'History just vanished' as iconic posters removed from Barrowland Ballroom

The venue confirmed that posters in it's back corridor have been removed so the stairwell can be renovated.

‘History just vanished’ as iconic posters removed from Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow Getty Images

Music fans have said “history just vanished” after iconic posters were removed from the walls of the Barrowland Ballroom.

The back corridor of the iconic Glasgow venue was decorated by posters of bands and performers who have taken to the famous stage in the past.

Fans would admire posters of artists such as Oasis, Blondie, Snow Patrol, and the Foo Fighters when leaving after a gig.

However, in a post on the Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow Facebook page, a supporter of the venue pointed out that the walls had recently been stripped.

They posted: “What has happened to the posters on the back stairs down and outside?

“They were all up a couple of weeks ago at Lankum but the whole staircase had been stripped bare tonight after Slowdive.

“That’s so much history just vanished.”

Fellow fans of the wall of fame shared their disappointment, causing the Barrowland Ballroom to respond – revealing that the stairwell has been stripped to allow for maintenance.

They added that they have “exciting plans” for the area.

A statement from the venue read: “We understand that recent changes regarding the posters on the back staircase in the Ballroom have sparked discussion and differing opinions. We value your feedback and wish to address any concerns you may have.

“Here at Barrowland, we hold our heritage and the legacy of the Ballroom in high regard. Preserving our history is of utmost importance, and we are committed to safeguarding it in every way possible.

“It is essential to note that as a functioning venue, we are constantly striving to enhance the experience for all our guests. With this in mind, the removal of posters from the staircase was necessary.

“This particular staircase requires maintenance, ranging from repairs to painting, which cannot be effectively carried out with the posters in place. We also have exciting plans for this area, which we believe will be embraced and cherished once completed.

“However, there are two staircases which have posters on the walls. The second staircase, located between the dressing room and stage, will remain unchanged. This staircase is integral to our venue’s history, and it will continue to feature prominently in events such as Doors Open Day Experiences, along with potential surprises in store for the future.

“We genuinely appreciate your interest and concern for what we do here at Barrowland. Your support means the world to us, and we want to assure you that every decision we make is carefully considered with the aim of evolving and enhancing the Ballroom experience.”

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