Category Archives: Glasgow events

As I See It

I love Glasgow. The architecture, the hustle and bustle of Buchannan Street, the parks from Victoria to Kelvingrove. But I can’t imagine how my great love of this city would have developed without being able to see it. Until now.

As I see it walking tour in GlasgowTerra Incognita, run by Artistic Director and theatre practitioner Victoria Beesley, has been working with a group of volunteers with sight loss and visual impairment to create a unique walking tour of Kelvingrove Park.

Glasgow from a different view

Through a series of weekly workshops, these amazing tour guides have explored their relationships with Glasgow – the smell, taste, feel and sound of the city; highlighting a side of the city that most of us may miss. And now you can experience this unique perspective through their walking tours.

The tour guides have a range of experience from Frank, a professional musician; Kathy, an experienced midwife, Emmanuel originally from Nigeria and Joseph who has lived in the Gorbals all his life.

This Saturday join them in Kelvingrove Park to experience the walking tour for yourself. Tickets are free but you need to book. And if you can’t make the tours in-person, an audio tour of the walk will be available listen in the Arches Foyer from Monday 10 November.

These amazing insightful guided walk and audio tours are brimming with history, personal stories and let you experience Glasgow in a totally different way.

Check it out if you can!

– B



Happy fabulous 21st !

Glasgay 2014 kicked off this week and is also celebrating its 21st birthday. There’s still time to check out their exciting programme on till 15 November. And that’s what I’ll be doing.

Eat, art and a dash of sport

I’m going to start by combining two of my favourite hobbies – eating and art. I’ll add a little sport for good measure.

First up a visit to Rose and Grants Café for their delish Goat’s Cheese salad with a calorie-free dessert in the form of the Sporting Heads exhibition. The enticing showcase looks at the rise in sportsman come outing in recent times like Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas.

If I can manage a ticket, I’ll be getting down and dirty with the “Pope of Trash” and legendary filmmaker John Waters when he talks about his new book This Filthy World Vol 2.

His impressive back catalogue includes Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester – and for one night only he’ll be wowing at the O2 Academy on Friday 14 November. If I don’t get tickets, I’ll catch the 11:15pm showing of Cry-Baby at the GFT.

These Delicate things, GlasgayI’ll be finishing up my Glasgay celebrations at the CCA when Cryptic presents These Delicate Things by Josh Armstrong.

The perfect combination of art and classical music in the most unexpected and invigorating way.

There’s a huge selection of LGBT events and performances – truly something for everyone. So, go on – check it out.

– B


Get involved in the Games – sports optional

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow this July.  But it’s not all about the sport, which reassures me.  Sport day brings back scary memories.

Something for all – even the non-sporties

In the run up to the Glasgow 2014, concerts, dances, shows and more will all take over the city. But if you fancy more than merely watching from the audience, now is the time to get involved.


Get involved in Barrowland Ballet's dancing - The RiverBarrowland Ballet is doing research for their project The River – an official Festival 2014 event that will be performed down by the Clyde.

I had a chance to take part, trying out different dances that will make up the final performance.  Getting out from behind my computer and dancing away with professionals was liberating.  And highly recommended.

They are currently looking for dancers to be involved in their 150 strong cast – and if you don’t want to dance, they’re looking for volunteers too.


Another amazing  project is On Common Ground from the Citizens Theatre. First Nation storytellers from Manitoulin Island, Canada come together with a cast of over 150 Glaswegians to tell a story of community, family and the natural world.  It’s going to be magical so don’t miss out on getting involved – become one of their participants or volunteers.


If singing is more your thing, then Big Big Sing are inviting you to join in the joyous experience of singing with 1,000s of people on Glasgow Green 27 July. Their BIG Big Big Sing  is a  truly uplifting way to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.  All welcome – including first- time singers.

So go on – get involved in the Games your way!


Don’t just say it – sing it!

Resolved to do something new in 2014?  Have a song in your heart that’s aching to be free?  Ever thought of joining a choir?  No?  Well, think again.

Firstly, don’t be fooled – choirs are not just for granny. They are for everyone, every ability and musical interest.   In fact in some circles choirs are the new rock-and-roll – especially when you’re belting out tunes from Talking Heads to Queen and beyond.

Community choirs like Glasgow’s Power Cut Choir and the Arches Choir celebrate song through an electric range of rock and pop sensations.   All are welcome – granny, the inexperienced and the self-proclaimed virtuoso alike.

Big Big Sing logoAn excellent way to dip the toe into the musical waters is at one of Big Big Sing’s upcoming events.  This sensational project’s mission is to get Scotland and  the rest of the UK singing to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Next up is their Big Big Sing day in Glasgow on Sunday 9 Feb.  They promise to get you singing in one afternoon with songs from around the commonwealth.   Even better, no experience needed.

Fit, healthy and singing

If your New Year’s resolution includes getting fit and healthy, joining a choir is just the trick.  Far less sweaty than a gym, singing can help your breathing, aid relaxation and improve your wellbeing. It’s also a great for socialising.  What’s not to love?

So go on, let your voice soar through song in 2014.

– T

One for the wishlist

If you have never stood in a crowded cavern with some of Glasgow’s biggest and best music fans and joyfully sang your heart out, then you are missing out.

Barrowland Ballroom in GlasgowIf you have had such an experience, I can only hope that it was at least once in the Barrowland.

You’d be in good company – this boisterous ballroom has hosted an eclectic group of entertainers.

These walls talk, sing and hold such wonderful memories.

Everyone’s favourite

Whatever your musical taste, the Barrowlands caters so there is absolutely no excuse not to go.  It’s hosted everyone from the Pixies, to Metallica to Massive Attack and more recently Reflektors (aka Arcade Fire).

And many musos name it as a favourite venue – and why not.  With its exceptional acoustics and sprung dance floor rocking us into bliss, what’s not to love?

Barrowland sign in GlasgowThe Barrowland’s sign burns through the night sky – a warm welcome promising an exceptional night. It doesn’t lie.

There is something magical from the moment you walk through the doors, up the stairs – this is a gig venue unlike any other.

If you haven’t yet experienced the merriment of the Barrowland, put it at the very top of you 2014 wish list.  You will not be disappointed.  You will be thrilled.

– T

Happy Halloween Glasgow ghoulies and ghosties

Halloween creeps its way into a monstrous mass of activity across Glasgow.  And it doesn’t matter if you’re a young or old goblin, there’s something spooktacular for all to enjoy.

Frightening family fun

Proving you’re never too young for fun, Hillhead Library is hosting a boogie with your baby Halloween special.  Dress up your wee one and enjoy spooky sounds.

Fright Night at the Science Centre in Glasgow image credit SCGOne of the most enticing Halloween family parties in town has to be Fright Night at the Science Centre on Friday 1 November.

At a fiver a skull you can get involved in the ‘critter crunch’,  meet the bodyworks butcher and nosh on bloody broken glass cupcakes.  Ghastly ghoulish fun not to be missed

Watch out

Get well and truly scared at Sloans’ horror film screening– Paranormal Activity tonight – 31 October.  It’s sure to have you shrieking in your seat but don’t end up with your dinner down your top.

A howling good time

If you want to dance your way through Halloween, the Berkeley Suite becomes home to Wolf  Music’s howler with Matt and Stu on the decks.  It promises to be a monster of a night with costumes galore and house grooves from midnight to 3am.

Watch Wolf’s video if you dare.  Not for the faint of heart.

So what are you waiting for? The city is crawling with things to do  so  get your costume together and enjoy some wicked wonder.


Silent Sunday – 6 October

Well done #BigScottishRun 10K and half-marathon runners 
And now… breakfast for champions.

Breakfast for #greatscottishrun champions atDelizique
Delizique in Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 28 April

Explore and experience the GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory.
Be quick – only on until 2 May.

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GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory - blue pillows






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Ignite your passion with Fuel

I so am excited.  And for good reason.  Fuel Festival is coming to Glasgow.  Fuel? Like  energy?  Like fire?

Well, kind of.

Fuel is a theatre-producing phenomenon made up of the talented Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath.  They create intriguing, edgy, unique theatre with some of the most exciting artists around.  And they’re in Glasgow for a week at the Tramway from 20 -25 November.  If you don’t know them, it’s definitely time you were introduced.

Celebrating life in unexpected places

Treat yourself to the award-winning The Simple Things in Life, a  celebration of life in a garden shed.  Or if you fancy getting in (and out of) touch with your senses, try Ring – performed in complete darkness.  Go on a journey of sound via headphones amplifying intimate details of the room.  Who knows just where you’ll end up.

Black TShirt Collection, Fuel. Image c. Brian RobertsIf storytelling fused with imagery sparks your interest, then Inua Ellams is your man.  Black T-shirt Collection is a must.  This spoken-word artist’s ability to conjure up images and totally captivate with words alone is nothing short of impressive.

And this is only some of the many intrepid offerings.

Yes,  it’s easy to get bogged down in winter’s short days and long nights.  So all the more reason to  fuel your curiosity and set your creative soul alight.  Lots to experience and definitely not to be missed.

Fuel for thought.



21 years on, the Arches have still got it

Turning 21 is to be celebrated – especially when you’ve been entertaining the masses for over the last two decades.  An excellent host,  21 years on the Arches continues to throw the most fabulous, unmissable events month-after-month.

If you haven’t enjoyed any of their festivities, where have you been?  Thankfully, it’s not too late to crawl from under that rock and discover the many wonderful revelries on offer.

Whether it’s enthralling club nights and gigs, exhibitions or performances of every variety, it’s all waiting for you.  And if you dare to get involved, you can channel your inner artist and  try out a new idea in front of an audience at an upcoming scratch night  or take your chances at the interactive Alien Wars.  Not for the faint of heart; you have been warned.

Arches Live – so much to experience

From 18 – 29 September Arches Live will be showcasing innovative and intriguing new work by Scotland’s emerging artists. This year’s festival is bigger, better and bolder – and not to be missed.  With over 30 performances to choose from in a two-week span, there’s something for everyone, myself included.

There’s so much to choose from but the shows that have sparked my curiosity include:

Arches Live, God loves a trier, Victoria BianchiVictoria Bianchi’s God Loves A Trier,  exploring our ability (or lack of)  to see things through to the end; Fire Into Song,  featuring the talents of Cara Berger, Victoria Beesley and Vanessa Coffey that introduces a female Prometheus and promises to be different each night – and the voyeuristic Minotaur/Monitor . Calum MacAskill’s short, thought provoking experience gives insight into the life of the half human, half bull. ‘Live feed’ begins at 6pm.

If you’re taking in a few shows, you may want to consider getting a festival pass (£32/26) or a day pass (£18/12).

So go on discover, dance and be merry.

– T