GLASGOW's first Southside Fringe festival kicks-off next month – and is set to get the area rocking.

Among the acts will be one of the city's best-known folk- rock bands from the 1960s, String Driven Thing.

The group, led by Chris and Pauline Adams, were among the leading lights in the progressive rock scene in Scotland. After disbanding, they reunited in 2001 and released a studio album six years later.

Festival organisers are eager to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the festival, which runs from May 10 to 26. The programme offers events including, theatre, improvisation, film, live music, comedy and cabaret.

Hundreds of people will see more than 110 shows in 28 venues across the South Side.

Southside Fringe co-founder Crawford Smith, said: "We really appreciate the generosity, consideration and hospitality shown by all of our Southside hosts and are overwhelmed at the standard of talent.

"There have been many labour pains over the past couple of years. It's wonderful that it's all coming together and everyone has come on board."

Bar and grill, the Bungo, in Pollokshaws, will host the Fringe's official launch.

The programme features shows, including Howlin' Radio and Sandy Wilson, magic and wizardry from Southside Sorcery, and comedy from The Improv Dogs.

Launching the programme, co-founder Corinna Currie said: "We are so happy to see this become a reality. Glasgow's South Side is brimming with talent and we hopefully have a programme to suit all tastes."

Organisers are setting up a Southside Fringe HQ in the Shawlands Arcade, Kilmar-nock Road, from April 27.

Tickets are available from the Fringe Hotline on 07928 759675.

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