The month of April saw Glasgow pub The Captain’s Rest reach a landmark third birthday, marking its third year as an integral and exciting part of Glasgow’s music scene.

Situated in Glasgow’s vibrant West End, The Captain’s Rest, similarly to its counterpart King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, opened as a gig venue in order to give upcoming and unsigned Glasgow bands an opportunity to play live. Since opening the venue has played host to legendary performances by Mumford & Sons, Tommy Reilly, Frightened Rabbit, Hockey, and Franz Ferdinand.

Not content with bringing music to the masses, The Captain’s Rest caters to other forms of pub entertainment. With a large football screen, it’s not unusual to find passionate sports fans screaming obscenities or encouragement (sometimes in the same sentence) at their favourite team midweek. Tuesday night is Quiz Night, where punters battle it out for cash prizes and gig tickets, and the pub is home to an 110 capacity venue which can be hired out to help you celebrate your own special occasions.

The Captain’s Rest held special events on the 23rd and 24th of April to commemorate its birthday. On Friday night the pub opened to the later time of 1am to help get the weekend celebrations off to a rowdy start. On Saturday, Vic Galloway hosted a very special gig with a stellar line-up, including Louise McVey, Mitchell Museum, and The Cracks In The Concrete. Events kicked off at 3pm with Twilight Sad and Admiral Fallow playing free acoustic sets, and of course in-keeping with the ‘3’ theme all burgers, pizzas, and cocktails were priced at just £3 – cue many hangovers.

The venue may have initially opened to give a platform to upcoming and unsigned Glasgow bands and artists, but has extended its embrace to welcome musicians from all over the world. Even now, at the grand ol’ age of 3, Captain’s Rest shows no signs of slowing down, with many exciting bands playing live over the coming weeks, including NME-acclaimed Sonny And The Sunsets who are bringing their Beach Boys inspired-pop all the way from San Francisco on Thursday 5th of May, and Juliana Barwick, an experimental singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, playing live on Thursday 19th of May.

With such a passionate music scene, and an impressive, eclectic selection of talented yet unsigned bands on offer, it’s no wonder that Captain’s Rest has proven to be such a successful gig venue in the heart of the city. Happy birthday, Captain’s Rest, long may you continue.

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