Preview: Playground Festival (Glasgow)

The last hurrah of summer is upon us in what has been a triumphant return to live music festivals in Scotland’s largest city throughout the month of September.

Situated in the idyllic surroundings of Rouken Glen Park – Playground festival plays host to a vibrant and excitingly diverse array of artists which is sure to bring a varying crowd of music lovers through its gates over the course of the three-day event.

Here we take a look at the line-up and give our own recommendations on some homegrown talent you should get along to see across the weekend…

Day one of the festival see’s the good old Rock’N’Roll ship of Albion sail in with a return to Glasgow for headliners The Libertines who bring with them a reputation for creating bedlam with their chaotic playing style and never-ending catalogue of riff-heavy tracks. Playing alongside them are Manchester favourites James, who are known for their energetic performances with frontman Tim Booth often mesmerising crowds with his dancing, and Glasgow’s own Glasvegas who made a comeback back in April with their first album in 7 years. Electronic music lovers are also well covered on Friday with the likes of Orbital and Hot Chip sure to put on a show for those who like to dance the night away.

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Fresh off the back of their performance at TRNSMT the Fife favourites will be in good spirits after announcing their biggest show to date at Glasgow’s SWG3. Tickets have been flying out for the gig which takes place on January 28 as the band go from strength to strength.

(2)Connor Fyfe

The teen has proved to be somewhat of a sensation, after releasing his debut album at the age of just 14 he went on to sell out numerous headline shows around the country including a date at famed grassroots venue King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. It’s clear the young singer-songwriter has talent in abundance.

Day two and we have the effervescent Boy George & Culture Club take the headline slot in what is sure to be a show for the ages as the 80’s icon brings with him decades worth of instantly recognisable hits including the likes of “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” to get the crowd singing along. Throwing time back a little further we have 70’s disco supremes Sister Sledge taking to the stage to have us all “Lost In Music” before we roll time forward to the noughties with the unforgettable Kelis. Mass sing-a-long for “Milkshake“? I think so.

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(3)Scarlett Randle

The Aberdonian singer-songwriter has made a name for herself in recent years through both her undeniable talent and her quirky and refreshing stage persona. She has a voice that instantly draws you into the story of her songs.


Hailing from the Southside, the DJ and Producer is an instantly recognisable name within the house/techno scene in Glasgow as well as around Europe taking her club night “Nightrave” around the continent, often returning to play at the city’s own La Cheetah nightclub.

Day three see’s the return of Nile Rodgers & Chic to their adopted homeland to bring the funk. Nile is up there with some of the most famous and gifted guitarists of all time and has played part in writing some of the biggest hits known both past and present in popular music. Expect to be taken along for a ride on a disco danceathon. If it’s Motown you’re after then Martha Reeves and The Vandellas are a must-see on the festivals closing day with famed hits such as “Nowhere To Run” and “Dancing In The Street“. Elsewhere on Sunday, we have Indie favourites Razorlight bringing with them a back catalogue of early 2000’s classics in what will certainly be a set not to be missed.

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(5)Tom Mcguire & The Brassholes

Bringing with them their own brand of Scottish Funk & Soul the Glasgow band is an act that will for certain earn themselves a whole host of new fans at the weekends festival.

(6)Rebecca Vasmant

The famed record collector and DJ/Producer will be on hand to deliver a set to which I’m positive will go down very well with those in attendance. She knows how to select the right tracks for the right moments.

There are still a very limited number of tickets available for the festival which can be found on the following link…


For more info regarding the festival check out the website below…

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