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Musicians help give revived bandstand a new lease of life

TUBA player Scott Ferguson was among the first musicians to perform in the Kelvingrove Bandstand as it re-opened after spending around 15 years lying derelict.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty unveiled the city's newest outdoor venue yesterday, following its £2.1 million revamp.

The work was carried out by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, with the city council.

The first performers at the Kelvingrove Park landmark were Brass, Aye? who describe themselves as a New Orleans Dixie jazz community band with Glasgow style, and groups from Hillhead High School and the Glasgow Gaelic School. Brass, Aye? said the venue "looks and sounds absolutely stunning".

Mrs Docherty said: "This is a very exciting time. Kelvingrove Bandstand is a much loved Glasgow landmark and its restoration is a great example of how working in partnership can bring out the best in a project."

Pat Chalmers, chairman of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said the trust had been delighted to raise funds and deliver the restoration project, giving the bandstand "a whole new lease of life for the next generation".

The newly refurbished landmark will host two concert weekends in August, with teenage Fanclub, Squeeze and Alison Moyet due to perform.

The Waterboys, Capercaillie and Steve Earle also signed up to play.

The bandstand, the only original one left in Glasgow and one of only three in Scotland, was built in 1924 and hosted thousands of events before it closed in 1999 and fell into disrepair.

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