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


Highlight events - Tuesday 19th!

Tuesday June 19, 2012

Tuesday 19th June

Fancy learning a new language or further exploring parts of the West End?  Then today’s events are for you!  Then round off the evening with some country, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll with Mary Jean Lewis!

    • Woodlands/ South Woodside

Join Kenneth Burns in a visit to Woodlands, at the very threshold of the west end, an urban architectural and community delight, and one of the city’s most coherent enclaves of tenement streets.   This wedge-shaped neighbourhood has it all, from fine churches, institutions and schools, to villas, flats and farm cottages.  7pm

    • Free Language Tasters

Come along and try your hand at learning Spanish, Italian or Gaelic!  The emphasis is on listening and speaking to give you confidence to learn more.   One hour Italian classes: 11am, Spanish classes: 12:30pm.  Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, St Andrews Building.

    • Mary Jean Lewis

Join us for a set of country, rockabilly and good old fashioned rock and roll with Mary Jean Lewis – niece of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.  8pm, Brel, Ashton Lane

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


This weekend's highlight events!

Friday June 15, 2012

Saturday 16th June

There’s too much to choose from this Saturday – a taste of culture with Japanese Matsuri, a cruise on the canal, cabaret and folk music! The list is endless!

    • James Grant

Widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters and performers around - Love and Money front man James Grant plays material from all his critically acclaimed solo albums, and a smattering of old favourites in this full band show.  7pm, Oran Mor

    • Canal Cruise

Join canal historian and writer Guthrie Hutton and work your passage from Spiers Wharf to Maryhill (and back!) aboard ‘Voyager’.  This is your chance to explore some of Glasgow’s canal side industrial archaeology, on a trip that requires no actual walking!  2pm, Spiers Wharf

    • Japanese Matsuri

Now in its 12th year, Japanese Matsuri lets you experience Japanese culture.  Visitors can put on kimono, write their names in the Japanese alphabet, fold origami and sample sweets.  You can also listen to Japanese taiko drumming and songs from 2.30pm.  All donations are passed on to the northern Japanese villages for tsunami reconstruction work.  1-3pm, Wellington Church

    • Kelvin 5k Fun Run

Raising money for Yorkhill’s Radio Lollipop, the annual 5k Fun Run is a superb community event for all the family and welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities.  Goodie bags and a free BBQ will be available for all those who complete the scenic loop of Kelvingrove Park.  12noon, Kelvingrove Park

    • Cabaret Night at La Bodega

The ever popular ‘Dance With Attitude’ cabaret nights are not to be missed with the classic show Chicago as the theme this year.  Get ready for a fantastic  night of music and dance with guest singers and dramatic performances from the DWA dancers.  A great excuse for you to pick a character from the show and dress up!  Followed by an after show party for all and delicious tapas all night.  7pm, La Bodega, 1120 South Street

Sunday 17th June

One of the festival highlights today – the Gibson Street Gala is always a favourite!  Along with some comedy, classical music and a visit from one of Scotland’s best loved cartoon characters – we’ve got the whole day covered!

    • Gibson Street Gala

We don’t really think it needs any introduction! This well known and much loved event is back again – check out www.    For further details

    • Lobey Dosser Day

Join in the fun as we celebrate one of Bud Neill’s famous characters, Lobey Dosser, the Sheriff of Calton Creek and his enemy Rank Baiin.  The day is filled with story-telling from Jimmie Macgregor and Jim King.  A festival Highlight! 1pm and 3pm, Dram

    • RSNO Chamber Series

The RSNO chamber series continues with this afternoon concert from the Italian Baroque including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza and Germiniani’s Concerto Grosso La Folia.  2.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral

    • Absolute Improv

Fast-paced hilarious improvised comedy, this talented group of international improvisers instantly turn audience suggestions into unique sketches.  Come along and try and contain your laughter!  8pm, Oran Mor



Friday June 15, 2012



 Cottier Chamber Project, Monday 18 June 2012

Fresh from their appearances in London and the Bath Festival, the Red Note Ensemble are bringing a special hour-long Glasgow edition of their popular summer tour to the West End Festival’s Cottier Chamber Project.  Featuring internationally renowned tabla player Kuljit Bhamra alongside Red Note’s string players, the programme will involve a journey from the toe-tapping melodies of the western isles to the mesmerising rhythmic patterns of Indian raga and back again, all performed in Red Note’s inimitable style!

The inclusion of strong traditional music elements in the programme of the Cottier Chamber Project has been a feature this year, with classical music inspired by western folk traditions throughout, as well as a focus on Scottish music.  Red Note’s daring programme takes two very different cultures and throws them into one melting pot – the collision of musical ideas is spectacular!

One very generous West End resident, who wishes to remain anonymous but describes himself as a “Jimmy Saville-like figure” loved the idea of Bollywood and Bagpipes so much, that he approached the West End Festival’s Michael Dale with the suggestion of sponsoring the concert.

Michael Dale said, “This last minute generosity and sense of community is exactly what The West End Festival is all about. As a result of this donation, we are now able to reduce the ticket price to £5, giving audiences the chance to enjoy live world class music for roughly half the cost of a cinema ticket. In this Year of Creative Scotland it is particularly exciting to be able to stage a concert like this, where we celebrate Scotland’s creative diversity with such flair.”

The Creative Scotland funded series also offers free entry for anyone with a ‘Beard Like Brahms’. Guidelines for acceptable facial hair can be found at www.cottierchamberproject.com/beards.htm.

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Fancy taking a few minutes to complete our online survey?

Friday June 15, 2012

Glasgow City Council have commissioned independent consultants, ekosgen, to undertake an evaluation of the Glasgow West End Festival 2012. As part of the research, we would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to complete our short online survey about your experience of the events in this year’s Festival. The survey is accessible at the following link and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MS7YL6K

Please be assured that all responses will be strictly confidential and only reported in aggregate format. No one individual will be identifiable from the responses. Your feedback will help to identify the economic impact the Glasgow West End Festival has on both the Glasgow and Scottish economy. If you have any questions or issues, please contact James Coggs at james.coggs@ekosgen.co.uk or 0845 120 6244


Bar Staff [Unplugged]: Last call!

Thursday June 14, 2012

It’s a little-known fact, but many of Glasgow’s bar and restaurant workers are in fact rock stars in disguise. The Grosvenor Café is celebrating these unsung guitar heroes as part of the West End Festival with an evening of live music and a bit of friendly competition.

We’ve invited a few faces that we’re sure will be familiar to a lot of you to perform on the night of Wednesday 20th June, representing their bar, for the chance to win a session in Old Mill recording studios, a night out for all their workmates on us, and- of course- eternal glory.

Judging the entrants will be Will Hanson, David Cleary (Three Blind Wolves), Fraser McFadzean (She’s Hit) and Marshall Craigmyle (Old Mill Studios).

Everyone at The Grosvenor is looking forward to seeing what Glasgow’s bar staff have to offer and we’re pretty pumped to hear their original material as well as what are sure to be some interesting covers…

If you get the chance you should definitely come on down and support these guys – who knows? You might discover your new favourite on The Grosvenor stage!

*** We’ve still got one or two spots left in the competition, so if you work in a bar or restaurant, a bit gifted with the old musicality and fancy winning big for you and your work pals, contact Georgia on 0845 166 6028 or email Grosvenor.marketing@g1group.com ***


Thursday 14th June - Highlight Events

Wednesday June 13, 2012

A day of history, music and comedy – educational, entertaining and hilarious!

    • Glasgow’s Underground

Ever fancied learning more about our much loved ‘Clockwork Orange’?  Glasgow’s first ‘Underground’ wasn’t the Subway – it was the ‘City and District’ from Finnieston to the High Street, under Queen Street Station.  Within 10 years, Glasgow built what was for some years the world’s biggest ‘tube’ system – a total of 14 miles through 27 stations.  Well known TV and radio broadcaster Colin Mackay outlines the fight against fear about ‘going underground’ and explains why these lines helped to maintain Glasgow’s industrial supremacy.  Partick Library, 6.30pm

    • Lane Bar Open Mic

Come along and show of your vocal talent at the Open Mic in the Lane Bar and running until midnight every Tuesday.  Whatever you want to perform, the stage is yours.  The Lane Bar pride themselves on their laidback attitude and friendly atmosphere, so don’t worry if you’ve never performed before, everyone is welcome! The Lane Bar, 9pm

    • Best in the West Comedy

The Best in the West featuring Phil Differ, Gary Little and Bruce Morton.  Phil Differ has spent his career making other people funny as a writer for ‘Scotch and Wry’, ‘Naked Video’, ‘Chewin’ the Fat’ and ‘Only an Excuse’.  A late started as a stand-up, but now a must see.  Gary Little is fast becoming one of Scotland’s best and Bruce Morton needs little introduction – 20 years of success making people laugh all over the UK.  Oran Mor, 7.30pm


Best Dressed Window Competition - hints and tips!

Wednesday June 13, 2012

We've seen some great entries so far for our Best Dressed Window Competition, sponsored by IKEA Glasgow!

If you haven't got around to submitting your entry yet - here are some hints and tips from the IKEA Glasgow store...


See our blog post below for further details on how to enter!



Wednesday June 13, 2012

Another exciting event coming up, this time in a slightly unusual location – on board The Tall Ship, the Glenlee!  If you’ve always been meaning to visit this historic ship and haven’t made it along yet, this is the perfect opportunity to take a peek at what lies beneath and laugh your socks off!

The event takes place Friday, 22 June at 8pm (the bar is open from 7pm) and tickets are £10 (conc. £8) available from Ticket Soup, or at The Tall Ship, 10-5 daily.

The event organisers can’t contain their excitement either: “It’s fantastic to be part of such an exciting and eclectic festival in Glasgow’s events calendar – roll on the 22nd!”

Some more details below:

    • This stand-up comedy event will suit fans of The Stand comedy club and Comedy Festival, people looking to enjoy an unusual experience (comedy onboard an historic ship is not often available!), people with an interest in Glasgow’s history and crowds who enjoy a laugh!


    • The show is great value for money at £10 (conc. £8) to see 6 performers live.


    • This event follows on from 2 sold-out shows as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival.


    • It will give Glasgow residents a chance to experience the ship at night, in a completely different way and as a great entertainment venue.


    • The line up of acts include ‘So You Think You’re Funny 2010 winner James Kirk, star of Glasgow Comedy Festival hit ‘The Unemployables’ Steven Halcrow and hilarious headliner Bill Dewar “comedy genius...” (Evening News).

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Still to come at The Cottier Chamber Project...

Tuesday June 12, 2012

We’re almost half way through our amazing line up for this year’s Cottier Chamber Project, so here’s a quick update on what’s still to come!

Tuesday 12th         

6.30pm Fejes Quartet

Glazunov: Five Novelettes  Op.15 (Nos 1,2 & 3)

Haydn: String Quartet in C major Op.74 No1

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op.10

Wednesday 13th

6.30pm Da Vinci Trio

Debussy: Piano Trio

Ravel: Piano Trio

Thursday 14th    

6.30pm Hebrides Ensemble

To include:

Kurtag: Signs, Games and Messages

Friday 15th          

6.30pm Daniel’s Beard

Bartók: Contrasts Sz.111

Martinů: Serenade No.1 H.217

Janáček: Concertino JW 7/11

10.30pm Moishe’s Bagel             

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music  - an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances.

Saturday 16th    

4pm Daniel’s Beard/Hear My Music

Sayers: Complete Nonsense (The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat, Jabberwocky and The Owl and the Pussycat)

Martin/Hear My Music: New piece from education project

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf Op.67

6.30pm Alba Brass

Christopher Gough:  Bagatelle Suite (First Performance)

Eddie McGuire:  Auriga (Scottish Première)

Composition Competition Winner (First Performance)

James MacMillan:  Adam’s Rib

Sunday 17th       

4pm In Conversation III

Tom Service and Kate Molleson

6.30pm Antonine Trio                                   

Turner: Six Lives of Jack McBride

Spedding: Old English Songs

Plog: Aesop’s Fables

Beamish: St Andrew’s Bones

Monday 18th     

6.30pm Red Note Ensemble

Judith Weir: Bagpiper’s String Trio

Kuljit Bhamra: Lost Temples

Kuljit Bhamra: Billy Bhangra & His Bolly Bongos

Giles Swayne: Canto for solo cello Op 31

Bright Sheng: The Stream Flows (1990)

Jackie Shave: Machair to Myrrh

Witold Lutoslawski: Bucolics for viola & cello

John Myer/arr R. Greer: Prabhanda

Tuesday 19th     

6.30pm Daniel’s Beard

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7 Op.108

Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 Op.74 ‘Harp’

Wednesday 20th

6.30pm Csengele Quartet – RCS Dunbar-Gerber Prize winners 

Wilson: String Quartet No.4

Schumann: Piano Quintet

Thursday 21st    

6.30pm Sax Ecosse

Dove: Tuning In

Dubois : Quatuor

Cutler: Screaming 229a

Pierne: Introduction & Variations sur un ronde

Escaich: Tango Virtuoso

Friday 22nd         

6.30pm Daniel’s Beard

Schubert: Octet D.803