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Top 10 music highlights of Glasgow’s West End Festival 2011

Glasgow in June means West End Festival time, which dominates the month with a rack of culture from the opening weekend’s Mardi Gras Parade to performances of Shakespeare in the park to comedy nights, dance classes, exhibitions, organised walks and literature events, although sadly no open-air cinema, which was cancelled after the council refused to grant an alcohol licence at Kelvingrove Park. I can’t imagine why.

This year’s music line-up is a right treat if you like your tunes Scottish and guitar-based. And good. Among the highlights are performances from The Pop Cop favourites Endor (acoustic), White Heath’s album launch at the Electric Honey Records showcase, hotly-tipped Strawberry Ocean Sea on Sunday’s outdoor stage, The Fence Collective night headlined by Kid Canaveral, delightful East Kilbride teenager Gillian Christie, the enigma that is Beerjacket, Canadian acoustic troubadour Dan Mangan, the lovely Rachel Sermanni and her band hosted by Communion, catchy pop-rock from Pareto, and The Big BBQ Show all-day event featuring Washington Irving and PAWS among others.

June 3, Brel: Captain And The Kings / Endor / Jonnie Common (tickets)

June 4, Oran Mor: White Heath / Woodenbox With A Fistful Of Fivers / French Wives / Miniature Dinosaurs (tickets)

June 5, Vintage Guru Stage @ Kelvingrove Park: Strawberry Ocean Sea (free, 5pm)
Strawberry Ocean Sea – Today’s The Day

June 5, Oran Mor: Kid Canaveral / The Pictish Trail & King Creosote joint acoustic set / Rozi Plain / Rob St John / Withered Hand / Dan Lyth (tickets)

June 10, Cottiers: Gillian Christie / Ben Sturrock / Vicky Paxon (tickets)

June 14, Oran Mor: Alasdair Roberts / Tannahill Ensemble / Beerjacket (tickets)

June 18, Oran Mor: Dan Mangan / Three Blind Wolves (tickets)

June 24, Oran Mor: Rachel Sermanni (tickets)

June 25, Captain’s Rest: Tellison / Pareto / JJ Bull (tickets)

June 26, Oran Mor: Banjo Or Freakout / Vessels / Wet Paint / Gala Drop / PAWS / Washington Irving / Top Dollar / Male Pattern Band (tickets)

Be sure to check out the West End Festival programme if you want to plan your itinerary.

One Response to “Top 10 music highlights of Glasgow’s West End Festival 2011”

  1. miriam Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 18:15

    great new bands to check out – wish I was going!


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