Filtering by: West End Festival

Vintage Bus Service
Jun
26
11:00 AM11:00

Vintage Bus Service

The Vintage Bus Service, organised by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) in conjunction with Glasgow Life, is a free bus service using vintage buses operating all around the West End to and from the Riverside Museum of Transport. Travel on restored historic buses and coaches of the 1950s to the 1980s from the GVVT collection. Frequent service all day on a circular route (both directions) serving Riverside Museum, the west end, Hyndland, Broomhill, Anniesland and the Botanic Gardens. Also a small display of vintage buses and lorries from the GVVT collection, outside the Riverside Transport Museum. For exact route and timetable please see GVVT's website.

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Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: Byres Road
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: Byres Road

Ann Laird leads a walk through the glorious Victorian era of Byres Road. In 1850, it was a simple country track. A brief 40 years later, a busy and fashionable city street offering every amenity to thousands of Victorian residents: churches, shops, stabling for horses, tram services, the new underground system, the Western Baths Club, the University of Glasgow and the Western Infirmary. 

Get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, 263 Byres Road from May 5. This tells you where to start the walk. All tickets £7.

Go to West End Festival's website for more info.

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Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: Historic Hillhead
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: Historic Hillhead

Visit Hillhead, the oldest part of the Victorian West End, and once a Burgh in its own right, with local expert Fionna Eden-Bushell. The early terraces and tenements in particular give Hillhead its own unique character.

Get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, 263 Byres Road from May 5. This tells you where to start the walk. All tickets £7.

Go to West End Festival's website for more info.

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Meditate In The Botanics
Jun
19
2:00 PM14:00

Meditate In The Botanics

If you can breathe, you can meditate. Learn to calm and clear your mind using a simple and traditional meditation practice while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens. Bring something to sit on: a towel, a cushion or an upturned bucket. Or be like the Buddha and have a go at full lotus position! Meet at the Kibble Palace. Inside if wet. All welcome. 

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Dunbartonshire Concert Band
Jun
19
1:00 PM13:00

Dunbartonshire Concert Band

Bring the whole family to listen to this popular band's lively selection of music from the world of film, jazz, classical and contemporary in one of Glasgow's landmark listed structures and the only remaining bandstand in the city.

Free event.

For more information on this and other West End Festival events, please visit their website.

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The Gatsby Club's Midsummer Ball
Jun
18
to Jun 19

The Gatsby Club's Midsummer Ball

  • Glasgow University Union (map)
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Scotland's largest 1920s themed cabaret and club night returns with our Midsummer Ball as part of the West End Festival. A decadent evening featuring a star-studded line up of music hall variety, cabaret acts, swing band and gramophone DJ. 

Dress Code: Glitz & glamour, black or white tie, waistcoats, flapper dresses, long pearl necklaces.

Doors: 7:30pm (event runs until 2am)
Show/Band: 8:30pm-11:30pm
Aftershow: 11:30pm-2:00am
Tickets: £15 (full night) / £5 (aftershow only)

Tickets are sold in Just For You (upstairs in De Courcy's Arcade in Cresswell Lane) where you can receive 20% discount on your outfit.

You can also purchase tickets through Brown Paper.

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Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: West End Cinemas
Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

Friends Of Glasgow West Guided Walk: West End Cinemas

A stroll with Gordon Barr and Gary Painter (of scottishcinemas.org) highlighting the architectural history of cinemas, including converted roller-skating rinks, the earliest purpose-built halls, and the peculiarly Scottish back court theatres. Our walk covers cinemas that were, that are, and that might have been. 

Get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, 263 Byres Road from May 5. This tells you where to start the walk. All tickets £7.

Go to West End Festival's website for more info.

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A celebration of singing
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

A celebration of singing

Free West End Festival event at Kelvingrove Bandstad featuring nine choirs:

11am: Glasgow Chamber Choir & Elysian Singers
12.10: Glad Community Choir
12.50: An Lochran Gaelic Massed Choirs
2.05: Voicebeat Choir
2.35: Close Shave Chorus
3.25: National Youth Choir of Scotland's Boys Choir & Changed Voices
4.05: A Choired Taste
4.50: Glasgow Youth Choir
5.55: The Mackintosh Choir

Licensed bar, food and drink available on site.

Please see West End Festival's website for more events.

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Innovation in concert
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Innovation in concert

"Innovation" is a highly-energised group of twenty young musicians playing contemporary fiddle music from around the world. Led by renowned Scottish fiddler and composer Alistair McCulloch and Traditional Music Director and educator Blair Parham, Innovation is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with group fiddle playing.

Having previously appeared at festival such as Celtic Connections, and having been nominated for a Scottish Trad Award , don't miss their first appearance at the West End Festival. Tickets £10 (£8 concession)

For more information on this and other West End Festival events, please visit their website.

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Jazz Up The West End - Let's Do It Again!
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Jazz Up The West End - Let's Do It Again!

Following on from last year's SELL-OUT SHOW, the West End's very own jazz choir JAZZ CHOIR GLASGOW with musical director Outi Smith and accompanied by the choir's excellent house band, the Jim Clelland Trio, invite you to an Evening Of Great Jazz Songs We All Know and Love!

Special guest: vocalist and saxophonist Eliot Murray.

Visit West End Festival's website for more information on this and other events. Tickets are £12 on the door or £10 in advance and can be bought in Oran Mor's main bar or through Ticketweb.

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Nick Sharratt
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Nick Sharratt

'Shark in the Park on a Windy Day' and 'Vikings in the Supermarket'. A fun-packed session with Nick Sharratt - regarded as one of the most creative and best loved illustrators and writing talents in the UK. Nick will talk about some favourites from the 250 books he has illustrated including his latest picture books.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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Witsherface Go West
Jun
14
to Jun 15

Witsherface Go West

After a sell-out run at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, WitsHerFace are back with a brand new sketch show "WitsHerFace Go West!". WitsHerFace is a Glasgow-based comedy collective featuring lots of well-kent faces as well as a host of fresh young talent.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.
 

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Paul Bristow: The Superpower Project
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Paul Bristow: The Superpower Project

Kelpies prize winner, Paul's novel The Superpower Project, is a hilarious superhero mashup for 8-11s, perfect for fans of Marvel and Transformers. With the help of a wisecracking, steampunk robot, two accidental superheroes discover that they have inherited some amazing, if unusual, abilities. Computer whiz Megan can fly (mostly sleep-flying, but she's working on it) while her best friend Cam can (in theory) transform into any animal, but mostly ends up as a werehamster. 

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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GFW Outdoor Ceilidh
Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

GFW Outdoor Ceilidh

Glasgow Fiddle Workshop presents its annual Open Air ceilidh at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries, one of the highlights of WEF 2016. Kick up yer heels, daunce and birl to an all-star band of GFW tutors, some of the finest musicians in Scotland. With Strip the Willow, Military Two-Step, St Bernard's Waltz, Canadian Barn Dance and many more.

This is a free event.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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Mad Hatter's Family Tea Party
Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Mad Hatter's Family Tea Party

Wander down the cobbles of Ashton Lane and into the magical world of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland. To celebrate the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Grosvenor is hosting a special Kids Club screening in the cinema, followed by a fun-filled Family Tea Party upstairs in the Cafe with cakes aplenty to go round! 

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info

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Gamelan workshop and concert
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

Gamelan workshop and concert

Gamelan is a traditional type of music from Java and Bali in Indonesia, focusing heavily on percussive instruments.

Join the Glasgow gamelan group at the Botanic Gardens for a hands-on family workshop from 4pm to 5pm. Followed by a concert from 7.30pm.

Set within the lush surroundings of the Kibble Palace, the tropical chimes of Naga mas will whisk you away to the South Seas.

Free entry for the concert, but please give a donation.

For more information on this and other West End Festival events, please visit their website.

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Japanese Matsuri
Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

Japanese Matsuri

Come along to the 16th year of Japanese Matsuri at the West End Festival (FREE) 

There will be a Japan Experience corner (1pm to 2.30pm) for visitors to do origami, put on kimono, write their names in Japanese, colour in pictures from Japanese fairy tales, try furoshiki and sample Japanese sweets, as well as an Information Corner for its organisers, Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow.

At Performance Corner (2.30pm to 3.30pm) Japanese taiko drumming will be performed, and Japanese songs will be sung. 

See the West End Festival's website for more information on this and other events.

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Scottish Craft Beer Tasting
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Scottish Craft Beer Tasting

Nestled right in the heart of Ashton Lane, join the team at the Lane Bar for an evening of hops, stories and local craft beer sampling. With beers from the Almondvale Brewery, Harviestoun, Eden Mill and more, it's a chilled-out celebration of the fine craft beer revolution sweeping the land. Some complimentary bar snacks on arrival and finishes just in time for the Euro Champs footy should anyone be of that persuasion

Free entry.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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David Macphail: Thorvinn, The Nicest Viking
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

David Macphail: Thorvinn, The Nicest Viking

By Odin's Trousers! Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not's not too inconvenient. The Nicest Viking is an ale-splashing, meat-ripping, hatchet-in-the-head kind of saga, in a world where manners cost nothing (literally), and politeness pays (usually with your life). Class tbc.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events. 

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Love's Labour's Lost
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Love's Labour's Lost

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Glasgow University Shakespeare Society present one of the Bard's greatest comedies: Love's Labour's Lost. In Navarre, the King and his lords swear to study without food, sleep or the company of women. All goes according to plan until four ladies come to the court and test their loyalties to their oath. Set in a university, this production explores friendship, love and mayhem: all key factors of student life.

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more information on this and other events. 

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Ross Mackenzie: The Nowhere Emporium
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Ross Mackenzie: The Nowhere Emporium

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -  and its owner, Mr Silver - draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Winner of both The Scottish Children's Book Award/Blue Peter Award, meet the creator of the mind blowing book - The Nowhere Emporium.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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Bob Harris: Odin Blew Up My Tv!
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Bob Harris: Odin Blew Up My Tv!

Funny adventures featuring everyone's favourite Norse Gods. A strange haar blows into St Andrews' harbour one morning, freezing its inhabitants in a magical mist. A Viking longship docks, and out leaps Loki, the Norse god of mischief. Much to brothers Lewis and Greg's dismay, wise-cracking, havoc-wreaking Loki is back, but this time he's been followed . . . The fate of St Andrews, and indeed the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, rests with our reluctant young heroes and their friend Susie. 

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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Cathy Macphail
Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

Cathy Macphail

Best selling author Cathy MacPhail has her unique brand of real-life drama and shocking twists in her award-winning novels. Join her to find out the secrets of storybuilding, how plots grow, where ideas come from and how character creates story. A brilliant urban thriller writer whose books are full of page turning suspense.

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events.

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Festival Sunday
Jun
5
12:00 PM12:00

Festival Sunday

  • Vinicombe Street, Ashton Lane, Ruthven Lane Glasgow, G12 United Kingdom (map)
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Two of the west end's best loved bars Hillhead Bookclub and Booly Mardy's combine forces to once more close Vinicombe Street for the annual West End Festival street party. With feel-good Djs, bands, al fresco ping-pong, face painters street food stalls and hopefully a decent dose of Scottish sunshine, it's one of the highlights of the West End calendar! 

Ashton and Ruthven Lane are joining in, offering Brass and Samba bands, live music, facepainters and other family friendly activities. Johnny "The Caledonian Cowboy" will be entertaining you on Ruthven Lane along with an Outdoor BBQ and Bar. 

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events. You can also view the event page on Facebook.

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Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five

We are the shiny disco ball hat wearing, ultimate genre hopping, twisted festival, live stage machine that puts the emphasis on music, entertaining and laughter. We are a party at its most outrageous and ridiculous. 

Imagine Primal Scream and Happy Mondays had children genetically fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Marley and Neil Diamond.

Always expect the unexpected when The Dijon 5 come to town!

Visit West End Festival's website for more info on this and other events. Tickets are £10 and are available from Ticketweb or Oran Mor's main bar.

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