Round Up Week 20 2014
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
The gentlemen from my band’s Glasgow based record label Armellodie often use the word ‘braw’. The first few times I heard it I wasn’t sure if it was a good, or a bad thing. I am now better informed, and happy to say it is positive, the meaning lying somewhere between ‘great’ and ‘brilliant’.
Glasgow is braw.
I have spent many happy evenings playing gigs in the UK’s fourth largest city. From the iconic Barrowlands, to the ABC on the buzzing Sauciehall Street, to Oran Mor where we had the privilege of using the beautiful private dining room as a dressing room, to playing to two people at the 13th Note – “each performer takes their bow, and then another old joke imitates real life – the crowd are introduced to the band”. We laugh about it now…sort of. Plus, when the band has to sleep on a kind-hearted mate’s floor, said band could do much worse than to stay in one of the glorious, red sandstone, signature tenement buildings that populate the area.
This week it has been hard to avoid mention of the place, what with BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend looming large. Artists including Coldplay, Katy Perry and local lads Calvin Harris and Paolo Nutini will take to the main stage on Glasgow Green over the three day event. Tickets for the weekend have all been allocated but you can still watch and listen via the website, Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and BBC Three.#BigWeekend follows hot on the heels of the Radio 1 Academy, a week-long programme of workshops and master classes for young people, which was also held in Glasgow. One of the producers, Lanre Leandre, blogged about the event, which was created in partnership with BBC Learning.
It was also revealed this week that Glasgow would host BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December, quite fitting that the announcement came the day before a memorial was held for David Coleman OBE who died in December 2013, as the popular sports commentator presented the show from 1961 to 1983. A special documentary ‘The Quite Remarkable David Coleman’ was broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday, to coincide with the memorial service. Also this week, details of the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 on TV, Radio and online were released. So there really was no getting away from the place.
As I said, Glasgow is braw.