Girls wowed by music stars at exclusive Glasgow gig for Guides

6,000 Girlguiding Scotland members took over the SECC on Saturday 9 May 2015 to watch some of Britain’s biggest music stars at the charity’s sell-out pop concert, Tartan Gig 2015.

The girls were entertained by star acts Labrinth, Rixton, Conor Maynard, Nina Nesbitt, Karen Harding, Neon Jungle and Only the Young at the exclusive event for Guides (aged 10 – 14) and Senior Section members (aged 14 – 26).

Tartan Gig 2015, which was hosted by popular Scottish comedian Iain Stirling, is the fifth of Girlguiding Scotland’s girl-only pop concerts. Past acts include Little Mix, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott, The Wanted and Scouting for Girls.

The gig is just one of many great opportunities available to girls from Scotland through guiding. Girls can learn about stars, try abseiling or raft building, go camping and even travel abroad by being a member of Girlguiding Scotland.

Amber, 11, from 1st Whiteness and Weisdale Guides, who travelled all the way from Shetland to experience Tartan Gig said: “I’ve had so much fun travelling down with all my friends and I can’t wait to watch all the acts perform.

“I love being a Guide as we get to meet new friends and go to amazing events like Tartan Gig!”

Scottish comedian Iain Stirling said: “I feel really lucky to be back for another dose of the Tartan Gig atmosphere.

“I’ve had so much fun entertaining a 6,000 strong crowd and seeing all these amazing acts on stage.

“It’s all about the girls having a great time and that’s what makes it so magical.”
Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland Chief Commissioner said: “All our young members had such a brilliant time in Glasgow and the atmosphere at Tartan Gig is just amazing!
“This is what guiding is all about – having fun with friends and doing something different, whether it’s pop concerts, abseiling or camping.”

Girlguiding Scotland have 50,000 young members and famous former Brownies and Guides include writer JK Rowling, journalist Kirsty Wark, singer Lulu, Radio DJ Edith Bowman and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.


Notes to editors:

  1. Guides are girls aged 10 to 14 who are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Guides can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
  2. The Senior Section is for young women aged 14 to 25. Girls can choose from a wide range of unique and exciting opportunities, including travel in the UK and around the world, volunteering with younger girls within Girlguiding as a Mentor or Leader, and working towards valuable qualifications.
  3. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, or