Glasgow is finally heating up after a long, drawn out winter which means it’s time to start planning ahead for the many local music events that are coming up on the calendar. Despite its dreich reputation, Glasgow is host to some of most loved organised outdoor activities and more often than not these annual events are graced with some Scottish sun. If you are new to Glasgow or planning on visiting this year you may want to take note of things to come so that you don’t miss out on the Glasgow banter you’ll come to love.

Electronic Music Event in May

First up we have the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival taking place on the second bank holiday weekend in May. Running on the Saturday and Sunday (26th and 27th), Riverside Festival promises to deliver a weekend jam packed with performances from the biggest and best artists. This is Scotland’s biggest electronic music event and the line-up proves it with names including Len Faki, Fatima Yamaha, Four Tet, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison and Skream. There are still a few weekend tickets available, so if electronic is your thing then get to Glasgow for the last weekend in May.

Gantry of a dark bar playing iconic music

Eclectic Festival on Glasgow Green

TRNSMT is a newcomer to the Glasgow music scene with the first festival taking place in 2017. This year the event is spread over two weekends, June 29th, 30th and 1st July, then July 6th and 8th. This festival offers a variety of genres and performers that will appeal to a mixed crowd and the names which have been released are certainly suggesting a successful event. So far we know Glasgow Green will be graced with performances from Liam Gallagher, J Hus, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Chvrches, Franz Ferdinand and Jessie Ware.

City Centre Installations

If you are looking for something a little more than just live music and a little less traipsing through fields then the annual Merchant City festival is for you. Performers of street art, music, theatre, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion and design, and children’s activities is what draws in people from all over Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.  Visitors can walk around, eat lots of food and have a few drinks from the various restaurants and bars that line the arcaded streets and piazzas of Glasgow’s Merchant City.

View from the back of the crowd at a music concert

Weekly Events

Overall Glasgow offers a thrilling choice of venues and events hosting all sorts of genres. From the annual festivals to the weekly gigs at legendary haunts suchs as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut which has a long list of stars on its steps of fame such starting from 1991 including Blur, Oasis, Placebo, No Doubt, The Roots, Eels, Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro, The Strokes, The View, Glasvegas and Paulo Nutini just to name a few. On the other end of the genre spectrum there’s the various nightclubs and warehouses that have held some of the most incredible house and techno nights in the world. Sub Club, which has been running for over 30 years has hosted international stars, boiler rooms, local heros such as Slam and Optimo and influential labels like Numbers to fill the basement bar and dancefloor with passionate club goers who’s energy is always contagious.  Glasgow is truly the Scottish clubbing capital, so even if you miss the annual events, most weeks in this thriving south-west city offer something unforgettable.