3 Glasgow Festivals to Get Excited About in 2018

Glasgow Festivals

One of the things that makes Glasgow such a vibrant and exciting city is its range of festivals and cultural events each year. From celebrating all things vintage, to honouring the humble cheese toastie, Glasgow festivals are an eclectic force to be reckoned with – if you can name it, we probably have a weekend dedicated to it!

Dates for this year’s programmes have been announced and, as well as events I’ve previously mentioned here like Merchant City Festival, there are quite a few others that I’ve been scribbling in my diary. In case you’re planning a visit to the city this year, or just fancy a nosey at what’s on, I thought I’d share a few favourites today!

Here are 3 Glasgow festivals to get excited about in 2018…

Glasgow Film Festival (21st February to 4th March): There are SO MANY reasons why this year’s edition of Glasgow Film Festival is set to be awesome. Firstly, they’re kicking things off with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs. There’s also a special screening of Clueless (OMG *I* love Josh!!) at SWG3, a night of Big Lebowski-themed bowling and let’s not forget every horror junkie’s favourite weekender: Frightfest. For even more listings and all tickets head over here!

Southside Fringe (11th to 27th May): To me, the most impressive thing about Southside Fringe is the fact that it is a community organised arts and music event. There are no giant corporations or public bodies running this rodeo, it’s volunteers that genuinely want to raise the profile of a fantastic area and the talent within it – and you gotta admit, that’s pretty amazing! I hear this year’s Fringe is going to be made up of over 200 events in 50 venues, so keep an eye on their website and all will be revealed…

Glasgow Coffee Festival (19th & 20th May): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Glasgow loves coffee! This two-day caffeinated extravaganza is usually a sell-out and is run by the city’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters. Expect the very best of Glasgow’s coffee culture in the form of masterclasses, presentations, competitions, tastings and much more. If speciality coffee is your bag, this one is DEFINITELY for you – but you better be quick to snap up a ticket!

Will you be heading along to any of the Glasgow Festivals this year? Do you love Josh? And if you could put on your own festival, what would the theme be?

My Name Is Prince Exhibition at The O2, London

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

AKA: the one in which I nerd out about Prince, and tell you all about an exhibition that I have very little photos from…

When Prince passed away in April 2016, it shook me to my core. Losing my hero during one of (let’s face it) the toughest years we’ve had in a long time was unexpected and I felt physically winded for months afterwards. One of the most difficult parts, I think, was knowing that I wouldn’t see him play live again – there was always the next album or concept to look forward to, which of course meant another tour to get excited about!

Even though that won’t happen now, there are still new ways to maintain that electric feeling of passion and giddiness over Prince’s work that I first felt at eleven years old. This is due to many other die-hard fans around the world and a huge presence within the music community who strive to keep his memory alive.

When I first heard about the My Name Is Prince exhibition at the O2 in London, I was in. ALL IN (*picture me pushing a mountain of poker chips into the middle of a fancy table as I say this. Purple chips of course*). I read that this special event was a celebration of every era of Prince’s music, film and other creative projects and, not only that, it would be comprised of his iconic instruments, clothes, accessories and other personal artefacts from Paisley Park.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

I also discovered that the exhibition was being curated by the same people that put together the Elvis Graceland one that Gary and I visited a few years back, so I knew it wouldn’t be a cheap cash-in.

We booked our tickets and, on the first Saturday in December, we headed to London!

It felt strange being back at the O2, having seen Prince play the venue 3 times in the past but I had a really strong feeling that visiting the My Name is Prince exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate, not to mourn – and I was SO EXCITED to get inside and see it all.

So here’s the thing – photography was not permitted inside the exhibition and security was extremely tight (we had to give up our phones and cameras upon entry). If you know a little bit about Prince, this probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to you! But it actually made for even more fun as I hadn’t seen any spoilers online (how often can you say that?) and could have my own experience at my own pace.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

The first part of our visit was a VIP tour of three extra rooms that were off-limits to the rest of the attendees. This was extremely memorable and gave us the chance to see some really special belongings and equipment up-close. We even got to hold one of Prince’s guitars, which was still as he left it – traces of sweat, dents from his rings and all! Ahhh! I was walking on air after that…

I loved going through the rest of the instalments afterwards, and instantly recognised outfits from my favourite music videos, as well as poring over hand-written ideas, scripts and other rare pieces. The chronological layout meant that you could follow his career from the start and see how he evolved over the decades.

I don’t want to over-share the actual content, purely because I know there are plans for this exhibition to tour (it finished up in London yesterday!) – but what I CAN promise is that there is plenty to see, and it is a must-do for any Prince fan, if you get the chance.

For our visit, I wanted to dress in theme (natch!) and our lovely friends at Truffle Shuffle came to the rescue with these awesome matching Take Me With U tees. Twinning is winning, right?! My gal Lia at Swoon Nails also hooked me up with a gorgeous purple sequinned manicure for the occasion.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

Seeing so many legendary parts of Prince’s life and career in the one place was magical and a really amazing way to remember his talent, influence and sheer Royal Badness! It was a true celebration and I walked out of the O2 that day with new, happy memories to look back on.

Did you visit the My Name Is Prince exhibition when it was in London? Also, let me know who your rock n’ roll heroes are!

3 Glasgow Museums to Visit When the Weather Outside is Frightful

Glasgow Museums

At this time of year, one of the things most people (myself included!) look forward to most is having a bit of downtime. Whether it’s a few days, a week or even a fortnight to recharge, having  some time off to enjoy ourselves is a very welcome treat!

As much as I love to hibernate (and work my way through as many holiday films as I can), I also try to balance that with getting out and about – though, when the weather is less than inviting, it can be hard to figure out what to do, right?

Glasgow Museums

Recently, I’ve been spending some time at my favourite Glasgow Museums, which make an ideal activity when you don’t want to be outside much. I’d love to share some highlights with you guys today, in case you haven’t been before or fancy re-visiting this season.

Here are 3 Glasgow Museums to visit when the weather outside is frightful…

Glasgow Museums

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove and I go way back – heck, we even used to be neighbours! I’ve featured the museum  here many times before, sometimes due to an awesome exhibition we’ve popped along to and other times the building itself has been a dramatic backdrop to style shoots.

It has a solid place in my heart and I really enjoyed seeing it again this month. Kelvingrove consists of three stunning floors with several galleries and exhibition spaces, each with fascinating collections to take in. From the artifacts of Ancient Egypt, to the immersive Life in the Rainforest object cinema and stories of Scotland old and new, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Glasgow Museums

It’s hard to pick a favourite in such a historic, vast and varied space, but Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads are a must-see and don’t forget to say hello to Sir Roger before you leave (he’s one of Kelvingrove’s most popular residents…).

Glasgow Museums

Gallery of Modern Art

Of all the Glasgow Museums, GoMA is the most-visited and easiest to access given its place in the middle of the city centre just a hop, skip and jump from George Square and the Style Mile. This contemporary art gallery showcases the work of artists from around the globe and its exhibitions are refreshed regularly.

Glasgow Museums

At the moment, you can catch Aaron Angell’s exhibition in Gallery One on the ground floor of GoMA. I loved checking it out last week and taking in the eclectic range of pieces which included inflatables, ceramic sculpture, a giant cabbage (!) and a fully conserved Victorian fern case to name a few.

Every time I visit GoMA, I leave feeling inspired and looking at the world a little differently than when I walked in – whether it’s a quick lunchtime trip or a few hours spent wandering the floors.

Glasgow Museums

The Riverside Museum

As Scotland’s museum of transport and travel, Riverside certainly has a more consistent theme than some of its counterparts, but you better believe that there is just as much to see!

Glasgow Museums

The Riverside Museum boasts over 150 separate displays and over 3000 objects, telling the story of how our transport and technology has developed over the years.

Glasgow Museums

One of the most memorable parts of our recent trip to Riverside was taking a stroll down the cobbled streets of  ‘old Glasgow’ and seeing how our city’s iconic Subway system was first created.

The museum also holds regular events and at the moment it’s celebrating comic book culture with movie showings, collectibles and even the 1960s Batmobile!

Glasgow Museums

In Glasgow we are really lucky to have so many free museums and galleries on our doorstep (though donations are gratefully received to help support them). Whether you’ve lived in the city your whole life, or are just visiting during the Christmas break, wandering around these Glasgow Museums is one of my favourite ways to spend a cold, wet day.

Will you be visiting (or re-visiting) any of these museums soon? What are some of your favourite ways to spend time off at this time of year?