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Festivals galore as city gears up for new year with new venues

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Piping Live! and Celtic Connections will be important dates for the 2013 diary.

From Piping Live! to the Worlds

So you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and decided on those oaths for the next 12 months, but what about coming up with some vows that you’ll be able to keep?

Whether it’s visiting the Hydro, checking out some new comedy, or testing those tastebuds at the Whisky Festival, we’ve got plenty of picks for tickets to snap up in 2013.

From Glasgay! to Piping Live! there’s a wealth of festival and events in Glasgow over the next 12 months.

The year will get off to a foot-stomping start when Celtic Connections kicks off on January 17.

American country legends The Mavericks, Gaelic singer Flora MacNeil and afro-pop star Salif Keita will descend on the city for the traditional, roots and world music festival.

For 18-days big names like Martha Wainwright and Eddi Reader will appear alongside rising Scottish stars Sorren Maclean and Rona Wilkie.

For more information go to the Celtic Connections website.

Celtic ConnectionsFlora MacNeil among the acts at this year's Celtic Connections

Film lovers can rediscover James Cagney and his gangster films during the Glasgow Film Festival 2013.

Running from February 14 to 24, this year’s festival celebrates the achievements of the Hollywood tough guy, looks at the big-screen appeal of video games and focuses on the cinematic output from global superpower Brazil.

Tickets will be on sale from January 17 via the Glasgow Film Festival’s website.

Some of the funniest folk in the UK will be coming to the city for the 11th Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The king of one-liners Jimmy Carr will be joined by Sean Lock, Andy Parsons, Chris Addison, Daniel Sloss, Al Murray and Paul Merton on the line-up for the week of stand-up.

From March 14 to 31 venues across Glasgow will be housing funnymen like Marcus Brigstocke, Pete Firman and Phill Jupitus.

Down in the dark and murky corridors of The Arches, Alien War has been terrifying Glaswegians on a daily basis since September.

But there will only be a few more chances to visit the heart-stopping, hair-raising interactive experience. The scare attraction’s 20th anniversary year draws to a close on April 14.

Alien WarFrightening times at the Arches

All eyes will be on the southside in May when the area will be brought to life with a fringe festival.

The programme of arts shows, concerts and performances will be organised in tandem with and complimenting the Southside Festival in May 2013.

For more information go to the Southside Fringe Festival’s Facebook page.

But the west end will take the spotlight in June for the 18th West End Festival.

Expect all kinds of music, theatre, children’s authors, talks, open days, guided walks and family weekends between May 31 and June.

There’s still time for people to register to take part with the deadline for participation March 15.

Since October Tramway and Glas(s) Performance have been working with residents living on and near Albert Drive.

The project has been exploring the central question ‘who is my neighbour’ through a series of artistic collaborations and will culminate in an intergenerational weekend arts event in July.

Piping Live!The sound of pipes with be hitting Glasgow Green in August

For the first time ever, the World Pipe Band Championships will take place over two days on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18.

The event at Glasgow Green is one of the highlights on the Piping Live! calendar with musicians set to descend on the city for the world’s biggest international piping festival between August 12 to 18.

The eagerly anticipated Hydro will open on September 2 2013. With a seating capacity of 12,000 the venue is set to play host to around 140 events.

While the opening night act has still to be revealed, the first show confirmed for The Hydro is Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story – World Arena Tour, running from September 27 to 29, tickets are available on www.ticketsoup.com.

Scotland’s only professional Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival Glasgay! will be back for its 20th anniversary year in 2013.

The 2012 festival pushed topics of same-sex marriage and equality to the top of the agenda so organisers are likely to pull out all the stops for the special celebration in October.

After the sell-out success of the city’s third annual whisky festival in November 2012, Glasgow’s Whisky Festival is back for another drop on November 16 2013.

Some of the biggest and smallest names in the whisky industry will attend the four hour tasting session at The Arches. Tickets priced at £25 can be booked on The Arches website.

And that leads us to December 2013. No festive period is complete without checking out a panto in the city – oh yes it is.

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