West End Festival by Subway (Part 2 of 4) - Hillhead Station

Monday June 22, 2015

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Located on Byres Road, Hillhead is the ideal stop for those wishing to visit the charming lanes the west end is so well known for and stunning parks and green areas for a healthy outdoor life. With still so much to see and do this is your guide to what’s happening in and around Hillhead station.

 

The Bothy Restaurant

Stepping off the subway onto Byres Road which hosted the parade on Festival Sunday, The Bothy restaurant hides just across the road down Ruthven Lane and offers a return to traditional Scottish cooking in a relaxed, comfortable environment.  Easily one of the top restaurants in the West End, The Bothy delivers modern food with friendly service.  Upcoming events include…..

 

The Bothy Whisky Tasting

Experience a tour of some of Scotland's finest distilleries from the comfort of The Bothy! As well as a delicious three course meal from our Scottish menu, enjoy a fantastic selection of whiskies and discover the history behind your favourite distilleries. Our expert will provide an insight into what makes the perfect blend and guide you through the techniques used to properly identify and taste different whiskies.

Thursday 25 Jun 7:00 pm – Tickets £35.95 

 

Native Seafood BBQ with pop-up prosecco bar

Every Saturday during the festival (weather permitting) we'll be firing up the BBQ on our outdoor terrace space, which is quite the sun trap. Expect different options every week as only the freshest locally caught seafood goes on the grill, as well as our famous steak and haggis burgers. For the movers and shakers out there everything can be ordered to go!

Saturday 27 Jun 12:00am 

 

Oran Mor

Crossing back over the road again you’ll find the Oran Mor sporting a ring atop its spire which is lit up at night! Formerly the Kelvinside Parish Church, it is now a thriving arts and entertainment venue located in the West End of Glasgow.  Offering a Whisky Bar, restaurant and night club, this stunning building is a key host for the West End Festival.  Here are two of the many events still to come!

 

Salsa Celtica

The combination of Scotland and Ireland's leading Celtic musicians with a stellar group of international salseros, ensures that Salsa Celtica are always a potent blend of virtuosity and energy. The group's unique synthesis has been rapturously received around the globe, from the village halls of Scotland to the world's greatest music festivals and concert halls. Nominated for best cross cultural collaboration in the 2015 Songlines Music Awards (along with Kronos Quartet and Robert Plant) there has never been a better time to catch one of the world's most exciting and enjoyable groups perform live.

Wednesday 24 Jun 8:00pm

Tickets £15. Call 0844 844 0444 or in person at venue.

 

Peggy Seeger

In her 80th year, Peggy Seeger - folk queen, feminist icon, political activist, eco-warrior, muse - releases her 22nd and probably finest solo album. Everything Changes is a perfect example of what a singer-songwriter album should be: songs with truths to tell, told sparely but with a great chorus, delivered passionately with intelligence and humour and never outstaying its welcome.

Saturday 27 Jun 7:00pm

Tickets £17.50 (plus booking fee) from Oran Mor, 0844 844 0444 or in person at venue.

 

 

Kelvinside Hillhead Church

Heading up Observatory Road (again just off Byres), you’ll run into Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church. This breath-taking building is truly something to be admired and houses a variety of events during the West End Festival including:

 

Glasgow Chamber Choir: Songs for a Summer Festival

Join Glasgow Chamber Choir for a joyous evening of music finishing the season in style. Classics by Whitacre and Grainger will be performed alongside new works and old favourites – expect some surprises!

The beautiful setting of Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church provides the ideal setting for this midsummer musical celebration, which will conclude with refreshments. 

Saturday 27 Jun 7:00pm – Tickets £8 (£5 conc) at the door and more info about the Glasgow Chamber Choir can be found on their website.

 

Kelvinside Hillhead Church presents: Songs Of Praise

A chance to join in with favourite hymns on the last Sunday evening of this year's West End Festival

Sunday 28 Jun 7:00pm

 

The Hillhead Bookclub

One of the most popular and quirky pubs/restaurants in the west end, Hillhead Bookclub is your spot for ping pong, bingo and mismatched furniture. A relaxing, vibrant place situated just behind the Oran Mor offering great food and friendly service, the Bookclub is playing host to Drag Bingo and anywhere where cocktails are served in gramophones is bound to provide a fantastic evening of entertainment!   

The Hillhead Bookclub presents: Drag Bingo

Eyes down! You might need some reading glasses as the lovely Misses October Fist and Acid Taunt, throw shape and pull out their bingo balls as we play for a £500 cash prize.

Strap yourself in, this isn't granny bingo, this is ball drag bingo!

Wednesday 24 Jun 8:00pm

 

Hillhead station has many popular venues located on its doorstep including the Grosvenor Cinema and Hillhead Library.  With plenty more still on offer visit the West End Festival website for more information.

 

                            Next Stop: Kelvinhall Station

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Celebrate 'Greek' Thomson & The Sixty Steps

Monday June 16, 2014

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Glasgow has some secret spots, but few are so enchanting as the Sixty Steps. Tucked away off Queen Margaret Drive, the only public structure by the great Victorian architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson invites discovery.

On Sunday 15 June, as part of the 2014 West End Festival, the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust was once again welcoming visitors. New signs and a viewing bench were unveiled, exciting restoration plans discussed, and young Scottish actor Patrick Wallace performed a specially-written one-man show, ‘Intimations of Mortality’.

 Greek Thomson one man performance

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was an architectural genius who left his mark on Glasgow. Inspired by the ancients, he created breathtaking monuments such as the St Vincent Street church. His Sixty Steps, by contrast, is something of a folly.

Commissioned by an enterprising property developer who wanted to draw house-hunters to land he had bought in North Kelvinside, the Sixty Steps was completed in the early 1870s.

Comprising a sweeping staircase bounded by a wall bearing traces of windows and doors, and crowned by a romantic ‘bellevue’ looking  out across the river Kelvin, the structure originally stood amid rolling fields.  

Gradually, the tenements and villas that surround it now were built and over time Thomson’s flight of fancy fell into disrepair: during World War II the cast iron lamps that Thomson designed to flank the steps were removed, and the stonework started to crumble.

 Greek Thomson steps

Now, thanks to Glasgow City Council and the efforts of the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust there is a determination to restore the structure to its former glory.

 

www.sisxtysteps.org.uk

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Scotland's Mardi Gras pleases thousands on Byres Road

Monday June 9, 2014

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Parade day has left all of us here in the mardi gras spirit!

Not only did the 500 plus performers and entertainers put on a great show, but we got some much anticipated sunshine to top the day off. 

Thousands of people took to the street and joined us watching and cheering as the parade passed.

Parade passing Oran Mor

This year’s parade theme, ‘Identity’, was interpreted by community groups and organisations from around Glasgow, in their costume designs which they made and wore for the vibrant parade procession.

The scene took over Byres Road and the surrounding streets and finished off on the steps of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. 

Living statue outside Curlers

Before the parade began it was great to see so many people wandering up and down Byres Road and around the market in the Ashton Road car park – taking advantage of all the free entertainment and supporting local businesses by stopping for a bite to eat.

Even if the afternoon was a little damp...

BBQ at the butchers

And until next year, a massive thank you to everyone who came along, and to everyone involved! Check out lots of submitted images on our facebook and twitter.

Parade day

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Final week before WEF 2014

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.

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_OLD Final week before WEF 2014

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.

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News - Glasgow’s biggest festival celebrates 18 years in Rio style

Sunday June 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SUNDAY, 9 JUNE 

 PRESS RELEASE

 

 Glasgow’s biggest festival celebrates 18 years in Rio style

 

 West End Festival Mardi Gras confirmed for 2014


Festival goers celebrated the West End Festival’s 18th birthday in style with over 600 people participating in Scotland’s Mardi Gras parade today, Sunday, 9 June, as part of the Festival’s month-long programme (31 May – 30 June).

Festival Sunday and the Mardi Gras parade attracts up to 80,000 revellers to the streets and this is the first time the Festival has had sufficient funding to close Byres Road for the Parade since 2008.

Following a public appeal the Festival secured £15,000 of funding towards the costs of its iconic Parade Day from Glasgow based daily deals and events service itison.com, ensuring its return this year.

Oli Norman, founder of itison, said:  “We’re really proud to help make the Parade return to Byres Road this year. Over 20,000 itison members in Glasgow have already said they’re coming today so we know it’s going to be a big day.  The weather is great and the itison team will be dancing their way down Byres Road with the rest of the Mardi Gras.  It’s such a fun day.”

The Festival programme includes over 400 events in some 80 venues across the west end of Glasgow, with events ranging from music and theatre, to walks, talks and community galas. The parade is the biggest highlight of the festival and it has today been announced that funding has been secured via Glasgow City Council for its return in 2014 and 2015, assisting the development of the parade in the wider communities of Glasgow.

Baillie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, said: “The West End Festival parade is a well-established fixture of Glasgow’s cultural calendar, and an event that so many people look forward to every year.  I am delighted to say that the council is supporting the parade for three years as we appreciate the significant value, both economic and cultural, that the parade and festival brings to Glasgow and its visitors.  I am sure the parade will be as colourful and entertaining as always on Sunday.”

Liz Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival added her thoughts: “From local communities organising their own galas and our widely anticipated parade, to international musicians and the premier of World War Z, the west end is not only a very cultured area and community, but its location lends itself to significant events and is a fine showcase for visitors from outwith the city and abroad of what Glasgow has to offer.

“The parade has been a labour of love for festival director, Michael Dale, parade co-ordinator, Noel Bridgeman, and the Festival team, but it couldn’t have happened without the generous support of our funders, sponsors and volunteers. I’d like to thank each of them for making this spectacular event happen.”

The West End Festival is a celebration of culture, and one that has brought colour and entertainment to the streets of the west end since 1996.  It continues to be a key part of Glasgow’s events calendar, attracting visitors from across the city and beyond, as well as including internationally renowned musicians and artists such as Pavel Haas Quartet, Brass Jaw and the live screening of Munch 150.

 -ENDS-

Further information:

Laura Sutherland, Aura PR M: 07764 936 840 E: laura@aura-pr.com

Notes to editors:

    • Interviews available on request

 

    • Supporting imagery available on request

 

    • Generous funding is given from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council

 

    • Other sponsors and funders include IKEA Glasgow, G1, Hugh Fraser Foundation

 

    • More than 1 million visitors have attended the event from its start in 1996

 

    • 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

 

 

 

    • Scotland’s biggest free multi-cultural festival, the Glasgow Mela, will take place in Kelvingrove Park from 12 noon until 8pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.  Bringing some of the biggest names in      urban, Bhangra and Bollywood music to Glasgow, the weekend promises vibrant tunes, dance, entertainment and live performances on three stages across the whole park.  For more information visit www.glasgowmela.com

 

    • More about itison.com: itison.com is officially Scotland’s #1 deals and events service with 500,000 members in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.  Founded in September 2010, it is one of  the UK’s fastest growing start-ups with more than 40 full time staff in 4 offices across Scotland.

 

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News - Don't rain on our parade!

Friday June 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5 JUNE 2013

PRESS RELEASE

 

Don’t rain on our parade – it’s our 18th birthday!

 

 


This weekend, Sunday 9th June, the West End Festival’s Mardi Gras Parade, which features some 600 participants and is sponsored by itison, returns to Byres Road for its 18th birthday and it’s expected that there will be 70,000 visitors to the area to witness the colourful spectacle and enjoy a day out.

In addition to the parade, which leaves the Botanic Gardens at 3pm, there will be street buskers, 60 food and craft stalls spread along Byres Road, the first ever Seafood Showcase (free event) in a bespoke arena and the first Ceilidh on the Corner.

Entertainment will be organised from 1pm and stop for the parade to take place and then start again at 4pm.

Byres Road will be closed from 8am until 8pm on Festival Sunday and west end businesses and residents are being asked to be mindful of this, as there will be no access to Byres Road during these hours.

What’s going on in the parade?

Fairytales of the Unexpected by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students - a Disney style castle section with a variety of costumed characters and puppets within its walls.

A group of human roller-skates.

Large puppet makes representing Glasgow and Scotland.

Several community groups are following the flying high - aspiration theme.

A group of pink itison morphs.

Clyde, the official mascot of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Other sections have interpreted things more individually. CAOS from Clydebank are Outer Space, Temple-Shafton Youth Project are dragons, our city centre youth project are flying machines whilst another group are iPods and iPhones. There will also be a thistle section too and three separate Chinese sections (lions and dragons).

Six full samba bands including home grown favourites sheBOOM and Samba Y Bamba - and a community-based one which was formed out of a programme of samba drumming and costume making workshops all over the city and it is made up of people from the different areas.

Seafood Showcase

There will be cookery demonstrations by Glasgow Chefs such as John Quigley and through the Showcase there will be activities geared towards getting families cooking and eating together as well as trying to get people to buy better. Zero Waste Scotland and Seafood Scotland are supporting the event. As well as the great food available there will be live music from the Seafood Buskers and the Fisherman’s Wife’s Choir. The Showcase will take place from 12pm – 8pm at Byres Road.

Ceildh on the corner

Grab your granny by the hand and head along to Ceilidh on the Corner also at Byres Road.

There is nothing better than a family jig with some of Scotland’s premier Ceilidh bands to wipe away the cob webs of a Sunday afternoon. This fun event kicks off at 12pm with Reely Jiggered and that is what you will be if you keep dancing through the sets of Lua Dansa, Deoch n Dorus and The Reel Stramash.

It’s an opportunity to make a day of it with friends or family and get your stomp on with some of Scotland's most well-known Scottish dancing including the Gay Gordons and the Canadian Barn Dance. Tickets £5.00, Concessions £3.00, Family Ticket £15.00 (2 adults and two children).

 

Liz Scobie, chairman of the festival added a reminder:

“The local shops, restaurants and bars will be celebrating with us and it’s great that so many people can take advantage of what the festival, in particular Festival Sunday, has to offer.

“We’ve been working to alert people to the road closure, licensing, the activities taking place and also to remind people that it’s a family friendly day.

“We want everyone and their Granny to come along on Sunday – it's a special birthday for us this year and we hope everyone will join in the celebrations in true party style!"

 

As it’s a family day festival goers are urged to be sensible when drinking and abide by the licensing laws.

-ENDS-


For media enquiries:

Laura Sutherland, Aura PR

T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840 E: laura@aura-pr.com

 

 Notes to editors:

    • Interviews available on request with Liz Scobie and MD of sponsor, itison, Oli Norman

 

    • West End Festival is supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life

 

    • Journalists, photographers and camera crews have been invited (via email on Monday from Laura) to the parade on Sunday, 9 June. A press desk will be set up and manned. A follow up media invitation will be sent on Friday, 7 June

 

    • Each year the Mardi Gras parade is made up of costumed groups and individuals who come from all walks of life. Most (but not all) of the groups are from support organisations that help people in a variety of ways in their everyday lives. The parade is an opportunity for them to work together to create entertaining and stunning artworks that can draw attention to important work of those organisations and individuals. The support organisations work tirelessly all year around to make a difference to peoples’ lives and the art projects are a great way to remind participants and spectators of the value of meaningful, shared, social activities.

 

 

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

Monday March 25, 2013

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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.

-ENDS-


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

 

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