Merchant City Festival programme to move online

This year’s Merchant City Festival will have an online format with performances scheduled for Saturday 4 July when the outdoor arts event was originally scheduled to take place.

Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers the Merchant City Festival has been working in partnership with live art festival Surge to bring some of the magic of the festival to life despite the lockdown.


A specially commissioned Surge takeover will present a full day of free performance, music and a symposium, ending with a live DJ set from Balkanarama, all accessible online.

The festival will feature new and established work from Scotland and further afield and will give regular Merchant City Festival visitors a flavour of the festival which was planned for 2020.

Festival organisers and partners are working on a series of post-lockdown performances to be staged in streets and venues across the city, in line with public health guidance from the government as lockdown measures are relaxed. You can find more details on performances here.