NEWS - Getting the Kelvingroove on

Eco-friendly festival returns to Glasgow.

Festival insiders have revealed potential plans to expand Kelvingroove, following the high volume of interest in the project. Hopes are high that the eco-friendly event, which kicks off this Sunday, will expand over time into a two-day event, emulating the success of T in the Park and Glastonbury.

Talks are already underway for Kelvingroove to be incorporated into a more high profile, month-long festival of activities concentrating on urban culture, in Glasgow. Featuring three different music stages: indie, jazz and urban, the family-orientated festival has become one of Scotland’s most important platforms for unsigned talent. This year, Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd joins his indie band outfit Beecake to headline, with support from edgy punk rockers Darkwater. Other highlights include sets from hip hop duo Steg G and the Freestyle Master and three-piece rock band Futuro.

Set in the lush surrounds of Kelvingrove Park, the day will boast a zero carbon, no alcohol policy, encouraging participants to take care of the environment.

More than 4000 people descended on last year’s festival and this Sunday’s programme is tipped to expand many of last year’s more popular features, including a Street Skills Village, where young people can try their hand at Emceeing, Lyric Writing, DJ-ing, Beat Boxing and Street Dance.

Bailie Liz Cameron, the Chair of Culture & Sport Glasgow, said: ‘Kelvingroove is about celebrating all that is good about Scotland, the talent, skills and diversity of our citizens and the promotion of tolerance and understanding.’

Singer Lora Therese (pictured) of electro punk rock outfit Darkwater said the festival is slowly positioning itself as one of the most dynamic events on the cultural calendar. She said, ‘Word is that it is one of the most exciting festivals in terms of atmosphere. Certainly the idea of it feels like a real celebration of all things local – there’s just a very supportive vibe.’

‘The eco-friendly element to it is just about totally tapping into where it’s at right now. We’re just really proud to be part of that.’

Kelvingroove, Sun 5 Aug, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, 11am–6pm.

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