The Great Big Opening Party

Festival 2018 promises a summer of fun and a carnival of cultural activity and it all kicks off with The Great Big Opening Party in George Square on August 1st!

The Great Big Opening Party

About The Great Big Opening Party

#TheMoment is finally here! Join us in the spectacular setting of George Square to welcome the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and our friends from across Europe to the beating heart of the city.

The big stage programme features some of the most exciting names in Scottish music today - Nina Nesbitt, The Ayoub Sisters, SAY Award-winners Sacred Paws, Mercury Music Prize-nominated C Duncan and award-winning Neo-trad quintet Elephant Sessions - alongside a celebration of the European Championships sports and the people who have been part of the Glasgow 2018 journey.

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While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Great Big Opening Party are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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