Character on the Gallowgate
In the background is The Barrowland Ballroom which opened in 1934 in the business area east of Glasgow's city centre. The "Barras" street market (more properly Glasgow Barrowland market), after which the area and the ballroom are named, continues today. The Barrowland building includes street-level halls used for the weekend markets, with a large hall above. The front of the building is decorated with a distinctive animated neon sign. In 1958 the building was largely destroyed by fire, leading to a complete rebuild. The rebuilt ballroom opened in 1960.
Latterly, with the decline of dancehall and the rise of rock/pop performance, the Ballroom has become a major concert venue. Known for its excellent acoustics as well as its sprung dance floor, the Barrowlands has become a particular favourite of many noted rock/pop acts and was recently voted the best music venue in the UK in a poll of British bands.