EVENT - Fashion, Fizz and Fundraising

Monday March 25, 2013


We're kicking off our fundraising with an event at Hotel du Vin Glasgow on 7th May, where L.K. Bennett and Lancôme will be wowing us with the new season collection of ladies wear and stylish make-up.

Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite and are priced at £30pp. This includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a fashion show, make-up tips, raffle for fabulous prizes and of course the night wouldn't be complete without a goody bag!

The event will start from 6.30pm and end around 8pm.

You are also invited to take advantage of a special 'fashion fix' menu priced at £15.50 per person for 2 courses in the Bistro.

Tables will be available from 8pm. To book please contact 0141 339 2001

If you can't attend but want to donate, you can also do this through our bookings by choosing 'Donate'.

    • The Festival, run by a board and committee of volunteers, is reliant on sponsorship, grants and fundraising to make the Festival as special as many of us remember


    • Tickets are non-refundable and subject to a small booking fee


    • West End Festival is a charity registered in Scotland:SC024263

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NEWS - West End Festival launches fundraising campaign to bring back the parade

Monday March 25, 2013


Glasgow’s favourite festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday this year, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 to be able to progress the much loved Mardi Gras Parade on Festival Sunday, 9 June.

Festival Sunday is always a favourite for people who attend the festival, particularly the parade. However, given the recession and as sponsors tightened their belts, festival organisers decided not to progress Festival Sunday last year. Instead it focused on the strengths of the Festival; culture and community, limiting any financial impact.

Liz Scobie, the Festival’s chairman, comments on the work and finance that goes into organising the parade: “This year we will celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday! That’s testament to the support we’ve gained over the years and the success of the festival in the west end.

“Last year we didn’t have our usual parade and some people were disappointed, but we need to be realistic why it couldn’t go ahead. It comes at a price and the costs of road closures, security and clearing-up have sharply risen.  Although we have generous funding from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, that alone, is not enough to put on such a show. So we would ask for early support this year to ensure the success of the Mardi Gras Parade. The message is; “Get involved!”

Capitalising on the huge support already given online, a crowd funding project has been started on BloomVC so that the festival can raise money and reward pledges. The L.K. Bennett fashion and fizz event on 7th May will also help raise funds and Lancôme has just confirmed it will be the make-up partner for the evening.

Liz Scobie finished: “The Festival is an opportunity for the whole community including local businesses to get involved. Community festivals like the WEF survive because they are by the people, of the people, for the people. We also want to continue to offer free events as part of the festival making it accessible to all.”

The new website will launch early May and the programme will be widely distributed as normal.

There were an estimated 1,800 artists and performers at the 2012 festival. It continues to attract visitors into the City from beyond the City boundaries, last year making up 30% of all visitors.  Festival organisers are aiming for the Parade to be one of the main events which attracts thousands to line the streets as it dances down Byres Road along to Kelvingrove.


For further information:

Laura Sutherland - Aura PR

T: 0141 337 6712, 07764 936 840

E: laura@aura-pr.com

Notes to editors:

    1. Interviews with Liz Scobie available upon request


    1. More than 1 million visitors have attended the event from its start in 1996 and last year there were over 400 events in 80 venues across the west end of Glasgow


    1. The festival involves a mixture of new projects delivered by over 100 Glasgow-based organisations and arts groups and a programme of local and international artists, overseen by a small festival team. The West End Festival includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow accessibility


    1. It is anticipated that there will be close to 500 events taking place in the west end across the four weeks and five weekends of the festival. A fashion fundraiser with L.K. Bennett is taking place on 7th May at Hotel du Vin to kick off the festival fun.


    1. The West End Festival is also on Facebook and Twitter


    1. For further information on the West End Festival, visit www.westendfestival.co.uk



Here's to #WEF2013!

Tuesday June 26, 2012

2012 has been another incredibly successful year for the West End Festival and plans for 2013 are already well underway.  A huge thanks to all those who came along to an event, assisted, helped organise or got involved in any other way!

The West End Festival board and committee are meeting to discuss 2012 – what went well, highlight events, what could have been done better and acts returning to perform again.

As always, the festival would not have been a success without members of the public and all festival fans, so we would like to hear from you!

If you have a couple of minutes to spare, a survey can be completed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MS7YL6K

If you have any other queries that you wish to discuss with us, please email info@westendfestival.co.uk

Here’s to #WEF2013!


Highlight events - Sunday 24 June

Saturday June 23, 2012

Sunday 24th June

The final day of the festival and no shortage of events to choose from!  Take in a film or two at The Lansdowne, some music at St Mary’s, rock ‘n ‘roll at Cottiers or get your tickets now for the fantastic whole day line-up, festival finale at Oran Mor!

    • Lansdowne Scottish Film Festival

From classic to contemporary, enjoy the best of Scottish cinema in the unique and relaxing surrounding of the Lansdowne Bar and Kitchen.  Book a booth or a sofa to unwind with a pint, some popcorn and your favourite movies.  8pm, The Lansdowne

    • Orchestra Choral Evensong

Come and join the congregation of St Mary’s Cathedral in this special Festival Choral Evensong, celebrating music Sunday.   6.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral

    • Rab Noakes and Allan Taylor

A great double bill to end the Festival on a high, Rab Noakes sports his lean rock ’n’ roll physique with ease as if he had never seen forty years in the music business!  A consummate performer and a writer of literary gracefulness, his songs are flawlessly constructed and flawlessly performed.  Sit back and enjoy the journey!  8pm, Cottiers

    • We Were Promised Jet Packs

Ten bands, two stages, one building – showcasing the best in Scottish talent.  We Were Promised Jetpacks are headlining, just back from the SXSW and Coachella festivals in the US.  The rest of the line up includes Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells, R M Hubbert, Remember Remember and Wither Hand.  Don’t miss out!  All day, Oran Mor

For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk



Highlight events - Saturday 23 June

Friday June 22, 2012

Saturday 23rd June

The final weekend goes off with a bang!  A festival within the festival and a national star are just some of the events on offer.  The O2 Glasgow Mela is also taking over Kelvingrove Park, one of the festival highlights every year!

    • The Hidden Lane Festival

This year the Hidden Lane Festival returns bigger and better than ever before.  Music stage, fashion shows, chill-out lounge, food area with hog roast, licensed bar and an array of the finest market stalls the west end has to offer.  12noon-9pm, The Hidden Lane

    • Kelvinside Allotments Open Day

Kelvinside Allotments Association invites all to its annual Open Day.  Plant sales, home baking and an opportunity to tour the sites and speak to current plot holders:  12 noon – 4pm, Julian Avenue site

    • Jimmie Macgregor – The Gathering

Teaming up with Robin Hall, Jimmie appeared 5 nights a week on the BBC Tonight show and became a national star.  Hugely influential duo, touring the world and recording 20 albums and now touring as a live show, Jimmie talks about his life stories, songs and interviews with the likes of Tarzan and John Wayne.  A humorous event, not to be missed!  Cottiers

    • O2 Glasgow Mela

Scotland’s largest multi-cultural festival for all ages with music, dance, interactive arts, exciting food, stalls and a Kids Zone - a festival favourite every year in Kelvingrove Park! 

For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk


Highlight events this evening! (Friday, 22 June)

Friday June 22, 2012

Friday 22nd June

    • Daimh

Daimh embody the dynamic richness not only of Scotland’s Highland and Hebridean traditions, but their North American diaspora, featuring a Cape Breton piper, a Californian fiddler alongside the Scots.  Thrillingly fiery instrumental sets alternate with delicately arranged hauntingly delivered ballads.  8pm, Cottiers

    • Rose Room

Formed in the summer 2010, Rose Room comprises virtuoso violinist Seonaid Aitken and Jimmy Moon on double bass with guitarists Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher completing the line up on solo and rhythm guitars.  The music embraces many of the songs of the swing jazz era with a dash of Western Swig thrown in for good measure.  7pm, Oran Mor

    • Cargo Hold Comedy

A boredom slaying line up of some of Gasgow’s finest comedians, rounded up to play aboard Glasgow’s historic ship.  If you’ve always been meaning to visit The Tall Ship and haven’t quite made it along yet, this is the perfect opportunity to take a peek at what lies beneath.  A bar has been set up in the Cargo Hold (below sea level!) especially for the occasion, so you can enjoy a cheeky tipple as you soak up some top-botch comedy.  8pm, The Tall Ship

For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk


The Acoustic Affair Cottiers programme – a feast for the ears!

Thursday June 21, 2012

The Cottiers segment of the Acoustic Affair programme kicks of this evening (Thursday, 21 June) with a host of acts.  No sign of slowing down in the festival finale weekend, these five acts are eagerly anticipated at the West End Festival!

See below for details:

Thursday 21 June

Callum Baird

This young songwriter from Glasgow has spent the last five years writing and recording songs in the emptiness of his flat before starting gigging around Glasgow at the end of August 2011 leading to a headline appearance at the City Halls in February 2012. Drawing inspiration from artists old and new, local and international, and combining it with contemporary, sometimes political lyrics, this exciting young Scottish talent is set to ignite the British music scene.  www.facebook.com/callumbairdmusic

Friday 22 June

Daimh with Anna MacDonald

With their name translating from the Gaelic as ‘affinity’ or ‘kinship’, Dàimh embody the dynamic richness not only of Scotland’s Highland and Hebridean traditions, but their North American diaspora, featuring Cape Breton piper Angus Mackenzie and California-born fiddler Gabe McVarish alongside Scottish colleagues Ross Martin (guitar), Damian Helliwell (banjo), James Bremner (bodhran) and award-winning Gaelic singer Calum Alex MacMillan, from the isle of Lewis.

Uncannily close-knit, thrillingly fiery instrumental sets alternate with delicately arranged, hauntingly delivered ballads, as heard most recently on their much-lauded 2010 album Diversions. Having served a lengthy apprenticeship around Highland halls and festivals before hitting the wider touring circuit, Dàimh are also an exceptional live act.  www.daimh.net

Saturday 23 June

Matinee Show

Jimmie Macgregor: The Gathering

A gathering of songs, stories and famous folk. Teaming up with Robin Hall in the fifties, Jimmie appeared five nights weekly on the BBC’s Tonight show – for four years! Hugely influential in the folk music revival, he toured the world appearing in countless venues from the Albert and Festival Halls, to the smallest folk clubs. With 20 albums to their credit, Jimmie and Robin Hall went on to host the White Heather Club and record the now legendary anthem single ‘Football crazy’ (Decca Records 1960).

Latterly Jimmie has composed theme music for radio and hosted the long running double award winning show Macgregor’s Gathering as well as produce and present long distance walks for radio and TV in various parts of the world.  A fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and president of Rural Scotland, he was also awarded an MBE for services to Scottish Heritage and Culture.

Now touring a live show ‘Jimmie Macgregor’s Gathering of Songs, stories and famous folk!’ Jimmie talks about his life, the stories, songs and interviews with the likes of John Wayne and Tarzan. A relaxed and humorous show, visuals and music intersperse to create a truly special evening.

Sunday 24 June

Matinee Show

Jimmie Macgregor: John Muir show

John Muir was an American hero who was born in Scotland. He was to become known as the father of the American conservation and the founder of their wonderful national park system. As a long time admirer, Jimmie leapt at the opportunity of a recording trip to San Francisco, the Napa valley, Muir’s home at Martinez, Yosemite national park and the Sierra Nevada. Finally, Jimmie fulfilled a lifetime ambition to see for himself California’s giant redwoods, amongst the biggest and oldest living things on the planet. Come along to hear Jimmie’s stories and see some great images all presented in a relaxed and humorous style.

Sunday 24 June

Rab Noakes and Allan Taylor

Not that you would know it from his lean rock’n’roll physique but Rab Noakes is now in his sixties. His four decades of involvement in music have been marked by two recent releases: a second album with his occasional band The Varaflames, titled Unlimited Mileage, and the release on CD for the first time of his debut album Do You See The Lights? which first saw the light of day in 1970. Showcasing an exemplary taste in interpretations alongside his own songwriting, a Noakes show is a decidedly non-fusty lesson in the history of popular music. THE HERALD  www.myspace.com/rabnoakes 


For 35-plus years songwriter Allan Taylor has been considered the consummate performer, a writer of literary gracefulness whose troubadour chronicles encapsulate the realism of otherwise unsung heroes, otherwise uncharted lives. His songs, faultlessly constructed, are flawlessly performed with his instantly recognisable voice, attractively dark and mellow, and his intricately detailed and full-sounding guitar. As Allan says at the beginning of each concert, "Sit back and enjoy the journey."  www.allantaylor.com



Highlight events - Thursday 21st June

Wednesday June 20, 2012

Thursday 21st June

A mellow day of music, classic tales and evening concerts.

    • Sax Ecosse

Part of The Cotter Chamber Project and a musical treat, with pieces from Dove, Dubois, Cutler, Pierne and Escaich.  A lovely way to spend an evening!  6.30pm, Cottiers

    • The Count of Monte Christo

A musical adaptation of the Alexander Dumas classic tale, ‘The Count of Monte Christo in Concert’, brings a selection of the songs for this new musical to Partick Library.  Written by Pete Sneddon and Iain Stewart, this rock-tastic version combines powerful contemporary music with brilliant vocals from some of Glasgow’s finest singers.  6.30pm, Partick Library

    • Midsummer Reflections

Celebrate the longest day with a late evening concert by candlelight in the tranquil surroundings of the University Memorial Chapel. The Chapel Choir present a programme of reflective music, including Faure’s Requiem.  9pm, University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel

For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk


Highlight events - Wednesday 20th!

Tuesday June 19, 2012

Wednesday 20th June

In need of a wardrobe makeover without wanting to splash the cash?  After some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of everyday life?  Or interested in taking in some Shakespeare al fresco?  Just some of the events on offer today...

    • Clothes Recycling Class

Make your old clothes a bit more special with the lovely Iona.  Pop along to these free taster sessions and give your clothes a new lease of life.  7pm, The Lane Bar on Ashton Lane

    • The Guesthouse at An Clachan

Drop into An Clachan Cafe to take a wee breather from your life with Tom Binns, offering an introduction to ‘Listening through the Body with Art’.  Sense a little deeper and begin exploring your inner landscape in a creative way.  There will be playdoh, pastels and playfulness.  Ideal for parents.  11am-4pm, An Clachan Cafe

    • The Tempest

Part of Scotland’s biggest and best-loved Shakespeare Festival.  On a remote island, Prospero, once Duke of Milan and now a powerful magician, awaits the arrival of his enemies and his chance to wreak revenge and put right the wrongs of the past.  A beautiful and haunting play filled with magic, laughter and drama, The Tempest kicks off the ‘Brave New World’ season with a bang.  7.45pm, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk