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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. Glasgow Cathedral Festival (September 29 - October 2)

Glasgow Cathedral Festival brings Glasgow's oldest building to life, with a programme of music, art and education. Now in its 6th year, the festival brings great talent to the city's historic quarter. Find out about the amazing events lined up by visiting the festival website.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. TRNSMT (July 7 – 19)

Scotland’s biggest music festival TRNSMT takes places over 3 days. No artists have been confirmed for 2023 yet, but 2022's line up included the likes of Paulo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi and The Strokes. Book tickets at trnsmtfest.com.

Article last updated: September 2022

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