Summer Sessions comes to a close

Last night (29 August), rapper Kendrick Lamar took to the stage for the final night of Summer Sessions, closing the event in style.

This year, performers included The Wombats, Kings of Leon, Peace, Catfish and the Bottlemen and, of course, headliner Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar

Lamar announced his return to Glasgow with The DAMN Tour in October last year, with the whole UK leg of his shows selling out in a matter of seconds.

After his performance at the SSE Hydro in March, the Compton rapper promised he’d return to Glasgow soon, after a five-year absence, following shows in 2013. Less than 24 hours later, it was announced that he would be the headline act for Summer Sessions 2018, and tickets for the new show sold out in days.


The festival, which began in 2013, has hosted a number of big names in the music business over the years, including Eminem, The Killers and Biffy Clyro. For a few nights out of the year, Bellahouston Park in the south side of the city is transformed into a festival-goer’s dream, with a main stage for performers, various different bars and food stalls, and of course, the trademark flags that pinpoint any UK festival.

Twin Atlantic played to their home crowd on Saturday (25 August) with the crowd belting out fan-favourites such as ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Hold On’, before Catfish and the Bottlemen took to the stage as the headline act of the evening.

What a crowd for hometown boys @twinatlantic at #GlasgowSummerSessions!

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Edinburgh Sessions

This year saw the introduction of partnered festival Edinburgh Summer Sessions, held at Princes Street Gardens in the heart of the capital. Acts included Tom Jones, The Vaccines, Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Paloma Faith and a sold-out show from Kasabian on the last night in Edinburgh.

Whether you were lucky enough to grab a ticket for this year’s event, or were resolved to listening to a homemade Summer Sessions Spotify playlist, don’t fret: the festival is due to return with more famous faces in 2019!

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