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.