04 May 2017
Glasgow is set for an array of cultural events taking place over the city in the coming months and beyond, with this year’s Jazz Festival, West End Festival and major acts announced at the Hydro - as well as 150th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 2018.
The Glasgow Jazz Festival, in its 31st year, is set to deliver a stellar line up of world class musicians to some of the city’s most iconic venues, from the 21st-25th June.
The Glasgow Jazz Festival will take place in various exciting venues across the city including The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Old Fruitmarket, St Luke’s, Drygate and The Hug and Pint which will all come alive for five days of uninterrupted jazz. Highlights include centenary celebrations of jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Buddy Rich.
The West End Festival will also return this year for the 22nd edition, with a jam-packed schedule of around 400 events over the month of June, including music, food and drink, comedy, film and theatre. Chaka Khan and Kool and the Gang are amongst “electric events” to be held over 75 locations.
In addition to the festivals taking place in the city, the SSE Hydro announced a star-filled line up with a schedule of famous names from a variety of industries visiting the venue in the coming months. Among performers will be comedian Michael McIntyre, international superstar violinist and conductor Andre Rieu and Gorillaz, as the Glasgow venue returned to No.2 in Pollstar's arena rankings.
A programme of events is to be hosted in 2018 to commemorate the life of Glasgow-born Charles Rennie Mackintosh, showcasing work of the architect and his contemporaries. One of the highlights will be a temporary exhibition held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, publicly displaying many of the pieces for the first time.