Yardworks presents

Grandmaster Flash: Birth Of A Culture

Fri 13 Oct 7PM TV Studio
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Pioneering hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash headlines SWG3 TV Studio on Friday 13 October 2023. 

As the founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Flash – who was born Joseph Robert Saddler, is widely credited with helping take hip-hop and rap culture from the streets of the Bronx to the mainstream masses, in a time where it mainly existed and was viewed only as a street movement. With the group's unique flows, and Flash's unique DJing skills, such as the art of scratching – which he perfected and quickly helped establish as a staple in late 70s and early 80s hip-hop tracks, they became one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop, and Flash's legacy in hip-hop culture has become impossible to ignore. In 2007, this influence was recognised, and Flash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, alongside the Furious Five, where they became the first ever hip-hop and rap group to be inducted. 

Now, he is back, and ready to take everyone on an unforgettable journey through the birth, evolution, and cultural impact of hip-hop, in his Birth Of A Culture show. Birth Of A Culture is more than just a concert – it's a multimedia extravaganza, complete with stunning visuals, thought-provoking narratives, and interactive elements that'll have everyone itching to get on the dance floor. It is an audio-visual feast that pays homage to the genre's luminaries, celebrates its rebellious spirit, and embraces the cultural significance that hip-hop holds dear.

Local DJ HomeAlone will be opening up the show, playing a selection of hip-hop classics, and then a special guest will take to the stage, before Grandmaster Flash performs. 

This event is strictly 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over. One adult can attend with a maximum of two Under 16s.

Key information
The TV Studio is on the ground floor, which has an accessible toilet located nearby. The TV Studio also has its own bar.

Booking accessible tickets
The TV Studio has an accessible viewing platform with seats and wheelchair spaces. Unreserved seats, wheelchair spaces and free companion tickets can be booked through Ticketmaster online for this event. Ticketmaster require proof of eligibility for those applying for companion tickets. Further information is available at the time of booking. Spaces on our platform are limited and issued on a first come, first served basis.

If you can't find accessible tickets for this event, please email [email protected] or call 0141 337 1731 (Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm) to check availability.

If you have purchased a standard ticket and need to apply for a free companion ticket, please fill out our Companion Tickets application form

You can find full details about accessibility at SWG3 on our Accessibility page.


The nearest travel hub is Partick Interchange. From there, it’s a 10 minute walk to SWG3 along the Expressway.


The nearest bike racks can be found on the corner of Kelvinhaugh Street and Dumbarton Road, including NextBike stands. Bikes will not be permitted on site, so please lock up before arriving.

There are a variety of pubs and restaurants situated in the heart of Finnieston, which is a five minute walk from the venue. 

SWG3 is located in a residential area. Please respect the neighbours by keeping the noise down when arriving at, and leaving, the venue.