The Duke Street Expo will take place on Saturday 31st May 2014 as part of the East End Social programme of concerts, events and workshops, appealing to visitors and East End residents of all ages. The East End Social is an official Culture 2014 event.
The half mile stretch of Duke Street in Dennistoun between Bellgrove & Duke Street railway stations is replete with charity shops, cafés, a library, an art gallery, restaurants, barbers, florists, shops, churches, tattoo parlors and pubs: why not try to have concerts in them all?
Many of the performances will be kept under wraps until nearer the time, but two main concerts will form the foundation of the entire day – both in beautiful local churches just off Duke Street. These are the only shows which will require a ticket in order to gain entry.
The matinee concert has a brace of SAY Award longlisters past and present: the stirring, eloquent pop of Admiral Fallow and the worn and welcoming brogue of Rick Redbeard (he of The Phantom Band). In addition the Ghanaian/Glasgow based hip-hop artist and producer Kobi Onyame will be in attendance, fresh from the release of his excellent 2013 album ‘Glory‘. All told, it’s a typically eclectic opening salvo from The East End Social in a wonderful venue.
The evening performance will be led by the bruised brilliance of Fife’s King Creosote, the melodic invention of Alexis Taylor (temporarily excused from Hot Chip and About Group duties) and the extraordinary, angelic eccentricity of Glasgow’s Siobhan Wilson.
The two church concerts outlined above are the only events which will require the purchase of a Duke Street Expo ticket. One ticket covers the entire day: your £15 (plus £1.50 booking fee) ticket will grant you access to both church performances.
Additional events taking place along Duke Street throughout the day will be open to anyone (ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike) and will typically take place in venues/shops with very limited capacities so access to every performance cannot and will not be guaranteed.
The free events will include:
“The Fish That Never Swam (But Was A Great Dancer)” at Dennistoun Library (11am)
The Swim Team band and arts group will perform a forty minute musical theatre performance for children aged 2–10, offering a unique musical take on one of Saint Mungo’s miracles – to include storytelling, a musical concert and a rave to cap things off! Getting The Duke Street Expo off to a perfect start, this concert will appeal to the youngest of music fans and will be free to get in.
Falkirk’s ‘Slow Motion Preacher’ and SAY Award longlister (for his excellent album ‘Imaginary Walls Collapse‘) Adam Stafford joins the Duke Street Expo lineup, performing a set in the patio area to the rear of the Nakodar Grill restaurant.
The second confirmed artist clutching a SAY Award longlist to their chest is Glasgow’s outstanding hip-hop duo, Hector Bizerk. Louie, Audrey and co. will be performing at the Dennistoun Bar-B-Que eaterie.
Additional pop-up performances will take place in various venues along the street – check social media for more information as we approach May 31st, but it’s going to depend on being in the right place at the right time.
The Duke Street Expo has been made possible thanks to the support and enthusiasm of local residents and businesses, enabling Dennistoun to host an event to be remembered for some time to come.
NB: The Duke Street Expo will complement the Dennistoun Community Council Big Lunch event, which will also be taking place on Saturday 31st May – an opportunity for neighbours to meet, chat and have lunch. Further details to be announced – watch this space.