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Top events and festivals

Top events and festivals

Top events and festivals

Glasgow has a spectacular programme of events and festivals. Check out some of the best live experiences to enjoy in the city.

1. TRNSMT (July 8 – 10)

Scotland’s biggest music festival TRNSMT takes places over 3 days. Confirmed artists for 2022 include the likes of Paulo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi and The Strokes. Book your tickets at trnsmtfest.com.

2. Summer Nights at the Bandstand (July 27 – August 13)

Summer Nights is a series of concerts taking place at the much-loved bandstand in Kelvingrove Park. Artists confirmed for 2022 include Pixies, Suzanne Vega, Jesus & Mary Chain and Rufus Wainwright. Visit glasgowconcerthalls.com for tickets.

3. Merchant City Festival (July 28 – 31)

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Merchant City Festival

Back with a dazzling programme of entertainment, Merchant City Festival fills the streets with art, circus, and dance. Enjoy wandering around and spotting performers while browsing craft and food stalls. Visit merchantcityfestival.com to find out what's on.

4. Junction 1 Summer Festival (July 30 – 31)

Opening this summer, Junction 1 is a brand new eco-friendly outdoor events space. The line up for their inaugural summer festival is looking strong with headliners Groove Armada, Kelis, Soul II Soul & Faithless already confirmed. Follow Junction 1's Instagram for more information.

5. Piping Live! (August 6 - 14)

Held at the National Piping Centre, Piping Live! is a week-long celebration of piping culture. Expect everything from traditional Piobaireachd (pipe playing) to contemporary bands. Not to mention the lively atmosphere! Visit pipinglive.co.uk to find out more.

6. World Pipe Band Championships (August 12 – 13)

4 people dressed in traditional Scottish clothing playing bagpipes and drums in a park with an audience. There is a monument in the background.

World Pipe Band Championships

Every August pipe bands from around the globe arrive in Glasgow to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships. Over 2 days, 200 bands featuring 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title. Join them in Glasgow Green for a truly Scottish experience. Tickets go on sale June 14, visit theworlds.co.uk for more info.

7. Clydebuilt Festival (September 3 – 4)

The Clydebuilt Festival celebrates all things River Clyde and shipbuilding, so expect a lot of boats! There'll be boat launches and Scotland's biggest open water rowing race, arts and crafts, sea shanties and beer. You can even have a go in a canoe. Visit clydebuiltfestival.com for more details.

8. Tenement Trail (October 8)

Tenement Trail is a 12 hour extravaganza of the best emerging talent and much-loved artists. Taking place in the east end of the city, venues taking part include the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, Barras Art and Design (BAaD) and Saint Luke's. Follow Tenement Trail on Instagram for what's on.

9. Trancefest (October 15)

Presented by Colours and Zoom, Trancefest is Scotland's only trance festival. Taking place at SWG3, expect 9 hours of trance across 3 rooms, with over 40 of the biggest and best trance artists. Buy tickets at tickets-scotland.com.

10. The Great Western Festival (November 12)

The Great Western is an exciting new multi-venue music and arts festival taking place across Glasgow’s west end. 50 bands will perform across 10 venues in 1 day. Super-early-bird tickets are available already. Follow The Great Western's Instagram for updates.

11. Celtic Connections (January 19 – February 5)

musicians on stage performing with an audience at the front, quite dark with strobe lighting and a Celtic connections banner

Credit: Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023. Glasgow's annual folk, roots, and world music festival celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Experience 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, exhibitions, workshops and family events. Head to the Celtic Connections website for updates.

12. Glasgow Film Festival (March 1 – 12)

Glasgow Film Festival prides itself on being one of the friendliest on the planet. The diverse programme celebrates cinema from around the world, as well as showcasing new talent and the best of Scottish film. Follow Glasgow Film Festival's Instagram for updates.

Article last updated: June 2022

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