11 August 2023

Go Live! Fan Zones help inspire Scottish spirit across the championships

Go Live! Fan Zones help inspire Scottish spirit across the championships

While the cycling has been red hot, the records have been tumbling and rainbow jerseys have been awarded in all corners of Scotland, there’s been more than just cycling inspiring fans at the UCI Cycling World Championships.

‘Go Live! Fan zones’ have shown off some of the most exciting talent Glasgow and Scotland have to offer. When K T Tunstall kicked off the opening ceremony, we knew we would be in for an artistic bonanza and it has not disappointed. Whether it be vibrant street art, come and try BMX sessions or musical fiestas for all the family, we’ve had it all.

George square has been THE hive of activity. On Wednesday, the square in the heart of Glasgow became a feast of glitter and excitement for Family day. The Unicorn dance party saw children, parents and volunteers showing off their best moves to the tunes from sparkling Unicorns Melody and Luna before Be Bop Bairns inspired dancing madness with games, bubbles and singalongs.

Tolcross International Swimming Centre and Cathkin Braes have also been in on the action for those not in the City while Glasgow Science Centre has been a host to a celebration of cycling, science and music.

It just wouldn’t be a Scottish event without a bagpipe band and the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band delivered a display that left viewers without any doubt as to why they were the 2019 Scottish Champions. But, we all know Scotland is about more than just pipe bands and is a hive for culture and variation. Monday’s entertainment could attest to that when we were treated to an afternoon of collaborations from Naad-Hara, Turas and Beinn Nan Gall presented by Glasgow Mela.

Evenings have been a different affair with musicians such as Walt Disco, Rise Kagona’s Jit Jive Duo and The Siobhan Miller Band all offering a variety of musical genres and entertainment.

Missed any of the excitement?

Luckily, there’s still time to get involved and the weekend has even more in store for you. Friday night is time to get your singing voices heard with ‘Massaoke’ – George square’s very own giant karaoke session. Think ABBA, The Proclaimers, Old school bangers and more. What more could you need to kick off the weekend?

Saturday night sees Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 before Sunday brings us the Kinnaris Quintet and the finale of funk and soul powerhouse Tom McGuire & the Brassholes. All this PLUS the final few days of cycling. What a weekend!