With the pandemic putting a lot of highly anticipated concerts on hold, it looks like 2022 is going to be jam-packed with great must-see gigs in Glasgow. 

Simple Minds at the Hydro

Don’t you forget about this gig. Glasgow-formed Simple Minds will be coming home and bringing all their hits to their rescheduled date at the OVO Hydro. For super-fans there are VIP packages on offer too.

They play on April 6. Glasgow Times: Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill of Simple MindsJim Kerr and Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds

UB40 at the Barrowlands

The reggae pop band, with Matt Doyle as their new lead singer, were originally scheduled to play the Barrowland Ballroom late last year, but their promoters pushed the date back due to Covid concerns over members, crew, and fans.

They will now play the iconic East End venue on May 26. Glasgow Times: UB40UB40

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Bellahouston Park

RHCP are still rocking the stage after more than 30 years in the business, and their world tour brings them to Glasgow this summer. Fans have the chance to hear classics Give it Away, Scar Tissue, By the Way and more in an outdoor setting. Let’s just hope we get the weather for it! 

RHCP will play Bellahouston Park on July 1. Glasgow Times: Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers

Blondie at the Hydro

New York punk/new wave pioneers Blondie are legends, and their 40 plus year career have produced some incredible hits. Heart of Glass, Call Me, One Way or Another… the list goes on.

You won’t want to miss their ‘Against All Odds’ tour at the OVO Hydro – after all, how often do you get the chance to see Blondie?

Blondie play OVO Hydro on April 22. Glasgow Times: BlondieBlondie

Rod Stewart at the Hydro

Speaking of legends, Rod Stewart will be showcasing his 31st album The Tears of Hercules with a tour of the same name.

Rod said of the album: “I’ve never said this before about any previous efforts, but I believe this is by far my best album in many a year."

In that case, the live performance will not be one to miss.

Rod Stewart plays the OVO Hydro on November 29. Glasgow Times: Rod StewartRod Stewart

Queen and Adam Lambert at the Hydro

Brian, Roger and Adam are treating fans to not one, but two Glasgow shows this year.

Their charity single You Are The Champions kept them busy during lockdown but also raised money for frontline workers, and now they are keen to perform to crowds again.

Queen and Adam Lambert play the OVO Hydro on June 2 and 3. Glasgow Times: Adam Lambert and Brian MayAdam Lambert and Brian May

Sophie Ellis-Bextor at the Royal Concert Hall

During lockdown, singer Sophie and her bassist husband Richard Jones kept fans entertained by broadcasting live ‘discos’ from their kitchen along with their children.

Now Sophie is bringing her virtual family parties to the stage with the Kitchen Disco Tour.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor plays the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on March 27. Glasgow Times: Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor

Whitesnake, Foreigner, Europe at the Hydro

A triple bill of brilliant bands, Whitesnake and Foreigner are touring the UK this year with special guests Europe.

Here I Go Again, I Want to Know What Love Is, Final Countdown and more will be expected at this night of rock royalty.

Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe play the OVO Hydro on May 12. 

Pet Shop Boys at the Hydro

This truly is a dream come true for Pet Shop Boys fans. The synth pop duo will perform all your favourites on their greatest hits Dreamworld tour – once again a greatly anticipated rescheduled show.

Pet Shop Boys play the OVO Hydro on May 29. Glasgow Times: Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys

Liam Gallagher at Hampden

Manchester’s bad boy – well, one of them – is back in the city that discovered him. But he’s going bigger than King Tut’s.

Oasis frontman turned solo star Liam Gallagher is showcasing his third studio album ‘C’mon You Know’ with a huge Glasgow show.

Fans were mad for his first two, and his live MTV Unplugged album, as they all reached number one in the UK charts.

Liam Gallagher plays Hampden Park on June 26. Glasgow Times: Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher

Gerry Cinnamon at Hampden

Another great gig which sadly had to be postponed - twice. But Glasgow boy Gerry will be performing two albums' worth of material following the release of The Bonny in 2020.

Fans love Gerry's brutal attitude and his distinctive weegie singing voice. This show will be a 'belter'. 

Gerry plays Hampden Park on July 16. Glasgow Times: Gerry CinnamonGerry Cinnamon

Westlife at the Hydro

The Irish boyband’s previous tour in 2019 was a record-breaking reunion which saw them play to over 600,000 fans across 27 countries.

They are kicking off their ‘Wild Dreams’ tour next summer and they say this gig means a lot to them: “After the last 18 months, this tour means more to us than any that we’ve ever done before.

"It will be a massive celebration and will bring us closer to our fans than ever before.”

Westlife play the OVO Hydro on November 19 and 20. 

Happy Mondays at the Barrowlands

Step On hitmakers Happy Mondays will play two Glasgow shows in Glasgow at the end of the year.

As part of a wider UK and Ireland tour, the band say that this city is a favourite to perform in, saying Glasgow “never disappoints” after recently wowing a packed crowd in November.

They play on November 26 and 27. Glasgow Times: Shaun Ryder of the Happy MondaysShaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays

The Cure at the Hydro

The group, fronted by Robert Smith, are kicking off the European leg of their tour with a performance.

With a career spanning nearly five decades, the Friday, I'm In Love hitmakers are performing 44 gigs in 22 countries with the release of a brand-new 67-minute-long album.

The Cure play the OVO Hydro on December 4. 

Glasgow Times: Robert Smith of The CureRobert Smith of The Cure

Which of these showstopping acts are you most looking foward to seeing this year?