14 Jun Glasgow Mela
Kick Off Summer with Colour at Glasgow Mela
If you’ve never been to a Mela before, you’re truly missing out. Originating from the Sanskrit word meaning gathering, Melas are held throughout Britain (and indeed the world!), usually in summertime. While we may be biased, we reckon Glasgow’s is one of the best in the UK and, even better, it’s right on our doorstep.
Usually associated with a celebration of Indian culture, just like its host city the Glasgow Mela embraces cultures of all kinds. You can expect to see the main stage bursting with energy as it welcomes acts from across the globe, and food to match in the stalls and catering section. We’ve put together a suggested itinerary for your visit on the 24th of June, read on to discover our top picks for this year’s festival.
After a blissful sleep at the Kelvingrove Hotel (obviously!), you’ll be raring to go. Luckily, all the action takes place just a five-minute walk from our door, so you won’t use much energy taking the short walk to get there. Ease yourself into the day with a coffee from one of the beverage stands and take a wander around the stalls. Don’t forget to check the main stage and supporting stage itineraries – you won’t want to miss some of this year’s lineup!
Get yourself some decent scran (Glasgow slang for food!), choosing from dishes like falooda, pizza, kulfi and jalebi – we don’t even know what three out of those four are and that’s just the way we like it; bring on the culinary adventure! Warm yourselves up for when the party really kicks off later in the day by watching class-acts like Black Star Steel Band and Maya Yousef, or dancing along with the Desi Bravehearts.
Now you’re ready to enter the big-leagues. If you’re feeling peckish after all that merriment, fill up again (loaded fries, anyone?) and hit the main stage area where your ears will be treated to the vocal stylings of Akbar Ali. Finally, it’s time for the big one – Miss Pooja. This lady’s only gone and bagged herself the title of biggest selling female bhangra artist in the world! Her tunes are funky, accessible and oh-so dance-worthy.
After all that excitement, you’ll be pleased to know that your bed awaits just a few minutes from Kelvingrove Park, which is home to the Glasgow Mela this year. If you fancy a nightcap, head to the Ben Nevis. A traditional Scottish pub, you’ll be treated to a wide range of beers and ales and, of course, some of the finest whiskies money can buy.