:: Monday, January 16, 2006 ::


Billy Bragg, Kelvingrove 1986, originally uploaded by alister.

A while ago I posted about Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow which had an uncertain future. This venue had seen a wide variety of protests and concerts and is an important part of Glasgow's social history. My own experiences there include the Billy Bragg concert for the Labour Party Young Socialists in 1986 pictured above (more on what this was about here), and the two massive anti poll-tax rallies at the end of the 80's.

Now campaigners to save the bandstand are organising a gig to save it.

In an e-mail to Friends of Kelvingrove Park about the bandstand, Alex Kapranos, the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, wrote: “It’s such a fantastic Glasgow landmark and it’s a great wasted opportunity. It’s in such a beautiful setting and restoring it could really enrich the city’s cultural scene.”

Stuart Murdoch, of Belle and Sebastian, added: “I look upon it as one of the spiritual parts of the west end. It’s got a magical atmosphere.”

Teenage Fanclub chose the bandstand as the site for a video for the song Dumb Dumb Dumb from their 2002 album Howdy!. The bandstand and amphitheatre can accommodate 3,000 people seated or 7,000 standing.

Bands who have promised to help include Franz Ferdinand, Teenage Fanclub and Belle and Sebastian. Pretty much the royalty of the weegie music scene. Sounds like several benefit gigs to me...or one really good one. Reserve me a ticket please!

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thats excellent. it was time something was done to save it. i remember a few impromptu things in there that people did and then the police broke it up

By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 12:37 pm  

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