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As I've said before, Glasgow really comes to life at the weekend, so if you want to find out what's on in Glasgow this weekend, start here but to be honest, once you're out in the big smoke you'll have a better chance of getting a flavour of the Glasgow events swirling up a storm of excitement around you. Take my Wee Glesca pocket guide to the City with you and check back here regularly as well.
Every weekend you'll be able to find something to interest you when you visit Glasgow. Pubs, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues hold events and promotions regularly; museums and arts venues burst with new exhibitions, shows and workshops; dance organisations hold flash mobs you can sneak your way into; the parks around Glasgow show off with electric displays and events for the family; mainstay festivals crop up in a huge way but so do the lesser known ones around the City; and with all this going on in Glasgow this weekend, if you don't head out there you won't experience how uniquely my home town explodes into life.
My weekly list tries to capture as much of a variance as possible, but sometimes, for example when there's one of my favourite festivals on, I'll dedicate it to the best of that festival and so on. If you want more though, let me know. If you'd like to see my specially featured Glasgow events coming up click here. If you think of something I've missed, let me know. If you try something on my list, let me know.
Bottom line? Get out there and explore whats on in Glasgow this weekend!
5th June 2015
I'm really sorry but I've been completely swamped at work over the last few weeks so haven't had the chance to update this recently. Beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel though, so will try and get a list up asap! The listings below are obviously out of date, but I'm sure that won't stop you having a great time in Glasgow!...
1. Arts. The Steamie Galleries - Govanhill Baths. The free “TSG” exhibition is a collaboration between Michelle Cohen (Grey Wolf Art), Peter Gillies (GIA Co-ordinator), and Ross Williamson (Citizen’s Theatre Stage Manager). They put a call out for artists to take part in this exclusive exhibition running throughout the SouthSide Fringe, and so far it's been very well received. Only original pieces of 2D and 3D art were accepted for the exhibition. The venue is in “The Steamie” at the back of the Govan Hill Baths. There's a pop up theatre and bar running on some evenings throughout the event (hosted by the Baths). Daytime access for the gallery is on Kingarth Street at the back of the Baths. The exhibition opened a week before the official start of the Festival but is still featured in the Fringe Programme. The closing party to the Fringe is being held in the back of the GHB on the eve of the 24th, which coincides with the last night of this exhibition. Click here for more information.
2. Sport. Scottish Boat Race 2015 - Riverside Museum & River Clyde. This will be the third year the Scottish Boat Race will taking place in the Clyde Harbour area of the river. Previously starting in the Dalmarnock area of the city, organisers of the Scottish Boat Race moved the event further into the city centre. The new competition course runs over 2.6km from Broomielaw Quay to the finish line at the iconic Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour. The event sees the two fierce rivals compete in coxed eight crews in 3 different categories: alumni crews, reserve crews and the 1st crews in both male and female disciplines. Each team consists of 8 rowers and a cox, who sits at the stern facing the bow steering the boat whilst coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. Click here for more information.
3. Comedy. Southside Fringe Festival 2015. there's a myriad of comedy events lined up in the City this weekend, including a Bank Holiday special at the Stand. But as it's the last weekend of the Southside Fringe I'm harping on about that instead so you get the most out of this brilliant festival. Get yourself along to as much as you can with events dotted all around the southside of the City. Click here for more information.
4. Kids. Waverley Paddle Steamer's 40th Anniversary - Science Centre. Celebrations have kicked off with the Waverley's Ruby Anniversary Reception and first sailings to view the magnificent QM2! I've travelled on the Waverley since I was a kid and remember my first voyages fondly, so I highly recommend this as a great experience for your kids. You can pick up your tickets for the Bank Holiday weekend sailings while they are still available. Click here for information.
5. Club. Last Night on Earth - SWG3 - NOT the Arches. Colours are very proud to present the first ever LAST NIGHT ON EARTH show now at SWG3. Last Night On Earth is Sasha‘s home for supporting exciting new electronic music talent and his new solo productions. The brand wanted to take their tour to Scotland’s number 1 venue on Saturday, but ra Cooncil put paid to that idea! Alongside Sasha on the night will be Henry Saiz (DJ set) and Kate Simko, making this a night that musical dreams are made of if you love all things house and progressive. I reckon the night will involve lots of support for the Arches, so make sure you get along and make your voice heard! Click here for more information.
6. Theatre. Mayfesto - Tron Theatre. Established in May 2010, Mayfesto goes from strength to strength as a festival that celebrates powerful new writing that is both provocative and engrossing. 2015's programme has been taking as its focus the experiences of women across the modern world and in particular gender inequality and feminism. It ends on 30th May and there are still plenty of things to see. Click here for more information.
7. Drinking. Brewdog - Argyle Street. From the Brewdog's mouth - "Our bar is a library of beery masterpieces from the likes of BrewDog, Mikkeller, Alesmith, 8 Wired, Stone and many more. No Tennents. No Carling. No Smirnoff. No Televisions. We are not cool. We are not pretentious. We just care. And we are your friends. Visit us, and be introduced to a world of beer you never knew existed". Check out their new Born to Die IPA that's just been put on tap, and they've got some brilliant merch t-shirts to pick up as well. This weekend thy also have Dead Pony Pale Ale, Five AM Red Ale, and Punk IPA amongst others, so pop along and whet your whistle with something you haven't tried before! Click here for more information.
8. Festival. Southside Fringe. Hopefully you caught my Glasgow Conversations interview with Crawford Smith, co-founder of the Southside Fringe. Finishing up this weekend this festival just gets stronger every year and has proved to be an absolute blast this time around, so check out the listings and make sure you support it if you can, as we don't want to see it go the way of the old Southside Festival! Click here for more information.
9. Eating Out. Contento Deli Launch - Barras. This weekend sees the official launch party of this amazing wee deli in the east end. Since it's been open the buzz around it has been electric, and the owner Kevin's already had to look at bringing some help in. I'll be there on Saturday afternoon so make sure you say hi if you're heading along. There'll be drinks, nibbles and even some raffle prizes, although I'll be winning them so don't bother buying tickets! Even if you can't make it this weekend (you might be checking out the superb Pastaval mac n cheese fest in the southside, for example!), make sure you do visit soon and find out why it's becoming so popular so quickly. Click here for more information.
10. Music. Southside Fringe - Various Venues. Did I mention that it's the end of the Southside Fringe this weekend? Really, I did? Well, no matter, because it'll be the best place to go for music this weekend anyway. This weekend there's a tribute night to Jeff Buckley, an evening with Martin Stevenson, Crawford Smith's brilliant Howlin' Radio, The Grasping Skinflints, Pap Shandy and the Drams, an all day Music Marathon, and ending it all the Grande Finale at the Govanhill Baths on Sunday. Just go to something and I promise you'll pick up on the amazing raw energy of this stunning festival. I also promise I'll stop yapping on about it as well! Click here to book tickets.
So have a superb time, remember to check out my featured Glasgow events, and boost it up on my social media feeds to share the love about whats on in Glasgow!