One week to go and its all hands on deck. Hope your ready for lots of colour, music and fun. If you are interested in follow us then why not make your way up to Shawlands for 11am on Saturday 18th May and follow the procession. Alternatively you can catch it as it winds its way along pollokshaws road, or on Alison Street. If your on Victoria Road then stop and wave as the procession makes it’s way up to the festival site in Queens Park Recreation grounds.
This years procession is made up of the following groups. I you have a group that would like to participate next year then why not register your interest by filling out the online form.
1. St Francis Pipe band
2. Theatre Ecole
3. Horse and Drae
4. Handmade Arts
5. Southside Woodies
6. Langside Primary
8. The Gym Group
9. Our Lucid Reality
10. Iskcon Scotland (Harikrishna)
11. G1_managment (Shona Halford stage school, FAFA, Hannah Rose – Glee Club, The Instinct, The Obsession)
12. Sikhs in Scotland
13. Fireworks and Fancy Dress Superstore in Hillington Glasgow
14. Scottish Fire Heritage Group
15. Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust
I’m sure you will join me in wishing everyone taking part the very best. Can’t wait to see you all by the road side on the 18th.
This is a nice series of photographs that have just come to light following a search on the web for something typically random such as the contact details of the Tunnocks Van.
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!
It is that time again when the Southside Festival is looking to organise the procession. The procession is one of the focal points of the festival and on its arrival to the festival grounds at Queens Park Recreation Grounds marks the start of the Southside Festival.
If you are a group, organisation or individual and wish to promote yourself and or your activities then we would love to hear from you. Being part of the procession can be a colourful way to get your message across and an opportunity to meet and network with others in the community.
If you are interested and wish to become part of the procession on the 18th May then please complete the online form as soon as possible and we will be in touch with more details in the very near future.
Please note that the route is approximately 1.9 miles in length and follows the route from Newlandsfield Road onto Kilmarnock Road and on through Shawlands. From there the procession continues along Pollokshaws Road and turns right at Alison Street till it joins Victoria Road. From there the procession turns right and continues up toward the gates of Queens Park where it takes a left turn to continue up Queens Drive till it reaches the the Festival site in Queens Park Recreation Grounds at the Grange Road entrance. Members of the procession will then be guided toward the area infront of the main stage to allow any vehicular traffic to pass through the festival site. view route in google maps http://goo.gl/maps/YnvaE
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.