The best events in Glasgow in January 2020
You’ve finally taken the decorations down. The tree is away for another year. You’ve had a great time over Christmas, and now 2020 is here. Don’t let January become a bit of a dull month where you don’t do much.
Here in Glasgow we make sure that the year gets off with a bang by having a calendar chock full of unmissable events; from seeing Slipknot turn it up to 11 to getting chills listening to horror stories in an old church.
Are you planning a trip to Glasgow in January and wondering what’s happening while you’re here? Let Fraser Suites be your guide to the hottest tickets in town, with a list of the best events this month and more information on what we think are the ten unmissable events in Glasgow across January.
Top events in Glasgow across January 2020:
- Skream at BAAD – 1st January
- Irn Bru Carnival at SEC – 1st to 12th January
- Grandpa’s Great Escape at SSE Hydro – 3rd January
- The Snow Queen (Scottish Ballet) at Theatre Royal – 3rd to 18th January
- Theo Von at o2 Academy – 8th January
- A Night at The Movies at King’s Theatre – 10th January
- The No Sleep Podcast at St Luke’s – 13th January
- David Walliams Billionaire Boy at King’s Theatre – 15th to 19th January
- Slipknot at SSE Hydro – 18th January
- Paul Carrick at SEC Armadillo – 19th January
- Tyler Childes at St Luke’s – 19th January
- Nerf War Carnival at SEC – 18th & 19th January
- A Bowie Celebration at o2 Academy – 22nd & 23rd January
- Bombay Bicycle Club at Barrowlands Ballroom – 28th January
- The King & I at King’s Theatre – 28th January to 8th February
- The Teskey Brothers at Galvanizers – 27th January
- The Interrupters at Barrowlands Ballroom – 31st January
- Absolutely Elvis at SEC Armadillo – 31st January
Our pick of the ten best events this January:
- Date: 1st January
- Venue: BAAD
Fun fact to know about Scotland. We take Hogmanay and partying around New Year’s very seriously. So seriously in fact that we take January 2nd as a Bank Holiday.
And for people who love a good rave and to go out dancing, the 1st night of the year has become a big night out across town. Now too far from our doors at the very trendy Barras Art and Design Centre (BAAD), Skream is bringing a nice slice of electronic music to get 2020 into full swing.
More information can be found on the BAAD website.
IRN Bru Carnival
- Date: 1st to 12th January
- Venue: SEC Glasgow
While many of us in the city consider it a pre-Christmas tradition to visit the rides, the IRN-BRU Carnival likes to stick around after Hogmanay, so families have something to do before heading back to work/ school. This year marks the centenary of the carnival, and it is fair to say the rides and attractions have come on a long way since then; we can’t imagine guests in 1920 having a go on the Midnight Express Matterhorn.
You can check out all the rides and get tickets on the IRN Bru Carnival website.
Grandpa’s Great Escape
- Date: 3rd January
- Venue: SSE Hydro
The first of two David’s Walliams books-turned-shows taking to the stage in Glasgow this month, Grandpa’s Great Escape is an ambitious arena show based off the 2015 bestseller.
If you saw the TV movie that came out over Christmas last year, you’ll know it’s a very charming story that has something for all the family.
The Snow Queen (Scottish Ballet)
- Date: 3rd to 18th January
- Venue: Theatre Royal
This residency at the Theatre Royal ends the 50th-anniversary events for Scottish Ballet. The string of performances is actually the world premiere of this new production of the classic tale.
Get more information from Scottish Ballet.
- Date: 8th January
- Venue: o2 Academy
Fans of his stand-up and successful This Past Weekend podcast will be delighted to know that Theo Von is coming back to town. One of the biggest names in American stand-up right now, the Louisiana native is bringing his perspective to what’s going on in the world right now with a show that is guaranteed to bring the house down.
The No Sleep Podcast
- Date: 13th January
- Venue: St Luke’s
Podcasts are a fascinating thing. They are something we personally listen to but are also incredibly popular among millions. And it’s great to see that the multi-award-winning The No Sleep Podcast is doing a live show over in the Barras at St Luke’s.
The old church venue is suitably ideal for listening to some of the horror stories.
Tickets can be purchased on the St Luke’s website.
- Date: 18th January
- Venue: SSE Hydro
The We Are Not Your Kind world tour makes a stop in the Hydro for one night only. Fresh off the success of sixth album of the same name, which reached No1 here in the UK Album Charts, Slipknot are arguably the biggest name in metal today.
It’s going to get loud in the Hydro, so we advise bringing earplugs for this one!
Nerf War Carnival
- Date: 18th & 19th January
- Venue: SEC Glasgow
Rescheduled from last year, this is one of the weirder family events taking place in town this month in the best way possible.
Essentially a big chunk of the SEC is being turned into one big nerf battlefield with families able to come along, load up their guns and shoot foam darts at anyone you like. From the Fortnite Battle Royale arena to the Zombie Apocalypse zone, there’s a Nerf arena for every taste.
A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour
- Date: 22nd and 23rd January
- Venue: o2 Academy
Not so much a tribute act as a great idea come to fruition, this is as close as fans can get to seeing a David Bowie gig again.
The band is wholly comprised of former members of Bowie’s touring group throughout the decades, so you know you’re going to get the best performers all on one stage.
- Date: 31st January
- Venue: SEC Armadillo
Although the title is a little misleading, the month wraps up with one of the best Elvis impersonators taking to the stage for a non-stop 2 hour run through all the King’s greatest hits. And a little fun fact about proceedings; Johnny Lee Memphis, who performs as Elvis, is from Scotland.
Where to stay in Glasgow in January?
Banish the post-Christmas blues and get your 2020 off to a stylish stat by staying with us at Fraser Suites Glasgow.
We are located in the middle of Glasgow’s trendy Merchant City district, giving you the best chance to visit the city’s top bars and restaurants, hop a few streets over to shop the January sales on Buchanan Street, and even let you check out the trendy new spots popping up in the Barras and east end.
If you’re making a midweek or weekend trip and want somewhere special to spend two nights, you’ll want to have a look at our serviced studio apartments with fully furnished residence and kitchen areas; a far cry from stuffy hotel rooms in the city centre.
We want to give every visitor to our fantastic city an unforgettable stay, and we can make it even better when you check out our offers page. You’ll be able to save on things like breakfast, get better rates for longer stay and be able to get chauffeured to dine at restaurants like Chez Mal and Hotel du Vin bistro.