30 May 2017 City in the spotlight

While Glasgow’s festivals often get overshadowed by the hype around the massive and iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there are absolutely loads of incredible festivals held throughout the city across the summer months. From the huge community Went End Festival covering theatre, dance, art and everything in between, to the techno extravaganza that is Riverside Festival, there is an event guaranteed to tempt all away from the beaten Edinburgh track…

With cheap hotels rooms in Glasgow available at easyHotel, there’s absolutely no excuse to stay away from the excitement. Ideally located in the heart of the city, the hotel is the perfect spot from which to enjoy Glasgow and access festivals easily (and on the cheap!), with no venue further than a 30-minute bus ride away. With cheap accommodation sorted, read our hacks on travelling Glasgow like a local alongside our tips on exploring the city on a shoestring, and you’ll be laughing all summer long.

Take a look at our pick of the best festivals the city offers:


Riverside Festival

Where: The Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Road, G3 8RS – a 20-minute journey on the subway from easyHotel Glasgow City.

When: Bank Holiday Weekend - 27th & 28th May.

About: Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival is an energetic and intense two days of banging dance and techno music, boasting some of the biggest and best names in the industry across two stages.

Now in its 5th year, 2017’s line-up is looking better than ever with Sven Väth, Nina Kraviz, Rødhåd, Surgeon, Levon Vincent, Ilario Alicante, Groove Armada, Derrick Carter, Jasper James and more, all making an appearance.


West End Festival

Where: Various venues around Glasgow’s west end – a short 10-minute subway ride from easyHotel Glasgow City.

When: 2nd – 25th June.

About: West End Festival is Glasgow’s largest community cultural event now entering its 22nd year. Taking place over the month of June, the festival sees over 100 Glasgow based organisations, arts groups and artists put on activities and showcase projects across the city’s west end. Including comedy, art, music, theatre, dance, talks, guided walks and film screenings, it is a culture vulture’s paradise, with last year seeing 400 events taking place across 80 venues, and more expected this year.


Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Where: Kelvingrove Bandstand & Amphitheatre, Kelvin Way, G12 – less than a 20 minute walk from easyHotel Glasgow City.

When: 2nd - 13th August.

About: Returning for its 4th year, Summer Nights is a series of intimate gigs held over two weeks in August at the uniquely stunning open air bandstand in Kelvingrove Park.

It is the venue that truly makes this festival special; built in 1924, Kelvingrove is the only bandstand left standing in Glasgow and its atmospheric and historic feel makes it the perfect backdrop for a concert.

This year will see performances from Texas, KT Tunstall, Pixies, Arab Strap, Brian Wilson, Seasick Steve, Lady Smith Black Mambazo and others, with special guests still to be announced.

This one is not to be missed! Buy your tickets here.


Glasgow Summer Sessions

Where: Bellahouston Park, Paisley Road, GB41 – a half an hour bus ride from easyHotel Glasgow City.

When: Thursday 24th August.

About: Glasgow Summer Sessions return to Bellahouston Park this year to see the triumphant return of 2013 headliner Eminem.

If that little nugget alone isn’t enough to get you booking, you can also expect to see Run, The Jewels, Danny Brown and Russ among others.

Great venue, great music… great weather? Go and see for yourself.


TRNSMT Festival

Where: Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, G1 5DB – a 30-minute bus ride from easyHotel Glasgow City

When: 7th – 9th July.

About: TRSMT is an absolutely brand spanking new festival happening for the first time this year at Glasgow Green. Brought to you from the organisers of T in the Park, it is supposedly ‘temporarily’ taking the place of T in the Park after the festival was cancelled due to rowdy and violent behaviour during 2016’s event.

Not all is lost though, as TRNSMT boasts just as many big names as her sister festival, with performances from Belle and Sebastian, London Grammar, George Ezra, The Kooks, The 1975 and the Two Door Cinema Club to name a few. Headliners are Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro… Needless to say, we’re excited.

There is no camping allowed, so book your cheap hotel room at easyHotel Glasgow City now.


With such a great variety of events available, Glasgow needs to be on your summer hit list. Book your tickets and hotel, read our guide to understanding the Glaswegian dialect (no easy task!), pack your raincoat, and you’re ready to go.  

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