Glasgow Whisky Festival 2015

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Event Details:

Date: SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2015

Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue:
Hampden Park
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
United Kingdom
G42 9BA

Ticket Cost: £35 (excluding ticket office fees)

Ticket Availability: Ticket Website (SOLD OUT but possibly available at The Bon Accord or The Good Spirits Co in person with cash payment only)

Description from Ticket Website :
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival features stands showcasing Scotland’s finest drams plus whiskies from all over the world. Alongside the whisky stands there will be other spirits, fantastic foodies and beautifully crafted whisky gifts. We also have a Glasgow’s Whisky Festival stand with t-shirts and glasses.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will also be with us showcasing drams from the latest Outturn and more. A rare opportunity and treat to sample the whiskies usually only available to SMWS members.

On the day you will receive a Glasgow’s Whisky Festival Glencairn glass and a souvenir programme which will show you where everything is in the venue.
Your Ticket is redeemable at The Good Spirits Co – £10 off bottle sales over £40 – on the day and until end November 2015
Doors open at 1pm and last pour will be at 4:45pm.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Additional non-official information:

OK so there are two interesting changes for the Glasgow Whisky Festival 2015 as compared to previous years. The venue has changed and the ticket price has increased again.

The venue changed due to the original venue, The Arches, being shut down by Glasgow Police for issues with drug abuse at the night club. There were petitions to get the Arches back up but they fell through. As a consequence, the Glasgow Whisky Festival organisers had to find a new venue and postpone ticket sales (originally set for June 1st). The new ticket sale date (June 29th) was announced only days before (June 26th) and online sales were sold out by July 3rd. However, you may still be able to purchase tickets in person at The Bon Accord or The Good Spirits Co. Bring cash as that’s all they will accept.

The new venue is the Hampden Park Football Stadium in Glasgow which has a rail station nearby (Mount Florida). While this may be just as convenient for Glaswegians, it will add on about an additional hour of travel time by rail from Edinburgh. It will also be a somewhat outdoor venue in a place well known for bad weather, but I guess the copious amounts of whisky will help with that aspect.

As for pricing, it is now at £35. Up £5 from last year which seems to be the trend as 2 years ago it was £25. I suppose they always sell out so the sky is the limit for the ticket price hikes. It’s a bit upsetting and I can forsee the talk 5 years from now of how cheap the tickets were today. While I do not know the exact reasons for ticket price increases, it is unliklely to be due to the venue change as they had determined the price before the fiasco.

The one thing I have noticed of late is that the attendance of the major whisky companies at these type of events have been diminishing as well as their event selections. Hopefully, this year’s Glasgow Whisky Festival will be at the same level as the previous years. That certainly wasn’t the case for some other Scottish whisky festivals.

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