The Acoustic Affair kicks off...

Friday June 8, 2012

The Acoustic Affair programme at the West End Festival kicks off tonight with Sketch at Oran Mor!  Closely followed by the Nimmo Brothers on Saturday (9th June), also at Oran Mor - don’t miss your chance to take in these first class performers!


What’s more, we have another newcomer to the programme - Ruth Martin will be playing live at Cottiers, Saturday 23 June at 8pm (doors at 7.30pm).  Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 after.  See below for some more information on this unmissable event!


Ruth Martin with Grand Central, Blind Dog and Melissa Moir & Erin Reidy

Armed with an acoustic guitar and rich soulful voice, Ruth Martin has been writing and performing her own individual blend of acoustic-folky-bluesy-rock at lots of different venues from The Queens hall Edinburgh to Iona Library.   Her music has been described as:  emotive, sparse, haunting, beautiful, deep, harmonious and thought provoking.  Martin has been collaborating with the lovely and fantastically talented Nicki Hall on guitar and vocals and they are currently working on their new ep.  Ruth is also singer and guitarist in the excellently loud three piece Riot Girl/Punk band Scragfight.


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Highlight events this weekend!

Friday June 8, 2012

See our pick below of highlight events for this weekend - have a good one everyone!

Saturday 9th June

Off to another busy start this weekend and we’ve picked out a host of highlight events covering folk music, fashion, dance and community – there really is something for everyone!

    • F.O.R.K. Gala

Bring a rug, your friends and family and enjoy a day by Glasgow’s second river, the Kelvin.  Take a canoe ride, listen to live music and help the Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) keep up their good work.  Running all day from 11am, there will be a bar, stalls, food and a puppet show – ample entertainment for an afternoon down by the Ha’penny Bridge House (lower Kelvin walkway).

    • Cardonald College Fashion Show – Assemblage!

After some summer fashion inspiration?  This is your chance to witness a spectacular showcase of final year fashion garments designed and produced by Students on the HND Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles and HND Jewellery courses.  Further work from their partner ARCH Academy of Design in Jaipur will also be on display!

12 pm, 140.00 and 15.15, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

    • Flamenco Fusion

Let yourself be transported to Spain with this magical night boasting a colourful variety of dance and music, from Flamenco to Opera.  Featuring exciting choreography and powerful dance performances from Dance With Attitude’s Flamenco dancers and guests, and stunning guitar from Andrew Robinson.  You won’t find an atmosphere like this anywhere in Glasgow!  Followed by a salsa sabrosa party for all and delicious tapas all evening.

8pm, La Bodega @DWA Studios

    • The Nimmo Brothers

After 17 years of working together, and with both Stevie and Alan currently enjoying successful solo projects, you might think the best days of the Nimmo Brothers as a band were in the past – but you’d be very much mistaken!  The bluesy Glasgow brothers are very much back in business.  In fact, as the boys point out, they never really went away.  7pm, Oran Mor



Sunday 10th June

Today’s picks for the festival - live music, philosophical musings and something for both the kids and the adults alike – Punch and Judy are back!

    • Live at the Kelvingrove Bowl

A new music performance location next to An Clachan cafe in Kelvingrove Park - their aim is to promote music in unusual places.  Featuring Warren McIntyre and the Starry Skies from The Mecca Holding Co record label – don’t miss you chance to experience this unique venue!  The event will also feature the Starlets, Stevie Jackso , the Parsonage choir and other special guests.

1pm-8pm, An Clachan Cafe


    • Sunday Afternoon Philosophy Cafe

The place where everyone can philosophise, debate, think and engage in general banter! Robyn Marsack, director of the Scottish Poetry Library will stimulate thinking on poetry in ‘News that Stays: Poetry in our Lives’.

12.45pm, The Tryst

    • Punch and Judy in the Botanics

It’s Mr Punch’s 350th birthday this year - so come along and help him celebrate!  First seen as a glove puppet in Covent Garden in 1662, Mr Punch will now be seen at our very own Botanic Gardens or in the Kibble Palace if it rains!

11.00, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00, Botanic Gardens



IKEA Best Dressed Window Competition poster

Wednesday June 6, 2012

Are you entering our Best Dressed Window Competition? Email entries to or upload your images to our Facebook page.

Download the poster below and stick it in your window to let us know you are 'dressing for the occasion'!

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IKEA Best Dressed Window Competition for the West End Festival

Friday June 1, 2012


Calling all residents and businesses in the west end of Glasgow – both a resident and a business will win an IKEA gift card worth £500

Forget your Jubilee bunting! The West End Festival has teamed up with IKEA Glasgow to launch a competition that encourages residents and businesses in the west end of Glasgow, to dress up their window and show they are in the Festival spirit. Both a business and a resident will win an IKEA gift card worth £500!!

Kenneth McCann , marketing manger at IKEA Glasgow commented, “As experts in home furnishings, we are delighted to be involved with The West End Festival and hope to continue to inspire residents, offering solutions to their everyday lives at home.”

From 1-24 June, the Festival offers music, theatre, arts and dynamic cultural events across the west end.  We want people to get creative, think from the inside out and the outside in!

There’s no specific theme for the competition so you can be as imaginative as you want.

Michael Dale, West End Festival founder and director added, “We’re thrilled to have IKEA on board this year and we hope that the competition encourages people to get in the festival spirit.”

The competition will launch on Friday, 1 June and all window art and dressing should be completed by 12 noon on Monday, 18 June.

To help you think like a designer, we’ve uploaded a short video with IKEA Glasgow for you to get inspiration from!

How to enter:

You can email your entries to or upload your images to our Facebook page. Remember- you’ll need to let us know your name, address and contact details so we can get in touch if you’ve been shortlisted!

Download the competition poster from the blog or Facebook page and stick it in your window to let us know you are ‘dressing for the occasion’.


A shortlist will be pulled together by our judges; West End Festival and IKEA Glasgow. Judging will take place on the morning of 30th June – you’ll need to be available on the premises that day.

The winner of the resident’s prize and the business prize will be required to attend a photo opportunity on Monday, 2 July -10.30am at the IKEA Glasgow store, Braehead.

The winner will be announced online and on STV's website on Wednesday, 4 July.

Terms and conditions:

    • You must be aged 18 or over to enter the competition


    • Judges reserve the right


    • If you do not provide your details we won’t be able to include you


    • Prize is not transferable


    • No cash alternative


    • If you upload or send in a picture of someone else’s window, you should make clear that it’s not your window and possibly obtain their permission!


    • Windows must be dressed and completed by 12noon on Monday, 18 June in order for the whole of the west end to get involved and be in Festival spirit



Festival update in response to enquiries

Friday June 1, 2012

We’ve had some questions sent to us through Twitter and Facebook. In response to this, we have prepared an update for festival-goers.

Sponsorship has been thin on the ground given the current economic climate and we have experienced increased infrastructure costs.  The West End Festival Board took the decision not to organise a parade this year, as we didn't want to jeopardise the future of the Festival. We do hope that we will be able to bring it back next year, especially as we’ve had such fantastic support from many people, demonstrating their keenness to potentially get involved next year.

We have over 400 organised events taking place from 1-24 June, many of them free. Our opening weekend event, called Wonderland, is new to the Festival and will be targeted at families as a free event. Gibson Street Gala and the o2 Glasgow Mela also remain popular and they have a big community focus.


The Kids Are Alright!

Thursday May 31, 2012

The Grosvenor Cafe launch their programme of events for kids at the West End Festival:

"Kids events at The Grosvenor Café are suitable for all ages and a great opportunity to get the kids doing something a bit different, using their imaginations and getting creative. What’s more parents can take a bit of time out to relax with some great food and drink from our new summer menus, while the kids try their hand at pottery, cookery and all sorts!

"Most people know The Grosvenor Café as simply a bar-restaurant and have no idea about the evening classes and kids’ activities that we run as well. These events are a chance for us to show people what else we do. Change your opinion on The Café!

"We’ve actually brought back a few of the popular entertainers and workshops from last year, but we’re hoping that 2012 will see each of them being even more successful and popular than last time. We’ve definitely upped our game and are really excited about our programme of events for all the family.

"For us, nothing says “Summer in Glasgow” like the West End festival. It’s great to be part of such an established tradition, especially as it goes from strength to strength with each passing year. We love the energy that takes over the city during the month of June, as native and adoptive Glaswegians get out and about and try new things. We’ll definitely be checking out other venues’ events and embarking on a walk or two as well!


The Kids Are Alright!

Throughout the West End Festival, The Grosvenor Café on Ashton Lane will be putting on a great range of entertainment for the little ones. In addition to the usual free face painting every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm, they have some great creative events lined up for the kids. Read on for further details!

Pottery Workshop

Sunday 10th June // Saturday 16th June, 12-1pm
Louise McVey invites the young team to get their hands dirty and give ceramics a go!

£2 per fledgling potter.

Puppet-making Workshop

Sunday 17th June, 1-4pm

Between 1 and 4pm, the West End’s own Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre host a very special puppet-making workshop. Face painters are also on hand and, as always, our fancy dress box is heaving with toys and costumes, leaving you free to enjoy a relaxing lunch, while the kids get creative.

FREE EVENT for all ages.

Pizza & Cupcake Workshop

Wednesday 20th June

Kids design and prepare their own pizzas, which are then taken away to be cooked. This leaves just enough time to decorate their own cupcakes before the pizza is done and they can enjoy it in the restaurant.

£5 per little chef.

Pyjama Drama

Saturday 23rd June, 2pm // 2.45pm

Sing, dance, pretend, play; where will our imagination take us today?

Raise the flag, grab your sea legs and help Pirate Peter find the dastardly gang who has kidnapped his beloved parrot. A special session combining drama, music, movement and play, where children’s imaginations take the starring role! Parents stay and join in the fun too!

FREE EVENT for Older Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers.

Bumble Tree: Cabaret for Kids!  (+Balloon Art!)

Sunday 24th June, 2pm

An afternoon of family friendly fun times from some great children’s entertainers. Kids and parents alike are encouraged to get up and do a turn. Whether you choose to sing, dance or juggle for your supper is up to you! And by supper, we mean ice cream. Go online to get the inside scoop.

FREE EVENT for all ages.

Don’t forget The Grosvenor Café believes in equal rights for little people- especially when it comes to quality food. This is why they offer Half Portions for Half Price from the A La Carte Menu, so you can rest assured your kids are eating proper, decent food.


Update - Michael Marra

Monday May 28, 2012

Update regarding Michael Marra event:

Unfortunately, Scottish folk musician Michael Marra has had to cancel his festival show on Saturday, 23 June.

He has passed on his sincere apologies, but due to health reasons will be unable to perform.

We hope his fans don’t take this too hard and still come along to enjoy the host of other Scottish musicians due to perform at this year’s West End Festival.

Please contact Cottiers directly regarding refunds.


Another addition - The Muppets come to town!

Friday May 25, 2012

The popular Grosvenor Cinema of Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End, as a part of The West End Festival,  are proud to present a Community screening of the brilliant family movie ‘The Muppets’ at Maryhill Burgh Halls on Saturday 23rd June at 11am.

Tickets are only £1.00 but be there as you will see a demonstration of authentic 35mm projected film. Have you ever wondered just what goes on behind that light at the back of the cinema in the projection box, well on the 23rd June we will show you, a genuine projector taken out of a Glasgow cinema will not only be on display but will be used to show you ‘The Muppets  Movie’. Prior to the film we will also give a short talk of how 35mm developed and how we have now entered the digital age.

Not only will this be lots of fun it will also be a great brief history lesson for the family, not to mention a unique way of showing films on screen.

Tickets for the screening of ‘The Muppets Movie’ at Maryhill Burgh Halls can be purchased from The Grosvenor Cinema;  0845 166 6028.