West End Round Up
Welcome to the latest West End Round Up, where we reflect on what’s been happening in our area and take a sneak peek at what’s to come.
We’ve certainly had a busy month this June with the annual West End Festival. Although some of us may have been disappointed that the street party didn’t go ahead this year, we certainly got our fill of partying at the outdoor ceilidh held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The ceilidh had a whopping 1000 participants dos-à-dos-ing outside the museum – the most this annual event has ever seen!
However, Kelvingrove wasn’t our only local museum that had its visitors dancing – Riverside Museum was once again host to the Electric Frog and Pressure Festival at the end of May. The festival saw the West End welcome world-famous DJ’s like Denis Sulta, Todd Terje and Bicep and the event was, as always, a huge success. But that’s not been the only recent success for Riverside, as they have been shortlisted for Family Friendly Museum Award for 2019! During the summer holidays, undercover family judges will be visiting our local transport museum in order to decide whether it will be the winner at the ceremony in London in October. Good luck from everyone at Social Publications!
Finnieston favourite SWG3 had some big news too since our last issue. This year at their annual Art Car Boot Sale, they launched a new concept store, Head Girl. Head Girl is an artist-led brand that will sell limited edition posters and t-shirts curated by artists and friends of SWG3. The first collection will be from Douglas Gordon, Gary Rough and Barry Burns, and world-famous designers and artists such as Pam Hogg and Sue Webster are set to join too. We can’t wait to see what’s to come from Head Girl!
So, what remains to look forward to? As always, the West End culture scene has loads going on this summer. The Botanic Gardens is currently holding its Bard in Botanics festival, with this year’s theme being the Muse of Fire season. Throughout July and August you can enjoy some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in our beautiful Botanic Gardens.
We also can’t wait for the Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival, which will be returning this year between 26th July and 10th August. The line up includes some amazing acts from Scotland and beyond, including Teenage Fanclub, The National, Patti Smith, The Human League and Father John Misty. Many of these gigs are selling out, so if you want to go, you’d better act fast! SWG3 has another summer packed with events too. The Futureheads and Skream + Slam will be playing there in July, as well as the Indian Summer 001 day festival with Courtney Barnett and others. The Finnieston venue will also be holding nine Bongo’s Bingo events throughout July and August, which are always a good night out! If you fancy something a bit more relaxed, why not go along to their food and drinks festival on the afternoon of the 29th August. This year there are two themes: Rum, Tequila and Tacos, and Gin, Prosecco and Disco – something for everyone!
Or if you’re after something truly relaxing, why not go along to the Great West Yoga Fest at Queen’s Crescent Park on 21st July. There’s loads of classes and workshops being held throughout the day, for everyone from beginners to regular yoga attendees – there’s even a kids’ yoga class.
So there you have it – another amazing summer in the beautiful West End of Glasgow! For a more in-depth look at our top picks for summer events in the West End, take a look at our Out and About feature. Why not check out our Facebook or Instagram too for regular West End updates throughout the summer.