SUMMER OF FUN FILLED FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND SUMMER SEASON
This summer the recently restored Kelvingrove Bandstand is set to host an array of exciting events following its return as a landmark venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme. The Kelvingrove Bandstand Summer Season comes alongside another exciting summer of cultural events in Glasgow, including the 25th Glasgow Mela, West End Festival, and the Merchant City Festival 25 July – 2 August.
Welcoming all ages back to this unique outdoor venue, a whole range of family music and arts events have been programmed, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Kelvingrove Park in the heart of the city’s West End.
Every Wednesday from May until August the bandstand is open to the public including hosting lunchtime open mic sessions. More musical highlights over the course of the season include Big Music for Little Ears from 2-6 July, an amazing musical exploration of Scotland's rich cultural heritage delivered through Live Music Now’s Traditional Tunes for Tiny People programme. Aimed at families, the audiences can bring along dancing shoes and have a twirl to the tunes or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy some of Scotland’s best young traditional and classical musicians. The musicians combine their expertise and creativity to deliver concerts aimed at engaging new audiences, both young and old.
On Saturday 11 July there will be a special 1920’s themed day, Trip Through The Twenties, a whole day with music, dance, history, culture, and fashion all celebrating the 1920’s heyday of the Kelvingrove Bandstand.
Keep up to date with details and developments for the Summer Season by checking www.glasgowlife.org.uk/kelvingrovebandstand and the Kelvingrove Bandstand Facebook page.
The Kelvingrove Bandstand also welcomes the return of the Regular Music Magner’s Summer Nights with performances this year from international talent including Glasvegas, Ben Folds, Echo and The Bunnymen, Joan Armatrading, King Creosote, and Roddy Frame. Tickets for these events are available at www.glasgowconcerthalls.com, or 0141 353 8000, and from Ticketmaster.
More key events over the summer include the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mercy 4 Mankind 5k Fun Run 24 May, in association with Yorkhill Children’s Charity. The run will take place in Kelvingrove Park with music, dance, food, and stalls at the bandstand. On 27 June the 17,000 strong Rock Choir, in their tenth anniversary, will perform when 600 members of the choir from across Central Scotland descend upon the bandstand. The bandstand also features as part of Doors Open Day on 19-20 September 2015 with further activities including guided tours featuring performers and audience members from the bandstand’s rich past.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Kelvingrove Bandstand is one of Glasgow’s many iconic cultural venues. The bandstand is truly one of a kind and it is wonderful to see it restored to its former glory. This beloved Glasgow landmark burst back into life last year as part of incredible Festival 2014 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and with such an exciting summer of activities ahead there is no doubt people of all ages will continue to enjoy this beautiful venue.”
Anne McChlery, Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said: “We are thrilled to see the Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre animated through this Summer Season 2015 session of activities. Funding came from Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow City Council, and many others, enabling us to schedule a variety of events that will bring life to this restored venue. We are confident that there will be something for everyone, and look forward to enjoying summer at the bandstand”.
The Kelvingrove Bandstand Summer Season is produced by Glasgow Life and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.