22nd West End Festival announces 400 events at 75 venues to wow the crowds

By Ian Marland at

A new free family day in Kelvingrove Park is one of 400 events at this year’s West End Festival.

#WEF2017 kicks off on Friday June 2 and runs through to Sunday June 25.

Among the highlights are music acts Chaka Khan, Kool and the Gang, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers at the Bandstand on various dates.

Music: De La Soul at last year’s festival.

The second ‘Voice@theBandstand’ will take place on Saturday June 24 – a celebration of singing with at least 10 choirs and choral groups.

And new for 2017 is a series of free community events supported by the National Lottery “Awards for All”.

Liz Scobie, West End Festival chairman, said the festival would offer all the usual fun and excitement, even though the once-popular parade is absent again.

She said: “We’re thrilled to announce the programme for our 22nd festival, with so many new and exciting events.

Packed: #WEF17 promises something for everyone.

“We can’t ignore the fact the parade won’t be returning this year, but as costs increase year on year, it is just not possible.

“The West End Festival is almost a month-long, jam packed with an eclectic mix of events.

“It’s about different venues and people from across Glasgow and beyond, coming to the west end to enjoy the very best of talent, unique venues and the fun atmosphere it creates every year.

“There is something for everyone and we look forward to seeing new and return festival go-ers in June.”

The series of free community events will be at the newly-created pedestrian zone in Vinicombe Street, outside the Art Galleries and in the Botanic Gardens.

Transport: A Vintage Bus service is part of the varied programme.

Highlights include the ever-popular Open Air Ceilidh, June 4 & 10; Bandstand Cinema Club, 5-8 June; Great Get Together, culminating in The Big Lunch, 17-18 June; and Vintage bus service – free – 25 June.

The new free family event in Kelvingrove Park will take place on Sunday June 11 — the Big Sunday.

Michael Dale, festival director, added: “Kelvingrove Bandstand once again plays a key role in outdoor music events and has a packed programme.

“Local community gala days are also prominent, from Maryhill to Partick and areas in between.

“The festival spirit is high as we see more creative events being submitted than ever.

Watch: Photocall for launch of West End Festival 2017.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with so many different venues and communities to bring the programme together.”

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