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The Hydro: Lights go on at Glasgow's new concert venue

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Media captionThe Hydro is part of the SECC complex next to the River Clyde in Glasgow

A colourful addition has been made to Glasgow's skyline after the lights were switched on at the city's new entertainment venue, The Hydro.

Shades of blue, green and purple could be seen on the external walls of the £125m area on Wednesday night.

Scotland's media will be given a first look inside the venue, which is part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) complex, on Thursday.

Singer Rod Stewart is due to perform the opening concert on 30 September.

Image caption The Hydro is due to open at the end of September and is scheduled to host 140 events a year

The Hydro, which was designed by architects Foster and Partners, will be used for concerts and other live shows.

It will hold up to 13,000 people, making it the largest purpose-built indoor arena in the country.

About 140 events will be hosted there every year and it is hoped the venue will become one of the world's top five busiest indoor arenas.

It is also hoped the Hydro will bring about £130m extra expenditure each year to Glasgow, on top of the £357m which the SECC currently generates.

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