Keeping it Reel: The Reeling Music Festival Returns to Glasgow

Image Tim Craig
Image Tim Craig

The Reeling

From: 8 Jun 2024

To: 9 Jun 2024

Rouken Glen Park
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

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Rising Scottish traditional music stars are due to play in Glasgow as The Reeling festival returns to the city’s Rouken Glen Park for a second year, focusing on the younger, emerging artists who in recent years have given the Scottish traditional and folk scene a big boost.

A highlight of the Festival will be high-energy band Mànran, who exemplify the cross-over of genres in their exploration of stylings outwith the traditional norms – a key element of folk music’s growing appeal to the younger audience – embodying Gaelic lyrics and a lightshow tailor-made by the band’s own technician.

Mànran. Image Paul Jennings
Mànran take to the main stage on 9th June. Image Paul Jennings

Also appearing is another major name on the Celtic scene – the Skye band Niteworks, who have made a name for themselves with a fusion of electronic and folk elements. This is set to be one of their final performances, and the band welcome a festival like The Reeling to bring their unique blend of old and new to new audiences from the Central Belt.

Needing no introduction is a succession of established artists including Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever, Brighde Campbeuill and Aidan O’Rourke, among a host of others in an exciting line-up.

Image Tim Craig
The Reeling, 2023. Image Tim Craig

The 5,000-capacity event first made its mark on the Scottish festival scene last year after Glasgow-based music promoter Michael Pellegrotti, created The Reeling after seeing interest growing around traditional music. He says, ‘I’ve ran Skye Live, a traditional music festival, since 2015 and we’ve had the privilege of watching a new wave of traditional musicians grow in stature – and that is ultimately what inspired The Reeling.’

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