The Glasgow School of Art’s Student’s Association returns to its original home opening to students and scene setters alike at the end of November 2013. Affectionately referred to as The Vic, the refurbishment of the old premises forms part of the radical new Reid Building, designed by American architect Stephen Holl, placing the venue squarely back at the heart of one of the most charged cultural communities in the UK.
Over the course of the last 30 years, through the unique cross-pollination between the students and the cities underground music and clubbing communities (from whom the venue draws its creative gravity), The Vic has found itself at the epicenter of an explosion in Glasgow’s art and music culture which has catapulted the city to international prominence.
The venue has been a sweaty culture-bunker for a germinating generation of Scotland’s most significant artists, musicians, DJs, performers, writers and designers, and in many ways the story of The Vic is a hidden history of Glasgow's arts success. The building’s unique nature as a student run events space, with an ethos committed to experimentation and risk taking, has allowed it to develop a reputation as an innovative institution, a place where imagination and not commerce lies at the heart of programming.
Casting an eye over The Vic's tremendously significant history and its future potential, the Dec line up is a welcome back to many of the stellar Glasgow clubbing brands of the past decade, and a fresh greeting to some of the newest talents in the cities creative scene. In addition the Vic will present a musical programme in a bid to balance context and history, with appearances from Scottish musical legend Edwyn Collins, whose band Orange Juice played their first ever show at the Art School, DJ appearances from new Glasgow sensations Chvrches (who similarly played their first show in the former union space on Sauchiehall Street), the tenth anniversary of internationally celebrated party team Numbers, a NYE end-of-year melt-down courtesy of Optimo and a collection of diverse live shows from Young Fathers, Shackleton, Zoviet France and more.
Artists, musicians and revellers of all kinds have helped to forge the legendary venue that the Art School has become and this strong tradition will be extended as they look to the future. Here at Clash we’re delighted to return to our Caledonian roots (and misspent youths) in offering up rapturous support of this new venture. Pass through the new doorway on 20 Scott Street and be part of the GSASA’s next historic phase – everyone is invited!
LINE UP - DECEMBER 2013
12 - Croc vs Croc: Reopening the Star Dancer Portal: Murlo, Stellar Om Source, Svengalisghost; with astral sisters Gris Galas
13 - Numbers 10 - with Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster & Spencer.
14 - Mungo's HiFi (Full System) feat. Mr Williamz, YT, Marina P / Butterz, Swindle (Vic Bar)
15 - Edwyn Collins Live + support
16 - Zoviet France + Konx-Om-Pax (live), Mark Maxwell, JD Twitch
17 - No Ceremony, Roman Nose, Ben Butler & Mousepad
18 - Yebo feat. Young Fathers, Law, Dandy Riots, Trill Spector, Floating Boy + More
19 - Vitamins x Freaky Freaky present Eclair Fifi + Pals
20 - Shackleton + Appleblim + Beneath / Highlife with Auntie Flo & Esa, Andrew (Vic Bar)
21 - TYCI, feat. Chvrches (DJ set), Pretty Ugly, Adele Bethel + Special Live Guests
22 - Black Snow (Vic Bar), Feat. Trembling Bells, The Cosmic Dead, Hidden Masters, Galoshins + More (Vic Bar)
27 - Void & Magic Waves Feat. Surgeon + More
28 - Stay Fresh 2nd Birthday