West End Festival 2011

Friday 3rd June - Sunday 25th June

Photo: festival parade. The West End Festival, Glasgow's most important festival,

Now in its sixteenth year the festival looks to be bigger and better than ever with a tremendous selection of events in venues large and small throughout the West End. It will include, live music, walks, talks, dance, theatre plus many events organised by the local community and, of course, the Mardi Gras Parade and Party in Kelvingrove.
Festival Brochure - PDF to download

Mardi Gras Opening Parade - Sunday 5th June

The fun kicks off at 12.30pm and ends at 7pm

The parade will got to Kelvingrove Park where there several stages with live music, craft stalls, food, drink with a licensed bar and activities for children of all ages.

Other Highlights

  • Paintings on Railings - every week-end throughout the festival
  • Saturday 18th June - Launch of new book by Gordon R. Urquhart - "A Notable Ornament: Lansdowne Church - an icon of Victorian Glasgow"
  • Harmony Row - An Evening for Alan Mawn 17th June
  • Dave Arcari plus Shambles Miller and Jim Byrne at The Captains Rest. 23rd June
  • Strathclyde University Chamber Choir - Late Night Concert, 3rd June, St Peter's Church, Partick -
  • Cottier's Chamber Project
  • Stereotone presents:

    Harmony Row - An Evening For Allan Mawn

    Friday 17th June, 2011

    The untimely death of Allan Mawn in January this year deprived the west end of one of its most fondly regarded figures. Therefore, the West End Festival is the ideal event at which to remember the Hardgate-born restaurateur and music lover. In an intimate acoustic setting some of Glasgow's finest musical talent of the past three decades, as well as emerging names, will be paying tribute to Allan in the way he would have liked best, with wine and song.


    • James King and the Lone Wolves
    • Haight Asbury
    • Jim Wilkie
    • Jerry Burns and more to be announced.

    All proceeds to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the British Heart Foundation. Venue:?West of Scotland Cricket Club, 40 Peel Street, Glasgow, G11 5LU

    Ticket info:?Limited to 100, available from Velvet Elvis or The Criterion Cafe, 566-568 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow. Also email to purchase via pay pal

    Photo: mela. Glasgow Mela 18th and 19th June, 2011

    Kelvingrove Park - Free and for all the family

    Double the fun this year as for the first time the multicultural family festival runs over two days as it celebrates its 21st birthday.

    Based on the traditions of the Indian Sub-continent the festival offers abulous music, food, stalls, Chhau Dancers, Bhangra Bands, Hindi Pop and Bollywood - entertainment for all.

    Set up in 1990 when Glasgow was European City of Culture, the Mela has grown into a wonderful, colourful outdoor extravaganza with over 50,000 people attending.

    12.00 - 9.00 p.m. - Free

    Roy Beers' festival highlights

    Roy Beers points to some of this year's West End Festival highlights and reminds us that it's not just all about the Mardi Gras Parade and Party. Although that is a major attraction.

    Festival Gigs

    Photo: dave arcari.Dave Arcari

    plus special guests
    Shambles Miller and
    Jim Byrne

    Thursday, June 23 8:00pm - 11:00pm

    The Captain's Rest
    185 Great Western Rd
    Glasgow, G4 9EB


    PM Music Presents at OranMor

    King King

    Saturday 25th June 2011, 7pm,£12
    "Softly softly" is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Since surging into life less than twelve months ago they have barely stopped for breath, and their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz.

    Fronted by charismatic bluesman Alan Nimmo, their exhilarating debut at last year's Monaghan Blues Festival created such a stir that it prompted organizer Somhairle MacConghail to state: "King King aren't just playing the festival. Word is that King King ARE the festival". kingkingblues myspace

    Tickets from:-
    Ticketweb on 08444 77 1000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk Tickets Scotland in person Arglye Street, 0844 415 5221 or www.tickets-scotland.com

    the acoustic affair presents at Cottiers Theatre

    Saturday 4th June: New Town Triptych with Laura Whellan

    Modern urban folk trio from Glasgow, recently released well received debut single 'just how you designed' with follow up due in June 2011"

    Friday 10th June: Gillian Christie with Ben Sturrock

    "The new coming lady of Scottish acoustic mellowness is this East Kilbride 19-year-old" - the Scotsman - has just supported Glasvegas on a 9 date UK tour.

    Shows 10PM, £12 available from:-
    Ticketweb on 08444 77 1000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk
    Tickets Scotland in person Arglye Street, 0844 415 5221 or www.tickets-scotland.com

    More gigs at OranMor and Cottiers during the West End Festival

    Festival Brochure to download

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