Music at The Hill

Thursday June 4, 2015

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It’s so great to be involved this year in one of the West End Festival ‘Parade Day’ events and to help support new music in Glasgow and I'm really excited to be able to showcase some of the amazing talent which has recorded at our Boombox Studios over the past year. 

The outdoor Stage at the Hill is a great new addition to the festival and provides the perfect platform for new acts of all genres to receive fantastic exposure and the opportunity to play in front of a great Glasgow crowd amidst the magical parade day atmosphere….and best of all it is Free to Enjoy for everyone!

Some of the One’s To Watch include electro pop outfit "100 Fables". The New wave influenced sound and energetic performance by their lead singer, Lyndsey Liora, is not to be missed…imagine The Cars meets The Killers. Excited to hear 100 Fables' new single ‘Future Girl’ & young R&B Pop singer Ryan Alexander will also be debuting his fantastic upcoming single ‘Ain’t Got You’.

Lucia Fontainé

Lucia Fontainé

Scarlet Baxter

Scarlet Baxter

For fans of The Vamps, McBusted & 5SOS, all female band The Cassettez are a must watch with their catchy punk pop tunes and mega stage vibes! The Cassettez went down a storm at last years Total Access Live festival alongside Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, Foxes & Rizzle Kicks and are lined up for more amazing summer festivals this year leading up to the release of their first single ‘Zombie disco’.

Acoustic acts include Singer/Songwriter 'Toni Etherson’ who will be performing some tracks from her upcoming debut Album ‘The Brightside’ and the talented young ‘Josh Breaks’ will be debuting some of his fantastic songwriting and heartfelt vocals.

London based R&B singer "Scarlet Baxter", who has been tipped for the top by BBC6 & Hard Rock Rising, will be performing her recent soundcloud smash ‘Down With It’ as well as new single ‘Cruel Love’. Scarlet has been compared to a female Sam Smith.

Another act I’m excited about is "Lucia Fontainé"…Lucia’s soulful husky tones, delivered with a retro punkness of some of the great bands from CBGB’s 1977, and tracks such as ‘Bored Of The Radio’ and ‘Queen Of Everything’, have attracted huge excitement from major record labels & cool indie labels alike.. . Lucia performed earlier this year with legendary Glaswegian Film Composer, Craig Armstrong, and she will also be supporting current chart toppers ‘Sheppard' on the 17th June at The Oran Mor.  

The event isn’t just all about the new artists though…Glasgow’s "TJ Bilham", who has recently supported Rebecca Ferguson & the legendary Tom Jones, will be performing in his unique Bublé-style, some tracks from his upcoming album and Scotland’s favourite Rockabilly band, "The Tennessee Hotshots", are headlining the show at 7pm. Their Rock'in classics & massive fanbase will be sure to get the whole street jiving to a close!

Collect ‘Free Entry’ Wristbands from The Hill bar, 94 Byres rd, for access to the main outdoor stage area.


Like your events burger themed? Ketchup has some for you

Monday June 16, 2014

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To celebrate the West End Festival, Ketchup’s getting FEASTive all month long!

To kick off, we’re asking all Ketchup kiddies to get creative and design their very own Dream Burger - best entry will be a fixture on our menu with comps running every Sunday from 12pm. But there’s more!

We’ve also moved our buns outside every Saturday. Come down to Ashton Lane where we’ll be grilling all your favourite burgers on the KBBQ and soaking up that (rare) Glaswegian sun.

Hungry for more? This year we bring you… the bun... the only… the 2014 Ketchup World Cup! How many burgers can you eat - or stomach someone else eating?

The Ketchup World Cup finals are Thursday 19 June at 8pm where the winners from Round One - which kicked off earlier this week - will battle it out to win the cup!

Come catch up at Ketchup this West End FEASTival!

Remember, when sharing online, tag your festival pics and posts #WEF2014



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 •

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

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.

Organisers: 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 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.


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 / 0844 477 1000, Tickets 
Scotland 0141 204 5151 or at the main bar / 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.


Venue: Dram! 232-246 Woodlands Road Glasgow

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 or

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 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 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

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


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


Guest Blog – Working for O2 Glasgow Mela 2013

Wednesday June 12, 2013

O2 Glasgow Mela

This is the first year I’ve worked behind the scenes for O2 Glasgow Mela, the biggest multicultural festival in Scotland. It has been a highlight of Glasgow’s cultural calendar for years, and one of the big events that takes place during the West End Festival, and it’s my job to help promote it. So no pressure there, then!

I’ve been spending loads of time finding out about all the performers who will be taking the stage. The more I discover, the more excited I get about the line-up, and every day I learn something new! For instance, do you know what a ‘ney’ is? Do you know why 2013 is a special year for Bollywood? Do you know what O2 Glasgow Mela has in common with Glastonbury?* If you know answers to any of these questions, you get a gold star. If you know answers to all these questions, you get my job (kidding, I need it!).

Glasgow Mela 2012,Kelvingrove Park,Glasgow.

O2 Glasgow Mela takes place in Kelvingrove Park on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June, and –dhol drum roll - it’s FREE! We’ve got a jam-packed programme of music, dance and performance across three stages and around the park, a range of delicious exotic foods to buy and stalls to browse – and a great Kids Zone too.

What’s not to like? I’ll see you there, then….

* A ‘ney’ is a type of Turkish flute. You can hear Ilhan Baractu play it on the Mehfil stage on Sunday. 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the release of the first film release in India. Happy Birthday Bollywood! The Glastonbury connection is the marvellous Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, who are performing at both festivals this year!

O2 Glasgow Mela

Guest Blog Post by Nadia Lucchesi, O2 Glasgow Mela Coordinator

O2 Glasgow Mela is free and unticketed

The festival is open from 12 noon – 8pm both days


Visit the websitefacebook & twitter pages for more information and updates.


O2 Glasgow Mela Logo




Guest Blog - Mapping Metaphor at the University of Glasgow

Tuesday June 11, 2013

Mapping Metaphor

All the world's a stage... and all the script's a metaphor: Mapping Metaphor at the West End Festival


The West End Festival is a great opportunity for people to get a flavour of the research being carried out at university and connect with different areas of study. With that in mind, the project I work for, ‘Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus’, has decided to throw open our doors for one talk only on Saturday 15th June at the University of Glasgow.


This project looks at the English language, and indeed metaphor, from a rather different perspective than many people were shown in school. Even better, we have the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary data which allows us to look at the English language over the course of more than a thousand years. We all know that poetry is full of metaphor, but how about a conversation...or a blog post (go on, read this one again and see whether you can spot any)?


Come along and explore metaphor in everyday language with the ‘Mapping Metaphor’ project team. The session will illuminate this pervasive feature of language, throw some light on our project, and spark off a discussion of your own favourite metaphors.


For more information take a look at our website, blog and twitter.


Mapping Metaphor 1

Guest blog post by: Ellen Bramwell, University of Glasgow

Event time: 2pm, Saturday 15th June

Venue: 12 University Gardens (English Language), University of Glasgow