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Glasvegas Biography

Glasvegas (formed 2006)

Glasvegas are a Scottish band that formed in the Dalmarnock region of Glasgow. The line-up of the band consists of James Allan on vocals and rhythm guitar, Rab Allan on lead guitar and backing vocals, Caroline McKay on drums and Paul Donoghue on bass guitar and backing vocals.

Glasvegas: The Story So Far

After forming the band in 2006, Glasvegas played at the legendary Glasgow venue, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. It was at this gig that they were spotted by the former Creation label manager, Alan McGee. McGee has since become an outspoken supporter of Glasvegas.

The band's first single, 'Go Square Go!' was released in October 2006. The release was self-funded by the band. The second single, 'Daddy's Gone' was released in November 2007. The single sold out and the NME music paper named it the second best single of the year. 'It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Lie' was the band's third single, released in February 2008.

Following the release of the third single, Glasvegas signed to Columbia Records, following a major label bidding war. Two weeks after signing the deal, they won the Philip Hall Radar Award at the NME Awards. Philip Hall was the founder of the Hall Or Nothing press company, and the award has become a prestigious recognition of new talent.

The band's debut album, Glasvegas, was produced by James Allan and Rich Costey, at Brooklyn Recording Studios in New York. Costey has previously worked with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and Muse.

The album's release date was set for September 2008 and the band took the unusual move of ensuring that fans that had previously bought the singles through iTunes would not get charged again for those tracks when they bought the album in the same way.

The album received a great deal of critical acclaim, with Observer Music Monthly likening it, in stature, to Oasis' Definitely Maybe and many journalists comparing the band's sound to that of My Bloody Valentine and other 'shoegaze' bands like Ride and The Jesus and Mary Chain (another Scottish band once championed by McGee).

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Glasvegas Picture Gallery

glasvegas perform live in concert 191113
glasvegas perform live in concert 191113
glasvegas perform live in concert 191113
glasvegas perform live in concert 191113
glasvegas perform live in concert 191113

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The Latest Glasvegas News

William Shatner Introduces Glasvegas In New Video

11th July 2013

William Shatner have given rockers Glasvegas a big boost by agreeing to introduce them in their new video for the...

Glasvegas Almost Landed Collaboration With Lady Gaga

19th October 2012

Scottish rockers Glasvegas once came close to recording a collaboration with Lady Gaga after the pop superstar declared her admiration...

Glasvegas Urge Fans To Support Government Policy Change

15th October 2012

Rockers Glasvegas are calling on their fans to help change the Scottish government's policy on helping women who have suffered...

Glasvegas Vow To Carry On After Label Split

23rd August 2011

Scottish rockers Glasvegas have promised fans they will remain a group despite no longer having a record label.The band has...

Glasvegas Cut Festival Set Short Over Bottle Attack

22nd August 2011

Scottish rockers Glasvegas were forced to cut short their set at Britain's V Festival on Saturday night (20Aug11) after rowdy...

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Glasvegas Reviews

Glasvegas - Later. When The TV Turns To Static Album Review Album Review

3rd October 2013

It seems inconceivable to think that, for a band seemingly on the cusp of widespread...

Glasvegas - Euphoric Heartbreak Album Review

28th March 2011

It's difficult to know where to start with Glasvegas. There's the version that musically referenced...

Glasvegas - Leeds Met Live Review

17th December 2008

Glasvegas & White Lies Leeds Met University 7th December 2008 Live Review.On the back of...

Glasvegas - Rescue Rooms Nottingham Live Review

8th December 2008

Review of Glasvegas live at the Nottingham Rescue Rooms. The Glaswegian rockers bring a much...

Glasvegas - A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss EP Review

27th November 2008

Review of Glasvegas's Christmas Album A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)Glasvegas have...

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Glasvegas Festivals

Leeds & Reading Festival

22nd August 2014

Standon Calling

1st August 2014

Kendal Calling

1st August 2014

Evolution Festival

3rd June 2012


7th July 2011

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Glasvegas Interviews

Glasvegas, Video Interview at Leeds Festival 2009

3rd September 2009

Glasvegas InterviewTwo years ago Glasvegas couldn't get a gig outside of their native city for...

Glasvegas - Glastonbury Festival 2009

9th July 2009

Glasvegas Interview - Glastonbury Festival caught up with Rab from Glasvegas backstage at...

Glasvegas, Video Interview - Leeds Academy

18th February 2009

Watch our Video Interview with Rab from GlasvegasWe caught up with Rab Allen, guitarist with...

Glasvegas, Video Interview

20th June 2008

Watch our Video Interview with GlasvegasWe caught up with Caroline and Rab of Glasvegas before...

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The Latest Glasvegas Press Releases

Glasvegas Announce February 2014 Us Dates

22nd November 2013

Glasvegas will kick off their eighth tour of the U.S. on February 16, 2014 in...

Glasvegas Announce 'Later.when The Tv Turns To Static' - The New Album Out 2nd September 2013

15th August 2013

Glasvegas release their third studio album, 'Later.When The TV Turns To...

Glasvegas Release 'If' Ep And Announce Autumn 2013 UK Tour

11th July 2013

'If 'is accompanied on the EP by three exclusive recordings...

Glasvegas' New Album 'Later...When The Tv Turns To Static' In-stores In The Us September 3rd 2013

27th June 2013

Glasvegas is back with 'Later...When The TV Turns To Static',...

Glasvegas Release New Album 'Later When The Tv Turns To Static' Out September 2nd 2013

19th June 2013

Glasvegas have today made their new album 'Later.When The TV Turns To...

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