King Tut’s
King Tut’s
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Well, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut to give it its full moniker – but everyone knows it best simply as King Tut’s. And this year, it celebrates its 25th anniversary. But what makes such an unassuming, fairly average, and often cramped and sweaty basement pub in Glasgow’s St. Vincent Street such a firm favourite with a generation of fans, artists and the music press alike?

 

King Tut’s opened in February 1990 with the name borrowed from a New York club; and this intimate music space quickly become a hub for emerging artists who could showcase their talent seven nights a week. And playing this legendary gig venue has become something of a rock and roll rite of passage for many bands on the up – most famously, when a then little-known Manchester outfit turned up uninvited and bagged a last-minute spot on the bill on an evening in May 1993.

 

They were Oasis, and they played in front of a crowd of less than 100. But fortunately for the oft-feuding Gallagher siblings, making up the numbers that night was record producer and promoter Alan McGee, who quickly spotted their raw talent and immediately signed them there and then to a record deal. The rest, as they say, being history.

 

It also played host to Radiohead, Blur, Travis, Pulp and The Verve before they reached their heights of music superstardom. It was also the venue for first Scottish gigs for Beck, Crowded House and The Strokes. The Manic Street Preachers dedicated a song to King Tut’s during their headline set at the nearby T in the Park in 1999 for being “the first venue to treat us properly and give us hot food on tour.”

 

My own personal favourite was when the late, great Joe Strummer played here in 1999. It was one of those magical nights that has become synonymous with Tut’s. I could never have imagined standing at the side of the stage, watching just a few feet away one of my musical heroes play all the legendary and iconic Clash songs.

 

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