If the procession is not your thing then there are plenty of other ways in which you can get involved. Each year we have to recruit a number of Stewards/Marshals to undertake various tasks around the festival grounds and in particular to ensure that public safety is maintained. As a Steward you will guide festival goers around the the 9.5 acre site and control access to restricted areas. Last year official estimates put visitor numbers in the region of 35000 and coupled with the weather resulted in a tremendous atmosphere that everyone enjoyed – including our Stewards. This is your opportunity to become part of Glasgow’s largest community run festival. If you would like to volunteer then lease complete our online form and we will get back to you with further details
All we ask is for you give up one day of your time to help steward the event either on the 18th or 19th of May. Without volunteers to steward the event the work of the Steering Group would be done in vain. Thus this mutually important role is crucial to the smooth running of the festival and the safety of its visitors.
Follow the “let me volunteer” link and register your interest today or register your interest on our enquiry form from the tab above. Why not ask a friend to join you!
This must be one of the most favorite periods of the Southside festival. Last year it was full of disappointment because of the weather and as a member of the Steering Group you would never have guessed our own disappointment – but as with many other things in life we had no control over the weather. It was with great delight that so many of you returned to support the festival and helped contribute to its success in 2012 as you did in 2010.
It’s hard to believe that it is all over for another year and everyone involved are back doing their nine to five jobs and already thinking about planning for 2013. Record crowds with glorious weather and some fantastic feedback go a long way in motivating the festival team to continue into the next year and like the year before manage the ever increasing financial constraints by working smarter and becoming more creative in our approach to festival organisation.
This year there were a numbers of firsts for the Southside Festival. Notably Nicola Sturgeon (local MSP and Secretary for Health for Scotland) accepted our invitation to come along and make the opening speech. It was also a first for Maria and Kevin Kelly who volunteered to take on the role of procession organisers for this years festival. If that task wasn’t enough both Maria and Keven were also charged with leading the procession along its extended route through Shawlands at the request of the Shawlands Business Association (SBA).
Another first for the festival was the involvement of the Scottish Sikh Community who put on a marvelous display in the procession and again in the Stalls Marquee. Local resident Clare Boyd, (quoted in Glasgow Local News) said: ‘events like this help bring the communities together to appreciate each other’s culture’.
In another first and echoing Clare’s sentiments was the unveiling of the Festival mural at the recreation grounds on the 23rd May. The mural represents the work of children in the area, and was created from the ideas of older residents speaking about their experiences of life in the southside in times past. This collaboration was brought to us with the help of Mark McGee and Nicky Stewart, the volunteers, who Curate Art in the Park, along with a number of local Schools.
Art in the Park as many of you will know continues to be popular. Last year’s exhibition attracted over two thousand people and this years show was no different. There were 19 professional exhibiting artists displaying a mixture of sculpture, painting, print making, photography, drawing and a variety of mixed media for you to enjoy.
During the 26th and 27th the Glasshouses also played host the ever popular Acoustic Stage organised by Southside Sessions and included music from Howlin Radio, Pol Stevenson, The Buddist Punks along with Jim Byrne and the Black Woods were among some of the acts on stage this year.
Moving on back to the main festival site music for the main stage music was provided by a number of popular and up and coming Scottish act that included among other Lemon Party, Button Up, The New Piccadillys and the Lorelei. Picnic in that Park on the 27th saw an extended line up from bands which included; Tanks in the Square, Refuge Point, Sean McGarvey, Frank McEvoy, Nettles, The Shiverin Sheiks, Engine 7 and The Carlton Jug Band.
The delights of the Picnic in the Park have been caught in this superb video with the Carlton Jug Band playing Plastic Jesus. Note the relaxed atmosphere that was characteristic of the whole festival and caught here on film by our very own Gavin McNae.
Moving away from the main stage other festival entertainment was provided by a number of inflatables including the ever popular bouncy castle, chute, assault course together with train rides and kids merry-go-round. Yet again the climbing wall attracted large numbers of people and proved to be a real hit with visitors and volunteers alike.
The G1 Young Performers Marquee proved to be really popular as did the Local Band Marquee. Both marquees provided the opportunity for young performers whether in solo acts or as part of a band and offered a platform to demonstrate their talents to a very mixed audience. This again was a first for the festival and hope to see it included in next years line up of entertainment.
Did you detect a change in the weather yesterday? Did you feel it was a little warmer than Friday? Were you down at the Farmers Market? If you were you would have realised that the heat was coming from the Festival Team making sure “everyone and their dog” got a copy of the program. 10,000 went to print and it looks as though there will be a need for more as it would appear that there are a few collectors out there. If you are one of those people then we would love to hear from you. If you don’t have a copy and want one then you may still be able to pick one up from various cafes, pubs, clubs, churches, community centres, arcades and shops in and around the southside.
This years program is packed full of descriptions of the entertainment and activities that will be taking place during the 26th and 27th. Don’t forget however to check the whats on section of this site to see what other festival events are goining on throughout May.
As you will notice (if you have your copy) this is the festivals fifth year and we hope you will agree that it is a unique celebration of the place in which we live created by the people for the people of the Southside in the hope that we can build capacity and community spirit in these difficult financial times. Like everyone the organisers of the festival have had to do more with less thus you may notice the program is a little shorter as we had to drop some of the events up in the glasshouses that would take place in the weeks leading up to the big day to ensure the Festival has something for everyone in the community, hence for the kids we have the age old favourite inflatables, face painting arts and crafts and much more besides.
There is live music from The Lorellei, The New Piccadillys, Button Up and The Lemon Party among others. There will be plenty of come and try activities in the Sports Arena (just don’t forget to bring your trainers). A place to get your hands dirty in the Earth Zone or if thats just to much the chance to chillax with a soooooothing massage. There will also be a number of commercial and community stalls so you can purchase local produce or find out what local activities take place through out the year in the Southside – so get involved, ask questions and enjoy.
If you have your program you will also notice that the procession has been extended this year inline with popular demand. You can follow the procession as it leaves Newlandsfield Road at 11am and heads through Shawlands, down Pollokshaws Road.and if you miss it here you can catch it as it turns into Alison Street or as it winds its way up Victoria Road and finally into the Festival Site via Queens Drive. If you are from the Southside then its time to be loud, be proud ………..
Festivities will continue from then on till 10pm – then its bed time unless you have plenty of energy and you want to take a trip to the Comedy Shed to see classic acts with Des Mclean, Patrick Rolink, Susie McCabe and Scott Gibson. Oh the choices! if you fancy this then you better break away from the live music and make your way over to the Shed as this starts at 8pm – tickets cost £10 available from Ticket Scotland.
Don’t forget folks that the Festival extends to Sunday the 27th with Picnic in the Park where there will be a full line up of bands on the Main Stage. As it says its a picnic in the park so bring a hamper and plenty of nibbles to eat as you listen to some fantastic live music through out the day.
Welcome once again to another year of the Southside Festival. Download your official programme now or pick one up from various locations throughout the southside.
As this is the fourth year of the festival we have bent over backwards to respond to the feedback from previous years and included more fun activities for younger members of the community. These include more rides in our exciting Family Fun Zone; an expanded Children’s Entertainment Marquee stuffed with more activities than ever before; a Children’s Dance Marquee that brings the world of dance to your door and provides an opportunity to get on in there.
In our Display Zone we also have a number of interesting activities which include, a first for both the Southside Festival and the GHA – The Big Red Truck. The Fire Brigade also put in an appearance with some exciting fire displays and an opportunity to experience what its like inside a fire appliance.
We have an amazing array of music for your entertainment including music from around the world in the World Cafe and home grown music on the Main Stage and Glasshouses.
All this to much? Then head over to the Earth Zone for some relaxing therapies, Tai Chi or yoga. Don’t forget to stop of at the RSPB stall on your way.
This not enough? Then why not try some retail therapy and investigate the many commercial and community stalls available. There are stalls representing the Baths Trust, Gorbals Recycle and many more community groups. Stalls where you can purchase items of jewellery, clothing and much much more.
Fancy a walk? Then tag along with Bob on one of his many fascinating historical walks around Queens Park or just stroll round to the pond at the Pollokshaws Road end of Queens Park and have a try on the radio controlled boats, mull over the static display or watch a video featuring 100yrs of the RNLI
We have so much to see and do that we almost forgot to mention the procession. Yes the procession why not join in and cheer everyone as they make their way down Pollokshaws Road from Shawlands Academy to the entrance to Queens Park Recreation Grounds via Vicky Road and Langside Road
Not from the southside? Then why not visit this unique part to the city. We will be providing a free regular bus service back and forth to George Square on our fleet of vintage buses.
Tickets for all Glasshouse events can now be purchased through Southside Records (Tel 07833 150 891 for more info). Don’t forget that you can still purchase tickets from http://www.tickets-scotland.com (Tel 0141 204 5151) and at the door on the night.
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The Reverend has arrived. Rev D Wayne Love of Alabama 3 fame is coming South. Southside that is – The Reverend is bringing his newly formed band St Jude to Queen’s Park Glasshouses on 29 April for an Alternative Wedding Reception. Supported by The Ballachulish Hellhounds and two fantastic comedians – John Ross and Bill Dewar.
Queen’s Park Glasshouses are located in Queen’s Park adjacent to Langside Monument. Click on the link below to see the location on Google Maps. The Glasshouses are a pretty unique venue with the exotic plants and intimate little space.
Tickets available on the door or from tickets-scotland.