Summer Nights returns to Glasgow with Rufus Wainwright, Rick Astley, King Creosote and more
- Becki Crossley
- 21 January 2020
Annual concert series returns to Kelvingrove Bandstand throughout July and August
Regular Music have today confirmed the 11 headline acts that will perform at Glasgow's open-air music venue throughout the summer. Summer Nights returns for another stint following six consecutive years of successfully bringing both Scottish and internationally renowned acts to the intimate 2500 capacity venue in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9am on Fri 24 Jan.
Kicking off the series on Thu 30 Jul is the foremost singer-songwriter of the 1980s neofolk scene Suzanne Vega. Vega has had an audacious career that spans nine solo albums and has won various awards for her musical contributions, including two Grammys among others.
Taking the stage on Fri 31 Jul is Belinda Carlisle who, after four decades in the business, continues to resonate with rock and pop fans across the globe. American-Canadian singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright lands in Glasgow on Sat 1 Aug to perform hits from his nine-record-deep discography, as well as new music from his forthcoming pop record.
A mid-week gig for Yusef/Cat Stevens fans is set for Wed 5 Aug. The British musician has come a long way since his 'Wild World' days: in 2014 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2017 release The Laughing Apple. Scottish songstress KT Tunstall is billed for Thu 6 Aug and will be followed by the evergreen Rick Astley on Fri 7 Aug, with Richard Hawley rounding off the second week of shows with a performance on Sat 8 Aug.
Scottish rockers and regular tourers Primal Scream are billed for two nights back-to-back and, with eleven albums to their name, there is plenty of material to carry them through.
Fifer King Creosote takes to the stage on Thu 13 Aug to perform live alongside the short poetic film From Scotland With Love, which he soundtracked back in 2014. The film, which aired on BBC Scotland, explores the history of Scotland, veering well away from the tartan-clad stereotype. This year's Summer Nights concert series rounds off with The Jesus and Mary Chain on Fri 14 Aug and legendary singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins & Altered Images on Sat 15 Aug.
Summer Nights 2020 line-up:
Thu 30 Jul – Suzanne Vega
Fri 31 Jul – Belinda Carlisle
Sat 1 Aug – Rufus Wainwright
Tue 4 Aug – Van Morrison
Wed 5 Aug – Yusef / Cat Stevens
Thu 6 Aug – KT Tunstall
Fri 7 Aug – Rick Astley
Sat 8 Aug – Richard Hawley
Tue 11 Aug – Primal Scream
Wed 12 Aug – Primal Scream
Thu 13 Aug – King Creosote
Fri 14 Aug – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Sat 15 Aug – Edwyn Collins & Altered Images
Speaking of Summer Nights, Edwyn Collins said: 'I spent a lot of time in Kelvingrove in 1978/79, when I was an illustrator for Glasgow Parks. [...] I hardly remember the bandstand then, it was disused but I am delighted it has been returned to its original glory, hosting great music nights and I am excited to be playing my part this year.'
Tickets for Summer Night at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand go on sale at 9am on Fri 24 Jan.