Kelvingrove Bandstand is Opened!


After around 15 years of closure Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre was opened by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councilor Sadie Docherty, at 10am on Thursday 29th May 2014. The bandstand underwent a major £2.1 million transformation that was managed and facilitated by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life.


The (re)opening of this Glasgow landmark celebrates the achievements of all those that have worked hard to bring it back into use. The building was officially opened when Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty cutt the ribbon at 10am on Thursday 29th May 2014.

Key speakers who participated in the launch event include;

Patricia Chalmers MBE, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust’s Chairperson;

Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland;

Brian Devlin, Director of Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council;

Jill Miller, Director of Culture at Glasgow Life.

The first performers on the stage were Brass, Aye (the New Orleans Dixie jazz community band with Glasgow style).  There were also music performances from Hillhead High School and the Glasgow Gaelic school (Sgoil Ghaidlig Ghlaschu) helping to mark this momentous occasion.

“Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is delighted to have been able to raise funding and be the delivery organisation for the restoration of this delightful historic building, giving the much loved outdoor venue a whole new lease of life for the next generation of audiences. Our Trust has been absolutely committed to finding ways to contribute to looking after Glasgow’s unique built heritage for the last 32 years.”

Pat Chalmers MBE, Chair of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

“This is a very exciting time. The Kelvingrove Bandstand is a much loved Glasgow landmark and its restoration is a great example of how working in partnership can bring out the best in a project.”

Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty

“The success of the recent Big Weekend shows how much Glasgow loves an outdoor concert. Thanks to the lottery playing public, Kelvingrove Bandstand can once again play its part in the cultural and civic life of the city providing a fantastic outdoor space for events for the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland

THE FUTURE: The building is being managed and programmed by Glasgow Life.

Venue Hire

The bandstand is available to hire, with a sliding scale of costs depending on when and how you hope to use it. Costs depend on audience size, length of time of your event, and what staff or equipment you might need to hire to complement the event. Costs start from £200 for an event up to 4 hours in length and under 500 audience members. Included in the hire is Glasgow Life staff member(s).

It is possible to bring equipment with you to support your event. If you don’t have the right equipment, it can be hired. Available items and services include steps up to the stage (treads), a PA with sound technician who can operate it, Lighting technician.

To discuss a hire please email or phone 0141 353 8050 or