Music, sunshine (sometimes), rain (usually), DJs, plastic cups brimming with beer and not piss (hopefully), flying through the air, Kate Moss-esque festival chic on every girl, a half-pack of condoms on every guy and a whole catalogue of hallucinogens at your disposal, all in one weekend.

Those who have experienced a music festival know full well that the scars may not last forever, but the memories, and if you’re really lucky, the friendships, do. Festival revellers of both past and present are also fully aware that not only is the music festival an unforgettable experience, it can also be a very expensive one, hence the number of unconscious people within a short radius of Ticket Scotland’s price list.

Fortunately Glasgow caters to those with fewer pennies in their purse. Over the summer period (that time of year when it rains here just the same) Glasgow will be playing host to a number of festivals that pay homage to music, film, art, culture and food.

Queen’s Park comes to life on Saturday 28th May when Southside Festival returns. Celebrating everything that’s great about the southern side of the city, the festival brings a little flavour for all palates with face-painting, live music, comedy, food, a fun fair and stalls; it’s just for one day, so don’t miss out.

The coveted West End Festival is a hit with Glaswegians and tourists alike. Now, in its 16th year, the festival runs from Friday 3rd until Sunday 26th June, over a range of different venues including Byres Road’s famous (and very beautiful) Oran Mor, Mitchell Theatre, and Grosvenor Cinema. Most events are free, and the festival caters to all tastes and hobbies, with art exhibitions, live music, comedy, film, and, the very popular Gibson Street Gala.

Running from 21st-24th July, the Merchant City Festival brings diversity to Glasgow, with its four packed days of theatre, visual arts, outdoor performances, food, music, and fashion. Last year, a massive 70,000 people attended the event, and this summer it’s set to be even bigger.

Those who didn’t get tickets for this year’s T In The Park can get over the heartache with help from the Stereofunk Festival. Held at Strathclyde Country Park (the original venue for T In The Park) on Sunday 1st May, it features 90 DJs and 14 live bands over 6 venues, all in one day. Confirmed acts include Yousef, Tim Burgess, The Stone Roses Experience, and The Fillers, a tribute to Brandon Flowers and Co.

When you miss out on T In The Park, Rockness or even Glastonbury, there is nothing anyone can do to comfort you, but at least you can provide a little relief to your bank balance with the many other festivals on offer at a more affordable rate. We can’t promise sunshine or that the flying pints (of piss, not beer) definitely won’t make an appearance, but you can still see live bands, eat, drink, and be merry – and you can probably still get away with dressing like Kate Moss and carrying condoms.

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