Magners Summer Nights at the Kelvingrove Bandstand

Magners Summer Nights kicked off last week at the Kelvingrove Bandstand with a very atmospheric showing of ‘From Scotland with Love’ accompanied by King Creosote’s live soundtrack against a backdrop of Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University. Followed by stand out sets from the legendary Roddy Frame, local indie stars Glasvegas and a host of upcoming talent at the Electric Honey Sessions, the bandstand came alive for the second year of the festival.


This week’s series of concerts begins with music icon Joan Armatrading (13 August) as she takes to the bandstand stage as part of her final major tour. For the first time, Joan will be performing solo on stage on piano and guitar, promising to create a lively and interactive, yet intimate experience. Supporting Joan Armtrading is multi-instrumental folk artist, Richard Navarro. Praised for his combined lyricism and social commentary, Navarro will take the stage accompanied by his co-writer and double bassist, Nicholas Thurston, for a vibrant show.


Ben Folds & yMusic (14 August) are Friday night’s entertainment, bringing their genre defying music to the Kelvingrove Bandstand. Ben Folds will be performing ‘So There’ – his debut album collaborating with New York chamber ensemble, yMusic, a sextet of some of the most sought after instrumentalists in the industry. Supporting Ben Folds & yMusic is Edinburgh folk duo, Jellyman’s Daughter. The pair have been celebrated for their bluegrass style which features skilful cello playing with complimenting vocals.


Magners Summer Nights Glasgow run is wrapped up with a sold out performance by rockers, Echo and the Bunnymen (15 August) before moving on to Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand. Echo & the Bunnymen will take over the Kelvingrove stage for an electrifying end to the series of concerts in Glasgow. Get there early as they’re supported by not only one, but two acts, starting with breakthrough Glasgow indie artist Declan Welsh whose catchy and relatable tunes are sure to get you moving, before ex-Zuton Dave McCabe, takes the stage.


To celebrate the festival’s second year, Magners Irish Cider had created a 10 foot long, interactive 6Stringer Guitar, which will be playing songs by artists from this year’s line-up, including James, Joan Armatrading, The Flaming Lips and more. The unique sculpture is made up of over 800 empty Magners Irish Cider cans and will be travelling around Glasgow and Edinburgh ahead of the festival. If you spot it, tweet @MagnersUK using the hashtag #6Stringer and guess the artist as it tours Glasgow and Edinburgh or when it’s at the gigs at Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow and the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh, you might just win Magners Summer Nights tickets and goodies! You can also tweet a picture of yourself with the guitar for a chance to win.


If you can’t make the Glasgow gigs, Magners Summer Nights is coming to the capital for the first time this year, at the height of festival season. The shows will see a host of top musical talent playing at Edinburgh’s famous Ross Bandstand, including James (26 August), The Flaming Lips (27 August) and The Waterboys (28 August).


Both festivals will feature the Magners Village, offering premium street food with areas to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with friends, and, of course, an ice cold Magners. Gates open around one hour ahead of show time to allow the audience time to soak up the atmosphere.


Magners Summer Nights will run in Glasgow from 13-15 August at the Kelvingrove Bandstand and from 26 – 28 August at the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh. View the full line-up at

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from,, or by calling 0844 844 0444.