Glasgow Jazz Festival
Glasgow Jazz Festival © Ville.fi
One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, the Glasgow Jazz Festival infects the small Merchant City area with a celebratory atmosphere, spilling out onto the streets from the bars in the neighbourhood and from the main open-air stage in George Square. Musicians from around the world, and the best performers from all over Scotland and the UK, flock to the city to take part in lively concert performances that have attracted huge crowds every year. First held in 1987 in a bid to rival the cultural festivals of other major European cities, the Glasgow Jazz Festival has become a feature on the city's cultural calendar. As well as a variety of jazz styles, the festival has extended its programme to encompass compatible genres like world music, blues and hip hop. The full programme and venues are available on the official website listed below and tickets can also be bought via the site. True jazz enthusiasts may well travel to Glasgow specifically to attend the festival, but travellers who happen to be in the city during the jazz festival will also no doubt find the programme rewarding and fun - it is not necessary to be an established jazz fanatic to enjoy the variety of musical events on offer.
Venue: Merchant City