Royal Navy to stage Glasgow 2014 show on Clyde

Picture: John Devlin
Picture: John Devlin
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ARTISTS are to join forces with the Royal Navy to stage a night-time spectacular on the River Clyde during the Commonwealth Games.

Live music, aerial dances and pyrotechnics displays will entertain crowds of up to 3000 people expected to line the waterfront next to the Glasgow Science Centre for “Sound to Sea.”

Billed as one of the biggest events being held as part of the £5 million cultural programme being run on the back of the sporting extravaganza, it will feature more than 150 different performers over two days in August.

Performances will unfold on a flotilla of vessels, including HMS Bangor and HMS Pursuer, and on the quayside.

Arts organisation Cryptic, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is behind the free event, which will feature live performances from Frightened Rabbit, the Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni, Miaoux Miaoux, Tigerstyle, Bigg Taj, Model Aeroplanes, Oliver Coates, Marie Claire Breen, and the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. Organisers say the event, on 1 and 2 August, which will coincide with the final weekend of the Commonwealth Games, will be designed to create an “unforgettable experience that recognises and celebrates Scotland’s musical culture, innovation, heritage and prosperity”.

Cathie Boyd, Cryptic’s artistic director said: “”As part of our 20th anniversary year, I am thrilled to be working with so many talented and inspiring musicians, artists and colleagues to create Sound to Sea.

“I have always wanted to make a performance on the Clyde and this is a brilliant opportunity to work with the Glasgow Science Centre in its iconic surroundings.

“I hope that Sound to Sea not only celebrates all that makes Glasgow and Scotland a unique and innovative creative place, but is also a legacy project for the Commonwealth Games.”

Captain Chris Smith, the Royal Navy’s regional commander for Scotland, said: “I’m delighted that the Royal Navy is able to be involved with Sound to Sea, it’s a great opportunity to showcase some of the unique capabilities that we have.”