The focus of The East End Social is on local community, but even in its nascent stages, the music programme is designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible - from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond …
l Scottish Album of the Year Award nominees and reggae sound-system Mungo's Hi-Fi will make their East End debut at Alexandra Park Gala Day on June 21. They'll be joined by dancehall renegade Tippa Irie (who has been sampled by the Black Eyed Peas and collaborated with Alexander O'Neal) and YT (plus more TBA). It's sure to attract nearby music lovers and roots voyagers from further afield.
l Easterhouse arts venue Platform (whose music programmer is Chemikal Underground's Alun Woodward) welcomes Ghana pop visionary King Ayisoba, as part of a kaleidoscopic bill with the Dutch freak-jazz of Zea, and Glasgow tropical-noiseniks Sacred Paws, on April 10.
l Post-rock overlords Mogwai, who scored their first-ever Top 10 album this week with Rave Tapes, are a flagship act for The East End Social. The long-time Chemikal Underground affiliates will perform at a major live event in Richmond Park on August 30. More details to follow but it looks to be the last big weekend of the summer.