Wee Chill

Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow, Sun 27 May


(Picture: Masters At Work)

Celebrating its fifth year on the festival circuit, the central belt’s own Wee Chill has this year moved to the fabulous Glasgow Science Centre, boasting a greater capacity and bigger guests. The change of venue fits with an ethos of never standing still and the use of this new site gives the festival a new edge and may yet prove a real masterstroke. ‘You always want to try something new and different, you want to try and move things on,’ argues Barry Price, Wee Chill co-promoter alongside Chris ‘Junior’ Ingram and founder Brian Traynor.

Like a Caledonian Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the Science Centre seems to have an amusement at every turn, not to mention a huge, glass-roofed reception area for headliners Masters at Work, stalls, club sponsored rooms and a vast outdoors area with rolling grass hills. To fit with the inspired environs Wee Chill’s line-up is also larger this year and the music policy broader. The focus is on supporting local acts and maintaining that underground feel, so while there are big names (including DJ First Rate and The Bays) they are not necessarily the obvious festival headliners. Regardless, Price concedes that the festival’s revellers will be the determining factor of success. ‘I just think the crowd that the Wee Chill gets is amazing. Everyone’s so laid back and as long as we can keep to that with this greater capacity I’ll be happy. The main thing is that everybody has a great time. It sounds corny but that’s what anyone’s in it for.’

(Mark Edmundson)

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