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


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.


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.


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Guest blog post by: Ellen Bramwell, University of Glasgow

Event time: 2pm, Saturday 15th June

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