Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2013

The Other Glasgow

hot mess

By Levis Omelasz

Sometimes when you think about a place you think not of location but of the feeling that it brings. Maybe that’s why low brow arts have thrived in Glasgow, a city where grimy exteriors often hide creative goodness.

While every city has its own sub-culture, the Glasgow movement prides itself on reaching out past the city centre and into the smaller communities.

Yorkhill’s SWG3 is just one of these hidden gems. A self-professed multi-discipline arts facility, it hosts everything from exhibitions to live music.

Located on the edge of Yorkhill, the facility operates in the secluded Eastvale Place, with only a SWG3 tag to mark the venue.

Off shooting from SWG3 building is The Poetry Club, a new venture that continues this ethos.

Even harder to spot than its neighbour, the Club is unmarked apart from a poster billing the evening’s events.

As events go, the Club has had no shortage of fresh gigs, one of these being Hot Mess, an alternative gay night.

Hot Mess host, Simon Eilbeck, said, “It’s regular party for queer folk who liked dancing but didn’t enjoy mainstream gay clubs.

“Equally as importantly, I was looking to put on a party where I could play my records all night long, because that’s what I love doing.”

Having first launched in Edinburgh, Eilbeck’s friend, Colin O’Hara, persuaded him to bring the Mess to Glasgow.

“He’d often thought that Glasgow could do with a queer party that focused on playing excellent, underground disco and house.

“When he saw the Poetry Club, he realised he’d found the right place for it.”

Being a small railway arch with limited room, the club’s intimate appeal won Eilbeck’s heart.

“When the music gets intense and exciting the vibe on the dance-floor really connects with people.”

The host also chose the smaller venue as a reflection of his night, which caters to the margins of society.

 “The geographical distance plays a part in showing that we are making a break and creating something “other” but in a very low-key way.

“That The Poetry Club is hard to find, and unmarked when you do get there, adds a frisson to the whole endeavour of going out.

“It makes it feel more special and it can hopefully make you feel, psychologically that you’ve arrived at somewhere significant.”

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