Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour hits road as rising Scottish artists deliver surprise sets across country

Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour hits road as rising Scottish artists deliver surprise sets across country

A national busking tour celebrating Glasgow’s summer of music has kicked off today (Wednesday 20 July) in Aberdeen, as part of Glasgow Life’s campaign to get people excited about live music events in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour is bringing together musicians from across the country to shine a light on Glasgow’s jam-packed programme of music events this summer.

The busking tour made its first stop in Aberdeen city centre today with local band Pages performing and giving away free tickets to upcoming Glasgow gigs. The tour is now gathering pace and is making its way to Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 21 July) and finishes up in Dundee on Friday (22 July).

Music fans looking to catch the surprise sets and snap up free tickets to one of Glasgow’s upcoming events can follow the tour to Edinburgh’s Castle Street tomorrow at 12pm, where Glasgow musicians Riley, Becki Rutherford, and Megan Black will be popping up to perform and give away tickets to lucky passers-by. Dundee residents will be able to catch the tour when it stops at the Riverside Esplanade in Dundee on Friday and watch local band, BOOTlace and musician, Silvi pop up for a busking set at 12pm.

King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival, Piping Live!, and Roxy Music at the OVO Hydro are among the events people can land tickets to at the busking tour stops, so music lovers are being encouraged to get along to the upcoming stops to be in with a chance of nabbing these fantastic prizes.

Glasgow-based artist Riley, performing at the Edinburgh stop tomorrow, said:

"Glasgow is one of my favourite cities to play in, so I was thrilled when I was asked us to join the Glasgow Music Nonstop busk tour. I’m delighted to be performing at King Tut’s on 7 August, and then headlining at Audio in Glasgow on 30 September, and love that Glasgow Music Nonstop is supporting all the fantastic artists that are playing Glasgow this summer. I’m looking forward to performing at Castle Street tomorrow and hope to see some fans in person!"

Local recording studio owner Tom Simmonds stopped by to see Pages perform as part of the busking tour and said:

"Anything you can do in the music industry to help artists at all levels is fantastic, and the way that the Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour is driving support for artists from one big city in Scotland to another is great."

Bailie Annette Christie, Glasgow Life Chair, said: 

"Glasgow enjoys a global reputation as a live music hotspot, with our venues regularly playing host to some of the world’s biggest artists. As the UK’s first, and Scotland’s only, UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow’s music scene has something for all fans, which is a major reason visitors choose to come here.

"The Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour is our way of bringing a flavour of Glasgow’s summer of music to our fellow Scottish cities and celebrating the artists that make Glasgow’s music scene so vibrant. We’re delighted to support homegrown talent and hopefully get people excited about Glasgow’s upcoming events with some free tickets to enjoy our city’s summer of music."

Developed by Glasgow Life’s Destination Marketing team, and with the support of VisitScotland’s Destination and Sector Marketing Fund, the ‘Glasgow: Music Nonstop’ busking tour is bringing a line-up that includes Riley, Megan Black, Becki Rutherford, Pages, BOOTlace and Silvi to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee to promote Glasgow’s lively music scene and give music fans across the country the chance to scoop free tickets to upcoming gigs.

Glasgow Life is a charity which delivers culture and sport across Glasgow.

Glasgow’s summer of music kicked off with a bang in June as some of the industry’s biggest names descended on the city’s venues. From Green Day at Bellahouston Park, to Liam Gallagher at Hampden, to the city’s 5th year of TRNSMT festival and King Tut’s Summer Nights, Glasgow is living up to its title of Scotland’s UNESCO City of Music.

With plenty of music events lined up this summer, Glasgow is playing host to Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand (27 July-13 August), Merchant City Festival (28-31 July), Piping Live! (6-14 August), the World Pipe Band Championships (12-13 August), and a whole host of other live gigs that span a wide range of genres.

With an impressive range of accommodation, Glasgow is an ideal place to enjoy a music-themed short break and make the most of the city’s lively nightlife. Perfect for music lovers, the Ibis Styles Glasgow Central features showstopping music memorabilia and themed murals in contemporary surroundings. Fans can follow in the footsteps of music icons Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones by booking a stay at Voco Grand Central Hotel. For those attending gigs in the city centre, Radisson Blu is a top choice with its music-themed illustrations and photography, and for music fans visiting big names at the OVO Hydro, Radisson Red offers unparalleled views from across the street and plays host to DJs in its rooftop bar.

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Picture caption: Aberdeen band Pages surprised passers-by on Broad Street in Aberdeen city centre with a busking set and free tickets to upcoming Glasgow gigs, as part of Glasgow Life’s Glasgow Music Nonstop busking tour.