Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections 2020

This new year brings with it Scotland’s annual, much loved, tribute to traditional music!

The Celtic Connections festival will be held 16th January until 2nd February 2020. The festival started in 1994 and showcases traditional home-grown talent but also attracts acts from all over the world, with an estimated 2500 acts converging on Glasgow during this time. Previous years have featured Led zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Laura Marling to name just a few.

The festival takes place in 20 venues across the city with 300 separate events happening throughout, with the total audiences being more than 100,000 people.

Every night of the festival, once the concerts are over, the late-night Celtic Connections Festival Club runs through to the small hours of the morning. The club has no set programme and is renowned for one-off collaborations, not able to be seen anywhere else, between musicians appearing at the festival.

At the core of the festival is the Education Programme, which sees thousands of school children attend free morning concerts experiencing live music ranging from Burns to spiritual and blues. There is most definitely something for everyone at the festival and tickets will be in high demand.

Christmas Markets at St Enoch Square

Glasgow’s Continental Christmas Markets open this month, bringing with them the best of traders and stalls from all over Europe. The St Enoch Christmas market will open open between 9am and 10pm from Saturday, November 9 until Sunday, December 22.

Historic Glasgow

The Acorn Hotel may only be a short walk from Glasgow’s modern metropolitan centre. However, the surrounding area also has plenty of rich history to offer.

Alexander “Greek” Thomson

The Acorn Hotel was designed by eminent Glaswegian architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson in the mid 1800s.