You may remember a few months ago I went to the Old Fruitmarket for the first time. It wasn’t the best experience, to say the least. We already had tickets booked to go back and see Kip Moore in May, so we were a little hesitant in case we had the same access issues again. Thankfully things went a lot better second time around and I’m excited to share my second Old Fruitmarket Glasgow wheelchair access review with you.
Before I get into this review, you may want to get the lowdown, if you haven’t already, on my first experience attending a show at The Old Fruitmarket. You can read that review here.
Kip Moore at The Old Fruitmarket Glasgow | Wheelchair Access Review
We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kip Moore perform live three times, so we knew it was one not to be missed when he headed back to Glasgow in May. Kip Moore has a connection to Scotland through his Father and Grandfather who both loved Scotland and visited many times. It’s great to hear Kip tell these stories and you really get a sense of him as a person. Builds a connection to him that goes further than just the music.
Booking accessible tickets for the Old Fruitmarket has been easy both times. All I had to do was call the box office on 0141 353 8000 and a very helpful woman booked us in. The last time we went to this venue it was a standing show so we were in the accessible area on the balcony at the back of the room. This time, it was a seated show as Kip was putting on an intimate acoustic gig, so accessible seats were on the ground floor level near the stage.
Or that’s what we were led to believe. Within a few minutes, we had our tickets booked which included one free PA/carer ticket. There never used to be an accessibility section on their website, or at least it wasn’t easy to find. There is now an accessibility information section at the very bottom of the page under ‘Venue Access Information‘.
Just like the last time, we decided to park on Ingram street. From there its only a two-minute walk/roll to the venue. There is also an NCP on Ingram Street and that is right at the venue. You can’t miss this car park as it has a giant and super amazing street art mural on the wall.
We entered the Old Fruitmarket from Candleriggs, which had flat pavements as you can see in the photo below. It can get a bit busy at the end of the night so it may be worth keeping this in mind when leaving the venue.
There was a bit of a queue when we arrived but we managed to enter the venue pretty easy. A member of staff checked our tickets and then guided us into the main hall.
It was the same woman as the last time and she was lovely. We didn’t have to go in any lifts as it was all level access, through a few sets of doors which the woman held open as I went through.
She explained there was a change to our seats. Of course, we thought it was going to be bad. In fact, it turned out to be much better. We were now going to be seated in the front row. Amazing!
Apparently, they heard that Kip Moore fans can get quite wild, so they didn’t want to risk putting disabled and wheelchair users in the original accessible seats a few rows back in case people stood up and blocked our view. It’s great when venues think ahead and consider their disabled customers. So now we were sitting in the front row with a perfect view of the stage. This was going to be an incredible gig.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to grab a photo of the accessible toilet. Although, it is located near to the accessible seating area. There are several reviews on Euan’s Guide about The Old Fruitmarket and City Halls which you can check out here.
One of the reviewers who attended a disability alliance meeting at The Old Fruitmarket mentioned that the accessible toilet had a bi-folding door, which was great for saving space. He also mentioned it was clean and tidy. Above is the photo he took of the accessible toilet. The next time I go to this venue I will try and get some photos of the accessible toilet too.
Well, what I can say about Mr Kip Moore. Honestly, he is an incredible American country music singer-songwriter. Just give him a wee listen and I’m sure you will agree.
Supporting Kip was the lovely Jillian Jacqueline, who has played in the UK before at the likes of C2C and Country Music Week. She is the type of artist who has a mesmerising kind of effect on you as you watch and listen to her perform.
In the past, he has treated his UK fans to a full band setup. It can get loud. Very loud at Kip Moore gigs. He really knows how to get a crowd going. Every show is full of energy, electric guitars and drums. This time around Kip wanted to do something a little different. A stripped-back acoustic set taking him back to his roots when he was performing in small bars. The ‘Room To Spare’ acoustic tour had already been a big success in America to it was time to sit down and get intimate with his UK fans. It was just what we wanted.
There was no big entrance or opener, Kip just casually walked on stage to his devoted Glaswegian fans. He sat on his stool, poured himself some wine and picked up his acoustic guitar.
Kip performed about five songs solo, including ‘Running For You’, ‘Wild Ones’, ‘Crazy One More Time’. With no one else on stage to back him up, Kip really shone and showed everyone what he is all about it. Pure and utter raw talent.
His band were then welcomed on stage and began with ‘Magic’. This track is originally quite electric-driven, but since it was an acoustic set, they changed it up and gave it a different vibe. It was great! Each song was stripped back with new arrangements and performed differently. They were powerful and performed with such emotion and heart.
Two hours later we were still going and Kip wasn’t finished yet. He returned to the stage after his encore with more tracks including ‘Guitar Man’ and ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck’. Kip Moore is a real genuine guy with a ton of heart. He broke down a lot of his songs, telling us the stories and emotions behind them and as well as the heart-breaking story about his late Dad’s health issues. Kip Moore is a true gent and an incredible musician. You will go on a journey at his shows, leave in awe and completely get your money’s worth.
My experience at The Old Fruitmarket was so much better this time around. We loved being sat in the front row with the best view of Kip Moore on stage. I’m glad I didn’t let our first experience at this venue put me off going to this gig. What I will say is, if I know it’s going to be a standing show then I won’t go as wheelchair spaces will be on the balcony where I can’t see the stage because of the balcony. I will absolutely go back again for seating only shows as we’ll be seated near or at the front of the stage. General wheelchair accessibility is good from entering the venue to access through to the main hall and the staff. Kip Moore was absolutely fantastic as always. Please go and see him if you get the chance. All in all, a brilliant night.
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