Friday, 4 December 2015

Hanging at Hotel Indigo

hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
Sunday lunch and live music.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in Glasgow as far as I'm concerned.  Last weekend saw the final stop on Hotel Indigo's Sounds of the Neighbourhood tour, a UK-wide event bringing together locals and DJs, with Edith Bowman at the helm.  Tam and I were invited along to hang out and hear the chilled out sounds of the Glasgow music scene, mixed by Edith and electronic musician Mylo.  I'd totally forgotten my song of the summer in 2004 was by him - who else remembers 'In My Arms'? (and when you play it on YouTube, all the 'playing next' songs are like flashbacks to that time...)

Hotel Indigo on Glasgow's Waterloo Street is the perfect venue for an event like this.  The open plan reception-bar-restaurant area meant that when we were eating, we could hear the music streaming through - much better than a naff background CD, I think we'll all agree!

beef roast dinner hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
sunday lunch gnocchi hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
Tam went for a classic roast beef Sunday lunch and I had a bowl piled with gnocchi and parmesan, followed by a wee plate of oatcakes and cheese.  It turns out blue cheese is not my thing, but Tam took care of it for me!

dining room hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow edith bowman
We moved round to the bar after eating and drank cocktails while Mylo and Edith manned the decks.  There was a bit of excitement when the Breakfast Club song came on!  It's a shame Hotel Indigo doesn't get a lot passing trade at the weekends, being surrounded by office blocks, but they're hoping to make their lunch and music combo a monthly event, so it's a great excuse for us Glaswegians to get out the house on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Oh yeah, I'm totally a Glaswegian now since I've lived here for over a year.  And I totally made up that rule but I'm sticking to it.  Sunday lunch comes in at under £20 for three courses, or just drop by for a cocktail and a seat in the bar.

edith bowman dj hotel indigo sunday socials sounds of the neighbourhood glasgow
Check out Hotel Indigo's Glasgow playlist (and all the others) on their website and then go look up the music on my Scottish themed list.  I love that one line of a song can evoke a burst of memories as soon as it's turned on - King Creosote makes me think of standing in Glasgow Green in the pouring rain on my birthday and of every other (countless) time we've listened to that From Scotland with Love soundtrack.  'In Demand' takes me back to high school and my Texas obsessed friend who knew every line of that song.  'Caledonia'....as long as I heard it I knew it was gonna be one of my lifetime theme songs.  And Mimmi just reminded me that Admiral Fallow existed and how awesome they are.

Admiral Fallow - Old Balloons
Chvrches - Clearest Blue
King Creosote - For One Night Only
Texas - In Demand
Mylo - In My Arms
Twin Atlantic - Oceans
Aztec Camera - Crying Scene
Dougie MacLean - Caledonia

Thanks Hotel Indigo for a lovely afternoon!

:)

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