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West End Festival

Celebrating its 20th year in business, the West End Festival has returned to Glasgow with bigger acts than ever before. Festival Founder Michael Dale said:“The 2015 WEF has a lot of big names, including comedian Elaine C Smith, choir composer Mark Carroll, and (the Gruffalo) author Julia Donaldson. “There is a real mix of activities … Continue reading

Merchant City Festival

Preparations have begun for this year’s Merchant City festival and it promises to be the biggest yet. Running twice the length of previous events, the 2015 bill will span July 25 – August 2. Festival Executive Producer, Lorenzo Mele, said: “The 2014 Festival was exceptional because it supported the Commonwealth Games, acting as the cultural … Continue reading

Galoshans Festival

There’s a new UK arts festival and it’s called the Galoshans. With the Scots name for ‘guising’ it’s unsurprisingly scheduled North of the border. The exact location is however, more surprising. Unlike most Scottish festivals, it isn’t going to Glasgow or Edinburgh, rather Inverclyde. Bringing the festival to Inverclyde is Scottish charity UZ Arts. The … Continue reading

Ballroom Blitz

  Ballroom has hit a renaissance, with programmes like Strictly Come Dancing dispelling its myth of antiquity. Instead its speedy steps; dapper dress and modern music have been exposed. Glasgow Ballroom Dancing Society instructor Julia White said: “Ballroom is not just a stuffy old waltz that travels around the room. It can be a fiery … Continue reading

Staycations

January is a trying time of year, with many of us facing little money or annual leave left after Christmas. Team this with seasonal hibernation and you have the perfect recipe for cabin fever. How can this slump be overcome? A staycation. A staycation can be any length of domestic holiday, from minibreak to camping … Continue reading

Budget festive fun

  Christmas is a time of joy, but shopping and parties can leave you skint before the big day. So instead of throwing money at it, why not take Noel back to its humble roots. Here are my five tips for budget festive fun.   Bake it off, I bake it off… Baking is pretty … Continue reading

SambaYaBamba

An interview with Lisa Stewart of SambaYaBamba If you watched the BBC hype of the 2014 Commonwealth Games then might you might have noticed a Samba band jazzing outside Buchanan Galleries. Who are these guys and what were they doing there? Well here sax player, Lisa Stewart, explains all. “SambaYaBamba are a community band, formed … Continue reading

Desolation Yes!

Think they don’t make music like they used to? Well Glasgow band, Desolation Yes! agree. Continue reading

From Green to Granite

They say romance is dead, but here to prove them wrong is Charly Houston, a musician taking on the Scottish scene with a style she calls ‘romantindie’. Continue reading

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