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


West End Festival by Subway (Part 1 of 4)

Friday June 19, 2015

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The West End Festival is in full swing capturing the imagination of participants and visitors in the West End of Glasgow. With over 400 events in 80 venues the WEF is enjoying yet another successful year as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Attending a variety of performances across different venues, many visitors to the city and indeed the west end rely upon Glasgow’s Subway during the festival. With events surrounding four west end subway stations including Kelvinbridge, Hillhead, Kelvinhall and Partick, this is your guide to what is going on near each station and when!


Websters Theatre

Formerly the Lansdowne Parish Church this beautiful and exquisite building is now playing a key role in the WEF with a capacity of 190 people.  A prominent Glasgow landmark, Websters Theatre has plenty more events scheduled for the festival including -

Elaine C Smith and Christina Dunwoodie: Torch Song Divas

The fabulous voices of Torch Song Divas Elaine C Smith and Christina Dunwoodie combine the earthiness of soul, blues and jazz with the lyricism of classical opera as they take a witty look at the eternal themes of love, loss, betrayal and survival that form the beating (and sometimes bleeding) heart of these great musical traditions.

Friday 19 Jun 8:00 pm / Saturday 20 Jun 8:00 pm Tickets - £15


Little Bat Productions: Speaking In Tongues

Little Bat Productions present an intriguing drama by the acclaimed Australian playwright Andrew Bovell and directed by Una McDade.

Nine parallel lives where contracts are broken between intimates while bonds are forged between strangers. With one missing person and four marriages entangled in a web of love, deceit, sex and death; who will survive?

Wed 24th Jun 7:30 pm / Thursday 25th Jun 7:30pm / Friday 26th Jun 7:30pm

Tickets £12 (con. £10) in advance or online or from 0141 357 4000.  Plus booking fee £1


St Mary’s Cathedral

St Marys Cathedral, located on Great Western Road, is another visually stunning and breath-taking piece of architecture.  Situated in the West End of Glasgow, this elegant venue and WEF partner have upcoming events such as…

Dunbartonshire Concert Band: “A Slice of Summer”

The award-winning Dunbartonshire Concert Band are delighted to return to the West End Festival this year. Join them for a slice of summer music. Come along and hear some of your favourite tunes from popular and light classics to music from the movies and the musicals. DCB have been delighting audiences for over 40 years – our concerts are always fun, entertaining and guaranteed to get your toes tapping!

Friday 19 Jun 7:30pm – Tickets £6 at the door


RSNO Chorus: Sacred Music

Join the RSNO Chorus with conductor Gregory Batsleer and organist Steven McIntyre for an evening of Sacred Music. Enjoy a rare performance in the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral of Durufle’s Requiem and motets by Anton Bruckner including Christus Factus Est, Locus Iste and Ave Maria. 

Saturday 27 Jun 7:30pm

Tickets £12 (con £8) from 01412253553 or email or at the door


St Silas Church

Another Glasgow landmark, St Silas Church plays host to a variety of events during the festival.  The upcoming ‘Da Capo Alba In Concert’ will certainly appeal to all!

Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association: Da Capo Alba In Concert

This is an opportunity to hear Scotland's premier mandolin and guitar orchestra in concert. Da Capo Alba have been regular performers at the West End Festival in recent years. Conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel, Da Capo Alba play a range of musical styles from Baroque and Classical to Ragtime and Latin American.

Saturday 20th Jun 7:30pm

Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) in advance from the Lanakrshire Guitar & Mandolin Assosicaation (LGMA) or at the door from 7.10pm.


Holyrood Crescent

A charming and alluring area, Holyrood Crescent continues its annual event to entertain all of the family!

Holyrood Pleasure GardensSummer Fête

Come to the Holyrood Pleasure Gardens annual summer fête there is fun for all the family in these beautiful private gardens.

Live music, burgers, curries, cake stall, tombola, bouncy castle, face painting and loads of other fun for kids of all ages!  Plus bric a brac and book stalls.

Saturday 20th Jun 1:30 pm till 4.30pm 

Adults £1.50 on the gate. Children free


Kelvinbridge Station has many venues and events located on its door step including The Stand (Comedy Club), Munro’s and Christo’s Gallery.  With plenty more still on offer, find out information about all events online!


Next Stop: Hillhead Station