Summer in the city

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SOUTHSIDERS are taking to the streets once again this weekend for the annual Southside Festival.

The two day event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and promises a wealth of events for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is a celebration of all things southside, created by residents in the hope of boosting community spirit.

Highlights include the procession, which has this year been extended due to popular demand.

You can follow the parade as it leaves Newlandsfield Road at 11am, and continues through Shawlands, onto Pollokshaws Road and turns onto Alison Street, then Victoria Road, before reaching the festival site via Queens Drive.

Festival chair Andrew Montgomery told The Extra: “The foremost reason to come along is that it’s a great day out.

“If you’re into music then there’s the acoustic stage in the Glasshouse on Saturday and Sunday, acts in the main park on Saturday, as well as a local band marquee where many southside groups are playing a festival for the first time, and even more music on Sunday at the picnic – which is really a chill-out day.

“If art is your thing, they we have the art in the park exhibition, which this year features a range of new artists. Also, on Saturday evening in the recreation ground, we have Romeo at the Recs, which is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

“For families, there’s just an enormous range of stuff going on, and it’s all fantastic value.

“You could spend the day at the Southside festival and not spend a penny, and that’s very important to us, and to the people living here”.

Andrew – also the chair of Shawlands and Strathbungo community council – added: “We’re running a free vintage bus service, from George Square, through the Gorbals and Govanhill, as well as another running through Pollokshields, Pollokshaws, Shawlands and back to the recreation grounds. Just look out for one, stick out your hand and it will pick you up free of charge”.

The team behind the community event have been out in force recently, using Saturday’s farmers market at Queen’s Park to launch the festival programme.

But, if you haven’t come across them yet, you can still pick up a copy from various cafes and pubs, churches and community centres, arcades and shops throughout the southside.

For more information or updates on the programme, visit the Southside Festival website.