Glad Cafe

"...the hippest joint in Glasgow." wire magazine

South Side Sound Walk

by Alexander Abraham and Trudat Sound.  LISTEN

Commissioned by the Glad Cafe in partnership with Glasgow Life, Turner Prize 2015, Tramway.

Leaving from the Tramway Gallery and taking in Pollokshields, Strathbungo, and Queens Park before terminating near the Glad Cafe, the Southside Sound Trail is a half hour perambulation accompanied by a detailed soundscape, punctuated by interjections from a rambling and unreliable narrator. Stories, historical minutiae and facts of uncertain provenance are delivered with reference to various locations, buildings and streets along the route, giving an uncanny but entertaining examination of life in one of Scotland's most diverse and lively areas.

To do the Southside Sound Walk, you will need headphones and a portable sound-playing device of some kind such as a smart phone or MP3 player. The sound files are available on Soundcloud here for either streaming or download.

When you have the sound files ready, and your headphones on, situate yourself in the reception of the Tramway Gallery, facing the main doors out, and play the files. Follow the instructions and walk along the route through the Southside to the Glad Cafe. At the relevant locations, play the next track in the series.

Here is a link to the route on Google Maps. 


  1. Depart the Tramway and walk along Albert Drive to Shields Road (Play Track One)
  2. Turn left at Shields Road and walk to Nithsdale Road (Play Track Two)
  3. Turn left and walk along Nithsdale Road until Kildrostan Street
  4. Turn right onto Kildrostan Street and walk to Darnley Road
  5. Cross the pedestrian rail bridge on to Moray Place (Play Track Three)
  6. Turn right once off the bridge and walk along Moray Place until Queen Square
  7. Turn left onto Queens Sqaure and walk along to Pollokshaws Road
  8. Cross Pollokshaws Road and enter Queens Park (Play Track Four)
  9. Follow the path to the left of the ponds until you get to Camphill House
  10. Turn right and follow the road path Goals to exit the park on Pollokshaws Road again. 


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