IT WAS the biggest free rock concert ever staged in Scotland – 40 gigs in the space of 12 hours - and it put Glasgow on the music festival map.

The Big Day, which took place 31 years ago this weekend, featured a truly diverse collection of acts, from Wet Wet Wet to Sheena Easton, and turned Glasgow into Party City.

More than 300,000 music fans flocked to the city for the event, which was shown live by Channel 4.

“Sparkle-eyed” Easton, sporting a new hairstyle and fresh from cancelling a recording session in the US to perform in Glasgow, was looking forward to being back on home turf.

“The last time I played in Glasgow was over 10 years ago at the Apollo,” the Bellshill-born singer told the Evening Times as she arrived off the London shuttle on the Friday.

“I’m sad to hear that it’s gone but I know we’ll have a lot of fun at the Big Day. It’s great to be back.”

Top Scottish bands Love and Money, Hue and Cry, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, His Latest Flame, Deacon Blue, Texas and Big Country all took part in the £2.5m event, which was organised as part of Glasgow’s year as City of Culture. Adamski, Maria McKee and Billy Bragg were also on the bill alongside the Tommy Smith Quartet, Dick Gaughan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

“Glasgow rocked and rolled into the early hours this morning after the biggest street party in history,” we reported on the Monday.

“More than 300,000 took to the streets for 12 hours of entertainment from 40 bands.

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“In the surrounding streets, clowns, jugglers, dancers, skateboarders and a Chinese dragon entertained the throngs.

“Hours after the Big Day officially ended, tens of thousands of partygoers thronged the city centre determined to make the fun last all night.

“Attendance outstripped even the organisers’ expectations as 100,000 took to city centre streets; 50,000 squeezed into George square; 30,000 crammed Glasgow Green; 2000 filled Custom House Quay to capacity.”

And civic leaders and the police were delighted that there were only 14 arrests for minor offences.

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