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2019 Best Glasgow Music Festivals

Over the years Glasgow has soared into top tourist destination lists with both Rough Guides and TimeOut naming Glasgow in their top ten. Yes, it may well have been a result of The Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the European Championships in 2018 but read on to find out what’s on in Glasgow in 2019.

When it comes to celebrations, Glasgow has few rivals in the world of events and festivals and with this in mind, our team at Hot Tub Hire Glasgow and Penguin Hot Tubs have put together there list of the best events happening in Glasgow in 2019.

Electric Frog and Pressure Riverside Festival

  • Date: 25th & 26th May 2019

  • Location: The Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Road, Glasgow, G3 8RS

The annual Riverside Festival will return to Glasgow on the Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday May 25th and Sunday 26th. Now in its 7th year, Scotland’s biggest electronic music festival takes place in the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the Clyde, bringing many scene-leading, cutting-edge and underground artists and DJs to this unique and iconic location.

Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand

  • Dates: 26th July 2019 to 10th August 2019

  • Location: Kelvingrove Bandstand, Kelvin Way, Glasgow, G12 8NR

Summer Nights is returning to the 2,500 capacity Kelvingrove Bandstand for two weeks again this year! Located in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park in the heart of the city’s West End, the bandstand sits between some of the city’s most stunning buildings – Glasgow University and Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

This year's line up is as follows:

  • Friday July 26 - Burt Bacharach

  • Saturday July 27 - Caro Emerald

  • Tuesday July 30 - Teenage Fanclub

  • Wednesday July 31 - Suede

  • Thursday August 1 - Patti Smith and her Band

  • Friday August 2 - Father John Misty

  • Saturday August 3 - The Human League

  • Tuesday August 6 - The National

  • Wednesday August 7 - The National

  • Thursday August 8 - Echo & the Bunnymen

  • Friday August 9 - Bloc Party

  • Saturday August 10 - Hue and Cry (full band show)

The festival will feature a premium street food outlets with areas to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with friends.

Glasgow Jazz Festival

  • Dates: 19th June 2019 to 23rd June 2019

  • Location: Various Venues

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The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was founded in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990. The City had studied the competition and worked out that all major cities in Europe had a jazz festival. If they had one, then so should Glasgow.

From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City – 1987’s programme included singer Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Taj Mahal, Benny Carter and Carol Kidd. Other top headliners include Miles Davis (during the European City of Culture year 1990), Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Michael Brecker and Tony Bennett


  • Dates: 12th July 2019 to 14th July 2019

  • Location: Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow, G1 5DB

TRNSMT 2019 is a Scottish rock and indie music festival that takes place on Glasgow Green, in the east end of the city. Taking the mantle from the now defunct T In The Park as the go-to festival in Scotland, TRNSMT has become the quintessential event to see the biggest acts on the rock and indie spectrum since its debut in 2017.

This summer's lineup includes Stormzy, George Ezra, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Snow Patrol, but there'll also be the opportunity to catch emerging artists on the scene over at the King Tut's stage.

Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs surround Glasgow Green so you can continue the party into the early hours once you've belted out your favourite tunes with 50,000 other festival-goers.

Glasgow Summer Sessions

  • Dates: 16th August 2019 to 25th August 2019

  • Location: Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, G52 1HH

Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019 - Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Glasgow Summer Sessions is an outdoor summer concert series in the city's Bellahouston Park, attracting around 100,000 people each year for its lineup of rock, indie, dance and hip-hop stars. 

The first headliner announced for 2019 is The Cure, who will headline the series on Friday 16th August. This will be the iconic British rock bands first Scottish gig in 27 years, following on from the band's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2018. They will be joined on the night by Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and The Joy Formidable.

Joining them will be the Foo Fighters, who will headline the event on Saturday 17 August. Dave Grohl and co. have been a firm staple at the top of festival bills for nearly two decades, having cemented their status as one of the world's biggest rock bands, consistently wowing fans with elongated sets that not only deliver the hits, but include a whole host of covers and other surprises.

Headlining on Sunday 25 August will be indie band of the moment The 1975. Following the releases of their latest studio album in the space of a few months, they will top a bill that includes Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six and Pale Waves in Glasgow.

For drinks and after-parties, there's not many better cities. Beer lovers should head to WEST Brewery, Clockwork Beer Co. or Drygate, which are not just incredible breweries, but are also great starting points before you head out into the early hours at places like St. Luke's, Art School, Hillhead Bookclub or beGin.


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