1st-30th June 2024

WestFest Launch Saturday 20 April 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

fter a hugely successful 2023 event, comprising over 120 events and reaching total audience numbers of 100k, the second annual WestFest will take place in 2024 with over 150 events will take place across 60 venues this June.

The festival will include a colourful mix of street festivals, concerts, performances, recitals, galas and exhibitions; across music, theatre, comedy & visual art. You can also expect lots of special highlights such as the Glasgow Vintage Bus Tour, the Kelvingrove Outdoor Ceilidh and a talks and authors’ programme.

The highlight for many will be the free programme of outdoor community events across the West End.

west fest 2023

Image Gavin McCourt – Big Sunday 2023

Free Community Events WestFest 2024

The Big Sunday at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Vinicombe Street Gala

Mansfield Park Street Festival

The Queen Margaret Drive Festival

Sambayabamba & Friends at Victoria Park.

Plus more TBA

The Mackintosh Chor Summer Concert Sunday 2 June, St John’s Renfield Church

The Mackintosh Choir – Summer Concert 2024

Big Sunday 2023

Image Gavin McCourt – Big Sunday 2023

In addition look out for superb galas, street theatre, cabaret, choral events, brass band concerts and lots more!

WestFest’s Director is Brendon McIlroy, who founded the festival in 2022 in response to ‘overwhelming demand’ for community and cultural events in the West End, in the absence of former festivals, says:

 ‘We really were blown away by how well WestFest was received last year and the good-will people had for the festival. After a challenging few years, there really was an appetite for a festival in the West End again and myself and the team felt uniquely placed to deliver this.

Brendon continues ‘After a strong 2023, we’re focusing on growing WestFest to ensure it’s accessible to everyone. We’re going to be producing and encouraging events all across the West of Glasgow, not just Hillhead as most would expect’

Kelvingrove Bandstand WestFest

Image Gavin McCourt – Big Sunday 2023

Outreach and Education

As well as their events program, WestFest has a commitment to outreach and education with a range of workshops and projects planned with community groups and a schools book programme.

The festival officially launches on Friday 19th January and anyone who wants to run an event as part of the festival is encouraged to get in touch via the West End Fest Websire .

WestFest will distribute 50,000 free A5 brochures throughout the central belt in April featuring all event listings as well as promoting events via a new listings website and social media platforms

The WestFest hub will also launch in March where the team will be offering advice and support on everything participants might need for their events from marketing and publicity to event planning and budgeting.

For further info or interview requests, contact Brendon McIlroy

(Images by Gavin McCourt. Caption WestFest’s ‘Big Sunday’ June 23)

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