:: Monday, May 02, 2005 ::

Save the Bandstand

I heard recently about the campaign to save Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow. You can see pictures of the boarded up and disused bandstand here. The campaign have undertaken a feasability study, and are pressing Glasgow City Council to respond and look seriously at restoring the bandstand.

Lurking in the background is the threat that some of the park could be sold off to developers. This is the modern trend, a shortsighted way to raise cash which has seen schools sell off their playing fields, whilst kids suffer from unprecedented obesity levels.

The campaign is being supported by local bands including Teenage Fanclub and Belle and Sebastian.

Seeing the pictures was a shock for me. I have attended various events in Kelvingrove over the years, like this early Billy Bragg concert in 1985 (I think , it may have been '86) which was for the Labour Party Young Socialists' campaign against 'YTS conscription' in the darkest days of Thatcherism.

Billy Bragg Kelvingrove 1985

And then there were the historic demonstrations and rallies, like the one organised by the Anti Poll Tax Federation, attended by 50,000 people.

Anti Poll-Tax Demo 1990 Glasgow

Anti Poll-Tax Demo Glasgow Kelvingrove Park 1990

Kelvingrove bandstand is an important part of the social and political history of Glasgow and Scotland. And it has the potential to be a useful venue for local artists in the future. If it can be done with Princes Street Bandstand, in Edinburgh then why not in Glasgow?


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2 Comments:

Hello,

we are doing a feature about the Kelvingrove Bandstand this weekend and are trying to source pictures of the bandstand when it was used. Could you help us out with this? Doesn't matter who played or what the event was, just pictures of the band stand with crowds of people.

A bit short notice I am afraid, need pictures tomorrow morning (Saturday morning that is.....)

Please get in touch asap.

Kind regards,


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By Blogger Henrik, at 9:18 pm  

The photo's you have up of the bandstand are not the one at Kelvingrove park. This is the bandstand in Queens Park. I was a steward at the anti poll tax demo that day and also did security for the bandstand. You can see the diffrence of the two here http://www.kelvingrovepark.com/bandstand.html#

http://southsidehappenings.blogspot.com/2009/10/queens-park-performance-project.html

By Blogger kiddermc19, at 9:10 pm  

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