Glasgow’s bars feature in city’s new festival as ‘Festival in Your hand’ App is launched

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

CeilidhFest, Glasgow’s newest music and dance festival taking place this November, is inviting bar owners with the facility to host musicians, small and larger scale events with a theme matching the festival culturally, musically or with a focus on Scottish food and drink, to take part as official festival venues with the launch of its app.

The Ceilidhfest app enables the city’s bars to benefit from visitors to the four week-long festival in venues including The Barrowland Ballroom, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Merchant Square and more.

Venues will have their own presence within the app (free of charge) linking to their diary of events or offerings in November. The app is designed to allow festival goers to find out what’s on, venues and locations wherever they are and has a quick search map facility.

Kate Walker, founder of CeilidhFest Glasgow, said: “Ceilidhfest is a gathering and celebration of Glasgow – its people, culture, musicians, artists, hospitality, and entertainment. Our bars are key to the whole event as the festival is all about boosting business, bringing visitors, creating jobs in hospitality, retail, and tourism as well as supporting our musicians, venues, and promoting everything that is great about Glasgow.

“It’s an opportunity for us to share the biggest warm Glasgow welcome and display of hospitality and celebration – the way only Glaswegians and Glasgow can.”

The app can be downloaded by bars to enable them to explore the possibilities for their business and allow them to work with the organisers in putting together their page and will be fully populated with the festival’s final programme and other information in the weeks to come.

A huge gathering and celebration of Glasgow – its people, culture, musicians, artists, hospitality, and entertainment – Ceilidhfest’s headline acts include Hipsway, Dougie Maclean, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain.

Other artistes include young neo-trad rising stars Project Smok, the UK’s best shanty band, Kimber’s Men, and a full line-up of great bands and musicians.

The full line-up includes an eclectic mix of indie, rock, and club music as well as traditional Scottish, modern Celtic and all sorts of music and dance – champion Highland and break dancers, bhangra and other multi-cultural fusions and mash-ups.

Bar owners interested in being involved as official venues are invited to get in touch with CeilidhFest at

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