Glasgow music festivals worth your attention
- Arusa Qureshi
- 21 March 2017
Searching for music festivals this summer? Take a peek at what Glasgow has to offer
With announcement after announcement, Glasgow has been on fire recently as far as music festivals go. Not only does the city have four festivals on the horizon, but the line-ups are the stuff of dreams, with bands like Radiohead, Depeche Mode and Pixies making appearances over the next few months. Since there are so many incredible acts to see, we've put together a handy guide to help you decide who to spend your pennies on.
BBC 6 Music Festival
Full disclosure; the BBC 6 Music Festival is now totally sold out but with such an awesome selection of musicians playing across the weekend, are you really surprised? Luckily for you, you'll be to catch up on many of the sets over on 6 Music both during and shortly after the festival. We'd recommend watching the always-entertaining and eccentric Future Islands, who perform at O2 Academy on Friday night and if possible, listening to the dazzling powerpop of Long Island's The Lemon Twigs, who take residence at Saint Luke's on Saturday night. It's also worth keeping an eye (or ear) out for Father John Misty's set at Tramway during the day on Sunday and also Optimo and Nightwave, who will be over at SWG3 on Saturday from 11pm.
Fri 24–26 Mar, various venues
May West Festival
A brand new festival run in partnership with West Brewery, May West is a welcome addition to the city's many summer events, promising excellent music, entertainment, food and drink over the bank holiday weekend. As well as punk heroes The Stranglers making a special headline appearance on the Saturday, London duo Public Service Broadcasting will be around on the Sunday for their headline slot. Turin Brakes, dub/reggae band Dreadzone and the wonderful Glasgow Gospel Choir will also be playing over the weekend but keep your eyes peeled because there are lots of acts still to be announced.
Sat 27–Sun 28 May, Glasgow Green
Many thought that T in the Park's 2017 break would leave a gaping hole in the Scottish festival circuit. Thankfully, they were all wrong because TRNSMT arrived just in time as the summer festival replacement. The Friday line-up of Radiohead, Belle and Sebastian and London Grammar definitely looks the best but if you're also heading along on Saturday to catch headliners Kasabian, make sure you don't miss grime superstar Stormzy.
Fri 7–Sun 9 Jul, Glasgow Green
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The ever-popular Summer Nights series is back at Kelvingrove for its fourth year, with another cracking line-up of world-class performers. As well as Brian Wilson stopping by as part of the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour, Pixies will be playing two dates and the legendary Tom Jones will also be around on 5 Aug. Sadly, many of the tickets are already sold out but you can still see Arab Strap and the dynamic South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Texas have also added a third date on 31 Jul, which you should definitely go to for nostalgia's sake.
Wed–Sun 13 Aug, Kelvingrove Bandstand