Glasgow isn’t short of concerts, but some are going to need quite the venue to match the ferry impressive Glenlee down at the riverside. The splendid ship is playing host to three truly mesmerising floating candlelight concerts this summer, with pop, jazz and movie scores streaming merrily from the bow to the stern and beyond. There are very few things in life more romantic than candlelight, but candlelight plus an evening full of live music on the calming shores of the Clyde is definitely one of them.
The first of these epic evenings on Glasgow’s riverside will take place on June 16. The Floating Candlelight Jazz Club will see Marianne McGregor and her smooth jazz band take to the waters for two performances – one at 6pm and another at 8pm – serenading the crowd with the likes of Etta James’ At Last, Pennies From Heaven by Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E for 90 minutes. Snap up your tickets here.
A little over a week later, on June 24, a string quartet will board the boat to perform classical renditions of Taylor Swift‘s iconic pop hits. As they play, illuminated only by a sea of glowing candles, you’ll hear tracks such as Shake It Off, All Too Well, Wildest Dreams and Cardigan in an entirely new way. The glorious setting for the evening will leave you thoroughly Enchanted – it is the perfect way to fill a Blank Space in any Swifties’ calendar, after all. Tickets are available here.
The final in this trio of floating candlelight concerts will be Floating Candlelight: The Best of Movie Soundtracks. This night at the movies will look quite different from your trip down to the cinema; you’ll hear music from some of the most iconic films, such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, performed by a string quartet who’ll be bathed in candlelight. Film scores from some of the best composers, like John Williams and Hans Zimmer, will grace your ears at this July 9 event. Browse the films and buy your tickets here.
The Glenlee first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896 and has circumnavigated the globe four times. Knot too shabby, eh? One of only five Clyde-built ships still afloat in the world today, the Glenlee is a brilliant spot for maritime themed events and activities. But the magnificent space becomes something else entirely when lit by the soft glow of candlelight, and filled with the sound of live performers. Find out for yourself by booking your ticket to one of this summer’s shows.