The 13th Note Café
|Address||50-60 King Street|
It opened in 1997 on Glassford Street, before moving to its present site on King Street. Later, the 13th Note franchise expanded to include a larger club venue on Clyde Street. The holding company that owned both venues went into receivership in November 2001. In the summer of 2002, The 13th Note Club was bought over by the Channelfly Group (owners of the Barfly franchise), leaving only the café venue still open under its original name.
It has hosted concerts by a number of notable acts, including Idlewild, Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand. The Kazoo Club was launched by Jim Byrne (Dexter Slim and the Pickups). Solo performers and bands could come along and play no matter their experience. There was no charge for entry. Alex Kapranos wss one of the first performers. On the opening night everyone who came along was given a kazoo. Local artists drew in charcoal on paper pinned to the walls behind the musicians as they played. The venture was a big success and the owners introduced an entry fee. Alex Kapranos took over the running of the club. Prior to forming Franz Ferdinand, Alex Kapranos was the music programmer at the venue and hosted the Kazoo Club and 99p Club. The current music programmer is Brendan O'Hare.
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