The best outdoor music events in Glasgow

Iain Dawson has been running Glasgow based music blog Rave Child for five years now, bringing coverage to all the best music from or passing through the Scottish scene.

And since festival season is well and truly upon us, we've asked him to take a look at Glasgow's brilliant outdoor music scene this summer.



29 Jun 2016
3 minute read

So here's Rave Child's top 6 outdoor music events for the summer, take a look at what takes your fancy and keep your fingers crossed for sunshine! (Main photo by Rave Child).

Glasgow Mela (17 July)

This hugely colourful, exotic, tasty and free festival hosted in Kelvingrove Park is the largest celebration of Glasgow’s multicultural happenings and hosts an array of stages bringing musical gems from across the globe to Glasgow’s West End.

Mugstock (29 - 31 July)

Hosted in Mugdock Country Park to the north west of the city, Mugstock is a proper music festival with a real friendly atmosphere and brings some of the best Scottish talent to a festival with a fun reputation; good food, good drink, good times and good music. This year’s line-up features the likes of Edinburgh’s joyous hip-hop talents Stanley Odd, the ever-impressive Emma Pollock and the charming delights of Siobhan Wilson.

Merchant City Festival (30 July – 7 August)

The Merchant City Festival hosts some of the best attractions in all fields, from art and theatre to food & drink and fashion & design, but its music is always worth a look. Indoors of the likes of the fabled 13th Note basement will host showcases, but outdoor stages are usually a big attraction for this unique cultural festival.

Summer Nights (4 - 14 August)

Arguably the most exciting of Glasgow’s outdoor music events, Summer Nights returns for its third year to bring a host of worldwide and local talent to the gloriously restored Kelvingrove Bandstand. The Bandstand had stood unused for several years before its 2.1m restoration in 2014 and the 2,500 capacity venue will be headlined over a ten day period, by legends like Tom Jones and Van Morrison, local heroes Idlewild and Primal Scream, while the Electric Honey Sessions allows some of the city’s up and comers, like the outstanding Hector Bizerk, to get a piece of this delicious showpiece.

Summer Sessions (26 - 27 August)

If Summer Nights brings a bit of something for everyone then Summer Sessions, hosted in the south side’s Bellahouston Park, gives the showpiece headliners. The festival, that has previously been headlined by huge hitters like Eminem, The Killers and Calvin Harris, this year brings a two day event headed by Biffy Clyro and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and not just that as you get a full main stage festival line up as the likes of Richard Ashcroft, Fall Out Boy and Wolf Alice strut their stuff throughout the day.

Proms in the Park (10 September)

Hosted in the heart of Glasgow Green, the city’s participation in BBC’s Proms in the Park gives a real celebration of a diverse array of music that is very affordable and fun for all the family. From full on open-air orchestral glory to fun fuelled pop, it’s a day out that will keep everyone entertained.

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