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Thursday May 29, 2014

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Organising a festival isn't easy you know! You have to have time, resources, contacts, ideas and a passion for the project. Our WEF team certainly has passion!

As the last week before the festival kicks off runs away before us, we're busy working on final arrangements for media, calling out for volunteers for the biggest date in our programme, parade day, and ensuring our participants, local businesses and of course you, the people who flock to the festival events, are fully up-to-speed with arrangements.

We were happy to see a waiting list start for stalls on parade day. Hopefully the sun will shine as it did last year!

We were doing a count and think we've got circa 500 people in the parade! More than last year and by the looks of the costumes and puppets, it's going to be every bit as colourful!

Be sure to keep an eye on the website for highlights and of course our Facebook and Twitter feeds for news and updates.


News - World’s largest music event comes to West End Festival

Monday June 24, 2013

20 musicians, collectively known as “Dr. Poembak” came to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the West End Festival in free live events, pictured at one of the most iconic buildings in the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Dr Poembak

The band, who dresses up in doctor, nurse and surgeon outfits, were playing at the West End Festival as part of La Fête de la Musique.

The musicians have diverse backgrounds – some professional and some amateur. This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity as well as an eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI.

Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said:

“Saturday was one of the busiest days in the festival diary, and it’s great that we have such a wealth of talent and we’re able to share this throughout the west end.

“To be a part of La Fête de la Musique is fantastic and ensures the West End Festival is known around the world. We look forward to developing our international connections, especially as 2014 will be a big year for Glasgow.”

About La Fête de la Musique:

Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.
Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, it is now the world’s largest music event.

The band is playing at 1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery steps and 6pm at Ashton Lane.


For further information:

Laura Sutherland, Aura PR T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840

E: laura@aura-pr.com

Notes to editors:

    • The West End Festival runs from 31 May to 30 June


    • The festival comprises over 400 events in 80 venues across Glasgow’s west end


    • Sample videos from previous performances:




Guest Post - Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

Monday June 24, 2013

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir 1

The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir date back to 1944 and while in the immediate post-war years many of the members would have had connections with the home island, today’s members have backgrounds in both Gaelic and non Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond.

Over the years the choir has had considerable success particularly at the Royal National Mod, winning the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield on 10 occasions with particular success in Skye in 1982 when they won all 4 competitions.  They have also tasted success at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland and at the Vancouver Mod and the Choir has been invited to sing at the Eistedfodd and the International Eistedfodd.  Over many years the choir had a strong relationship with the Gaelic group Runrig, appearing with them on many occasions, and in 1996 they produced a “Tribute to Runrig.”

The choir is renowned for its perfect tone and the emotions of sadness and joy that their music produces, moving native speakers and non Gaelic speakers to tears.  All of which is down to the musical expertise of their well known conductor Kirsteen Grant.

The choir will be performing at the West End Festival on Wednesday 26 June at Hyndland Parish Church. Tickets are £8 at the door and for more information please visit the facebook page or call 0141 942 7603.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Guest blog post by Robert McNair, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir Logo


Guest Blog - The Grosvenor Cafe

Saturday June 22, 2013

Grosvenor Cafe

The West End Festival 2013 has been the highlight of the summer for The Grosvenor Café this year. The Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy all the best bits of Glasgow’s unique West End. Seeing Ashton Lane full of Festival-goers has been wonderful and the amazing weather has been a welcomed addition to the months’ proceedings!

The Grosvenor Café have had barbeques, face-painting, vintage markets and special events. It’s been a pleasure to witness true old-fashioned Community Spirit. The Café’s General Manager, Rab Meliani has stated ‘This is my first experience of the West End Festival and it’s been a great month. The atmosphere in the Lane has been exceptional. There has been an array of unique events which have provided our customers with a variety of things to do, whether it be during the week or at the weekend. It’s also been great to cater events for children and adults alike, something that we try to do generally.’

The release of ‘World War Z’ (the eagerly anticipated Zombie movie starring Brad Pitt, where many scenes were shot in Glasgow) has brought a whole new Zombie-slant to the West End Festival this year. The Grosvenor Cinema secured a Premiere Screening of the movie, where a lavish Premiere Party was held to celebrate Glasgow's blockbuster appearance. Special ‘World War Z’ Zombie meal deals will be running in conjunction with the release of the movie. There is also a pretty-unpretty Zombie Party set to finish off the West End Festival in true style on Friday the 28th of June... follow this link for more details!

The Café are already looking forward to the WEF 2014!



News - Da Capo Alba joined by BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist

Friday June 21, 2013

Da Capo Alba to perform with previous finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year

Da Capo Alba, Scotland’s premier mandolin and guitar orchestra regular performers in the West End Festival will be joined on Saturday 22nd June by flautist Shona Brown. Shona Brown

Shona from Motherwell, began playing the flute at the age of 12.  A few months later she recorded on Mogwai's debut album "Young Team", which inspired her to pursue the life of a musician. She went on to study classical flute, winning awards from the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama amongst others.  After a time working in London, she returned to Scotland to set up SoundRoutes - a record label promoting community choirs and music projects.

Shona will be performing two solo pieces and will also play alongside Da Capo Alba, who will be conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel. There will be something for everyone as the orchestra explores a range of musical styles from baroque and classical to ragtime and Latin American.

An evening of entertainment not to be missed!

Concert details: Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road

For more information visit our website, facebook & twitter page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shona enjoys rehearsal time with Da Capo Alba


Guest Blog post by Robert McKerlie, Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association (LGMA)

Da Capo Alba


What's on this weekend...21-23 June

Friday June 21, 2013

A few highlights from each day over the weekend.... Remember to check the website for full details

Ruth Martin with Support

Friday 21 June

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a rich, soulful voice, Ruth Martin has an individual blend of acoustic folk-blues and her music has been described as: “emotive, sparse, haunting, beautiful”. Sponsored by PM Music who have persuaded artists from their West End Festival programme to play this last show in the series exclusively for Club members, their guests and limited members of the public.


Booking and ticket info:

For more information and to book tickets, visit 

Venue: Arlington Baths


Friday 21 June

O beware my lord of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” When Othello, Moorish general of the Venetian army, marries the beautiful young Desdemona, the stage is set for an intimate and intense tragedy of jealousy, betrayal and manipulation as the villainous Iago sets out to destroy them both. Bard in the Botanics is Scotland’s biggest and best-loved festival of Shakespeare and it returns for its 12th annual season with a brand new production of this most heart-breaking and beautiful story.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £16 (£10 conc) from website or phone 0141 429 0022 • www.bardinthebotanics.co.uk

Venue: Botanic Gardens

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers present: “The Way of the Drum”

Friday 21 June


Experience the thundering rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form. A fusion of primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour to captivate audiences of all ages. After years of performing at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, TV appearances, touring across continents and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mungenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a spell-binding show.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £18/£10 from 0141 357 4000 or www.cottiers.com

Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd

Malt Whisky Master Classes

Friday 21 June

With six whiskies selected from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, you will be guided by our passionate experts as you explore the history and the many differences that Scottish Single Malt Whisky has to offer. From the soft subtle tastes of the lowlands through Speyside, the Highlands, the Islands and of course the peated power of the Islay malts, you will come away with a greater understanding and enjoyment of one of Scotland’s greatest exports. Four sessions.
Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £16 Booking link

Venue: Bridie Library, Glasgow University Union

Bring Your Own Seat Cinema


Friday 21 June-     9:00pm

The Grosvenor Cinema presents Bring Your Own Seat: the outdoor movie experience with a twist! Vote for the film of your choice on Facebook and come to the secret location in the west end!

Booking and ticket info:

£1 from all ticket sales goes to Yorkhill Childrens Foundation

Venue: Grosvenor Cinema

Mill Girls On Tour 'Midsummer Special'

Friday 21 June                 9:00pm

Weaving Musical Threads presents the “Mill Girls on Tour”, a spell-binding synergy of poetry and musical interludes reflecting the history of the famous mill girls, their loves, feistiness, trials and triumphs. Right on the doorstep, the Renfrewshire Mill Girl poets are Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake, Gwen McKerrell and Kathryn Daly. Especially making the journey north to join them is guest artiste Scottish singer-songwriter Anna MacDonald. A West End Festival debut – this unique depiction of our important industrial heritage is a home-grown production with heart and humour.

Booking and ticket info:

This event is not ticketed.

Venue: St Louis Bar, 734 Dumbarton Road Glasgow

La Clinik Du Dr. Poembak: 
A Belgian Fanfare

Saturday 22 June                 1:00pm

The Poembak Collective brings together 20 musicians of diverse backgrounds.  This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity that tickle our toes, warm up our ears and put us up in the air as soon as the music starts!  An eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Part of Fete de la Musique. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI

1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Gallery steps, 6pm at Ashton Lane.


www.afglasgow.org.uk www.wbi.beVenue: Botanic Gardens

Classic Cuts: The Changeling

Friday 21 June                1:00pm

Saturday 22 June           1:00pm

By Thomas Middleton, adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick.

One of the most linguistically elegant bloodbaths ever penned, “The Changeling” follows young Spanish noblewoman Beatrice-Joanna, who suffers the misfortune of meeting the first love of her life, Alsemero, just a few days after having become betrothed to another. Her subsequent wild recourse to dark tactics in pursuit of breaking this engagement – in the form of a heated alliance with aristocrat turned servant De Flores – are the meat and drink of this Jacobean film noir.  Suffice to say that trouble, desire, sex and death ensue.



Booking and ticket info:

Ticket includes play, pie & pint.

Mon, Tues, Thurs £10, Wed £8, Fri & Sat £12.50. 
Tickets www.ticketweb.co.uk 0844477 1000 
or at the door on the day

Hidden Lane Studios Open Day

Saturday 22 June                 10:00am - 6:00pm

Open studios including model makers, picture framers, sculptors, stained glass makers, jewellers, painters, upholsterers, yoga, shiatsu, bespoke vintage clothing, personal trainers, music studios (rehearsal and recording), fashion designers, musical instrument makers, art repairers, graphic artists, music tuition (guitar and all stringed instruments), digital media productions, new and vintage vinyl, film animation, badge makers, t-shirt printers, art exhibitions, t-shirt, bag and mug designers and the celebrated Hidden Lane Tearoom.


Venue: Hidden Lane, 1081 Argyle Street,  Glasgow

Da Capo Alba In Concert

Saturday 22 June                 7:30pm

A chance to hear Scotland’s premier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra in concert in this beautiful cathedral, which has become Da Capo Alba’s regular venue for their annual performance as part of the West End Festival.  Da Capo Alba, conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel, play a range of musical styles from baroque and classical to ragtime and Latin American.  Something for every taste and all entertaining!



Booking and ticket info:


Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow

The Saturday Show

Saturday 22 June                 9:00pm
Our fabulous flagship Saturday show has been sold out every week for the past five years. And no wonder- it’s the best night out in Glasgow. With Dave Fulton, Diane Spencer, John McGoldrick and host Joe Heenan.

Organisers: www.thestand.co.uk

Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £15. Tickets from 0844 335 8879. We require advance payment for Sat evenings

Venue: Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow

Paintings On Railings

Saturday 22 June                 All Day

Sunday 23 June                 All Day

Saturday 29 June                 All Day

Sunday 30 June                 All Day

Long established outdoor art gallery at the Botanic Gardens railings started in 1996 as part of the first West End Festival.  Come and see a large variety of original art, craftwork and photography - meet the artists and maybe buy something! To exhibit call Lynne Scobbie 07779 977612.

If wet, come back another day!
Venue: Botanic Gardens

WEF Sunday All-Dayer

Sunday 23 June                 8:00pm

After the success of last year’s inaugural West End Festival All Dayer it is coming back again this year with another 14 acts playing across the basement venue, main bar and stunning auditorium at Oran Mor. The Twilight Sad will be headlining the auditorium with a very special stripped back set and Meursault and Campfires in Winter have also been announced at time of going to print. Keep an eye on the Oran Mor website for more announcements in the coming weeks.



Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £18 in advance from 
www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 477 1000, Tickets 
Scotland 0141 204 5151 or at the main bar / www.oran-mor.co.uk. Also available on the door: £20.

Venue: Oran Mor

Lansdowne International 
Film Festival

Sunday 23 June                 6:30pm
Sunday 30 June                 6:30pm

Forget about Cannes!  Every Sunday evening in June the Lansdowne will be screening a selection of international film in the Glasshouse. Each week will feature different world cinema from anime to arthouse with a bit of Bollywood for good measure!  Free popcorn for all plus two pizzas for £10 will make this an excellent and affordable way to expand your cultural horizons.



Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow

Sunday Folk Sessions At Dram!

Sunday 23 June                 7:00pm
Sunday 30 June                 7:00pm

Classy Scottish music from Feather-fingered Phil and the gang.  Toe-tapping and funky fiddling all night in the Wee Dram.

Organisers: www.dramglasgow.co.uk

Venue: Dram! 232-246 Woodlands Road Glasgow

Guest Blog - Peter MacCalman, West End Festival Music Programmer

Tuesday June 18, 2013

Peter MacCalman

My role as a music programmer and promoter is to create an interesting programme of shows for the diverse tastes of the westend of Glasgow. I decide which artists and genres best represent this as well as fit in with the general reputation of PM Music musical output over the course of a year. Once the programme is decided, I approach artists or their representatives with offers and we make deals on the shows. I then make decisions on how to promote the show, for example flyers or adverts which I then have designed. We use many different means of promotion and we continue to push the show right up until the night of the event. On the night we organise and then staff the night to produce the concert and work with the artists we have booked . . . sound like enough work :-)

We are excited to be involved once again with the West End Festival having taken part now for the last 5 years. This year our programme is more diverse that ever featuring music from Scotland and around the world which I feel represents the diversity of taste in the west end itself. From great Scottish songwriters such as Carol Laula and Dick Gaughan through to touring Canadian act Genticorum and The Congos from Jamaica.

Upcoming events include...

19 June, Cottiers: Carol Laula


With "a style which bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading", it's hardly surprising that she's risen from a young unknown to become a household name. With seven albums under her belt, she still stirs critics to describe her as "Scotland's leading singer-songwriter" and "an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer".

20 June, Oran Mor: Bags of Rock


BAGS OF ROCK deliver a massive stadium sound of heavy rock, bagpipes ... and original, ground breaking compositions... not for the faint hearted !!!!!!

Scottish New Music Awards 2012 "Rock Recording of the Year" and "Group of the Year" winners – Glasgow’s BAGS OF ROCK fuse cutting-edge heavy rock with The Great Highland Bagpipe. Delivering performances with an infectious conviction to their art, BAGS OF ROCK have created a trail blazing musical combination that takes this new genre to the next level.


20 June, Cottiers: Dick Gaughan


Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, Dick Gaughan has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, and made his first solo album in 1971, No More Forever. He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and the now legendary Scottish folk-rock band, Five Hand Reel. In December 2009, Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.


21 June, Cottiers: Rab Noakes & Alan 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

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."


24 June, Oran Mor: Julia Fordham


Having sold millions of records around the world, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Julia Fordham will be returning to the UK for her first tour in 20 years. Performing with her will be Grant Mitchell, pianist/arranger/producer of her early hits Happy Ever After, Where Does The Time Go, Porcelain & I Thought It Was You. The set will be filled with these favourites plus many others including: Girlfriend, Lock and Key, Towerblock & the International hit (Love Moves) In Mysterious Ways. After living in Los Angeles for many years, Julia is thrilled to be coming home to sing her songs again around the country. This is an evening not to be missed and early booking is advised.“A stylish pop balladeer with a voice that glides easily between the languor of Sadeand the smooth high notes of Philadelphia soul.”- The London Telegraph

25 June, SWG3,: The Congos


The Congos are a reggae vocal group from Jamaica active on from the mid-1970s until the present day. They are best known for their Heart of the Congos album, recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry.

For more information on all West End Festival events have a look at the website, facebook and twitter pages.

Guest blog by Peter MacCalman, West End Festival music programmer


Update - British Cycling National Road Race Championships

Sunday June 16, 2013

British Cycling National Road Race

Note from West End Festival – The British Cycling National Road Race Championships are next weekend and it may affect and area you live, work or socialise in. Please read the information below from Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow will host the British Cycling National Road Race Championships, the most prestigious cycling road race in the UK, next weekend, Sunday 23 June 2013.

It brings with it the prospect of elite cyclists such as Mark Cavendish, Lizzie Armitstead and Kayleigh Brogan competing in the city. It will also present a huge opportunity for businesses as we expect thousands of people to line the streets to watch the event, which is taking place in a city for the first time.

On the day, there are two races: the Women’s Race takes place from 9.30am-1pm and the Men’s Race from 1.30-5.30pm.

Starting and finishing at Glasgow Green, the race route runs through the city centre, travelling along Trongate, Argyle Street, Buchanan street and St. Vincent Street before carrying on to the West End where it will pass though Kelvingrove Park and circuit Hillhead before heading back towards the city centre.

As I’m sure you are aware, delivering an event of this size will inevitably involve some changes to Glasgow City Council’s services and the introduction of traffic management measures. While we hope to minimise disruption, road closures are required to ensure the safety of participants and spectators.

Parking restrictions will come into force on the race route from 1600hrs on Friday 21 June to facilitate building the course, and will remain in place until 2100hrs on Sunday 23 June. Any vehicles parked directly on the race route during this time may be uplifted. If you are a parking permit holder your permit will allow you to park outwith your designated zone from Friday 21 – Monday 24 June.

There will be a rolling programme of junction closures along the race route from 0600hrs Saturday 22 June and these will remain in place until 2359hrs on Sunday 23 June. The course will be closed to all traffic from 0800hrs on Sunday and diversion routes will be in operation. Routes will open again in a phased manner from 1800hrs on Sunday. Local diversions will be in place.

If you normally park anywhere inside the race route and are likely to need to use your vehicle on Sunday 23 June, you are advised to park outwith the race route before 2359hrs on Saturday 22 June. If you have mobility issues or secure private parking please contact us on the number below.

This event is being organised by British Cycling and Glasgow Life, on behalf of Glasgow City Council. With your support, we plan to stage a successful race that highlights our wonderful city. May I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the lead up to and during the event. If you need further information or assistance please contact 0141 287 8080 or go to www.glasgow.gov.uk/eventinformation or www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk.

Guest blog post by Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council


What's on this weekend: 14-16 June

Friday June 14, 2013

We like to bring you some snippets of events happening every weekend. This week we're giving you the event plus the details! #wef13

Have a look on our website and search the date, venue, category or event title to see what else is happening...

Friday 14th

1. FREE event - Glasgow School of Art Goes West 10am-5pm

Iota proudly presents the new cutting edge of contemporary painting: ten of the best from the M Litt in Fine Art Practice (Expanded Painting) at the Glasgow School of Art for 2013.

Venue: Iota Gallery, 25 Hyndland Street Glasgow, G11 5QE

0141 338 6052

2. West End Festival Winds by Cottier Chamber Project at Cottiers

Music: Mozart   Gran Partita   K.361

£7 in advance, £9 on the day, £5 students. £25 for both concerts with main course and drink, £20 for concert and pre theatre menu. A beard like Brahms’ get you in free for the concerts (genuine beards only!)

Tickets in advance from www.cottierchamberproject.com  www.cottiers.com or in person from the Box Office at Cottiers Hyndland. 0141 357 4000.

3. The 25th Annual 
Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7.30pm

Mad Props Theatre present their inaugural production, the Glasgow premiere of this Tony Award-winning play.  Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser.  With profits going to Leukaemia Research and with laughs guaranteed, don’t miss out on this cult musical where anything can happen!

Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £12 plus BF • 0141 357 4000

Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd, G4

0141 357 4000

Saturday 15th

1. Paintings On Railings - All day Saturday, Sunday

Long established outdoor art gallery at the Botanic Gardens railings started in 1996 as part of the first West End Festival.  Come and see a large variety of original art, craftwork and photography - meet the artists and maybe buy something! To exhibit call Lynne Scobbie 07779 977612.

If wet, come back another day!

Venue: Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road Glasgow, G12 0UE

0141 276 1614

2. O2 Glasgow Mela    12:00pm - 8:00pm

also on Sunday 16 June 12:00pm - 8:00pm

For one weekend Kelvingrove Park will be transformed into an extravaganza of music, dance, exotic food and eclectic stalls with the 02 Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival.   The two-day event is open to all ages, and includes family activities and an array of stalls to browse and food to try, as well as a richly diverse programme of colourful performances across three stages. Join us at Kelvingrove Park to celebrate the multi-cultural influences that make Glasgow so vibrant, creative and cosmopolitan.  Delivered by Glasgow Life.

Venue: Kelvingrove Park, G12

0141 334 6363


3. Lari Don: Little Red Riding Hood 11am and 2.30pm

 A magical experience for all the family.  The renowned children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don will read her stunning new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, encouraging the listener to imagine fairy tales and magical journeys of their own.  Woodland crafts activities after and tasty baking! Age 4-7 and families.

Venue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street, Glasgow, G20

4. Peter MacCalman Symphony No 1 at 8pm

Performed by the Cappella String Quartet and piano.  Popular and contemporary composition collide in an exploration of the symphony – a format rooted in the classical tradition of Western Europe, yet one that has evolved and changed from its original meanings and structure. Rooted in today’s culture, but incorporating and respecting the history of the symphony, Peter MacCalman’s work uses chamber-sized forces to produce music on a symphonic scale.  “Sonorously atmospheric live music composed for string quartet by Peter MacCalman” - Herald 2007.

Booking and ticket info: Tickets £12

Available from www.cottiers.com or 0141 357 4000

Venue: Cottier Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street Glasgow

Sunday 16th

1. Kids Creative Corner 12-5pm

Why not bring the kids along this afternoon for some fun food and arty-crafts? Pop in to the Lansdowne between 12 and 5 where the kids can occupy themselves in a fun way while Mum and Dad can eat lunch in peace and quiet?

Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £5 per child. Info 
0141 334 4653

Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow G20 6NQ

0141 334 4653 lansdownebar@maclay.co.uk

2. FREE - Queen Margaret Drive 
– Street Festival (also on Sat 15th)  12:00pm - 6:00pm

Come and join the West End Festival’s latest community street event in Queen Margaret Drive, just to the north of Byres Road. We have a great selection of independent shops and businesses. Join us for music, craft beer, authentic food, art and craft workshops, street stalls, vintage clothing, face painting and children’s activities. Families welcome and parking free!

3. RSNO Chamber Series: 
Classical Strings  2:30pm

Relax and unwind on a Sunday afternoon with the RSNO Chamber Series. This is a refreshing chance to hear the musicians of the Orchestra up close and personal, performing music by great composers in an intimate setting. Join our quintet of strings for a concert of celebrated classical chamber music, including Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.

Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £12, disabled £6, under 26 £5, under 16 free (max 2 with paying adult)

Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow, G4 9JB

0141 339 6691

4. Storytelling: 
Julia Donaldson Favourites - 10.30am

Celebrate Father’s Day with a collection of Julia Donaldson stories. Tam Dean Burn will read Tales from Acorn Wood in the morning (Family event but best for under 5’s).and The Gruffalo stories in the afternoon (Family event but best for under 8’s). Music from Emma Schad and Andy Alston.  There will be crafts, face painting, home baking and, in the afternoon children can meet The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child!

10:30am Tales from Acorn Wood.  
2pm The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child event


www.childrenswood.comVenue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street Glasgow G20


5. The Mackintosh Choir Sings “America!” 7pm

After our very successful launch at last year’s West End Festival, please join us for another wonderful night of song, this time with an American theme. We will delight you with many familiar songs, songs from the shows, exciting Aaron Copland songs, and many more.

Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £7 (children £3) at the door or in advance from choir members

Venue: Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road Glasgow G20 7EL

0141 946 6600 info@crmsociety.com


Guest Blog - Viper Live & Unplugged

Friday June 14, 2013

Viper Live and Unplugged

Viper Live and Unplugged - Every Friday of the West End Festival


Viper is an intimate venue in the heart of the West End. Last year we raised over £4000 for Children in Need and saw this year’s West End Festival as the perfect opportunity to raise money for a different cause.


Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is a local music charity which helps people with a range of disabilities through music therapy and relies hugely on the generosity of the general public. For more information on the charity visit their website here.


As lovers of music, Viper will showcase two live performances from the freshest, up and coming bands and artists every Friday between 7pm-10pm.


The past two sessions have played host to some fantastic artists including The Kay Family, Lack of Colour, Bronagh and the Boys and Kerri Watt. The event has proven to be a great success and the charity buckets are filling up nicely!

Viper Live & Unplugged

If you have missed out on the past couple of weeks, never fear there are two more sessions still to come!

Friday 14th June will see Broken Boy and Amy Rayner hit the Viper stage with Kirsty Wilson headlining our final showcase on Friday 21st June.

This event is free of charge but we ask for a donation to the charity at the door.

Not to forget we will be closing the festival from our end with a massive party on Sunday 30th June from 10pm, combining the live music theme with true Viper-style.

See you there,  Viper

Viper West End