Southside Fringe

SSF

Showing how Scots do Southern hospitality is Glasgow’s Southside Fringe. Running from May 13 – 29, the celebration includes in and outdoor events.

Co-founder Corinna Currie said: “We have an amazing selection covering live music, theatre, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, burlesque, literature, visual art, film and well being events.”

With such a mix of activities its no surprise last year’s festival welcomed over 9000 revellers.

Now in its third year the Southside Fringe has returned with exciting new features.

Currie explained: “This year we are delighted to introduce a dedicated heritage programme, welcoming on board Pollok House and House for an Art Lover. “ 

House for an Art Lover hosted the festival on May 14 with Art on the Park, the programme’s first alfresco event. Delivered in partnership with Art on Scotland, the event included an art fair, live entertainment and food stalls. 

Continuing festival firsts Southside Fringe 2016 launched its ‘legacy’ work, with the Clutha Trust, bringing activities to Castlemilk Youth Complex.

Catering to all ages the festival includes activities across 52 venues, including historical buildings, cafes, pubs and even a pool.

Currie said: “Govanhill Baths have a wonderful range of theatre events.”

She added: “Loks bar have a full programme of events from Ceilidhs, to David Bowie tribute nights. We’re also really excited to see how the open air space down at Pollokshield Playhouse will be used.”

As well as pop events, the festival will have international activities.

Currie said: “We have singers all the way from Kenya, Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo’s women’s Group, performing at the Glad Café; music from Brazil, in Nossa Bossa on May 19,, and a Traditional Eritrean Coffee ceremony, hosted by MILK on May 16.

Tastebud treats continue at the festival with a Gin and Food evening at the Salisbury and also the Spanish Tapas & Wine Tasting Evening at Bell & Felix.

The festival will conclude with a cabaret party at Loks, starring acts like Creative Martyrs, Kim Khaos and Tom Harlowe.

Currie anticipated: “With Music from the Glasgow Swing Society and the Acquiescent Orchestra there will be a party atmosphere and good measured rowdiness! “

Closing party tickets are £10 and available in Fringe HQ or online.

Currie concluded: The atmosphere at Southside Fringe is electric and full of love. We’re all in it for our love of the Southside. It’s great to feel the area buzzing during the fortnight.

 “You can grab a programme or go online and come along to Southside Fringe. You’ll only regret it if you hear how good things are after they’ve happened!”

West End Beer Festival

WEBF

The first annual West End Beer Festival is pitching up in Glasgow from July 31 – August 1.

Situated in Hughenden grounds – at Hillhead Sports Club – the festival will be sheltered from the elements, and include bars by Cafe Source Too and Good Spirits, as well stalls from visiting breweries.

West End Beer Festival organiser Conor McGeady said: “Some of the best Central Belt breweries will be attending, including three Glasgow companies only one year old!”

The Event will run in three sessions over two days; launching from 5-11:30pm on Friday, then reopening from 12 – 4.30pm on Saturday family day, before concluding 5-11:30pm that night.

Entry to the festival is £6, or £4 for members of CAMRA and Hillhead Sports Club; all guests get a free festival glass.

Yet drinking isn’t the festival’s only feature, it will also host folk music (by Babbity Bowsters’ bands) and family- day face painting by Lisa Good.

While being entertained guests can enjoy BBQ food, with a choice of beer from nine Scottish breweries.

These breweries include: Stewart Brewing, Jaw Brew, Ayr Brewing, Monolith, Floodline Brewing; Williams Brothers; Tryst; Fallen Alechemy and Fyne Ales.

McGeady said: “You never know what crazy collaborations Fyne Ales will pull out of the hat!

“And our three new Glasgow Breweries are sure to turn heads; Monolith Brewing with their outstanding Belwether IPA; Floodline with their Fearless Nadia IPA; and Jaw Brew with the impeccable Wave Wheat Beer.”

He added: “We also have great guest beers on our bar and a selection of beers from America, England and Europe at and Good Spirits bar.”

McGeady explained that Café Source has been serving cask ales and craft beers for around four years; instilling a passion that birthed the West End Beer Festival.

He said: “As Glasgow demand for craft beer grew I started to organise meet- the- brewer tastings that showcased different Scottish breweries.”

From there McGeady noticed a gap in the market for bigger events in Glasgow’s West End.

He explained: “There was the Paisley Beer Festival, as well as the Glasgow City Centre events: CAMRAS Real Ale Fest, and Hippo’s Great Scottish Beer Celebration; but there was nothing of the sort in the West End.”

So McGeady set out to create a West End Beer Festival. However, he knew it would have to meet Scotland’s high hospitality standards.

He said: “I have been attending Scottish drinks events over the last couple of years and the standard is amazing.

“Having enjoyed many well informed tastings – at events like Fyne Fest – I have found there is a thriving beer scene in Glasgow.”

And to prove McGeady’s point the West End Beer Festival has sold over 700 tickets.

He concluded: “Scotland is pushing to the fore of a global beer movement, the likes of which we have never seen. So people should come down to the festival and support the innovative companies making this happen.

“Visitors can have a beer and some fun.”

West End Beer Festival tickets can be bought at Cafe Source Too bisto, and Good Spirits Co shop.