Glasgows West End Festival 2015

by ChinaBambi

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June has come and that means the West End festival marks the start to the Scottish Summer (haha) Well at-least this year it didn’t rain! It was glorious sunshine all day and into the late evening.. marking the 20th West End Festival!

We started the day at my local Bowls club at the Willowbank bowling club just down the road from me. I was abolutely terrible at it, only getting my last one just off the target! I am definitely more use to bowling than actual bowls. You have to roll them like a big circle of cheese and I couldn’t do it at all. Adam and his mum were pretty good though and Adam scored 5 points! 🙂

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We then went onto Byres Road where it was all happening, street performers, fire jugglers, singers, statues, masses of balloons for kids, everyone was in the West End and it was heaving with thousands of people!

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We went to the crossroads corner where they have a bar and some food and stalls..had a drink each then headed down to the Vinicombe street party. Hill Head book Club had an amazing BBQ so i had one of their cheese burgers and a drink all in the sunshine! They had ping pong tables out and a DJ playing some good old tunes.. Johnny Cash anyone 😀

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Then at 3pm we made our way to the main Road where 600 performers for the iconic “Mardi Gras” parade came past, lots of arts and crafts this year showing clubs and classes across Glasgow.. Steampunk, Belly Dancers, actors, musicians, samba was everywhere.. it was a crazy mix of people but was fun to watch.

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We had a quick stop off at the flat, the view of the street party was great!

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We then went towards the University and watched the musicians in the park, mostly performers from the parade and the group got bigger as the parade joined them. In the end there were 200 musicians all performing at once! It was so good!

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After that we went for a lovely dinner at Zizzis (We stopped by some of the stalls to get some shortbread!) and then walked back home still in the sunshine! What a lovely day! 🙂

If you missed it this year make sure you remember for next year and you can still catch lots of festival events till the end of the month!

The 2015 event will run from from June 5 to June 28 featuring 400 events in 80 venues.

 

What to see at West End Festival

 

  • Carnival Parade on Festival Sunday, June 7
  • Scotland’s maker Liz Lochhead appearing at Oran Mor on June 9 with Steve Kettley
  • Glasgow Mela on June 14 at Kelvingrove Park
  • Composer John Rutter conducting his own work at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church on June 14
  • Elaine C Smith and Christina Dunwoodie in Torch Song Divas at Websters Theatre on June 19 and 20
  • Former children’s laurerate Julie Donaldson at Maryhill Central Community Halls on June 21
  • Queen Margaret Drive local gala on June 21
  • Folk legend Peggy Seeger plays at Oran Mor on June 27
  • Closing concert at Kelvingrove Bandstand on June 28

Share your photos below in the comments 🙂 Happy Festival day everyone!

Source: STV/ West End Festival

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