Glasgow named ‘world centre of music’

UN gives Scottish city new honour

Glasgow – famously home to the likes of Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian – has been named a world centre of music by Unesco, the United Nations cultural organisation.

The Independent reports that news of the honour leaked when Unesco director general Koichiro Matsuura visited Edinburgh recently.

The honour recognises the thriving music scene in the Scottish city, with Unesco pointing to statistics such as the fact that an average of 127 music events take place a week there, the local music industry employs 2,922 people and that the Glasgow music industry is worth an estimated £74.6 million.

Past cities to receive the honour include Seville and Bologna, hometown of composer Rossini.

The honour is expected to increase tourism in Glasgow, which was/is also home to The Jesus And Mary Chain, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub and Simple Minds among many others.