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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. 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.

2. 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. Visit glasgowfilm.org for details.

3. Glasgow International Comedy Festival (March 15 - April 2)

Europe's largest comedy festival promises big laughs. Expect top comedians from around the UK and beyond, as well as the best of home-grown Scottish talent. Acts for 2023 include Stewart Lee, Craig Hill and Duncan and Judy Murray. Visit glasgowcomedyfestival.com to book tickets and for future announcements.

4. MELA (June, date tbc)

Glasgow Mela is Scotland's biggest free multicultural festival. It takes place each June in Kelvingrove Park, bringing music, dance, arts and vibrancy to the west end. Dates and details to be announced nearer the time via glasgowlife.org.uk.

5. Riverside Festival (June 3 - 4)

The Riverside Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The line-up has been announced for the dance festival that takes place at the stunning setting of the Riverside Museum, by the River Clyde. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased via riversidefestivalglasgow.com.

6. TRNSMT (July 7 - 9)

Pulp, Sam Fender and The 1975 have been announced as the headline acts for TRNSMT 2023. They will be joined by the likes of George Ezra and Kasabian with many more acts to be announced. The festival takes over Glasgow Green each July attracting tens of thousands of fans. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at trnsmtfest.com.

7. Summer Nights at The Bandstand (various dates, July - August)

Summer Nights is the city's most scenic music festival, set in Kelvingrove Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park. Previous performers to take to the stage include Rick Astley, The Waterboys and Van Morrison. Follow Summer Nights at The Bandstand on Facebook for announcements for this year's event.

8. UCI World Cycling Championships (August 3 - 13)

The biggest cycling event in history will arrive in Glasgow this year. The UCI Cycling World Championships brings together 13 different cycling disciplines into one major championship for the first-ever time. From BMX to indoor to cross country, cycling fans are in for a treat as they witness the world’s best cyclists in the world. Visit cyclingworldchamps.com.

9. Piping Live! (August, dates tbc)

The week-long celebration of piping, Piping Live has a line-up of gigs, workshops, tours, talks and more. Visit pipinglive.co.uk for more details.

10. World Pipe Band Championships (August, dates tbc)

The World Pipe Band Championships sees bands from around the globe battle it out to be crowned champions over one weekend in Glasgow Green. Visit theworlds.co.uk for more detail.

11. World Indoor Athletic Championships (March 1 - 3, 2024)

The 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships arrives in Glasgow in March 2024. Expect to see the world's best athletes as they battle it out for the top medals, as Glasgow shows once again that it is a top choice for global sporting events. Visit worldathletics.org for info.

Article last updated: January 2023

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