Elaine C Smith, Alan Bissett and Kid Canaveral to appear at Common Weal North Glasgow’s ‘CommonFest’ in April


Elaine C Smith, Alan Bissett and Kid Canaveral to perform

A ‘COMMONFEST’ will take place in Glasgow on 17 April to celebrate “the ideas and ideals” of the Common Weal through a night of music, spoken word and comedy.

The event, organised by the Common Weal’s North Glasgow group, will see actress and entertainer Elaine C Smith, author Alan Bissett and musician Kid Canaveral take the stage among other acts at Glasgow University’s QMU student union.

Common Weal, campaign group and think-tank, has recently launched a ‘Red Lines campaign’ (click here to read more) around the upcoming General Election, laying out conditions for smaller progressive parties like the SNP and Greens to prop up a minority Labour Government at Westminster, and this will be a theme of the CommonFest evening in April just a few weeks before citizens go to the voting booth.

Common Weal director Robin McAlpine, who will be speaking at the event, said: “Scotland is still awash with energy after the inspiring independence referendum and it is brilliant to see activists organising exciting events like CommonFest.

“It gives people a real and meaningful chance to stay active and to keep that sense of political excitement going.

“I really hope this kind of buzz stays a part of Scottish life for a long time and I’m really looking forward to CommonFest.”

Other acts include Vladimir McTavish, Lady Alba and rockers Suspire, with more to be announced.

Tickets are on sale for CommonFest now, priced at PS5 (PS2 concessions) and are available from Eventbrite (click here) or commonwealnorthglasgow.tk (click here).

In addition, the Common Weal has launched a new promotion vide (click here to watch) outlining the work it has done over the past six months and its aims going forward.