Raintown plus guests 'Elemental' and 'Scott Nicol'

Saturday June 13, 2015

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With eight awards in 3 years, including the recent British Country Music Award's (BMCA) for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and 'Female Vocalist of the Year,’ Raintown are fast gaining the reputation as one of the hottest Country acts not only in the UK, but in Europe too.

They have a successful first album under their belts so it hopefully won’t be long until the second! Until then however, come witness a stripped back acoustic performance at CC Music on June 14th at 2pm supported by local blues duo ‘Elemental and Ayrshire singer/songwriter Scott Nicol.’


Gaelic - the second hour

Wednesday June 3, 2015

Scottish people have shown an awesome commitment to learning Gaelic, with a view to maintaining this part of their linguistic heritage. But learners often find it hard to get accurate information on how Gaelic works. The workshop 'Gaelic in an Hour!', run by local linguist Derek Rogers in an earlier West End Festival, was a response to this need.

There Derek dealt with such basic features as lenition, pronunciation, and how to build noun-phrases. This time he will get the audience to play some silly word-games, look again at pronunciation, and shine light into a dark corner where verbs lurk.

The workshop is for beginners and experienced speakers alike, and will show that a coherent system lies behind Gaelic's seemingly random difficulties. And it's an interactive workshop, so all participants will chatter bits of Gaelic - no-one escapes without opening their mouth!

And it'll put you in the mood for An Lochran's 'Togaibh Fonn!', later the same three days.

Free event. Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue.


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


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


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


Guest Blog - Gibson Street Gala Glory

Monday June 10, 2013

Gibson Street Gala

On the 2nd June 2013, for one day only, we closed the road to traffic and had a great community celebration, marking the 9th year of the fantastic Gibson Street Gala, sponsored by IKEA Glasgow.

This popular family friendly event brought together the hard work, dedication and creativity of all the volunteer organisers, as well as all the performers, participants and event coordinators on the day itself. So what was on offer?

Live music and entertainment took place over 2 stages at Gibson Street Stage and GOW Backcourt. There was also a community stage where local groups performed on Park Road.

Amongst others, our stages featured music and performance from Robin Adams, Barulho Beat, The Second Hand Marching Band, The Belly Babies and the Trongate Rum Riots. Musicians in GOW Backcourt included dBass Collective, Theo Wheatley and Belter Skelter with performance, music and dance from Glasgow Capoeira and Ayawara Ensemble.

Revellers were able to chill in the tea tent, buy some home baking and kids took part in a shadow puppetry workshop.

Additionally, we had a multitude of children’s activities at the Gala – so much so that there were 3 Gala Kidzones this year! In the Otago Street Kidzone, creativity abounded with the Gala’s beachy theme of all things summer as well as our favourite drumming workshops from Mr Amu.

A big thank-you to IKEA Glasgow who sponsored our kids events this year, helping to make these activities free for visitors. We were also lucky to have an enchanting backcourt in GOW Community decorated by IKEA with their summer range.

Gibson Street Gala IKEA Range


In Eldon Street, attractions included antique fire engines, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle. A sports area provided by Kelvin Hall and Glasgow Life beneath Eldon Street Bridge offered  a selection of “come and try” sports.

St. Silas’ Church were back with their lovely fair-trade baking, chatting and relaxing as well as challenge the chessmaster! There was even a demonstration Aikido to watch!

Hillhead Primary School opened its doors again this year to welcome in the gala visitors. Activities included a storyteller, a “beach” in the playground and loads of arts and crafts with the Parents’ Council volunteers.

Then, there were stalls offering a variety of goods, services and information dotted throughout Gibson Street. Along Westbant Quadrant, ArtFusion had a fantastical explosion of artistic events and stalls offering both art works and enticing interactive experiences.

The sun shone brightly on the day and fun was had by all! If you were there and would like to offer your feedback please take part in our wee survey!

Many thanks to the organisers, volunteers, performers, participants, artists, visitors, all. It was a fantabulous day! See you in 2014!

Gibson Street Gala 2013

Guest Blog Post by Margaret Mitchell, Gibson Street Gala Coordinator

Website http://gibsonstgala.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GibsonStreetGala

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/gibsonstgala