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John Jokey - Band Manager and Owner of The Priory Bar, Glasgow

John Jokey - Band Manager and Owner of The Priory Bar, Glasgow

By Gary Jarvie

John Jokey  is the owner of the world-famous Priory Bar, in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. He&aposs also Manager of two exciting Scottish bands, Voodoos and Gallus. 

Since its inception in 2014, The Priory Bar has been a breeding ground for emerging UK talent, with Gerry Cinnamon, Baby Strange, The Dunts, Voodoos, Gallus, The Van T’s and many more all cutting their teeth at the Sauchiehall Street institution.

The bar is built on Jokey&aposs unwavering commitment to emerging talent, providing a safe place for creativity and the fair treatment of bands. The stage is basically in the crowd, the energy is always high and there is a strong, close-knit community that surrounds it.

During our chat, Jokey gives us insight into how the idea of Priory first came about and admits that it is almost impossible to call out stand out nights in the bar as there are so many.  We also discuss the impact COVID has had on the venue and the bands that play there, and how non other than Liam Gallagher stepped in to help.

Jokey also gives us insight into the management side of things and how Voodoos and Gallus are both navigating their way through these challenging times .

One of Jokey’s best live music experiences involves a surreal story about being on the roof of the Barrowlands with his good friend Johnny Took from the DMA’s after one of their stand out gigs in the famous venue. 

And of course we end the conversation as we always do by learning why Jokey thinks live music is so important. 

You can find The Priory Bar on Instagram here::


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