Talent from local independent labels are slowing creeping into the playlists of music fans all over the world, demonstrating that a handful of Scottish indie bands are well on their way to making a name for themselves. Take a look at CHVRCHES. Even with only two albums released, they’ve managed to tour the world, sharing their gift with music lovers from across the continents.

Glasgow has grown to be a mecca for indie music, giving birth to a number of independent artists that are now travelling across international waters to share their unique sounds with the world. Legacy acts that have had their humble beginnings in Scotland’s largest city include The Pastels, Mogwai, The Vaselines, Camera Obscura, Franz Ferdinand, and of course, CHVRCHES. Stewart Henderson, the founder of local rock label Chemikal Underground, explains that, “Scotland’s national identity… is inextricably linked with its relationship to the arts… we are a cultural powerhouse.” Looking at Glasgow’s music scene today, it’s clear that it’s on the rise as the entire globe celebrates Scottish independence through song.

In August 2008, Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music, and has been upholding its reputation ever since. The city’s music industry has done an excellent job in introducing the world to unknown but budding musical acts, with artists emerging from King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and other legendary venues. Music fans also tend to venture off to Sub Club to check out the latest in indie artists, which has previously hosted bands like Optimo and Hot Chip.

Other than its vibrant music scene, Glasgow is a popular destination for visitors because of its internationally acclaimed museums, spectacular architecture, beautiful city parks, wide selection of shopping, and dynamic nightlife. For those that are looking to party Vegas style, a point of interest you may find appealing is Alea Glasgow, one of the more prominent casinos in the area. Many regional and national poker tournaments occur there every year, with several upcoming No Limit summer events starting later this month. Unlike in Limit and Pot Limit Hold’em, Betfair says that you are allowed to bet whatever amount you want at any point in a No Limit game.

Of course, gambling isn’t the only activity offered at Alea. This is Glasgow after all, so no entertainment venue would be complete without live music. Those who love listening to live music can head over to Long Bar so that they can be delighted by the resident pianist and DJ. From time to time, they’ll invite local acts for their Saturday tribute nights, with this month’s lineup paying tribute to Rod Stewart and ABBA. Though they primarily perform at weddings, Cruise Band have been a crowd favorite, making several appearances throughout the year.