Creators of Southside Fringe announce new virtual spring festival
- Megan Merino
- 24 February 2021
The Plugged In & Wired Festival will include headline performances from Viv Gee, Becci Wallace and Cloud of Starlings
Creators of Glasgow's popular Southside Fringe have announced an alternative virtual event this spring. The new Plugged In & Wired Festival will take place on Fri 26 Mar 2021 for audiences to stream from the comfort of their own homes.
The virtual event will feature performances from more than 50 acts, with an emphasis on nourishing new and established talent from Glasgow's Southside.
Well-known headliners for Plugged In & Wired include comedian Viv Gee, singer Becci Wallace and three-piece melodic rock band Cloud of Starlings. Other acts to make an appearance include cabaret comedian Gabriel Featherstone and writer and spoken word performer Sean Wai Keung.
The decision to create a new virtual festival comes in the wake of the cancelled Southside Fringe 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers were determined to provide an alternative outlet for artists and performers to express their talents across comedy, music, poetry, literature and more.
Corinna Currie, managing director of Southside Fringe said: 'As a community-led festival, it's so important to all of us at Southside Fringe to provide support and encouragement to our local creatives, whether it's comedians, musicians, performers or writers – these artists, deserve platforms and opportunities to find their audiences, despite lockdown measures. Additionally, venues, like our festival partners, the Icebox Arts & Music Centre need vital lifelines to survive in the absence of live gigs.
'It was devastating to the team to not be able to deliver our festival. The cancellation led to not only our festival being financially impacted, but to some 200+ creatives losing income. This pandemic has impacted so many industries, but especially the arts community.
'However, creativity is in our blood and we're delighted to be able to host our virtual Plugged In & Wired. We've received incredibly heart-warming feedback from the acts, thanking the festival and venue for giving them hope and keeping the arts alive through such uncertain times. We can't wait to announce more of our incredible acts over the next few weeks.'
Attracting more than 4000 Southsiders in 2019, the annual Southside Fringe is one of the biggest community organised events in Glasgow and normally orchestrates the invaluable networking of local creatives, businesses and communities.
Supported by Glasgow City Council through the Local Area Partnership, Plugged In & Wired will provide a safe outlet for artists and welcomed entertainment for audiences during a time that has been especially hard on the creative industries.
Plugged In & Wired Festival will be held on 26 March 2021. To find out more, visit southsidefringe.org.uk.