Restless Natives – Glasgow’s New City Festival

Restless Natives – Glasgow’s New City Festival

Glasgow’s East End will play host to new multi-venue festival Restless Natives. St Luke’s, The 13th Note, Mono, Drygate, GMAC and more will open their doors over the course of a week for an explosive programme of music, film, food and more.

Organisers include Bloc+, The Skinny, A Badge Of Friendship and Punk Rock Rammy.


St Luke’s (17 Bain Street)

Future Of The Left
Future Of The Left

Having opened it’s doors not too long ago, St Luke’s has already made quite the impression. The converted church has hosted notable events and this continues to be the case with Restless Natives. Artists such as The Hotelier, Into It. Over It., Future Of The Left, Rolo Tomassi, United Fruit, Ghostface Killah, Law Holt, Tim Hecker and Blanck Mass will be bringing their noteworthy live shows to this superb venue.

Glasgow Collective (13-27 East Campbell Street)

Tuff Love

A new kid on the block, Collective Studios is one of the most exciting new additions to Glasgow’s East End. A bright space with studio pockets, it’s schedule of events for the festival highlights some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists. A plethora of respected music ensembles have curated individual line-ups for each day. Hosts include Song, By Toad, Hotgem, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Detour, GoldFlakePaint and more. Artists include a number we have covered in the past such as Tuff Love, American Clay, Le Thug, Numbers Are Futile, HQFU, Happy Meals and more.

The 13th Note (50-60 King Street)

Personal Best
Personal Best

Having boasted some of the most inspiring gigs of the city, The 13th Note is a welcome addition to the venue line-up for Restless Natives. It’s dark basement is the perfect dwelling for the week’s extensive DIY timetable. Like Glasgow Collective, several promoters have curated a blazing listing including, Fuzzkill, No One Knows Records, Struggletown and more. Acts include Caves, Personal Best, Breakfast Muff, Spinning Coin, Jutland Songs and many more.

Mono (10-12 Kings Court)



Mono will be hosting 2 of the 5 jazz-inspired events at the festival. Fat-Suit’s Scott Murphy has established a phenomenal reputation as one of the city’s most innovative promoters in the jazz/improv field. He has introduced, co-ordinated and started a number of different projects to introduce these musicians to a wider audience. Restless Natives will host these events under the Stretched umbrella which is also the popular night at venue Bloc. Gus Stirrat Band and World Service Project, to name 2, have been travelling extensively and have gained widespread praise for their inspiring and progressive live performances.


Ian Mackaye of legendary post-hardcore band Fugazi is confirmed for an exclusive live-link Q+A following a screening of Jem Cohen’s 1999 film InstrumentInstrument was a collaboration between Jem Cohen and Fugazi, with the title of the film is taken from a track from their 1993 album In On The Killtaker. Following the screening, Ian Mackaye will answer fans’ questions live via Skype from a radio station in Washington.

Ian Mackaye

A number of other film events have also already been confirmed including The Skinny presents Couple In A Hole with live Q&A by Geoff Barrow (BEAK>Portishead) and Billy Fuller (BEAK>Robert Plant Band), The Room featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary and live Q&A with Greg SesteroSong, By Toad presents The Ambiguity Of David Thomas Broughton with exclusive unseen footage, Restless Natives’ own national exclusive of Blood, Sweat and Vinyl : DIY in the 21st Century starring Neurosis,Godspeed You Black Emperor and ISIS (the band!) with live Q&A by director Kenneth ThomasUne Chant D’Amour & A Page Of Madness with an exclusive live original score by Adam Stafford. Plus special guest-curated screens by The Glasgow Film TheatreAfrica In MotionThe Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and The Radical Film Network.


Renowned platform Kiltr inspired offKiltr and subsequently Street Feastival became a highlight event. Having previously been hosted in Barras Art & Design Centre, Glasgow Collective will also host this over the course of the week. Not only will it  have handpicked and carefully selected street food offerings, but also art, music and other gems under one roof during closing weekend of the Restless Natives Festival.


1. It has brought together a number of DIY and independent promoters, musicians, venues and business together for the first time.

2. It showcases a broad spectrum of talent from the world of music, art, film and food.

3. It has a number of women on the music festival bill. This was one of the first things I have noticed and the festival bookers have said it was an important thing for them from the outset. Recently, a number of larger festival line-ups have been criticised for not taking the risk or offering a platform for women. With the likes of Law Holt supporting Ghostface Killah and the Specialist Subject Records showcase noticeably split, this is a standout for the festival.

4. It’s not-for-profit. Any excess money made will go to selected East End charities.

5. All events are individually and reasonably priced so that people can pick and choose what they wish to attend. The low price of the smaller shows, in particular, will hopefully encourage people to investigate new talent.

6. It’s looking to unite different groups, creative industries, ethnicities, ages and socio-political perspectives under one broadly inclusive and progressive umbrella. 

7. It’s helping put Glasgow on the map. With the much talked about regeneration of Glasgow’s East End with developments/projects such as BAaD, East End Social, Calton Barras Action Plan, Braw Wee Emporium and more, I still think people don’t realise the monumental effort that has gone into all these things.

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