Festival 2014

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With over a thousand performances in over a hundred venues, Festival 2014, the cultural partner to Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games, looks set to be an unforgettable experience.

The event kicks off on July 19 and runs until the close of the Games itself on August 3. It offers everything from family days out to live comedy and music.

The Festival’s hub is at the Glasgow Green Live Zone, which will see the park transformed into a free house party with events, performances and live coverage of the sporting action on the main stage in the “Living Room”.

Leading food producers will showcase the best Scottish ingredients in the giant food village in “The Kitchen”, while there will be “come and try” sports sessions in the “Back Garden” and arts activities – including tea dances and comedy – in the “Playhouse”. There will even be a “Wee House” recreating the whole site to scale for younger visitors.

Live performances will include those by Lloyd Cole, Edwyn Collins and the RSNO.

There is an enhanced line up for the Merchant City Festival (nearest Subway Stations are St. Enoch or Buchanan Street) to coincide with Festival 2014. And in the west of the city, the newly refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand – a short walk from Kelvinhall – is hosting family friendly performances, comedy, music – including local favourites Belle and Sebastian – and film, including screenings of classic films by Bill Forsyth. Fingers crossed the weather stays dry and warm for that one!

BBC at the Quay completes the line-up of Festival venues with live broadcasts of TV and Radio programmes, Live Music and stage shows. Cessnock and Kinning Park stations are not too far away.

But that is just scratching the surface of what is on offer. What is clear is that with so much around, the city’s transport links are going to be busy.

So please plan ahead, consult the transport information prepared by Glasgow 2014 and enjoy yourself.

It’s going to be a brilliant summer.