Last weekend’s Yardworks Festival at SWG3 was something rare: a genuine first. Held in the venue’s new Galvanizer’s Yard, it was Scotland’s first-ever graffiti festival – a two-day feast of art, music, food and drink, with a hand-picked selection of Scottish and international artists coming together to “bring the concrete jungle to life” with their creations. The sun is blazing as DJs spin hip-hop and some of the country’s top b-boys battle it out on the dancefloor. The place is alive with music and activity. There is beer and street food. It has just about everything.

I get chatting to one of the artists at work in the festival’s maze wall, which is a hive of spray cans and frenzied motion. Jim, who’s 29 and from the South Side, goes by the name Ders.

“I’m painting a Ders piece with my mates here,” he says, as his peers pick out precise lines of paint on the wall behind.

“We got together, chose the same colours to use, and came down here to paint. Everyone’s enjoying the sun, drinking a few beers, and we’re letting the piece come together over the weekend.”

Some of the country’s most notorious artists are in attendance, but Ders looks unruffled as he does his thing.

“I’ve known Gaz, the festival’s organiser, for years. It’s all been pretty casual. Everyone knows each other here - the graffiti scene is one big community. Everyone’s just painting, drinking beer and having a good time, so in that sense it’s no different from any other sunny day out painting."

The festival might be a first, but the artists themselves are well used to this kind of thing.

“Graffiti jams – different writers coming together to hang out and paint – are nothing new to Glasgow,” says Ders, “but this is the first time there has been a fully legit event that’s open to the public. It has been great and everyone’s having an amazing time, so it is something that will without doubt happen again. There’s been a great turnout and the fact that it’s a scorcher of a weekend has made it all the better.

“The community has gotten a lot bigger over the years and now we have a really healthy, well-established scene in Glasgow. There still aren’t any legal walls in the city to paint on though, which is pretty ridiculous. Hopefully events like this will soon change that.”

Stevie Dee, 45, Leith - "I went to a pop-up Thermos museum in Leith. Actual Thermos flasks. The randomness of it".

Mairi Grant, 44, Edinburgh - "The Neu! Reekie event. Bill Drummond was there, and he was shining peoples' shoes".

Chelsea Frew, 24, Partick - "An adult puppet show, at the Edinburgh Festival. It was freaky, and certainly an eye-opener".

Hazel Scarff, 22, Woodlands - "A sculpture exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art. It was a bit different, and memorable".

Larissa May, 22, Battlefield - "A town house, with three floors, in Vancouver. It had been converted into a night club. That sort of thing is just so Vancouver".

Graham Patrick, 33, west end - "A derelict restaurant. The floor had been deliberately coated in sunflower oil, so everyone could moonwalk on it".

Lee Crosby, 42, Dundee - "A rave in a field in Toronto. Lots of people dancing on the roof of a white van. It didn't stay white for too long".

Oleg Kirilenko, 27, Dundee - "An all-style crew 10th anniversary hip-hop event. I felt very happy just to be there".

Lynsey Morton, 37, Langside - "I recently went to the converted public toilets on Gibson Street. I had some nice street food".

Sharon Caddie, 48, east end - "An underground bar in Paris. I went in there and lost 12 hours".

Amy Beckwith, 22, Brighton, CLUBBER OF THE WEEK

Q: Favourite club?

A: Sub Club

Q: Favourite bar?

A: Variety Bar

Q: Favourite DJ?

A: Bonobo

Q: Favourite band?

A: Iamx

Q: What are you drinking?

A: Disaronno and coke

Q: First club you visited?

A: Revenge, in Brighton

Q: Describe your dancing in three words or fewer?

A: Really, really bad

Martin Young, 48, Uddingston - "A Barbie exhibition, in Austria. It was quite informative".

Gail Rainey, 48, south side - "A naked steam room in the Alps. Enlightening".