Glasgow Events in May

Old Fruitmarket Glasgow

In the first weekend in May you could attend the increasingly popular Maydaze, which is normally held in the City Halls &Old Fruitmarket. It starts with the traditional & contemporary mix of the Mayday Rally, and ends the day in an event the whole family should enjoy. Just a fun wee musical extravaganza really, not one of the major hotspot Glasgow events, but having been to it a few times I'm always itching for it to be extended to more than a day, kinda like the old Mayfest we used to have here and which I greatly miss.

In May you'll also have Big Big Country, the Americana Music Festival. This is my kind of stuff - blues, southern soul, American folk, country & bluegrass, and if you're as much of a fanatic as me, you'll want to look out for this when you're here. It plays in venues like Brelthe Arches and the Tron, so if you hang around there you'll find a programme to plan your shows.

Because it's a pretty slow month for the main Glasgow events though, usually I prefer to keep up the momentum by taking in some tours at the Top Ten Attractions, or by booking tickets for a play or a gig at one of the venues listed above (always grabbing some seats at a great restaurant to start the night off - you know me and my stomach...), so it normally turns out to be a surprisingly busy month for me despite the big Glasgow events calendar taking a short nap.

A new addition in 2009 to May's Glasgow events however was the Hinterland Festival Glasgow, a music festival in which just one ticket will give you access to all the arts events & gigs in all the venues. It was introduced after Glasgow was appointed a UNESCO World Centre of Music, and is designed to encourage & show off our cutting-edge music and arts scene. Muchos recommendito!

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