1800 performers, 400 events, 100 organisations, 80 venues, four weeks, and (phew) one whopping festival; the much loved West End Festival is back with a bang this year, celebrating all that's great and good in Glasgow's bohemian district. 

West End Festival with run for all of June in Glasgow

The West End Festival kicks off 31st May.

Celebrating its 18th year, the festival has seen over one million visitors flock to the West End over its colourful (literally) history. This year sees a renewed push for donations and sponsorship to bring back the festival parade which was sadly cancelled due to lack of funding in 2012. New festival director/longtime Westender Bob Winter is leading the way to bring in the £50,000 needed to hold the Mardi Gras Parade set to take place on June 9. 

The West End Festival has a colourful 18 year history

This year's highlights will include the first ever Torchlight Procession kicking things off on June 1st. 

Highlights of this year's festival will include the Quirky West End Walking Tour, whisky tastings, outdoor gigs and Saturday afternoon BBQs throughout June. A major spectacle of the 2013 festival will be the first ever Torchlight Procession kicking things off on June 1st. 

When it comes to nightlife, lots of West End bars are getting in on the action. Viper Unplugged sessions will kick off in the nightclub every Friday evening throughout the festival, while Inn Deep and The Left Bank get jazzy with live sessions from great blues bands. Offbeat festivities include frolics at the Grosvenor Cafe will be holding crafty Afternoon Twee, and the Hillhead Bookclub will kick off a schedule of fun special events.

If you're looking for fun in the (fingers-crossed) sun in Glasgow, then get down to the West End Festival from May 31st.