West End Festival: top picks

The West End Festival programme was released earlier this week, and is jam packed with great performances, talks, walks and much more. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer range of activities, so we have picked some of our favourites for you.

Belle & Sebastian extravaganza
Local favourites Belle & Sebastian have always had the West End firmly in their hearts (if you haven’t already seen it, God Help The Girl is available on Netflix). This year, they are hosting a series of festival events, including an exercise class at the Western Baths, a Sunday Social at Oran Mor, and three concerts at the GUU’s Debating Chambers. Tickets are selling fast, as always when it comes to these Glasgow darlings.

Open Air Ceilidh
What can be better than an outdoor ceilidh hosted by the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop? This annual event at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries is a real festival highlight with plenty of fun to be had. It’s free for all to attend, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for a nice sunny day. Come round on 12th of June for an afternoon of Strip the Willow, the Military Two-Step, the St Bernard's Waltz, the Canadian Barn Dance and many others.

Guided walks
Take the opportunity to learn more about the historic West End on these guided walks held by Friends of Glasgow West. A whole range of tours are available, including The quirky West End, West End cinemas and walk focusing on Byres Road itself. Tickets can be bought from Barrett’s Newsagent on 265 Byres Road and cost £7.

A celebration of singing
Twelve Glasgow choirs will be performing at the Kelvingrove Bandstand for a day of incredible singing on 18th June. This free event features a licensed bar, food and drink, and lets you experience a variety of singing styles throughout the day. The first choir starts their performance at 11am, and the concert is expected to go on until evening time.

Vinicombe Street Party
On 5th June, Hillhead Bookclub and Copper Yard are hosting a street party in the newly done-up Vinicombe Street. Expect live music, food stalls and al fresco ping-pong among the many activities happening. We’re looking forward to what will hopefully one of many successful events in the new Vinicombe Street space.

The West End Festival runs from 3rd - 26th June, with more than 200 events happening. For more details and the full programme, visit the West End Festival’s website.