Glasgow has long been known as an incubator for the creative.

Between numerous gigs, shows and club nights, it would seem that the time has now come to celebrate the cities creative and incomparable sound.

Ryan Drever of 432 Presents is one of the masterminds behind The Great Western Festival, a new music festival which is bringing local and global acts from all over the world to perform in a number of different venues dotted around Great Western Road.

"There are quite a few festivals of similar formats around Glasgow, like Tenement Trail and things, where a number of bands play in a number of venues but we noticed that there wasn't anything like that in the winter.

"This is our first year of 432, and one of the biggest drivers behind The Great Western has been making this year a big year. We wanted to make this a big year and The Great Western was the first thing we've done completely our own.

On the eclectic line up is a plethora of movers and shakers within the industry, from both home and away, playing some of the west end's most unusual venues.. On Saturday, Timbuktu's Songhoy Blues will play in the QMU, while Glasgow's own Free Love will play The Glue Factory and The Pastels will take to the Maryhill Community Central Hall after Sacred Paws.

"The head of 432, Brian Reynolds, has lived in the west end for years" says Ryan. "While everyone has defected to the south side, Brian is a loyal west ender and we've seen these places and spaces develop for a while without being used as proper gig venues. The idea is putting a world renounced touring act, or great local bill, into venues that haven't been used previously for a space for a gig to play.

"We've been really lucky to have local businesses getting involved, and everyone seems very keen to have something like the Festival come to their door. While the west end has no shortage of gigs and events on, it doesn't seem to have anything like a whole festival come through."

While everything else makes sense, holding a festival towards the tail end of the year and the peak of winter cold spells seems bizarre. What was the reasoning behind that?

"Winter in Glasgow isn't the most obvious time to do it, but the idea is that we use some of the most interesting indoor venues, hopefully people won't mind having to walk between" laughs Ryan.

"It's been an idea that's been cutting about for a while now, so it'll be really great just to see it come to life."

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