Five great things to look forward to as the Reeling returns to Glasgow in June

The Reeling is coming back to Glasgow
-Credit: (Image: The Reeling)

Between a stellar line-up of some of the top acts in Scottish traditional music to a taste of some of the country's best local food and drink, there is plenty to see and do at The Reeling Festival.

The event – Glasgow’s summer celebration of traditional music – which first burst onto the Scottish festival scene in June last year, is set to return to the south side's Rouken Glen Park on June 8 and 9.

Featuring world-class performances spanning two stages, a dedicated kids area and high-quality Scottish food and drink offerings from the likes of Birch coffee and Doughman’s Land pizza, the festival is sure to be a hit with fans.

We spoke to festival founder Michael Pellegrotti, who shared his top five must-see and do activities at Glasgow’s summer celebration of Scottish traditional music.

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Michael said: "It goes without saying that Niteworks are a must-see for the festival this year. After recently announcing their plans to disband, The Reeling will be one of your last chances to see one of the scene’s true innovators.

"It’s sure to be a big one, with the folk/electronica band closing off the Saturday night on the main stage."

Dough Man’s Land Pizza

Look out for the legendary pizza from Dough Man's Land
Look out for the legendary pizza from Dough Man's Land -Credit:Sean Murphy

Michael said: "For pizza fans, Dough Man's Land will return to The Reeling for a second year, dishing out wood fired pizza from their eye-catching horse box which is usually parked near Kelvingrove Park.

"A good pizza is, in my humble opinion, the perfect al fresco treat - and we’re strong believers that just because you’re at a festival doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be eating great food."

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Michael said: "An unmissable act for me is Brìghde Chaimbeul, who has played with the likes of Caroline Polachek. She’s set to make her Reeling debut on Sunday.

"Her music is utterly mesmerising music and she’s sure to please the crowds on Stage 2. The festival is actually named after Brìghde’s first album!"

Birch coffee

Michael said: "Highland specialty coffee brand Birch will be popping up in Glasgow for two days only, serving up much needed cups of coffee throughout the festival. The cafes in Portree and Inverness are hugely popular with tourists and locals alike, inspired by the world-leading coffee scene in Melbourne.

"It’s an opportunity to sample some absolutely cracking coffee not normally available in Glasgow: definitely not to be missed. And did I mention it’s run by Niall Munro, son of famous Runrig frontman Donnie."

Posh Pies

Michael said: "Come and get your pie fix with Posh Pies: a new vendor for 2024, and the latest venture from the Screaming Peacock family.

"Locally sourced and produced, think delightfully saucy pies with chunky wedges and some opulent flavours, from wild venison with rich red wine gravy to curried pheasant with mild Thai curry sauce. They also make a banging macaroni pie, and of course have vegan options. "

The Reeling Festival returns to Rouken Glen Park on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2024. Tickets are available from the website.

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