Music, comedy, cabaret and more at this year’s Southside Fringe

Battlefield from the Old Victoria Hospital. Stefan Krajcik's winning photo was chosen for the programme's cover.
Battlefield from the Old Victoria Hospital. Stefan Krajcik's winning photo was chosen for the programme's cover.

Going in to their seventh Festival in 2019, Southside Fringe has played a blinder with 35 Southside venues hosting a programme of over 150 events between May 10 to 26.

This year it welcomes new venues Shawlands Trinity Church, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Jodandys, Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Gnom, HUG and Phillies of Shawlands.

The festival finally has its own year round base, On The Fringe in Shawlands Shopping Centre.

Opening up the space as an arts hub, it’s already busy with gigs, volunteer training, workshops, rehearsals and meetings.

This year the team at the festival ran a photography competition to get the community involved in the design of the programme.

This was won by Stefan Krajcik, we think you will all agree that his view of Battlefield from the Old Victoria Hospital is astounding!

All the entrants submissions will be on display in On The Fringe for the duration of the festival.

The festival are realising its long held dream of opening Southside Fringe with a midday parade in Shawlands on Saturday, May 11 – Southside Fiesta!

Looking for comedy? Scott Cappuro on Friday, May 10, treats us to his comedy genius at the Glad Café.

For some family friendly comedy check out Dr Jones Funny Bones at the Cellar on Saturday, May 18, with fascinating facts and disgusting ones too

Cabaret your thing? How about an intimate and immersive cabaret house party with Harlow’s Hideaway at the Savings Bank on Saturday May 11?

Or if it’s cabaret for kids you fancy you can also find Under the ABC – A storytelling and sing-a-long cabaret for kids happening at the Savings Bank on Sunday, May 12.

The Fringe is excited to include listings from the Take Me Somewhere Festival at the Tramway this year, with The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein – Notorious on Saturday, May 11, plunging the audience into the ghostly underworld of popular culture and examining the myth of Medusa.

On Thursday, May 16, in Mette Ingvartsen – 21 Pornographies, Danish choreographer and dancer Mette Ingvartsen examines the powers of pleasure and the pleasures of power.

For lovers of literature it’s recommended you join author Claire Casey for Ravens on Saturday, May 18 , at On The Fringe as she reads from Ravensrise, the first novel in her fantasy trilogy.

On Thursday, May 23, we find Four Blokes in Search of a Plot at The Cellar Southside, four writers who happen to be blokes create a crime story before your eyes.

For theatre goers, World Spirit Theatre ask Where are you really from? exploring culture, labels and stories of migration on Saturday, May 18, at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.

And for all the music lovers out there… on Sunday, May 12, you can enjoy Sound Collective Scotland at Pollokshields Burgh Halls, a vibrant mix of music written by Telemann, Debussy, Poulenc, Thomas and Reinecke.

Or Cordes en Ciel – Airs and Laments (Lute & Voices) on Sunday, May 19, also at Shawlands Trinity Church for a dramatic recital of virtuoso vocal and instrumental pieces from the 17th century.

On Thursday, May 16, John Maclean Southside Hero is remembered by musicians at the Butterfly & Pig South. This free event launches a campaign to raise awareness of the activism of Southsider John Maclean and is followed up by John Maclean’s Southside: A Musical Walking Tour on May 18 and 19.

Semispecific Ensemble (live) + Loosen Up DJs sit somewhere between modal jazz and music concrete and you can tune in on the 11th of May at Rum Shack.

Or if a laid back acoustic night is more up your street The Cellar Southside invite you along to Lauren Spiteri Acoustic Set on Friday, May 17. And if it’s A-listers you’re after, get your tickets quickly for Dick Valentine (Electric Six) at the Glad Cafe on Saturday, May 25, to hear him play from his extraordinary 5th solo album I Am a Moth, I Am Starving, That’s A Nice Sweater You Got There, Let’s Do This.

To view the full programme of events, visit