope” access to a legendary Hard Rock guitar smash at 7:30pm, which marks the opening of every cafe, casino and hotel worldwide, followed by a VIP very special performance by Scottish legends, The Fratellis at the grand opening event. The first lucky 100 people in line outside the café at 8pm will gain access to the party and win the chance to rub shoulders with celebrities, VIPs and special guests, at what is set to be the hottest party to start the year!
Dave Pellow, Area Vice President, Hard Rock Europe said “The Scottish Music Weekend is the perfect way to mark the grand opening of Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow, we have some great local talent and Scottish legends performing live, showcasing the venue’s live music space. Since opening our doors in November 2013, we’ve been overwhelmed with the support and we’re extremely proud of the success of Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow.
Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow opened its doors in November with over 1000 people through the door in the first day. Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow’s design features include an interactive touch wall with technology that enables fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection and virtually tour the company’s venues around the world. The multi-level Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow is ideally situated in the Antheneum building on Buchanan Street, memorabilia adorning the walls features legends and superstars including Sir Elton John’s amazing platform boots, Rod Stewart’s silk suit, Glasgow’s very own Angus Young’s iconic velvet schoolboy outfit and E-Street band legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons’ bagpipe and kilt. Scottish artists included in the list of rockin’ memorabilia include pieces from Frightened Rabbit, Primal Scream, Amy MacDonald, Alex Harvey, KT Tunstall, Bay City Rollers, Colin Hay, Big Country, Stu Sutcliffe, Al Stewart and Donovan.
To continue their philanthropic philosophy ‘Love all Serve all’, staff at The Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow will be selling white wristbands in the week leading up to the grand opening event, all proceeds will go towards Events for Charities, in support of The Clutha Helicopter victims. Wristbands are available for £1 from 27 January – 2 February.