Belle and Sebastian and Lulu among music highlights of the Commonwealth Games Festival 2014
The Opening and Closing ceremonies also feature Eddi Reader, Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes and Roddy Hart
The fevered anticipation with which the announcement of Belle and Sebastian’s first Glasgow gig since 2010 was met is a fitting parallel to the general excitement ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The six piece’s open air concert at the revamped Kelvingrove Bandstand, which sold out in less than ten minutes, promises to be one of the gigs of the summer as well as an entertainment-packed games. After publicly backing the campaign to restore the once-faded landmark to its former glory, singer Stuart Murdoch described the venue as a ‘dream within a dream’, which is no doubt how fans feel about seeing the group perform in the heart of their spiritual home in the city’s West End. It seems reasonable that ‘The Stars of Track and Field’ will get one of the biggest cheers of the evening if performed.
Across the city, Lulu headlines the opening ceremony celebrations in Glasgow Green alongside performances from Eddi Reader, James Grant, Sarah Hayes from Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, RM Hubbert and others, with the opening ceremony beamed live on big screens. The Old Fruitmarket plays host to tri-nation musical powerhouse Boomerang, a fusion of indigenous music from Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, followed by a late-night festival club for anyone left standing.
Two-and-a-half weeks later and it will all be over. Treacherous Orchestra will lead the closing ceremony celebrations in Glasgow Green as the best bits are reviewed on the big screens. At the Kelvingrove Bandstand's closing event, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra unveil a new commission in collaboration with Tam Dean Burn and multi-instrumentalist Corey Mwamba, while McOpera Ensemble, formed by members of the orchestra of Scottish Opera, provide a rousing – and likely emotional – backdrop to the screening of the official closing ceremony.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 23 Jul & Sun 3 Aug.