In 2009, Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music and in the heart of the city, Glasgow's Concert Halls encompass three of the City's most outstanding sites. The "Glasgow Royal Concert Hall", "City Halls" and "Old Fruitmarket" are multi-purpose venues and the three most popular musical places, each with their own charms and individual qualities.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall opened in 1990, the year that the city was made European City of Culture and it looks down Buchanan Street, a bustling shopping district.
City Halls lies in the heart of the Merchant City. Known as Glasgow's Centre for music, City Halls has been described as "a bustling multi-purpose centre for an astonishing range of musical activity...a jewel of a venue" (Michael Tumelty, The Herald). The Old Fruitmarket is located next door to City Halls. It is possibly one of the most popular spaces in Glasgow. The charms of this converted Fruitmarket are abundant and the place offers a unique atmosphere.