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Festival 2014 at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Every day we’ll bring you fabulous music from the worlds of folk, rock, pop, classical and jazz as well as comedy, visual art, film and storytelling for all ages - all in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park
Mon 28 July
10.30am: Bluto Balthazar brings out his box of magic tricks again before Glasgow International Comedy Festival presents... Comedy Club For Kids (best suited for kids 8 – 12).

2.30pm: Claire McFall reads from Ferryman, winner of the Young Adult category in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2013. We host the results of our Open Stage call out (see website for how to enter) hosted by Nice and Sleazy’s legendary Gerry Lyons. Then The Starry Skies light up the Bandstand with their sweet country-infused pop.

7pm: Glasgow International Comedy Festival is back for… Stand-Up At The BandStand! The unmissable Fred MacAulay introduces the wonderfully deadpan John Moloney (“a wondrous array of classy gags” Herald), the razor sharp Jo Caulfield (“unmissable, witty, warm and wise” Scotsman) and the comedy whirlwind that is Phil Nichol (“a clever mix of songs, poems and brilliant one-liners. Beyond brilliant” Scotsman).

Tue 29 July
10.30am: Celebrating our own Scottish tongue, author and actress Catriona Lexy Campbell reads some of the best Gaelic writing for children before Tam Dean Burn and Wilma Kennedy host a celebration of all things Gruffalo including the story read in Scots and Gaelic!

2pm: The unstoppable Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra perform before we premiere visual artist Janie Nicol’s film celebrating the people for whom the game of Lawn Bowls is more than a sunny summer’s day hobby.

7pm: Local Hero (Bill Forsyth, 1983, 111m, PG) Introduced by film critic Eddie Harrison, Bill Forsyth’s masterpiece has been called ‘ Without question the most charming British film of the 1980s’ (Film 4). The film is followed by leading folk band The Rachel Hair Trio’s sparkling blend of melodic harp mastery, rootsy songs and sophisticated rhythmical drive.

Wed 30 July
10.30am: After story telling from Paraig McNeil, the wonderful Little House of La, featuring three ex members of the band Aberfeldy, make some groovy tunes for your tiny tots.

2pm: Do you love to sing? – then Big Big Sing is for YOU! Come along for an afternoon of song and fun in mass singing sessions led by an inspirational choirmaster. Everyone welcome!

7.30pm: The Veloninos kick off a stellar evening line up of supreme folk talent with Breabach – “One of the finest folk bands on the scene” (Songlines Magazine) and the phenomenal Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle who are simply musicians at the top of their game.

Thu 31 July
10.30am: 20-year-old Alex McCall’s 2013 Kelpies Prize winner is the “cracking” tale Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens; then artist David Sherry screens work from artists your kids will love – including Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley.

3.45pm: Scottish Refugee Council’s A View from Here (25 mins), a look at the impact on people of Glasgow’s changing skyline. Then it’s Lahore Ceol Mor – an inspirational collaboration between BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners The Mischa MacPherson Trio and classical Pakistani musicians from Glasgow’s twin city Lahore.

7pm: In a very special literature event Alan Bisset, Christopher Brookmyre, Beatrice Colin, Denise Mina, and Zoe Strachan read their commissions for the beautifully restored Bandstand before the fantastic Horse returns to perform at the Bandstand after 25 years!

Fri 1 August
10.30am: The RSPB bring us their Animal Athletes Sports Day! Then McOpera Brass present a fun-filled workshop of holiday bandstand mayhem – bring something along to shake, rattle and blow.

3:30pm: The dreams and adventures of children from Tunisia, Kenya and Uganda feature in short films from the Africa In Motion Film Festival before Skokendia – an amazing collaboration for Festival 2014 between musicians from Scotland, India and Kenya – take to the stage.

7pm: That Sinking Feeling (Bill Forsyth, 1980, 93m, 12+) was Bill Forsyth’s first major feature but it has all the humour, intelligence and warmth of his later works. Finally, Remember Remember, signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action label, bring their beautifully crafted aural landscapes to the Bandstand.

Sat 2 August
10.30am: A day celebrating world cultures kicks off with Gerry Durkin reading from his ‘A River of Stories’ – a book of oral tradition tales from a range of Commonwealth countries. We welcome pupils from the two schools closest to Kelvingrove Park – Sgoil Gaidhlig Glaschu and Hillhead – to the stage before the fabulous Funky Shepherds come to us all the way from Lesotho! Glasgow’s own Voicebeat Choir bring us songs from their world music inspired repertoire before Pan African Arts’ amazing Ha Orchestra take to the stage. Then ‘If anyone’s going to steer Gaelic music away from lazy lowland pigeon holing then it’s Willie Campbell’ (The Herald) – as ex-Astrid frontman and occasional Reindeer Section performs tracks from his stunning new album Dalma.

7pm: Gary Lightbody called Monica Queen “One of the greatest ever voices to come out of Scotland.” Much respected by her peers, Monica’s own work with collaborator and producer Johnny Smillie blends melancholic country melodies with soaring guitar and lyrics from the heart and soul. James Grant ends the day by bringing his sublime songwriting talent to the Bandstand. Following early success with Love and Money as one of the key bands in the rebirth of the Scottish pop scene, James Grant is now an internationally respected musician, performing with artists as diverse as U2, Capercaillie, Nanci Griffiths, Tina Turner and BB King.

Sun 3 August
5pm: Closing Ceremony Celebration: Our very special Closing Ceremony programme will be a truly unforgettable finale to the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme at Kelvingrove Bandstand.

There will be a security check as you enter Kelvingrove Bandstand. Please do not bring the following items with you to the venue as you will not be able to bring them in: Frisbees, balls or inflatables; bottles with a capacity of more than 500ml; cans, glass or alcohol; golf umbrellas; skateboards, scooters, or cycles.

You may bring: one folding chair per person; soft sided bags up to 25 ltr capacity; food for personal consumption; one bottle per person (capacity 500ml or less); small umbrellas (please do not open within the seating bowl).

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Festival 2014 at Kelvingrove Bandstand are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.


Earlier Event: March 24
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