The Great Western Returns

The West End’s ‘festival of music, exploration and discovery’ is set to slay the November blues…
By Isla McGraw

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The Great Western will return to Glasgow on Saturday 4 November 2023. The popular all-day music and arts festival – now in its fourth year – will host another day of musical exploration and discovery across a range of handpicked spaces in the city’s West End this Autumn – including Maryhill Community Central Halls, The Hug and Pint, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church and The Piping Centre Otago Street. 

With a strong focus on community spirit and the celebration of venues in the area, the festival hosts thousands of music lovers each year alongside a stacked line up of diverse acts housed across several specially-curated stages.

The Line-Up

Among the first wave of acts announced for this year’s line up are London Post-Punks Warmduscher. ready to lead the charge this year alongside Wu-Lu, Forest Swords, LYNKS, and Chubby and The Gang. Joining them are an eclectic array of wavemakers from across the modern musical landscape including: Aine Deane, Butch Kassidy, Wooze, O., The Itch, Gently Tender, Naima Bock, Conchúr White, Unschooling, Cameron Hayes, Anoraq, Becky Sikasa and Last Boy.

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Chubby and the Gang

The festival will also once more play host to an abundant line up of exciting local/Scottish talent, including heir-to-the-alt-pop-throne-in-waiting Ruby Gaines, rising Glasgow indie punks Water Machine, Former Champ (ft. Martha Ffion and members of Savage Mansion, Catholic Action and Secret Motorbikes), the bedroom folk brilliance of Carsick Charlie, indie rock disrupters The Wife Guys of Reddit and many more. 

Promoting Scottish Production

In addition, as part of this year’s line up, esteemed Scottish DIY indie label Lost Map Records – based on the beautiful Island of Eigg and home to Pictish Trail, Rozi Plain, Free Love and many more – will also be hosting a specially-curated line up at The Piping Centre, featuring a cavalcade of label favourites including label supergroup Weird Wave alongside Lost Map favourites Firestations, Sulka, Kinbote, Victoria Hume and Lost Map DJs. 

Gently Tender

Festival Organiser, Daniel Mutch, says: “We are delighted to bring The Great Western back to the West End in November and have worked really hard to pack the 2023 edition with what we feel are some of the most dynamic and exciting artists on the live circuit at the moment.

“From the long-awaited festival return of Warmduscher to the trailblazing Queer-Pop Icon LYNKS, with a strong emphasis on local talent too. We can’t wait to see Great Western Road packed once more with music-hungry fans looking to discover their new favourite artists and look forward to seeing you all in November!” 

Tickets for The Great Western Festival are on sale now for £25 (plus booking fee). Visit for tickets, full festival information and updates. 

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