Festivals in Glasgow- Creative Clyde’s round-up

April 2016, 2015

As the lighter evenings and (hopefully) increasing temperatures are now upon us, we’ve decided to take a look at Glasgow’s varied selection of upcoming festivals that are ideal for the creatives in the city to take some time out from work and let your hair down. From comedy to jazz, dance to food and drink, we’ve got the low down on the top four festivals hitting Glasgow this summer…


Southside Fringe Festival (8th – 24th May 2015)

With over 170 events, this year marks the biggest Southside Fringe Festival that Glasgow has ever seen! With 41 official venues, the calendar is bursting with a variety of workshops, performances and demonstrations. Got an eye for fashion?  Why not head to the fashion show presented by Rags to Riches showcasing an array of innovative upcycled outfits at Govanhill Baths. Or maybe you fancy yourself as the next Southside Mastermind? Test your knowledge with The Fringe’s unique quiz (no smartphones allowed) on Saturday 9th May at Jayz Bar & Restaurant. Find out more and book tickets on their website.

Riverside Festival (28th – 30th May 2015)

Immerse yourself in Glasgow’s dance music scene as the Electric Frog crew and Pressure join forces once again to present Glasgow’s biggest outdoor music festival, The Riverside Festival. This year’s line-up features the likes of Sven Väth, Julio Bashmore, Nina Kraviz, Joy Orbison and Slam amongst other top names from the underground music scene. Maximise your bank holiday weekend with this mix of the world’s finest electro powerhouses! Earlybird day and weekend tickets are available now from a number of outlets including Tickets Scotland and Resident Advisor, but be quick, based on previous years- it’s going to be a sellout!

Glasgow Jazz Festival (24th-28th June)

If you like the finer things in life and prefer your music a little more mellow, then enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean this summer as the Glasgow Jazz Festival takes centre stage. Showcasing the best home-grown talent alongside legendary acts, expect late night jams with jazz to suit all tastes. Keep your eye on @GlasgowJazzFest on Twitter for the full programme announcement at the end of April! Tickets will be on sale later this month.

The Merchant City Festival (25th July- 2nd August)

Following an extended programme last year to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, The Merchant City Festival is back with a bang this year to celebrate the first anniversary. Explore Glasgow’s cultural quarter with 9 days packed full of street arts, dance, live music, markets, comedy, tours, heritage walks, food and drink and so much more. Tens of thousands of people will flock to the streets to celebrate all that Glasgow has to offer! Foodies unite as this year celebrates The Year of Food & Drink, so expect tasty delights showcasing Scotland’s array of natural produce! All events are free, but make sure to check out the full programme and keep an eye on Twitter @MerchCityFest and Facebook.