30 sizzling Glasgow events for your diary this July
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From comedy to live music, food to sport and everything else in between, the city has something for everyone this month

We take a look at the very best Glasgow has to offer this July.

Fri 1 Jul-Sat 30 Jul: Bard in the Botanics – Once again held in the city’s verdant and serene Botanic Gardens, the yearly outdoor celebration of the works of William Shakespeare is a must-attend for lovers of both Shakespeare and open air theatre – more info

Fri 1 Jul-Sun 3 Jul: Glasgow Comic Con – With the superhero bubble not set to burst any time soon whether you like it or not, now is the chance to either indulge your love of the graphic arts, or see just see what all the fuss is about for yourself – more info

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Fri 1 Jul-Sat 30 Jul: Vinyl Idol – A Play, A Pie and A Pint has quickly become the UK’s most successful lunchtime theatre programme thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and roster of fantastically offbeat plays, such as this cult favourite in the making which centres around the hilarious (and bloody) aftermath of a girl’s record sleeve-related dreams crashing into reality – more info


Fri 1 Jul-Sun 31 Jul: Building Blocks at Glasgow School of Art – A series of tours, seminars and other events taking place all month and centred around some of the city’s finest examples of modern art, design and architecture both around the historic GSA campus and the Glasgow at large – more info

Sat 2 Jul-Sat 23 Jul: Adult Retro Roller Disco – Because why not, right? Featuring a selection of classic songs from the 80s and 90s, this is set to be a club experience unlike any other this July. Whether or not that’s a good thing is something you’ll have to discover for yourself – more info

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Sun 3 Jul: Little Birds Market: Vintage & Heritage Fair – Established in 2011, and featuring over twenty stalls offering a diverse array of treats from vintage fashion to antique craft, this charming market stall offers the kind of browsing experience you simply don’t get on the high street – more info

Tue 5 Jul-Tue 26 Jul: The Wee Food Tour – A city-wide food adventure, taking in six different eateries across Glasgow (from restaurants to smaller, family run enterprises and speciality outlets) this tasty afternoon is essential for all foodies, as well as giving visitors the chance to explore the city in a unique way. It’s a great way of benefitting the wider community too: £5 from each ticket sold goes towards a local foodbank – more info

Tue 5 Jul-Tue 26 Jul: Red Raw at The Stand – Taking place in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this weekly night of comedy highlights some of Glasgow’s most promising young comedy stars, as well as wheeling out the odd grizzled vet of the comedy circuit for a fun night of revelry, as well as potential crushing awkwardness of a young act figuratively dying on stage. That’s sure to be fun too though, right? – more info

Thu 7 July: Beyoncé Pre-Party at The Rum Shack – By now you’ve either got a ticket or you don’t to Beyonce’s upcoming Hampden show. The pre-party at The Rum Shack, however, may have slipped under your radar. Set to feature The LaFontaine’s and Pretty Ugly DJs behind the decks, this looks to be a top night whether or not you’re a fan of Queen Bey – more info


Fri 8 Jul: Jim Jeffries: Freedumb Tour – The controversy-baiting Aussie stand up comes to the 02 Academy, for what is sure to be a night of his typically biting, side-splittingly in-your-face material. Probably not one for your gran – more info

Sat 9 Jul: Wire & Wool – Playing at Renfield Lane’s popular Stereo venue, this young Dundee based bluegrass band have a nice, quirky vibe, without ever coming across as achingly twee. Already popular in their home city, this gig, which celebrates the launch of their debut album, shall hopefully be the first of many in Glasgow – more info

Sat 9 Jul: Speirs Locks Summer Party – A summer party against the scenic backdrop of the canal along Speirs Locks, with food, drink, music and other events, under some (hopefully) guaranteed sunshine – more info

Wed 13 Jul-Sat 30 Jul: King Tut’s Summer Nights – The annual summer mini music festival features a brand new line up of some of the newest and most exciting acts all across the country. This year’s line-up includes the likes of Start Static, Joshua Moon and Mannequin Mannequin – more info

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Sat 16 Jul: The 1916 Cine-Variety Show – A unique music hall-based show commemorating the centennial of World War I, with authentic recreations of 1916 era music hall shows featuring recruitment songs, comedy sketches and vintage newsreels – more info

Sun 17 Jul: Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – The former lead guitarist of Catfish & the Bottlemen strikes out in a different direction, touring the UK this summer with new project, The Wry Smiles. Catfish fans are sure to be in for a treat – more info

Sun 17 Jul: Glasgow Mela – Trumpeted as “Scotland’s largest free culture festival”, Kelvingrove’s annual Mela festival is, as always, set to mix terrific live music, nourishing food and unique gifts – more info

Sun 17 Jul: The Colour Run – You will undoubtedly have seen the photos on social media, of runners dressed in what were once white outfits now caked in all the colours of the rainbow. On 17 July, you can discover it for yourself when the fun-packed 5k marathon returns to Glasgow. The fun continues after the race as well, with a mini-festival featuring live music, giveaways and of course the famous “colour throws” – more info

Mon 18 Jul: Susie McCabe and Rahul Kohli – If you absolutely can’t wait for Edinburgh’s Fringe to kick off in August, be sure to catch two of the festival’s staples, Susie McCabe and Rahul Kohlie, who will be offering appetisers of their upcoming Fringe material at The Stand – more info

Wed 20 Jul: Sonnet Youth – A monthly meet up and spoken word night, which aims to provide help to any budding storytellers out there. Features both the finest local talent as well as guest appearances by some big-time headliners – more info

Sat Jul 23: ACDC/UK – An loving, energetic tribute act the legendary Aussie rockers, billed as “Europe’s premier tributes to the rock legends”, ACDC/UK are set to own the stage at the 02 ABC – more info


Mon Jul 25: Bright Light Bright Light – An exciting new electro talent who has already toured with the likes of Elton John and Scissor Sisters, nu-disco man Rod Thomas stops off at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint as part of his UK tour – more info

Tue 26 Jul-Wed 27 Jul: Don Broco – The Bedford alt-rockers, already a firm indie favourite with two acclaimed albums under their belts, stop off for two nights in the city’s breathtaking Oran Mor venue. Their unique fusion of hard punk and pop-rock is sure to win over any crowd – more info

Thu Jul 28: Bombay Street Food and Beer Festival – The Tennent’s Visitor Centre and Glasgow’s blossoming Babu Bombay Street Kitchen form an unholy alliance to give you a tour of some of the most nourishing Bombay-inspired street food, as well as exclusive Tennent’s beers not available anywhere else – more info

Fri Jul 29: Local Hero at Glasgow Film Theatre – One of the most beloved of all Scottish film, this classic culture clash comedy is being re-shown at one of Scotland’s finest independent cinemas. If you haven’t seen it, this is a must fro any budding cinephile – more info


Fri Jul 29: The Big Glasgow Breaking Bad – With a £50 bar tab and £50 cash prize up for grabs, this pub quiz based around the nefarious exploits of one TV’s greatest anti-heroes is sure to be a great night out, even if you don’t know your Hank from Heisenberg – more info

Sat 30 Jul: Tennents Comedy Night – One of Glasgow’s premier comedy nights, this open mic gig features a healthy line up of hilarious acts, plus a selection of food and drink to provide sustenance between the laughter – more info

Sat 30 Jul-Sun 31 Jul: Merchant City Festival – A frim favourite amongst Glasgow’s annual events since its launch in 2002, this art festival located in the bustling Merchant City continues to be a highlight of the city’s summer line-up – more info

Sat 30 Jul-Sun 31 Jul: Surge Festival – Scotland’s annual festival of street arts and physical performance returns to Glasgow, filling up the streets with a programme bursting at the seams with exciting acts and fun workshops – more info

Sat 30 Jul: The Fall – Making waves since 1976, Mark E Smith thankfully shows no signs of slowing down, with the release of album number 30(!) last year and an intimate show at Glasgow’s Oran Mor at the end of the month. With a constantly changing line-up over the years (basically the whole band, bar Smith, has been fired and replaced at least once), The Fall remain full of surprises even after 40 years – more info


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Sun 31 Jul: Bubble Tea Records Punk Party – A bank holiday party with a more anarchic flavour. Line up this year includes Australian skate-punk stalwarts The Decline – more info


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