Glasgow Mela to launch Summer of Music at Kelvingrove Bandstand
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Glasgow Mela to launch Summer of Music at Kelvingrove Bandstand


Glasgow Mela Festival to Kickstart Summer of Music on City's Historic Bandstand


A host of international artists will perform on Scotland’s finest bandstand for the first time this weekend following its £2.2 million refurbishment.

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand was officially reopened last week by Lord Provost, Cllr Sadie Docherty, following a 15 year closure. The 90-year-old building has been transformed into a grand performance area for music, dance, and theatre events, and a busy schedule of shows have already been lined up for this summer.

Glasgow Mela – the country’s biggest multi-cultural festival – has the honour of showcasing the fantastic new facility with two jam-packed days of entertainment. Musicians and dancers from across the globe will perform on the bandstand this Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, when the free festival welcomes around 35,000 people to Kelvingrove Park.

Indian dance troupe Lok Chhanda were on stage today (Thursday) rehearsing for their two 30 minute slots on the unique open-air performance space. Maitreyee Pahari, of Lok Chhanda, said: “We are all very excited to come and perform again at  Glasgow Mela, especially as we will appear on the beautiful new Bandstand. We were also at the festival in 2012 and we found it to be an exhilarating experience.”

The bandstand stage at the Mela is sponsored by Rubicon and will be known for the event as the Rubicon Bandstand. Singer Navin Kundra will make an appearance on Sunday afternoon to accept a cheque from Rubicon on behalf of the British Asian Trust.

Eighteen acts from eight different countries will perform on Rubicon Bandstand for this year’s Glasgow Mela. Artists are travelling from as far as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Cyprus.

Councillor Soryia Siddique, Chair of Glasgow Mela festival’s organising committee, said: “The bandstand is simply stunning and it will be a fine addition to our festival in this special year for the city. I look forward to watching performances on the bandstand as it will undoubtedly produce some of this year’s festival highlights.

“We have three stages, roaming artists, and more than 200 entertainers performing each day in Kelvingrove Park. Some of the tastiest dishes from many different cultures will be served up and, as ever, the park will be filled with colour, excitement and a fantastic carnival atmosphere. Add some sunshine and we’ll have the perfect weekend.”

Glasgow Mela is now in its 24th consecutive year and is Europe’s longest running free multi-cultural event. Organisers Glasgow Life are convinced this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet. Headline acts include world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who will bring their unique brand of ‘bagrock’ to the park, and multi-award winning singer Jaz Dhami, who will both appear on Saturday.

Other headliners include Dhol Foundation, the renowned London band who performed at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, along with bhangra sensation Sukshinder Shinda who will both entertain on Sunday.

New for 2014, this year’s Glasgow Mela includes Bollywood City featuring the Grosvenor Cinema marquee, which will be screening four fantastic Bollywood films over the weekend. Another fresh addition is the ‘Commonwealth Woods’ area, where kids can enjoy sport-themed woodland games, storytelling and arts and crafts. Created by The Forestry Commission Scotland, this zone is a national legacy project of the Commonwealth Games to help to get people active and learn in their local wood



elvingrove Bandstand is fully equipped with modern facilities and infrastructure to host a variety of events. It will also be home to Festival 2014 between 24th July and 3rd August when it will host entertainment and cultural events during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.​

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