Festival 2014 Events

For the Bandstand and Amphitheatre to be refurbished and reopen in time to take part in celebrating the phenomenally successful XX Commonwealth Games was fantastic!  As you can see from this extensive and varied programme of events listed here, The Kelvingrove Bandstand hosted diverse family activities that launched it’s reopening and celebrated Festival 2014.

On offer was a wonderful array of events including live music, comedy, dance, film and children’s entertainment. A concession station served tasty wood-fired pizzas and refreshing drinks from the bar, allowing visitors to soak up the sun and enjoy the unique atmosphere. All events were free apart from the screening of the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 3rd August.



Tuesday 29 July 2014

Gaelic Storytelling with Catriona Lexy Campbell

10.30am to 11.15am

Celebrating our diverse Scottish tongue, author and actress Catriona Lexy Campbell reads some of the best Gaelic writing for children.

Tam Dean Burn presents Books On A Bike!

11.30am to 12.30pm

Tam Dean Burn cycles back into the Bandstand for more Julia Donaldson tales, this time including Wilma Kennedy reading the Gruffalo in Gaelic alongside the Scots and English versions.

Big Bandstand Knit

1.00pm to 5.00pm

Calling all knitters for a Knitting B – B is for Bandstand! Enjoy the entertainment whilst you knit one, purl one or learn the basics with one of our hosts.

Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra

2.00pm to 2.45pm

Musicians from the unstoppable Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra bring their fantastic repertoire to the Bandstand.

Bowling Club by Janie Nicoll

3.00pm to 3.15pm

Artist Janie Nicol’s film about the people for whom the game of Lawn Bowls is more than just a sunny summer’s day pastime.

Archive film from Scottish Screen Archive

3.15pm to 4.00pm

A selection of archive footage from the Scottish Screen Archive, chosen to complement Janie Nicol’s film.

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 7.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games. (Please note no alcohol can be served during this time due to Licensing restrictions. Soft drinks available)

Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero (1983, 111 mins, PG)

7.15pm to 9.15pm

‘Without question the most charming British film of the 1980s’. (Film4)

Rachel Hair Trio

9.15pm to 10.00pm

“Utterly spellbinding..full of subtle delights and innumerable charms.” ( NetRhythms)

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Storytelling with Paraig MacNeil

10.30am to 11.15am

Storytelling with Paraig MacNeil, who tells stories of Scottish history from memory, punctuated by verse and song, riddle and rhyme.

The Little House of La

11.30am to 12.30pm

The Little House of La make groovy tunes for your tiny tots!

Big Big Sing at the Bandstand

2.00pm to 3.30pm

Do you love to sing? Then Big Big Sing at the Bandstand is for you!

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 7.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.

The Veloninos

7.30pm to 8.00pm

The Veloninos kick off a stellar line up of folk talent.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

8.15pm to 9.00pm

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are simply internationally respected folk musicians at the top of their game.


9.15pm to 10.00pm

‘One of the finest folk bands on the scene’ (Songlines Magazine)

Thursday 31 July 2014

Alex McCall

10.30am to 11.30am

Alex McCall reads from his Kelpies Prize winning novel, the cracking tale Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens! (for 8+)

Visual art screening programme for children

11.45am to 12.45pm

Artist David Sherry screens a unique programme of art works your children will love.

Kids arts and crafts workshop

1.00pm to 3.30pm

Kids arts and crafts drop in workshop – come down and make something Bandstand inspired!

Scottish Refugee Council presents A View From Here (25 mins)

3.45pm to 4.10pm

Glasgow’s skyline is changing. As the high flats are demolished, what happens to the memories of the people who lived there?

Lahore Ceol Mor featuring Mischa Macpherson Trio

4.15pm to 5.00pm

An inspirational collaboration between the Mischa MacPherson Trio and classical musicians from Glasgow’s twin city Lahore.

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 7.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.

Authors Live at the Bandstand

7.30pm to 9.00pm

In a very special literature event, some of Scotland’s best loved authors read their commissions for the Bandstand.


9.15pm to 10.00pm

Acclaimed singer- songwriter Horse returns to the Kelvingrove Bandstand – twenty five years after her first performance there.

Friday 1 August 2014

RSPB present Animal Athletes!

10.30am to 11.30am

Take part in some fun sports themed activities whilst learning about the amazing animals in the Commonwealth.

McOpera Brass in the Park ( 5+)

11.45am to 12.30pm

McOpera Brass in the Park – a musical extravaganza for your budding virtuosos, with BBC Radio Scotland’s Jamie MacDougall.

Imagine It

12.45pm to 1.00pm

Imagine It tells the story of young people in Glasgow and how the Commonwealth Games have inspired their hopes and aspirations.

Kids arts and craft workshop – drop in!

1.00pm to 3.00pm

Kids arts and crafts drop in workshop – come down and make something Bandstand inspired!

Africa in Motion film screening

3.00pm to 4.00pm

Children from Uganda, Ethopia and Tunisia feature in these family friendly films from the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival.

The Scokendia Ensemble

4.10pm to 5.00pm

Young instrumentalists and composers from Scotland, Kenya and India connect, collaborate and perform together.

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 7.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.

Bill Forsyth’s That Sinking Feeling (1980, 93 mins,12)

7.30pm to 9.05pm

Bill Forsyth’s first major feature has all warmth, intelligence and humour of his later works.

Remember Remember

9.15pm to 10.00pm

Signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action label, Remember Remember perform their beautifully crafted aural landscapes.

Saturday 2 August 2014

Storytelling with Gerry Durkin

10.30am to 11.15am

Gerry Durkin reads from ‘A River of Stories’ – a book of oral tradition tales from a range of Commonwealth countries.

Glasgow Gaelic School

11.30am to 11.50am

The fantastically talented pupils from Glasgow Gaelic School’s orchestra perform.

Hillhead High School

12noon to 12.20pm

The fantastic Hillhead High School Soul Band take the stage entertaining us with their young musical talent.

Funky Shepherds of Lesotho

12.45pm to 1.30pm

The Funky Shepherds come to the Bandstand all the way from Lesotho!

Voicebeat Choir

2.00pm to 2.30pm

Voicebeat is a Partick-based world music community choir who sing traditional songs in unaccompanied harmony.

The Ha Orchestra

3.00pm to 3.45pm

The Ha Orchestra is a Pan African Arts Scotland, Community Central Halls and GRAMNET collaboration in music for children and adults.

Willie Campbell

4.15pm to 5.00pm

‘If anyone’s going to steer Gaelic music away from lazy lowland pigeon holing then it’s Willie Campbell’. ( The Herald).

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 7.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.

Monica Queen

7.30pm to 8.30pm

“One of the greatest ever voices to come out of Scotland” (Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol)

James Grant

9.00pm to 10.00pm

James Grant, one of the best regarded contemporary Scottish songwriters, brings his sublime song-writing talent to the Bandstand.

Sunday 3 August 2014

Kelvingrove Bandstand Closing Party

5.00pm to 11.00pm

The Kelvingrove Bandstand hosts a very special evening of live music leading up to the screening of the Official Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Live Sport on the Big Screen

5.00pm to 6.00pm

Catch the latest sporting action from the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

6.00pm to 7.00pm

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra present their new commission created especially for our closing ceremony programme.

Sirens of Titan

7.15pm to 7.45pm

The West End’s own Sirens of Titan choir brings some classical masterpieces to the Bandstand.

McOpera Ensemble

8.00pm to 8.45pm

The stunning McOpera Ensemble perform works by Edward Elgar and Frank Bridge.

Closing Ceremony Live

9.00pm to 11.00pm

See out Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in the splendour of the Kelvingrove Bandstand.