From emerging bands in tiny clubs, to global touring artists, to orchestras in the concert halls, Glasgow has a lively and varied music scene. The city was the first in the UK to be named UNESCO city of music in 2008 and offers a range of contemporary live music, as well as more classical entertainment such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. Glasgow is also in touch with its Celtic heritage and you can find live traditional Scottish music played in venues around the city. There will even be a chance to join a cèilidh (a traditional Scottish gathering with live music and dancing) as part of the Congress’ social activities. If you plan to stay in Glasgow into August, you might be able to catch the World Pipe Band Championships which regularly attract more than 220 bands and have roots as far back as 1906.
Glasgow is the ideal location for shoppers and caters for all tastes and budgets. The city’s Style Mile has an extraordinary concentration of shops from top high-street names to high-end retailers. Glasgow’s lanes also offer a number of quirky independent shops and restaurants.
In the old Cumbric language, ‘Glasgow’ means ‘green hollow’ or ‘green place’, and it’s easy to see why. The city offers a wide range of beautiful green spaces including Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Pollock Country Park.