Have you seen George Square?

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Radio 1’s Big Weekend has swallowed it up – and now the statues have all been dwarfed by a huge soundstage, ready for the likes of dance music DJs Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Martin Garrix who will rock the square Friday 23 May.

And that’s just the start. Over at Glasgow Green, they’re prepping the stage to welcome some of  starriest guests the city has ever seen with Cold Play, Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini  and – yes, gasp – One Direction due to appear Saturday and Sunday.

It’s sure to be a spectacular weekend, however, it comes with a cautionary note, as many will find their travel plans a touch disrupted as a result.

As Glasgow City Council warned us last week, the testing on the (pretty big) sound system in George Square began on Wednesday (May 21), continuing through Thursday (May 22 from 10am to 8pm).

On Friday 23 May, the show – it is a sell-out, by the way – will open to ticket holders only from 5pm.

Some 15,000 people will pack the Square, with music finishing no later than 11pm, so again we would like to urge people to behave responsibly and leave time for travel. Just have fun.

For those attending the gig – and those who aren’t – Buchanan Street Subway station is a few minutes’ walk away and will be open as usual.  But, the event also means a series of road closures and parking restrictions will be enforced from 2pm on the day of the concert until approximately 7am the following day.

This will impact streets adjacent to George Square and some of the surrounding streets. Pedestrian access to the site will also be restricted during these periods, although access to local businesses is being retained.

For those with any concerns or problems arising from the event, the City Council has also set up a Local Resident Enquiry Line: 0141 280 2445.

The BBC has also posted some Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

Normal Subway hours will operate over the whole weekend.




McGills 100 Riversider

The 100 service will not be able to operate via George Square, but will alternatively arrive and depart from bus stop 609075 located on nearby St Vincent Place.

Henderson Travel 213

The 213 service will not be able to operate via George Square, but will
directly between Cathedral St, North Hanover St, Killermont St and Buchanan Bus Station in both directions.

For more information contact the relevant bus operator

First 0141 423 6600
Henderson Travel 01698 713 007
McGills 01475 711 122
Stagecoach 01292 613 700
JJ Travel 01236 441 188
City Sightseeing 0141 204 0444
NATA 0141 548 1565