New book on legendary Glasgow nightclub The Arches gets release date

The Arches nightclub entrance, Glasgow

Scheduled for release later this year, a new book on the legendary Glaswegian nightclub The Arches is now available to pre-order. Brickwork: A Biography of The Arches will be published on November 21st by Edinburgh-based indie publisher Salamander Street.

As one of the most iconic staples of UK club culture for almost 25 years, some of the biggest names in dance music played at the Arches during that time – names such as Underworld, Daft Punk, Jeff Mills, Felix da Housecat, Carl Cox, Erick Morillo and Sasha.

The book is co-authored by two former employees: award-winning novelist Kirstin Innes and former venue manager David Bratchpiece. Brickwork ‘writes the biography of a space that was always more than its bricks and mortar’ – and will examine the events that went on at the beloved nightclub and the personalities behind them.

As a nightclub, theatre, creative hub and one of the most important venues in Scotland, Britain and Europe since 1991: The Arches was the beating heart of Glasgow until it closed its doors for good back in 2015 following a drug-related death.

You can pre-order Brickwork: A Biography of The Arches via the Salamander Street website HERE.


In April 2015, The Arches announced on Facebook that their nightclub licence had been removed. Despite a petition to reinstate the licence which gained over 40,000 signatures, many of which were key figures in the Scottish cultural scene, the club subsequently had to close its doors a few months later.

Credit: Glasgow Live. Image: Paul Chappells/Glasgow Live.

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