Govan Music Festival 2024
13th – 16th March 2024
Govan Music Festival has unveiled its multi-genre programme of performances for its third annual edition.
Programme for 2024
Wednesday 13 March – 1 p.m.
The festival’ opens with a free School Choirs Concert at Govan’s Fairfield Club, where all seven of Govan’s school choirs will come together to celebrate music from around the world.
St Saviour’s Choir
In the evening Gotta Dance! Gotta Sing! will perform at the same venue. A community cabaret from Govan’s finest dancers and singers, which includes VK Dance & Acro Academy, DanceDoc, Govan Allsorts Choir, Kayden White, FIVO and many more.
Thursday 14 March
Led by conductor Paul MacAlindin, soprano saxophonist Lewis Banks and soprano Catriona Hewitson, this music is a contemporary take on Bizet’s classic 1875 opera, Carmen, originally written for Branford Marsalis and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In this version of Carmen, her love and fearlessness triumph in a world where she thrives and wins!
Friday 15th March
The Four Barons Quartet, a new string quartet for Govan, will perform at Kinning Park Complex . The quartet, Aaron McGregor, Emma Donald, Liam Brolly and Marina Sánchez Cabello will stage a performance which marries exquisite romantic folk music with a more modern influence.
The quartet have come together specifically to promote the growing schools strings programmes in Govan and will coincide with a week-long residence and a visit to nearby Riverside Primary School.
Freed up Friday
Friday 15th is Freed Up Friday, the launch party for Freed Up CIC, an independent producer of sober adult events specially curated for the recovery community. Scottish hip hop meets orchestral rave for this night at Park Villa Community Sports Hub, with new tracks from Sweet Rogue, Freestyle Master, MOGand Dazza JFT. Popular rave tracks will also be mixed by GBX duo Gonzo and MC Cally accompanied by live strings from The Glasgow Barons.
In the lead up to this event, the festival is delivering an initiative called Recovery Rap, where Johnny Cypher is delivering rap workshops in Maryhill residential rehab, Phoenix Futures. Participants will have the option to perform at Freed Up Friday.
Another collaboration ahead of this show called Lab Raps will see leading Scottish rappers Freestyle Master, Sweet Rogue and MOG work with folk and jazz violinist Roo Geddes, accordionist Neil Sutcliffeand bassist Ewan Hastie, winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022 come together. The six artists will create a new acoustic set of bare knuckle Scottish hip-hop fusion to present at Freed Up Friday.
Saturday 16th March
Govan Music Festival will wrap up on with a double bill concert at Edmiston House from the award-winning Musicians in Exile and Glasgow Gaelic indie trad band, DLÙ.
The exceptional night of world music and Gaelic folk rock will see the two groups team up for a special collaboration to be debuted on the night. Ahead of the festival, Musicians in Exile will travel to Loch Lomond to learn about the impact of climate change on Scottish nature. They will then work with DLÙ to create a new song. The project gives New Scots the chance to connect with Scotland’s transition to zero carbon.
About Govan Music Festival
The festival was set up in 2022 to help get live music back on its feet in Govan, boost Govan’s image and showcase homegrown talent. It has become an annual celebration with Govan’s creativity at its heart, with a diverse programme of free and affordable events spanning folk, fusion, classical and hip-hop music.
The community-led Glasgow music festival is focused on celebrating Govan in all its diversity and marks the start of spring in the city, creating a welcoming space for all and encouraging participation and cultural exploration.
The festival was launched in March 2022 by The Glasgow Barons, Govan’s regeneration orchestra, set up by Paul MacAlindin to bring diverse communities together in Govan’s magnificent, historic spaces and help people revitalise their neighbourhood through music. It has become an annual celebration with a diverse programme spanning folk, fusion, classical and hip-hop music and has already earne a place in the finals of VisitScotland Thistle Awards in the Outstanding Event or Festival category.
With the opening of the Govan-Partick Footbridge this summer, connecting Riverside Museum to Central Govan, organisers hope the event will also welcome new visitors to Govan and show the rest of the city what the area is all about.
Paul MacAlindin, Artistic Director of The Glasgow Barons and Govan Music Festival, said: “Govan Music Festival is all about bringing diverse people together and helping everyone live better through music. Govan is eclectic, energising, edgy and gallus – our festival reflects this personality. Our programme has been built from the streets of Govan up – we have a deep connection with local musicians, venues and audiences, and the music and dance we’re sharing six events over four days encapsulates the cultural diversity and potential of our home, emerging from our ongoing regeneration work in the area.
“This event is about bigging up Govan. We want people across Glasgow to come out as we move into Spring and explore and support this fantastic menu of music on their doorstep. We also hope to welcome newcomers to reimagine this historic district and hope the low ticket prices will make this festival accessible to all.
“There’s a real sense at the moment of Govan’s ability to thrive and with an important new connection to the rest of the city now opening imminently, we know this is the time to take advantage of the excitement around our corner of Glasgow and help amplify the sense of pride in the area.”
Concerts are between £1 and £5, or are free of charge, in a bid to encourage Glaswegians to get out to the area’s historic venues and enjoy its dynamic cultural offering.
Govan Music Festival venues are all fully accessible venues and are located close to southside subway stations. TICKETS NOW ON SALE
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