Live Music - What’s on at the Southside Fringe?

The Southside Fringe’s programme of events is now available, and there is so much going on!

One of the best things about Glasgow is it’s live music scene - we’ve gone through all of our live music events and picked out some highlights for you.

If you are looking for the best local talent as well as the Southside’s sense of community, then maybe you’re looking for an open mic. Luckily, there are plenty to go to!

Open mics get going on Sunday 12th May with one at the Church on the Hill with Angus Rubber. This starts at 6:30, so you could head straight to the next Open Mic at the Clockwork Beer Co. at 9pm on the same night! If you need something to break up your week, there are weekly acoustic jam sessions on at Sweeney’s on the Park every Monday from 9pm as well as weekly Open Mic Nights at the Granary every Thursday.

Southside Sessions

There are tonnes more live performances (which don't involve you taking the mic!) This includes the Southside Sessions, featuring live music for 4 new acts every Thursday at Sweeney’s on the Park. Also at Sweeney’s check out Cahoots, featuring hits from the 50's, 60's and 70’s, Folk, Blues, Country and more, every Saturday afternoon. This leads smoothly into The Keelies on Saturday nights, bringing you the best Irish and Scottish Folk, pop, and rock!

Also at Sweeney’s, why not check out Carl Espirit Bridgeman & Friends! Carl is a well known multi instrumentalist from Glasgow, with a reputation for hosting some of the best jam sessions this city has ever seen! This is on Friday 10th May, so this would be a great start to your Fringe experience. Alternatively, why not try An Evening of Musical Theatre at the Cellar Southside? It's 8-10pm on Friday 10th May, and for only £5 a ticket, it’s certainly worth a go.

Howlin' Radio

On Saturday 11th, check out Howlin’ Radio at The Granary, which features songs from when from when the radio was king! Expect 50s Rock n Roll, and much much more. For something slightly different, head to the Rum Shack for Semispecific Ensemble (live) and Loosen Up DJs, bring you jazz, afrosynth, and dancefloor fillers from worldwide. For ticket info, go HERE

Sunday’s may be for rest, but at the Southside Fringe, they’re full of more of the best music in Glasgow. Check out Some Great Reward, the Southside’s own vinyl cafe, for Sunday Service - taking place every Sunday, featuring live performances, DJ sets, and awesome coffee, what’s not to like? If you’re fancying a wee knees-up, head to the free Ceilidh outside Langside Hall, open for all ages an abilities. You can then wrap up your day at Sound Collective Scotland at Pollokshields Burgh Hall,a flexible group that explores and performs a variety of pieces from solo to chamber orchestra repertoire. Ticket info can be found HERE

On Tuesday 14th, head to the renowned Glad Cafe where they’ll be hosting the Toronto dream-pop outfit, Tallies! Tallies navigate an unfamiliar world on their confident self-titled debut album, which blends elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and surf rock into a fresh sound that’s all their own. Support from Glasgow's Life Model. At only £8 in advance, you can get your tickets at the Glad Cafe’s website. There’s also the Traditional Music Night, which takes place just next door at Sweeney’s on the Park every Tuesdays.

On Thursday 16th, check out John Maclean - Southside Hero at The Butterfly and Pig South.Musicians from JohnMaclean100 retell the story of Pollokshaws born Red Clydeside hero, John Maclean through the music of Hamish Henderson, Matt McGinn, Dick Gaughan and many others. This free event launches a campaign to get due recognition for the greatest ever Southsider.

End your week with some of the best live music out there. Lauren Spiteri, Glasgow born singer/songwriter, will be playing a free gig at the Cellar on Friday 17th May. You can get your tickets (still free!) HERE. Papa Shandy & The Drams will be playing a free gig at 8:30pm at the Clockwork Beer Co. Get yourself down early to avoid disappointment! If that’s not enough, Emma and Steven make up 'Headline', an acoustic cover act playing everything from the 60's to present day hits, at Sweeney’s at 9pm.

Dumb Instrument

After all that, there’s STILL more at the weekend! On Saturday 18th, head down to the Glad Cafe for the launch of Dumb Instrument’s (aka Scotland’s best-kept secret) 3rd album, featuring a guest performance from Doghouse Roses. Alternatively, check out Talkin’ all that jazz - Miriam, Matt and Marcus are a trio of, mostly local, jazz musicians who will be bringing a taste of old school, smooth jazz to The Cellar. Tickets available HERE

On Sunday 19th, why not try something a little different with stunning performances from the classical ensemble Cordes en Ciel, playing at Shawlands Trinity Church. Tickets can be found HERE. If you’re looking for something more interactive, come along to Fringe Unplugged. Taking place at On The Fringe, bring your instruments, bring your vocal chords and bring yourself! All musicians welcome and punters too, Join us for a night of informal slots and jammin’.

Taking Back December

On Tuesday 21st May, head to Castlemilk Youth Centre to see a youth music showcase, featuring new material from Taking Back December. Open to all, tickets are free and can be booked via

Now, for the last weekend of the Fringe, we’ve saved some of the best! On Friday 24th, Graeme Kerr will be playing at Clockwork Beer Co. This fantastic local Scottish singer/songwriter has been working with different pedals & equipment to really bring a different unique sound alive in any venue he plays. This gig is free at starts at 9pm, so get there early to avoid disappointment. Also on Friday, check out Keeper Lit at Sweeney’s on the Park. Gerry Kirk fronts this popular function and wedding band, expect an energetic mix of dance floor hits.

Dick Valentine

Dick Valentine (best known as the singer of the band Electric Six) is coming to the Glad Cafe on Saturday May 25th in support of his extraordinary 5th solo album I Am a Moth, I Am Starving, That’s A Nice Sweater You Got There, Let’s Do This. Guaranteed to be an incredible night, get your tickets HERE. The Juicy T’s will also be playing at the Granary and Bjasus will be at Sweeney’s, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

On Sunday 26th, the Glad Cafe are hosting live music from Gift Horse, Bloom and Josh Thorpe. Gift Horse’s trademark garage-rock sound showcases the darkly comic lyrical exchanges between guitarist Audrey Bizouerne and drummer David Maxwell. Brighton’s Bloom deliver a culmination of layered harmonies and 80’s synths. Known for his work as a visual artist and experimental composer in Toronto, Thorpe moved to Glasgow and released his debut album of songs. Get your tickets at the Glad Cafe’s website.

And, to wrap up the Southside Fringe, come to the Finale Weekend at Park Lane! Not just a market, which will be host to a wide array of local stalls, but also a groovy performance space, transformed for the two evenings of the closing weekend of the festival. Come along and chill out to the sounds of the Southside and other top notch entertainers. Entry will be £3 and available on the door.

As you can see, there is TONNES going on! We’ve not even scratched the surface here - you can check out the full programme HERE.

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