Opening with a bang in 2013, Rod Stewart’s concert paved the way for many great acts to come. In its short history, the SSE Hydro has staged performances by Bruno Mars, Nickelback, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Dolly Parton - to name a few - making it one of Scotland’s leading venues in the field of entertainment.
The venue is dominated by musical performances, hosting the MOBO and MTV Europe Awards in 2013 and as of 2018, the C2C country music festival. However, the Hydro is a multi-purpose site, which allows it to present a programme inclusive of comedy, theatre and sports. It staged the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014 during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
It has had a stream of successful performances since it opened, and was even voted the second-busiest live entertainment arena in the world - beating New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The Hydro is distinctive - both in appearance and quality - where its silver dome has a strong presences along the Glaswegian skyline. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster, who sought to create an amphitheatre that dazzled visitors both up close and from a distance.