In 2014, Scotland is welcoming the world through a year-long series of exciting events including the Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as part of Homecoming Scotland, which celebrates the country’s rich culture, natural beauty, active adventures and creative heritage.
It sounded too good to be missed so Ulster Life decided to go and check out what’s happening in the country’s largest city, Glasgow, during this memorable year!
When we visited the city renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness, it was alive with the sound of laughter as the Glasgow Comedy Festival had just kicked off! With an incredible comic line-up including Sarah Millican, Miranda Hart and Ruby Wax.
We managed to get tickets for Doug Stanhope, you may recognize him from his appearances on Channel Four’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Sean Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular (BBC3). As well as The Late Night Show, arguably ‘The best of the Fest!’, where five top acts from around the world perform with a late bar and some midnight snacks, adding to a very good night!
Although the Comedy Festival is over, vibrant and energetic, Glasgow will enjoy a year-round buzz from all the Homecoming Scotland events. The city is well worth a visit as it is renowned for its vibrant arts, music, shopping, nightlife and music scene and unique events. This year, we recommend Ulster Life readers to visit:
BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend (May) After hosting Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs and Macklemore here in Northern Ireland last year, be sure not to miss out this year as some of the biggest names in music are travel to Glasgow.
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Running from July 23 to August 3, The Commonwealth Games will offer visitors the chance to see some of the world’s top sporting talent in action as Glasgow welcomes 4,500 athletes from 70 nations across the globe. Running alongside the sporting action, two cultural events – a Scotland-wide programme called ‘Culture 2014’ and Games-time celebration, ‘Festival 2014’ – will see Scotland burst into life and touch every part of the nation.
Classical Marathon Day (July 2014) Nicola Benedetti MBE leads the cream of Scotland’s orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in one amazing day of music in Glasgow this July. Beginning at mid-day, the event climaxes with the amazing sound of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra joining forces to create a mega-orchestra. Produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music the day also includes The Dunedin Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Futures, Red Note Ensemble, and Scottish Ensemble.
MTV Europe Music Awards (9 November 2014) Being held for the first time in Scotland since 2003, the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards are to be held at Glasgow’s £125m Hydro Arena. Likely to attract some of the world’s biggest (and notoriously head-line grabbing) stars in music to Scotland, making it the only place to be seen on 9 November.
All of this is only just a boat ride away with P&O Ferries which operates from Larne to Cairnryan and Troon, the shortest, fastest crossings to Scotland. Online fares start from just £74 single, car plus driver. For further information on all sailings and the latest P&O offers, please visit: www.POferries.com.
Or if you are interested in checking out one of Europe’s largest Comedy Festivals next year, visit www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/