New music and arts festival The Great Western to take over Glasgow's West End
- Deborah Chu
- 6 September 2019
First acts announced include Songhoy Blues, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), The Pastels, Sacred Paws, Free Love, Callum Easter
A new multi-venue music and arts festival is set to take over Glasgow's West End on Sat 23 November. Titled The Great Western, the festival will be a day of 'musical exploration and discovery', and will highlight both the neighbourhood's strong sense of community spirit and the potential of its underutilised spaces. Over 50 acts will be hosted across a range of venues in the West End, from the Burnbank Bowling Club, The Glue Factory and Maryhill Community Central Halls, to established music hotspots like the Hug & Pint, Oran Mor and QMU.
The first wave of announcements include a dizzying array of international and local heavy-hitters. One particular highlight in the line-up is the Malian collective Songhoy Blues, whose unique blend of desert blues has won them acclaim the world over, and blew the roof off of the Barrowlands at the BBC Radio 6 Festival in 2017. Joining them will be punks from across the pond !!! (Chk Chk Chk), touring their latest album Wallop, and fellow American singer-songwriter Cass McCombs. Several Scottish cult icons will also be in attendance, including The Pastels, who will be curating the roster over at Maryhill Community Central Halls; Arab Strap's Malcolm Middleton; and Lightships, the solo project of Teenage Fanclub's Gerry Love.
Other musical acts set to take the stage include 2017 SAY award-winners Sacred Paws and this year's nominees Free Love; funk ensemble Tom McGuire and the Brassholes; feminist punk trio Big Joanie; ascendant post-punk group Dry Cleaning; indie three-piece Peaness; and singer-songwriter Art School Girlfriend. Rounding out the line-up of Scottish talent include Lost Map Records' Callum Easter and Molly Linen; otherworldly sounds from Heir of the Cursed; Glaswegian indie band Rev Magnetic; Edinburgh-based electronic duo Chuchoter; Cara Rose; Scarlett Randle; and many, many more.
In addition to its storming live music line-up, The Great Western will feature delicious offerings from local restaurants and bars, and host a variety of workshops for anyone wanting to try their hand at a new skill or meet like-minded people in the community. There will be 100 early bird tickets available for purchase from 9am on Thu 9 Sep; all full price day tickets will be available for £28 thereafter.
The Great Western, Various venues across Glasgow's West End, Sat 23 November, tgwfest.com
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The Great Western
Multi-venue arts and music festival, showcasing a range of local and international talent across venues in Glasgow's West End.
Sat 7 Nov
Times & prices to be confirmed