Glasgow Summer Sessions returns to Bellahouston Park this summer for the sixth time, and with less than two weeks to go until some of the biggest names in world music arrive in Glasgow, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event.
This summer has been one to remember in the music calendar and Glasgow Summer Sessions 2018 will be the perfect way to round it off. Following a massive five days of live music at TRNSMT 2018, the first ever Edinburgh Summer Sessions will also take place this month, featuring the likes of Bastille, Paloma Faith, Kasabian and Brian Wilson – there’s nothing but show stopping gigs as Glasgow awaits its turn.
The biggest names keep on coming as DF Concerts bring American icons Kings of Leon, indie-rock giants Catfish and the Bottlemen and one of the biggest names in music, Kendrick Lamar to Bellahouston Park.
Glasgow Summer Sessions opens on Wednesday 22nd August with Kings of Leon headlining a stand out day of music. The American icons have always been a huge fan favourite in Scotland, since they first headed to Glasgow over 15 years ago, in 2003. Since then, they have risen to become one of the biggest live bands on the planet, with festival headline slots and sell-out arena tours across the globe.
The band headlined the first ever Glasgow Summer Sessions back in 2013, and they are sure to be welcomed back to the festival with open arms. Kings of Leon have released seven albums and sold over 21 million albums and 38 million singles worldwide, won four Grammy Awards and had five number one albums in the UK, so their only Scottish date this year will be one to remember. Joining the Followills on the day are some other festival favourites including Scouse indie band The Wombats, rising stars The Hunna, Everything Everything and Isaac Gracie.
Catfish and the Bottlemen have risen from second place in the North Wales Battle of the Bands 2009 to one of the UK’s biggest and best exports, with chart-topping records and huge arena tours; they get festival fields singing, especially up in Scotland where the band have found an incredible following. The musical city is also dear to their heart, as demonstrated on their track ‘Glasgow’ from gold-status 2016 album The Ride. Glasgow Summer Sessions is set to be no exception, so fans better warm their lungs up, and who better to do so than some of the best emerging talent from across the world? Glasgow’s very own Twin Atlantic, Australia’s DMA’s, indie-pop festival favourites Peace, English punk-rock outfit Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, and John O’Groats’ own Neon Waltz all join the party on Saturday 25th August. Catfish and the Bottlemen were clearly made for festival sets and there is surely no better place for them than a Saturday night in Glasgow…
Few artists have seemed as unshakeable as Kendrick Lamar has in recent years, going from strength to strength as he continuously pushes boundaries of rap music in his totally unique way. Since his 2012 breakthrough ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’, Kendrick Lamar has since released another two chart-topping albums and curated the crticially-acclaimed soundtrack for one of the biggest films of the year ‘Black Panther’. Five years on from when he first performed in Scotland, the rap icon will come back to Glasgow, with one of the most electrifying live shows on the planet, joined by N.E.R.D. and Bugzy Malone. Fans shouldn’t miss out on catching the Pulitzer Prize winning artists’ glorious return to Glasgow as he performs hit from Grammy-award winning DAMN.
The best way to get to Glasgow Summer Sessions 2018 is through the official coach partner, Happy Bus, who will be providing coach travel from across Scotland and the Glasgow City Centre shuttle.
GLASGOW SUMMER SESSIONS SHOW INFORMATION
Wednesday 22nd August
Kings of Leon | The Wombats | The Hunna | Everything Everything | Isaac Gracie |
Saturday 25th August
Catfish and the Bottlemen | Twin Atlantic | DMA’s | Peace | Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes | Neon Waltz
Wednesday 29th August
Kendrick Lamar | N.E.R.D. | Bugzy Malone