Hogmanay in Glasgow: Music, comedy and special events guide

George Square

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Glasgow may find itself shorn of a street party this year, but a variety of events for all the family across the city should do enough to tempt you away from the New Year’s Eve telly…

George Square

George Square

12pm – 10pm
Free

Promising 10 hours of “free festive family fun”, Glasgow’s Hogmanay Day begins with a children’s storytelling session for children at noon, followed by pipe music from Drums’n’Roses. Other highlights include a traditional Ceilidh courtesy of Kilter later in the early evening. A host of other acts will also bring traditional Scottish music and dancing to George Square as the bells approach.

Fence Records at Mono

Mono, Kings Court
8pm
£12

Venerable Scottish indie label Fence Records take over Mono as The Pictish Trail headlines proceedings, with support from Randolph’s Leap and a number of as-yet-unannounced special guests selected by the Fife collective.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
7.30pm
£24.50 – £37.50

A feast of classical music presented by BBC Radio Scotland’s Jamie MacDougal as works from Mendelssohn, Ponchielli (whose aptly-titled Dance of the Hours will feature) and Tchaikovsky fill the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s main auditorium.

Ashton Lane Hogmanay Street Party

Ashton Lane
8pm – 1am
£25

A host of live bands fill Ashton Lane for a night of music from Celtic-inspired headliners Sketch, plus a live piper, DJs, street performers and the customarily explosive firework display.

Hogmanay at Jongleurs

Mansion House, Glassford Street
7pm
£20-45

Jongleurs hosts a formidable evening of stand-up from some of Scotland’s top comics, including Dougie Dunlop, Patrick Rolink, and Des Clarke. Former Scotsman columnist Janey Godley is also among the headliners.

Hogmanay Hootfest! at the Stand

The Stand, Woodlands Road
7.30pm
£15-22

Another all star line-up at the Stand, with Jo Caulfield, John Gillick, James Kirk and Raymond Mearns on joke duties for the evening.

PAWS @ Broadcast

Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street
8pm – 1am
£8

Glasgow noiseniks PAWS help gig-goers see in the New Year at newly minted venue Broadcast, with support from Adam Stafford (formerly of Y’all Is Fantasy Island) and Baby Strange.

Hairdresser’s Hogmanay

The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane
8pm – 2am
£8

The Old Hairdressers goes all intergalactic on revellers as they host indie ensemble The Starlets, who have curated a special planetarium space to perform in. Support, fittingly, comes from Starry Eyes, as well as a DJ set from Bjorn of Wake The President.

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