A new multi-venue music and arts festival took over Glasgow's West End on Sat 23 November -called The Great Western
The festival was a day of 'musical exploration and discovery', set out to highlight both the neighbourhood's strong sense of community spirit and the potential of its underutilised spaces. Over 50 acts played across a range of venues in the West End, from the Burnbank Bowling Club, The Glue Factory and Maryhill Community Central Halls, to established music hotspots like the Hug & Pint, Oran Mor and QMU.
The line-up included punks from across the pond !!! (Chk Chk Chk), touring their latest album Wallop, and fellow American singer-songwriter Cass McCombs. Several Scottish cult icons played including The Pastels, who will be curating the roster over at Maryhill Community Central Halls; Arab Strap's Malcolm Middleton; and Lightships, the solo project of Teenage Fanclub's Gerry Love.
Many of the students from GKC Music Performance, Sound Production and Music Business courses were employed and involved in the festival entertaining the packed audiences or running things behind the scenes. Notable performances were Scarlet Randle a student on the Sound Production course. Scarlett is gaining wide spread attention for her appearance at TRNSMT Festival, plays on BBC Radio and her performance at Belladrum. With her band of keyboards, guitarist and drummer Scarlet performed her own brand of blissed-out jazz-pop and soothing pop melodies and had the packed audience spellbound.
Former music performance student Russell Stewart provided a similarly heaving venue with a night to remember with his slick jazz soul vocals and self penned tunes. His formidable band included drummer Jack Boyce (also formerly on the Music Performance course) demonstrating the development of his art and training. If it wasn't for the curfew that audience would have never let them leave the stage!!